One of Australia’s largest cities, Sydney is filled with tourist attractions.
The city, along with Melbourne and Brisbane, is a top destination for Singaporeans heading to the Down Under. There are plenty of places to visit, activities to partake in and of course, sightseeing spots. Worrying if the city would be appropriate for your young ones? Well, there’s no need to worry because the city is filled with attractions for children. Click through the gallery below to find out what kid-friendly activities they have!
The iconic Luna Park Sydney promises hours of fun for kids of all ages. The entertainment precinct, which has been around since 1935, is home to an array of exhilarating rides and attractions, like the Wild Mouse, which dips and zips you around a 400m-long circuit, high above Sydney Harbour; Wonky Walk, which challenges you to walk straight on a path with moveable floors and other obstacles; and Hair Raiser, which raises you 50m into the air before dropping you down at full speed.
If your children prefer something tamer, no worries – check out the carousels, mini Ferris wheels and bumper cars.
An unlimited rides pass starts from AU$22 (S$22.30) per child who is 85cm-105cm tall. All rides have height requirements and tickets are priced according to height.
With its exquisite beaches and impressive waves, it’s no surprise that Sydney is a popular destination for surfers. There are many surf schools near themcity, offering private as well as group lessons fornchildren of all levels of fitness and ability.
In addition to receiving instruction on how to surf and perform various moves on the water, your kids will learn surfing etiquette and how to engage the ocean safely. The schools provide surfboards and, if the temperature calls for it, wetsuits.
Manly Surf School, on Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, runs group classes daily. Lessons are suitable for children aged five and older. The cost is AU$55 (S$55.80) per child per two-hour group lesson.
Take your budding astronomers to Sydney Observatory, where they can experience the oldest working telescope in Australia – it was installed in 1874 – and learn how to spot stars and planets with help from the experienced guides.
After exploring the sky in the telescope domes, head to the 3D Space theatre or the digital planetarium to witness constellations, listen to Indigenous stories about the Milky Way, ride a spaceship to the Moon, and even travel to a distant galaxy.
A day tour ticket starts from AU$8 (S$8.10) per child; and a night tour ticket starts from AU$20 per child. Family packages are also available.
Visit May Gibbs’ Nutcote, a housemuseum that was once the home of the famous Australian children’s author and illustrator. Gibbs is best known for her iconic story, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie.
Located by the harbour in Neutral Bay, this attraction is perfect if you have a couple of hours and just want to relax – watch a short film about Gibbs’ life and book characters, take a tour of the museum, and play with the kids in the gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Tickets are AU$4 (S$4.05) per child and AU$10 per adult, or AU$20 for a family of four.
Pack a picnic basket and have a lovely picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The gardens, one of Sydney’s top spots, is right in the heart of the city. Pack your own picnic lunch or grab some take away food and enjoy the lush greenery and harbour views from the gardens. There is also plenty of room around the gardens for the kids to run about freely and explore.
If you would rather a different scenery, you can pack a picnic basket and bring it down to Bondi Beach. The famous beach, with its white, soft sand and clear, blue waters, provides the perfect backdrop for a picnic lunch.
Discover the inside of a submarine and destroyer ship and climb aboard tall ships at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Located in Darling Harbour, the museum contains artifacts, exhibitions and guided tours that explain the naval and coastal waters of Australia.
Your little sailor will be fascinated when they explore the inside of a replica of an 18th century tall ship, and learn more about Australia’s maritime history.
Tickets are dependent on the type of exhibition you wish to explore.
This article first appeared on Young Parents, May 2018.
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