Sydney Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Sydney Family-friendly activities

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

1. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

2. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

3. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Enjoy a visit to the Sydney Aquarium to see huge sharks, stingrays, turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, sea dragons, and much, much more! Marvel at the sawfish swimming amongst tropical fish and sleek sharks in the enormous Great Barrier Reef display. Be delighted by little penguins in the Southern Oceans, or look out for the secretive platypus in the Southern Rivers. See the enormous Japanese Spider Crabs in the CLAWS creature feature, watch as the dugongs feed, then find Nemo in his coral home!

Sydney's Ultimate Live Escape Room

4. Sydney's Ultimate Live Escape Room

Get ready for an adventure that brings the classic point-and-click adventure game out of your PC and into real life. Locked in a room with your group of friends, you must find clues, crack codes, and solve the mystery to escape before your time runs out. This experience takes you more than 100 years back in time as you play the role of famous detectives from London on the hunt for a suspect's identity. You have an hour to crack the case, after which you can relax in a luxurious lounge, grab a drink, chat about your experience, and try out some period costumes for a few photos. With challenges for sleuths of all ages and backgrounds, the activity is designed to suit anyone with a penchant for puzzles and a sense of fun. If you get stuck, you can call on a game master for help, and if you have a bigger group, you can reserve 2 identical rooms to see who can solve the mystery first.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

5. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Go on an animal adventure in the heart of Sydney and walk through diverse terrains to meet unique Australian wildlife. Journey around the vast nation without leaving the city at WILD LIFE Sydney. Enjoy interactive displays, inspiring and entertaining keeper talks, and enhanced walk-through habitats with kangaroos. Located in the heart of Sydney at Aquarium Wharf in Darling Harbour, it is a fantastic world inside. A world where beautiful butterflies and snakes lurk in the foliage, and turtles and crocodiles glide through the water. You will see the jagged rocks of Wallaby Cliffs to spot yellow-footed rock-wallaby, the toughest and most adapted animal in Australia, and seek out hairy-nosed wombats that munch the grass and shelter down deep burrows. Travel through a recreation of the Daintree Rainforest and Kakadu Gorge. Marvel at the endless variety of the Northern Territory’s Top End landscape. And look down deep gorges, see grassland, experience floodplains, and visit the estuary flats.

Sydney: Indoor Skydiving Experience

6. Sydney: Indoor Skydiving Experience

Discover the highly addictive sport of indoor skydiving in a state-of-the-art, fully-controlled, ultra-safe environment suitable for the whole family. Enjoy 2 fun and challenging flights each. Choose from different options: the basic package, a value package with extra time, or a group package. After arriving at the indoor skydiving center, sign in at reception and meet your instructor. Head for a quick safety briefing and gear up in your flight suit, helmet, and goggles. Be guided into the airflow and simply lean into the wind inside the giant glass tunnel as a column of air lifts you up. Enjoy the feeling of having nothing attaching you to the ground, floating effortlessly, guided by your instructor. Then, learn how to fly your body, just like a skydiver would after jumping from a plane. Feel the adrenaline rush. Get the chance to do it all again with a second flight included.

Sydney: 1 or 2 Day Sydney Harbour Hopper and Fast Ferry Pass

7. Sydney: 1 or 2 Day Sydney Harbour Hopper and Fast Ferry Pass

Explore all popular Sydney Harbour destinations with a convenient Harbour Hopper 1-day or 2-day pass. Take in the striking views of the city from a spacious ferry and get off whenever and wherever you wish to. Additionally, enjoy access to the Manly Beach and Manly-Watsons Bay fast ferry. Discover iconic attractions, hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, and botanic gardens with a hop-on hop-off transfer service between Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. And don't miss out on the vibrant Manly Beach, by taking the fast ferry from Circular Quay or Watsons Bay. Experience all the natural beauty of the harbor contrasting with the modern cityscape, such as the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and the elegant buildings of Darling Harbour. Take advantage of the flexible route and departure times to embark and disembark at your chosen locations.

Sydney: Botanic Garden Self-Guided Adventure Hunt for Kids

8. Sydney: Botanic Garden Self-Guided Adventure Hunt for Kids

Are you ready for your next Adventure? Recommended for families with kids (ages 4-10) After booking, you will receive your play links via email or SMS. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (Morshead Fountain Gates). Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure and you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. This is a great trail for a family day out in a beautiful interactive environment. Kids will learn interesting facts and parents will enjoy a scenic adventure through the Botanical Gardens. The Mad Botanist trail is perfect if you are looking for an activity that will spark imagination and challenge young minds. The Mad Botanist has just escaped from his secret laboratory nearby. He is in the final stages of mixing his dangerous potion and needs one final ingredient to create a deadly plant species never seen before on Earth. Very special and rare plants are at risk from his deadly experimentations and time is running out! Professor Whiz needs your help to find the last ingredient and stop the Mad Botanist from succeeding with his evil plans. It won’t be easy; the gardens are tricky to navigate and clues need to be solved. Quick!! What are you waiting for? Your first clue is waiting… Start Location - Morshead Fountain Gates - Cahill Expressway, Sydney NSW 2000 Finish Location – You finish in the centre of The Botanic Gardens. There is a great garden café nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterward then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 1-2 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option.

Sydney: The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soirée with Tickets

9. Sydney: The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soirée with Tickets

The Gentleman Magician’s Magical Soirée is hosted at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay - a magnificent, historic 5-star hotel. Reminiscent of the elegant, captivating events of the famous ‘salons’ in 19th century Europe, it is an absolute must-see for any Sydney visitor. You will be greeted with champagne and gourmet canapés on arrival - before moving into a beautiful private room lined with artworks and original antiques. Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician then presents an entrancing performance of magic and engaging Australian stories. Bruce Glen is one of the select few granted membership of The Magic Circle - the most exclusive magic club on earth. In October 2015, Bruce was admitted as an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle (just 350 worldwide). The Gentleman Magician has performed to sold-out houses at the Edinburgh Fringe; the Adelaide Fringe; the famous Edinburgh Magic Festival; Fringe World Perth; and Sydney’s SMH Spectrum Now Festival. Bruce has also presented his sophisticated ‘storytelling magic for adults’(but not necessarily grown-ups) at historic venues throughout Australia.

Featherdale Wildlife Park General Entry Ticket

10. Featherdale Wildlife Park General Entry Ticket

See a collection of over 1,700 mammals, marsupials, birds and reptiles, including over 30 species of endangered animals in a natural bush setting at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Enjoy the ultimate hands-on wildlife experience, 45 minutes from the heart of Sydney. Attend feeding times and keeper presentations, meet a koala, hand-feed the kangaroos (you can pick up some kangaroo food for $2.00) and wallabies, or admire the giant saltwater crocodile. Food and beverages can be purchased at the Featherdale cafe or you can bring food to barbecue at the picnic sites. Buy a keepsake from the souvenir shop to remember your day.

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What people are saying about Sydney

Best experience the whole family enjoyed it from the moment we got on the ferry until we got off. Zoo was fantastic with spectacular views and loved the sky safari, then harbour cruise was wonderful seeing all the sites

This is a very nice zoo. The animals looked healthy and everything was clean. I Skyrail was great and there are ample gift shops and restrooms. Unfortunately for us it was raining but otherwise a great day

Captain Cook transfer was excellent Zoo is always good, all the animals were very active, great view of Sydney. Sky safari was exciting

Fantastic day out. Great shows. Love that they have lifts and escalators to get up and down and around the zoo.

Great day out, great variety of animals and good facilities