• Taronga Park Zoo - extraordinary wildlife including Australian fauna, panoramic views of Sydney Harbour
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park at Doonside
  • Oceanworld Manly – West Esplanade, Manly Cove
  • Koala Park Sanctuary, West Pennant Hills
  • Sydney Aquarium - Darling Harbour 
  • Wildlife Sydney - Darling Harbour
  • Centennial Park Stables
  • Fairfield City Farm
  • Marine Discovery Centre, - Bondi





  • Hyde Park, CBD - features the Anzac War Memorial and fountains. Cafés at either end offer alfresco dining. Giant sized chess set near St James Station.
  • Royal Botanical Gardens, CBD
  •  Darling Harbour. A playground for children includes free flying foxes, water games and paddle boats for hire. Darling Harbour playground
  • Sydney Harbour National Park - gorgeous walks around the Sydney Harbour foreshore for FREE. Includes Bradleys Head, Middle Head (Tunnels, Tiger Cages, Forts Tours are available) and South Head
  • Lane Cove National Park - Take a nocturnal walk ph 94729300. Boat hire and suitable for picnics.
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - features Aboriginal heritage see
  • Royal National Park - the second oldest National Park on the globe. Bicycle, Paddle Boat and Canoe Hire at Audley. Swimming at selected locations.
  • Headland Park, Mosman - stunning harbour views
  • Centennial Park - Hire bikes/ponies
  • Explore Parramatta River by ferry
  • Nielsen Park - Vaucluse, offers shady beach
  • Spit Bridge to Manly walk
  • The Gap - Watson's Bay
  • Ride with the Riverboat Postman on the Hawksbury River- N.B This is a tour.
  • Middle Harbour - Hire a houseboat , fish/swim
  • Pittwater National Park - ferry to the Basin
  • Botany Bay National Park - Botany Bay Discovery Centre
  • Chinese Gardens - Darling Harbour
  • Dendy Opera Quays - Cinema
  • BLUE MOUNTAINS DAY TRIP  - Scenic Railway, Echo Point/Three Sisters, Jenolan Caves, the Zig Zag Railway at Lithgow, Everglades at Leura, old fashioned candy shop in Leura
  • HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS DAY TRIP - These gardens located in a wine region closest to Sydney features a motorised train and children's "Storybook Garden"
  • KIAMA DAY TRIP - The Blowhole and Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park
  • Palm Beach - home of the TV show "Home and Away". It's a beautiful drive along the way.
  • Illawarra Fly - near Jamberoo - experience a tree top walk in a rainforest environment. Could be included as part of Kiama Day Trip above.
  • Bush and Birds at Hay Nature Reserve - St Ives - walk through the blue gum forests - 9472 9300
  • Eco Adventure Rangers - Learn about Sydney's bushlands - 9247 5033




  • Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour
  • Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
  • Australian Museum, CBD (dinosaurs, mummies, indigenous artefacts etc)
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Museum of Contemporary Art - The Rocks
  • Hyde Park Barracks - learn about Sydney's heritage
  • Rocks Discovery Museum - learn about colonial Sydney
  • Museum of Sydney - Bridge/Phillip Streets
  • The Mint - Macquarie Street
  • Justice and Police Museum, Circular Quay vicinity
  • Nicholson Museum - University of Sydney - ancient artefacts
  • Susannah Place Museum - The Rocks




  • Sydney Tower Observation Deck, Oz Trek - a virtual ride experience for children over 3 years, Skywalk for 10 year olds plus, two revolving restaurants for dining. Cnr Pitt and Market Street
  • Ferry rides around Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay
  • Sydney Observatory - You can arrange to visit the observatory for night time viewings.
  • Luna Park - historic theme park, rollercoaster rides etc situated on the Sydney Harbour
  • Use the monorail for a fun ride around town
  • Sydney Opera House - explore for FREE or bookings are available for a combined Opera House tour and Taronga Park Zoo. Also consider the Kids at the House program which offers special performances for children and families all year round.
  • M9 Laser Skirmish - Darling Harbour,  for teenagers
  • Sydney Olympic Park - Homebush Bay
  • Historic Carousel - at Darling Harbour
  • Ten Pin Bowling - Kingpin Bowling, Darling Harbour/King Street Wharf
  • Imax Theatre - Darling Harbour
  • Customs House at Circular Quay - Walk over a large scale model of the city sunk beneath a glass floor
  • Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
  • Ferry to Neutral Bay and see Admiralty House (The Governor General's Residence) and Kirribilli House
  • Bare Island - La Perouse
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • Cockatoo Island
  • Harbour thrill rides - start from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. Various operators.
  • Elizabeth Bay House - one of the finest in Sydney's colonial history
  • Vaucluse House
  • Fort Denison - small island in the harbour, former city defense and convict prison - bookings essential
  • Goat Island - former shipyard, quarantine station and gunpowder depot. Pre -book tours.
  • Dixon Street, Chinatown - large ornamental lions mark the entrance to a narrow section of shops and restaurants- purchase souvenirs and Asian items, Chinese herbs etc
  • Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour
  • Grand Buildings of Macquarie Street - Government House, Parliament House, Sydney Hospital, History House etc
  • Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park
  • The Great Synagogue - this is a gorgeous building - especially internally - Tour only.
  • Nutcote - the Home of May Gibbs, ferry to Neutral Bay
  • Nan Tien Temple - pretend you are in Asia for a day - Berkeley Road, Berkeley NSW
  • Children's shops - HobbyCo (inside the Queen Victoria Building), The Puppet Shop (The Rocks), Australian Geographic (Queen Victoria Building), Peter Nathan Toy Soldiers (Queen Victoria Building), ABC Shop (Queen Victoria Building), Just White (for dolls - Queen Victoria Building), Hey Presto Magic Shop - 84 Pitt Street, Apple Store-  367 George Street, Allans Music Store - sell musical instruments, located 228 Pitt Street
  • Teenage/Youth fashion - look out for funky Japanese and Korean fashion in the streets in and around Chinatown, Paddys Market, more upmarket: The Galeries Victoria 500 George Street
  • Bookshops and Comic shops: Dymocks - George Street, Kinokuniya - the Galeries Victoria (George Street), Kings Comics - Liverpool Street - Chinatown end, Pitt Street
  • Entertainment Quarter - Bubbles of Fun, Laser Skirmish, Ten Pin Bowling, Rock Climbing, Cinema Complex

