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A family weekend in Sydney

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GoNSW ·last year
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Seeing Sydney through a child’s eye is a wonderful way to get a new perspective on a city you thought you knew. Not only is the harbourside city blessed with spectacular beaches and beautiful bushland that beat any playground, it is also home to museums and attractions that will engage their minds and create long-lasting memories. Here is your ultimate family weekend in Sydney.

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Check-in to the Four Seasons for family fun

Arrive at Four Seasons Sydney and enjoy the Family Fun Package, including gifts for the kids, an in-room kids' movie experience, daily breakfast, themed linen and a tent experience. Parents will love this accommodation too – take advantage of the plush king beds and soaker tub while the kids play.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
4.5 rating

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge at twilight

Kids eight years and up can climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb’s twilight tours. Take in 360-degree views with the family from the top of the iconic ‘Coat Hanger’.

BridgeClimb Sydney

3 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australi...
4.7 rating

Dine on the rooftop of the Glenmore Hotel

An Aussie Icon, the Glenmore Hotel offers a fun atmosphere and views of the Sydney Opera House. The kids menu includes favourites like popcorn chicken and fish and chips, plus elevated pub classics for the grown ups.

The Glenmore Hotel

96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Austral...
4.3 rating

End the night with room-service dessert

Treat your tribe to dessert back in your room. As the city lights up, take in the sparkling views over a pavlova or banana split before settling in to watch a movie.

The Glenmore Hotel

96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Austral...
4.3 rating

Start the morning with coffee, croissants and a harbour cruise

Grab coffee, juice and delicious French pastries from La Renaissance and make your way to Circular Quay. Hop on the ferry and cruise to Taronga Zoo Sydney.

La Renaissance Patisserie and Cafe

47 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
4.4 rating

Spend the day roaring and exploring Taronga Zoo Sydney

Ride the cable car across Taronga Zoo Sydney and check out the amazing exhibits, including the new African Savannah precinct with lions, giraffes and meerkats. Don’t miss the Sumatran Tigers and the kids will love the incredible Free-Flight Bird Show.

Taronga Zoo Sydney

Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
4.5 rating

Cycle around Sydney on a bike tour

Take a guided tour around Sydney with Bonza Bike Tours. Take in the sights from two wheels as you pedal past Sydney’s parks, harbour and iconic sites. Bonza caters to all ages with kids bikes, chariots and baby seats.

Bonza Bike Tours

30 Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Austral...
4.8 rating

Explore the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo

After lunch, jump on the Light Rail to Ultimo to check out the fascinating and interactive Powerhouse Museum. The collections on display span science, technology, design and more, and the museum is ideal for families looking to understand Australia’s unique culture.

Powerhouse Museum

500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
4.6 rating

Enjoy dinner in Barangaroo at Belle’s Hot Chicken

Belle’s Hot Chicken has something for the whole brood – the kids will love the chicken tenders and mac and cheese, and parents can enjoy natural wines and Belle’s famous chicken sandwich.

Belles Hot Chicken

5/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000, Aus...
4.1 rating

Have a sweet ending to the evening with Gelato Messina

Grab a water taxi or ferry back to Circular Quay and swing by Gelato Messino at Gateway for an ice cream. Try the salted caramel and white chocolate flavour, or Hokey Pokey with chocolate and honeycomb, before heading back to the hotel.

Gelato Messina Surry Hills

389 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
4.6 rating

Spot sharks and sea turtles at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Jump back on board the ferry to Darling Harbour and visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium where the kids can meet king penguins, sharks, turtles and a dugong. Afterwards, nearby Darling Quarter boasts an impressive playground with climbing ropes and flying foxes where the kids can expend some energy before sitting down for dinner.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
4.3 rating
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