As it’s National Families Week (May 15-21) it’s a perfect opportunity to spend time with family this month, and what better place than Sydney to get out and about together. As the ‘hub of Australia’, Sydney is one hell of a family-vacation and outing destination serving up a smorgasbord of sights and activities.
So in the spirit of National Families Week I highlight my four must-do family attractions in Sydney :
One of my all-time favourite family attractions in Sydney is Cremorne Point. Located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour it boasts spectacular views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. This place will blow your mind – people line the perfectly manicured foreshore banks, soaking up the views and enjoying a picnic.
What’s cool about Cremorne Point is it features a free swimming pool overlooking the Harbour. Where else in the world can you frolic about with such views? Additionally, for the adventurous Cremorne Point offers a number of spots to swim in Sydney’s Harbour waters. Also there are great walking tracks highlighting some impressive real estate and secluded bays. The main track is called Cremorne Circuit taking around 1hr 15mins (2.7km) to complete and is stroller-friendly. On this walk be sure to stop off at the Robertsons Point Lighthouse for a postcard perfect photo.
To get there catch the F2 (Taronga Zoo) or F6 (Mosman) ferries to Cremorne Point Wharf from Circular Quay.
Full of thrills and pulse-pounding action, Luna Park is a top Sydney attraction for families. With stunning city views and all your favourite carnival rides, it’s a fun day out where the children can go wild and adults can channel their inner kid. Such rides include the classic Ferris wheel, dodgem cars, high-speed rollercoaster, carousel and gravitron. My favourite is Coney Island, an old-school funhouse featuring slides, mirror mazes, spinning barrels and more. You’re sure to have fun-filled day here featuring plenty of laughs and screams.
Cost: Free entry (Unlimited Rides Pass priced from $19.95)
Located: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
When in doubt head to Darling Harbour! This lively harbourside precinct features a never-ending list of things to do. Continually offering a full calendar of events, day or night you’ll experience something new each visit. One moment you could be getting an underwater world experience at Sydney Aquarium and the next boarding a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum. With the world’s biggest screen calling Darling Harbour home watching a film at the IMAX theatre is a must. Also, for a colourful display the weekly Saturday night fireworks is a key highlight.
Located 25 minutes from Sydney’s CBD, this beachside town is a hotspot. Firstly the ferry ride to Manly is a must-do activity in itself, and secondly it’s packed with family-friendly eateries, attractions, water-based activities and picnic/playground areas.
It’s easy to spend a day here visiting such sights as the SEALIFE Aquarium, snorkelling at Shelley Beach, wandering the Manly Arts and Craft Markets and soaking up the coastal views on the Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway.
This article first appeared on Travel Live Learn.
What are your top family attractions in Sydney?