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge for FREE – Start at the pathway  on Cumberland Street (The Rocks) and walk over the bridge to Milson's Point where you may go to Luna Park.  You can stop by the Pylon Museum and Lookout on the bridge. From Milson's Point, walk over to Kirribilli Wharf to take the ferry back to Circular Quay or return by rail at Milson's Point station.




  • Manly Quarantine Station Tour: Guided tours only allowed – phone for booking 9247 5033  Public Tour: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun Time: 1.10pm – 3.40pm (Take the no 135 bus from Manly Wharf)  Adult Ghost Tours: Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm Kids Ghost Tours: Friday 6 – 8pm
  • Manly boat and kayak hire: East side or pier Manly Wharf
  • Epic surf Adventures – Manly Yacht Club
  • Tour of School of Artillery North Head – Wed/Sat/Sunday 11.30, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
  • Oceanworld Manly – West esplanade Manly Cove
  • Learn to surf - Manly Beach




  • Paddys Market - Chinatown
  • The Rocks Market - weekends
  • Paddington Markets - Paddington on Saturdays
  • Balmain Markets - Saturdays




  •  Andrew (Boy) Charlton Swimming Pool, The Domain, Sydney CBD
  • Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre, College Street, Sydney - has a wave machine for children
  • Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Harris Street Ultimo
  • North Sydney Olympic (laps only)



Food Court and takeaway

  • Below Myer Department Store
  • the MLC Centre in Martin Place
  • Sydney Westfield
  • Chinatown Dixon Street
  • TGV (Galeries Victoria)
  • World Square
  • Piccadilly Arcade
  • Chifley Plaza
  • Australia Square
  • Harbourside Shopping Centre at Darling Harbour
  • Market City Food Court - above Paddys Market, Haymarket


Darling Harbour Area

  • Casa di Nico Italian Restaurant, Location King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour - Children's menu, Sydney Rock Oysters, Pizza, Pasta, Veal etc Reasonable prices for waterfront venue
  • Lindt Chocolate Cafes - Cockle Bay Wharf
  • Pancakes on the Rocks, Darling harbour
  • British Lollypop Shop
  • Chinta Ria Temple of Love - funny name but it features an indoor buddha and Malaysian and Asian food. Cockle Bay Wharf
  • South Steyne Floating Restaurant - a bit of a novelty on the water at Darling Harbour but does offer a children's menu.
  • Zaafran - Indian Cuisine at Darling Harbour
  • Olivo Restaurant - Reasonable Italian  - Kids Menu - all under $10

ChinaTown Area

  • Chinatown - Dining Precinct -  Numerous Yum Cha, Cantonese, Uigher, Shanghaiese restaurants and food courts
  • Marigold Chinese - Yum Cha - 683-689 George Street
  • East Ocean - Sussex Street
  • Mamak - Malaysian, Goulburn Street


Mid-city Area

  • Georges at Piccadily Arcade near the Hilton - sandwiches, coffee, milkshakes
  • Lindt Chocolate Cafe - George Street (close to Wynyard Station)
  • Lindt Chocolate Cafe - Martin Place (cnr Phillip Street)
  • Art Gallery of NSW Cafe - with views, balcony seating available
  • Spanish Quarter, Liverpool Street - variety of Spanish restaurants serving tapas
  • Sushi Train - near Town Hall, 570 George Street
  • Sydney Central Paza - under Myer Department Store for casual foodcourt dining and takeaway
  • Chinatown too far to walk for yum cha? - try the Palace Chinese Restaurant in the Piccadilly Arcade for Chinese food, including Yum Cha. Address: 210 Pitt St (opp. Hilton Hotel)
  • Din Tai Fung - Location: World Square - Taiwanese dumplings to die for - probably the best dumplings in Sydney. Family Friendly - watch the dumplings being made
  • Wagamama - radio control menu ordering system - Japanese ramen style cuisine at Galeries Victoria
  • Guzman Y Gomez  Mexican - Nachos and tacos. Location: Australia Square, Sydney Westfield


The Rocks, Circular Quay, Opera House Area

  • Sidewalk Cafe - Sydney Opera House
  • Pancakes on the Rocks, Location:  The Rocks
  • Zia Pina Pizzeria - The Rocks
  • Guylian Chocolate Cafe - two locations - The Rocks and at Circular Quay

Near the CBD

  • Sydney Fish Markets - Ultimo
  • Centennial Parklands Dining -  Restaurant, café, kiosk plus children's activities and children's playground
  • