The best family trips in Sydney

Sydney has all the ingredients to keep your kids occupied having fun out in the sun: beaches, animal life, thrills and outside space galore. Even the architecture of buildings such as the Opera House is whimsical and dramatic enough to delight the kids. Taking youngsters on holiday can often be a bit of a trial, but in Sydney you’ll find that the days fly by.

What better place to start than the ocean. The Sydney and NSW coastline has a range of beautiful beaches, including the iconic Bondi Beach and the laid-back vibe of Byron Bay. Along the coastline here you can learn how to surf, go kayaking (depending on the swell) or have a family picnic on the pristine sand.

Sydney is known for its outside space. Besides the beach, there are also plenty of parks, playgrounds and museums for kids to run around in. One of the best is the Royal Botanic Garden: you can learn about the aboriginal heritage, partake in free family guided walks or enjoy the new garden-related theme in Dandy Lions, a morning of events for children under the age of five which includes gardening, crafts, singing and playtime.

Why not discover some of Australia’s sharks, which glide through Shark Valley at Sea Life Sydney. This Aquarium takes you on an underwater journey through the country’s unique freshwater and marine environments, putting you up close and personal with aquatic life such as dugongs and sawfish that will make your kids’ imaginations sing. If you’re looking to discover Australia’s land animals, head to Taronga Zoo for once-in-a-lifetime encounters with koalas. Also to be found in the city next to Hyde Park is the Australia Museum, which is home to life size animal models, dinosaur skeletons and a special mini-museum for younger kids.

For a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Sydney from above, visit Tower Eye’s outdoor skywalk, which gives children over the age of eight the thrill of 360-degree views. Other viewing prospects include a climb over Sydney Bridge – one of the most exhilarating activities in the city.

If you’ve hired a car and are willing to take a trip out into the countryside, a short two-hour drive takes you to Jamberoo Action water park, an excellent activity for the whole family – and for the whole day.

Such are the many joys of Sydney, though, that even if you decide to just see the sights and enjoy an afternoon at the beach, you’ll have plenty to keep the kids happy!