Cool things to do in Sydney… with kids!

DSC00703It was lovely to meet Courtney recently as she began her big adventure along Australia’s east coast. It’s funny the feelings it stirred in me. I really wanted her to have a good time in Sydney. And I wanted her to love my neighbourhood of Bondi as much as I do. So I sent her off a quick list of things to do with children, and I thought it might be useful for anyone else visiting Sydney.

Of course, this list is not exhaustive and is skewed to areas near where I live. So I’d love to know your suggestions if you live locally.

Nielsen Park, Vaucluse – a Harbour pool that is kid-friendly with the most amazing view of the Harbour Bridge while you swim. There is a kiosk where you can get takeaway food, a café or you can just take a picnic. There are a few walks in this area too. There’s loads of great advice on this blog – Family Fun Sydney too.

Watson’s Bay – you can get ferries here to the city or just enjoy the park and wander around the streets which have the cutest cottages – used to be a fishing village although now highly coveted for real estate so everything is made over. But still has lots of charm. You can eat with your family at the pub there – Doyles or get takeaway fish n chips.

Oceanworld, Manly – You can get a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly which is a really beautiful journey across the harbour and I’m pretty sure at this time of year at dusk all the little penguins come out onto the beach.

Powerhouse Museum – No Sydney museum is going to compete with London or New York – but the Powerhouse Museum has a section for kids that’s very popular. It’s called Zoe’s World and it’s a mini construction site with bricks made of foam that kids can build with in a mock construction zone.

Redleaf Pool, Double Bay – Another beautiful Habour pool that’s kid friendly. There’s also a kiosk here.



Comments (5)

March 2, 2010

Thanks for the tips! I was in Sydney only for a few days, so I can’t add many ideas, sorry! but I think it’s a fascinating city. One of my favourite cities in the world! Thanks for sharing info and photos! I love your blog!

March 2, 2010

Natalie, thx for mentioning my blog in your write-up. If I may, I would also like to recommend my favourite beach – Camp Cove in Watsons Bay. It has a beautiful beach, a shady reserve, a convenient kiosk and the very interesting South Head Heritage Walk. The whole area is beautiful and there are gr8 photographic opportunities every where – check out the photos!

March 2, 2010

I’m so sad we didn’t get to spend more time in Sydney. I would have loved to visit Watson’s Bay — it sounds amazing.

Thanks, again, for all your tips. It was really lovely to meet you and your family.

March 3, 2010

Great list! I love all these places too……I especially love Nielsen Park and have spent many a sunny afternoon there!

October 21, 2010


Oh how I wish I could offer advice, but Sydney is still on my list to visit as well. Thanks for sharing the application, I like the collaborative potential!


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