Family Week in Sydney: Tips for the First-Time Visitor
by Rachel Jackson
Spending a week with the family in Sydney is sure to be lots of fun for everyone. The city has plenty of family-friendly accommodation, dining and activity options. Here are some top tips for making the most of your family holiday in Sydney.
Where to Stay
For those who want to be in the midst of the action, Darling Harbour offers easy access to the IMAX theatre and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
If you’re looking for budget accommodation, you should also take a look at camping on Cockatoo Island. It’s a heritage-protected island in the middle of Sydney Harbour and it offers self-catering apartments as well as tents.
How to Get Around
Sydney is fairly flat, so walking around the city shouldn’t be too arduous for little legs. Public transport, however, is the best option if you’re going to successfully get around the main city attractions.
Buses, trains and ferries are all pram-accessible. You can spot a pram-accessible bus by the sticker it will have in the front window. Children under one need to be strapped into a car seat if they’re travelling in a taxi. Luckily, many taxi companies can provide one, so be sure to make a request when booking.
A free CBD shuttle bus – the 555 – runs in a loop around the city centre and departs from any bus stop with the green shuttle logo. The most economical way to travel on other public transport services is with a weekly pass. Children aged three and under travel for free. Discounted public transport tickets are also available on Sundays with the Family FunDay Sunday pass.
Where to Eat
It’s easy to find places to eat with the family in Sydney. Many restaurants offer children’s menus and early bird deals if you dine in the early evening. There’s lots of international cuisine to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters and wonderful food markets offering the freshest of produce for the more adventurous. Sydney’s beautiful beaches and scenic parks also offer great spots for a family picnic or a rustic dinner of takeaway fish and chips.
What to Do
There is no shortage of family-friendly activities in and around Sydney. Here are just a few of them:
There’s lots of fun to be had along Sydney’s coastline. The whole family can learn to surf at Bondi Beach, you can buy a ticket for a yacht, or you can take an amazing cruise along the coast for several days to discover the Pacific Ocean.
The Australian National Maritime Museum is home to a replica sailing ship and a submarine, while the Australian Museum has ten dinosaur skeletons and lots of interactive exhibits designed for children. For budding astronomers, there’s also Sydney Observatory, where you can explore the universe in a 3D space theatre.
Exploring Sydney with the family is sure to be an unforgettable experience, whatever you choose to do. This family-friendly city offers more than enough activities to fill a week, or even two.
Rachel is a mother of 2 beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a Senior Content Manager at NYBizDb – an online resource of relevant business information.