Travel Time: 1½ hrs from Melbourne, 1½ hrs from Brisbane, 4½ hrs from Perth.
Weather: Famous for its sunny blue skies and comfortable temperate climate, Sydney is a great destination year-round. Summers are humid with a strong summer sun and average temperatures between 18.6 and 26°C, while winters are reasonably mild, experiencing even more sunny days than summer and average temperatures between 9 and 17°C. Autumn and Spring experience less humidity than the summer, but retain mostly sunny, mild weather averaging between 12 and 23°C.
Currency: AUD (Australian dollar)
Major attractions: Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Centennial Parklands, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Olympic Park, Bondi, Blue Mountains, Northern Beaches
Holiday types: Beach/resort & active adventure for families of all ages
One of the most kid-friendly cities in Australia, there’s so many hidden gems for families around sunny Sydney. Around Sydney Harbour, regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, families will love Taronga Zoo and Luna Park, The Rocks area – bursting with history dating back to convict times at the Rocks Discovery Museum, and Darling Harbour – alive with atmosphere and activities at the Darling Quarter, Powerhouse Museum and National Maritime Museum. Then there’s the famous Bridge Climb to take in terrific views atop the famous ‘Coathanger’, Sydney Harbour Bridge. There’s no shortage of stunning sandy beaches around Sydney’s shores. A family favourite is the famous Bondi Beach with playgrounds, Bondi Baths, skate park, kid’s surf school, Marine Discovery Centre and more. For less tourist-heavy and beautiful natural beaches head to Sydney’s Northern Beaches – Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Freshwater, Manly and Newport are great choices for families.
For outdoor adventures (so close to the city!) is the Royal National Park’s Wattamolla – a protected beach and shallow lagoon great for picnics and families with young kids; and the extraordinary Blue Mountains with countless trails, scenic lookouts and activities around the area – including a ride on the world’s steepest train!