Sydney’s moderate climate makes it a great family destination for holidays and fun in the Australian sun. There is fun for the whole family in Sydney and it is such an iconic city, it is great for children to be able to see the sights and sounds and experience it first-hand. Warm summers and mild winters make Sydney an easy place to travel with kids. No matter which season it is sun protection should be used. Whenever you are planning an outdoor activity, bring plenty of sunscreen, remember to reapply it and also bring protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. The Australian sun is harsh all year long.

Family Sailing - Sydney Harbour

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Sydney Skyline

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Sydney Map

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Sydney is on the coast with the Tasman Sea on the east and mountains, valleys, and historic riverside towns. Of course, since Sydney is one of the most popular destinations in all of Australia, so we have featured quite a lot of Sydney holiday ideas before including: 5 Day Trips from Sydney, a Sydney to Melbourne road trip, a Sydney to Brisbane road trip, Royal National Park, the Blue Mountains, the Glass House Mountains, Wollemi National Park, and several other spots that you will see linked to from within the post. Almost any of these destinations mentioned can be good for the whole family. Some are more family oriented destinations than others.

Hiring a Car for a Sydney Holiday

Queenscliff Beach - Walking Path

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Sydney Car Hire Map

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A holiday getaway with the family is the perfect time to have your own car with you so that you can see what you want, when you want. If the kids get tired, need to eat, or need a nap, you have your own transportation to come and go as you please. Renting a car in Sydney is easy and convenient. You can hire a car in Sydney from one of the many different convenient locations based on where you are or where you are coming from. If you fly into Sydney, you can hire a car at the Sydney Airport. There are other car rental locations throughout Sydney including Artarmon in the north, Alexandria in the east of Sydney, and Blacktown in the west. Be sure to tell your car rental agent where you are planning to go on your holiday so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip and the terrain you will encounter. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. Click the links and get a rate quote so you can find the best car hire rates in Sydney, Australia.

Fun Things to Do in Sydney with Kids

Cycling in Manly

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Whether you want to experience the city or the beaches, Sydney has it all. Culture, shopping, and tourist adventures are just waiting for you. The choices are vast and with great variety including the Taronga Zoo, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kid friendly beaches, Luna Park, Australian National Maritime Museum, boat charters, or Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney.

Taronga Zoo – Sydney

The Taronga Zoo opened in 1916 near Sydney in the suburb of Mosman. It is a large zoo that has 8 regions over 21 hectares. The zoo is open 365 days a year. There are over 4,000 animals at the zoo, many different animal exhibits, shows and talks, and tours available. You can book overnight accommodations and plan events at the zoo as well. The zoo is always a special adventure for kids.

Sydney’s Kid Friendly Beaches

Golden Sand Coogee - Ocean Beach

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There are quite a lot of beaches in the Sydney area. Some are on the calmer harbour side and some are on the ocean side but have netted areas and calmer waves making them perfect for relaxing family fun in the sun. There are five beaches in particular that we recommend for families with children: Nielsen Park, Balmoral Beach, South Cronulla Beach, Coogee Beach, and Wylie’s Baths. In addition to the kid friendly beaches mentioned here, we have also previously told you about Sydney’s Famous Beaches including a feature all about Bondi Beach.

Nielsen Park

Nielsen Park

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Nielsen Park is located on the harbour side and boasts some spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Coogee Beach

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Coogee Beach is close to the very popular Manly Beach. Coogee Beach makes a great place for families because the waves are calmer due to being broken up by Wedding Cake Island just off the coast. Calmer beaches are always great for kids.

Wylie’s Baths

Wylies Bath

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Wylie’s Baths were built at the turn of the century. They are great for kids because they are completely netted off. You can enjoy a refreshing swim, learn to swim, or indulge in a seaside massage.

Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach

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Featuring netted pools, sheltered surf, and beautiful shady picnic areas, Balmoral Beach is known as the gateway to Sydney Harbour. The views from this beach overlook picturesque Sydney Harbour National Park.

South Cronulla Beach

South Cronulla Beach

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Cronulla Beach has a bustling outdoor café scene and fish and chips are among the most popular surf-side dining options. Keep on the lookout for dolphins and turtles swimming right near the beach. The landscape of this beach includes gentle waves with sand that is perfect for building sandcastles. Kids also love exploring the rock pools.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium – Darling Harbour

Sydney Aquarium

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Sea Life - Sydney Aquarium

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The SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It is located in Darling Harbour and features over 13,000 marine creatures in 6 million litres of water. There are 14 themed zones to explore including the Tropical Bay of Rays. Discovery Rockpool, Mangrove Swamps, Dugong Island, South Coast Shipwreck, and a Shark Walk and Shark Valley ocean tunnel walk through.

Luna Park

Luna Park Face

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Luna Park

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Luna Park is definitely a stop that the kids will want to make on your holiday in Sydney. It is a restored 1930’s amusement park with rides, games, food, and lots of fun. Some of the exhilarating rides include the Tango Train, the Ferris Wheel, or the Space Shuttle. Sideshow games include Laughing Clowns, Crazy Crooners, or Goin’ Fishin’. You can win some great prizes and take home a souvenir from your time in the park. Splurge on favourite carnival foods like fairy floss, ice cream, hot dogs, and more.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney

Wet N Wild

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Wet N Wild

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney is a must for those who love the thrill of rides and the water too. The park features over 40 water slides, the world’s tallest double Sky Coaster, and a beach with white sandy shores and no chance of rips or sharks. There is also a little tykes area for younger children to have their fun in the water without all the slides and dips.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Maratime Museum

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Maratime Museum

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The Australian National Maritime Museum is a great place where the whole family can learn about the maritime history of Australia while also having a fun experience on board a host of different ships including:

  • The last of the big gun destroyers
  • A submarine
  • The HMB Endeavour, Captain Cook’s vessel of discovery
  • James Craig the 1874 Tall Ship
  • Spirit of Australia, the fastest boat in the world

The museum is both indoors and outdoors and features interactive fun for the whole family. The exhibitions change often and there are a host of hands-on activities and programming for the kids. The museum is located on the northern end of Darling Harbour and should definitely be included in your family holiday in Sydney.