Sydney Family Holiday Guide

One of the things Sydney does best is solve family holiday dilemmas. From dusk til dawn, there’s a treasure trove of “aww”, “cool”, “sick” and “giggle” inducing sights, entertainment and wallet friendly fodder to ensure an unforgettable time for all the right reasons.

Day 1: We be a swashbuckling harbour city me-hearties, so grab the crew and hoist the anchor, we’re off to sea:

  • At the Australian National Maritime Museum you can jump aboard ships, peer through a periscope, and see fun exhibitions or cool scary stuff like mythical creatures of the deep.
  • Grab a fish and chips lunch at Darling Harbour then cool off in the water fountains - designed for kids to splash around in while hapless parents can only watch on or join in.
  • Walk to Sydney Aquarium to gawk at sharks, rays, octopus and the dungongs, Pig and Wuru – undeniably cute creatures, but the fact they’re ancestors were ever mistaken for mermaids just proves how strong the Rum was back in settlement days.
  • Dinner at the very family friendly Pancakes on the Rocks, with its irresistible menu selections such as Crazy Potato, Alice In Wonderland and the Caterpillar.

Day 2: Go west young family! In less than two hours you’ll be on top of the great wall of Sydney, the stunning Blue Mountains.

  • Take a full day tour to the Blue Mountains, explore the Jenolan Caves and take an almost vertical cliff side ride down into the rainforest on the scenic railway.
  • Or hire a car for the trip and stop off at Penrith Panthers on the way back for a round of mini golf or some wild arcade game action in the Kaos family centre.
  • Then tuck into some cowboy fare at the nearby Silver Spur Steak Ranch with face painting, PlayStation, balloons and a brilliant kids menu.

Day 3: Last chance to smear the town red with those grubby little mitts. We better make it good:

  • If your kids are of creative persuasion, the hands-on art workshops and enchanting storytelling at the Art Gallery of NSW will have them in rapture.
  • The Disco and Magic Cruise is a bit like Siegfried and Roy for kids - without the ticked off kitty cat. The best part is that you can relax while the magician, music games, prizes and lunch keeps the kids spellbound for hours.
  • Step under Sydney’s worst ambassador for cosmetic dentistry, the Luna Park face. Free to get in, open most days and they offer a range of ride passes from Go Silly for the littlies to Go Wild for your thrill seekers.
  • After all that tossed and turned fairy floss, eating may not be high on the agenda tonight. But if is, take the troops down to Harry Cafe de Wheels, grab a pie, dangle your legs off the wharf and have a yarn to half of Sydney’s never-around-when-you-need-one taxi drivers.

Recommended Sydney Family Hotels:

  • Novotel Darling Harbour is a short break mecca for Sydney family fun – swimming pool, tennis court and an honest “not far now darling” walk from the Imax Theatre, Powerhouse Museum, Wildlife World an Aquarium..
  • Kids are treated like rock stars on the verge of a tantrum at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney - child size bathrobes, bedtime milk and cookies. Plus they’ll even arrange babysitting so you can hit the town and leave the divas behind.

See the list below for more Sydney Family Hotels.

3 self rated
88 Dowling Street Sydney 2011 Australia
Situated on the city centre's edge, Woolloomooloo Waters Apartment Hotel offers spaci...more
5 self rated
161 Elizabeth Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Situated in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), overlooking Hyde Park, Sheraton o...more
4 self rated
317 Castlereagh Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Located in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), 5 minutes’ walk from Central Stati...more
3.5 star
37 Ultimo Road Haymarket 2000 Australia
With a stay at Aarons Hotel Sydney, you'll be centrally located in Haymarket, steps f...more
3 star
18 Ingram Road Wahroonga 2076 Australia
In the heart of Wahroonga, Ascot Motor Inn is close to Wahroonga Park and Glade Reser...more
4 star
477 Chapel Road, Bankstown Bankstown 2200 Australia
Breakfree Bankstown International is located in Sydney's south west close to Bankstow...more
4 self rated
212 Riley Street Sydney 2010 Australia
Offering rooms with a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station, the award-winning C...more
4.5 self rated
169-179 Thomas Street Haymarket 2000 Australia
Novotel Sydney Central is in the heart of Haymarket, walking distance from Railway Sq...more
4.5 self rated
242 Arden Street Coogee 2034 Australia
Located in Coogee (Randwick - Coogee), Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is minutes from Coog...more
4.5 self rated
34 52 Harrington Street The Rocks 2000 Australia
With a stay at Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney - MGallery Collection, you'll be centrally...more
3 star
480 Pacific Highway Killara 2071 Australia
Located in Killara, Killara Inn is minutes from Killara Golf Club and close to Marian...more
3 star
28 Regent Street Sydney 2008 Australia
Located opposite Central Station in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), this full...more
3 self rated
28 Macleay Street, Potts Point Sydney 2011 Australia
Located in Sydney’s stylish Potts Point area, The Macleay offers accommodation with S...more
4 star
10 Brown Street Sydney 2067 Australia
Mantra Chatswood provides large, fully self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom apartments with...more
5 star
30 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Marriott Sydney Harbour is in the heart of Sydney, walking distance from Museum of Co...more
4.5 self rated
2 Lee Street Haymarket 2000 Australia
With a stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Central, you'll be centrally located in...more
3 self rated
431 - 439 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central is located in Sydney CBD (Central Business District...more
4 self rated
100 Murray Street Sydney 2009 Australia
Located 3 minutes’ walk from Harbourside Shopping Centre in Sydney CBD (Central Busin...more
4 self rated
55 North Steyne Road, Manly Sydney 2095 Australia
Located opposite Manly Beach, one of Australia’s most beautiful and popular beaches,...more
4 self rated
1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly Sydney 2095 Australia
In the heart of Sydney Harbour National Park - Manly, this unique hotel offers a peac...more
4 star
389 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Perfectly located in the heart of Sydney CBD (Central Business District), Rydges Worl...more
4 star
14 Carrington St Sydney 2000 Australia
With a stay at The Menzies Sydney, you'll be centrally located in Sydney, steps from...more
4 self rated
38 College Street Sydney 2010 Australia
Overlooking the famous Hyde Park, Oaks Plaza offers self-contained accommodation with...more
4.5 self rated
359 Crown Street Surry Hills 2010 Australia
With a stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Crown Street in Surry Hills (Darlinghurs...more
4 self rated
5 York Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Located in the heart of Sydney CBD (Central Business District), The York by Swiss-Bel...more
4 star
Cnr Of George And Bond Streets Sydney 2000 Australia
Located close to Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay, Mantra 2 Bond Street is just a 1-m...more
4 self rated
Cnr Kent And Bathurst Streets Sydney 2000 Australia
Featuring an indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness centre and sauna facilities, Adin...more
4 self rated
183 Coogee Bay Road Sydney 2034 Australia
Situated just 200 metres from Coogee Beach, Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee features an...more
4 star
653 George Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Located in the heart of Sydney, BreakFree on George offers refurbished, modern, self-...more
4 self rated
252 Sussex Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Just a 2-minute walk from Darling Harbour and Town Hall Station, Seasons Harbour Plaz...more
4 self rated
110 - 114 James Ruse Drive, Rosehill Sydney 2142 Australia
Waldorf Parramatta Apartment Hotel offers modern self-contained apartments with free...more
4 self rated
2 Cunningham St. Sydney 2000 Australia
APX World Square offers spacious apartments with private balcony and full kitchen in...more
4 self rated
2-12 Busaco Road Marsfield 2113 Australia
When you stay at Medina Serviced Apartments North Ryde in Marsfield, you'll be in the...more
4 self rated
34 -36 Ocean Avenue Double Bay 2028 Australia
With a stay at Medina Serviced Apartments Double Bay in Double Bay (Double Bay - Rose...more
4 self rated
47 - 49 Chippen Street, Chippendale Sydney 2008 Australia
Waldorf Sydney Central Serviced Apartments features a gym, a sauna, plus free secure...more
4 self rated
860 Victoria Road, Ryde Ryde 2112 Australia
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a barbecue area, Metro Inn Ryde...more
5 self rated
488 Kent Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Offering free WiFi and a fitness centre with a sauna. Fraser Suites Sydney features l...more
4 self rated
35 Levey Street, Wolli Creek Sydney 2205 Australia
Just 5 minutes' drive from Sydney International Airport, and 10 minutes' drive from t...more
4 self rated
72 Liverpool St Sydney 2000 Australia
Radisson Hotel and Suites is situated in the heart of Sydney CBD (Central Business Dist...more
4 self rated
18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta Sydney 2150 Australia
Featuring an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness centre, Holiday Inn Parramatta is...more
4 self rated
1161-1171 Pittwater Road, Collaroy Beach Narrabeen 2097 Australia
Located opposite Collaroy Beach, Bellagio by the Sea offers luxurious apartments and...more
5 self rated
80 Pyrmont Street Sydney 2009 Australia
Offering luxurious accommodation, Astral Tower and Residences is situated in The Star...more
4 self rated
54a West Esplanade, Manly Sydney 2095 Australia
Located in the seaside suburb of Manly, Quest Manly is situated opposite Manly Ferry...more
5 self rated
98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks Sydney 2000 Australia
Quay West Suites Sydney offers 5-star apartments located in the historic Rocks precin...more
2 self rated
485 King St, Newtown Sydney 2042 Australia
Australian Sunrise Lodge is located in Newtown, within 10 minutes' drive from both Sy...more
3 self rated
108A Oxford St, Darlinghurst Sydney 2010 Australia
Featuring a rooftop terrace with lovely harbour and city views, Sydney Wattle Hotel i...more
4 star
4 Collaroy Street, Collaroy Narrabeen 2097 Australia
Only 50 metres from beautiful Collaroy Beach, Sydney Beachouse YHA is set in the hear...more
3 self rated
42 Parramatta Road, Summer Hill Sydney 2130 Australia
Marco Polo offers budget-friendly accommodation with free WiFi access, just 20 minute...more
4 self rated
243 Pyrmont Street Sydney 2009 Australia
Overlooking Darling Harbour, Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments offer stylish accommodation...more
3 self rated
132 - 136 Sussex Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Metro Apartments are located in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), just a 2-minu...more
4 self rated
383 - 389 Bulwara Road Sydney 2007 Australia
Just 3 minutes’ walk from the Powerhouse Museum, Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney offers ref...more
4 self rated
74-80 Ivy Street Sydney 2008 Australia
Adina Apartment Hotel Chippendale offers modern serviced apartments set around a leaf...more
4 self rated
8-13 South Steyne, Manly Sydney 2095 Australia
Set directly opposite Manly Beach, The Sebel is a stylish, boutique hotel offering 2...more
3 self rated
17-23 Parramatta Road, Haberfield Sydney 2045 Australia
Offering free high-speed WiFi and free parking, the 3.5 star hotel Garden Lodge Sydne...more
5 self rated
199 George Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Overlooking Sydney's historic Rocks area, Four Seasons Hotel offers free WiFi, a bar,...more
4 self rated
34 The Avenue Sydney 2031 Australia
This 4-star boutique hotel is close to Sydney's CBD and Coogee Beach. It offers peace...more
2 star
201 William Street Sydney 2010 Australia
Located in the heart of Kings Cross, ibis budget Sydney East offers budget accommodat...more
2 star
5 Ross Smith Avenue Sydney 2020 Australia
Ibis budget Sydney Airport is located just 10 minutes’ walk from the domestic termina...more
3 self rated
331 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills Terrey Hills 2084 Australia
Surrounded by peaceful natural bushland, only 25 km from Sydney city centre, this res...more
3 self rated
6 Steinton Street, Manly Sydney 2095 Australia
Just 150 metres from Manly Beach, this guest house offers free Wi-Fi and a lounge are...more

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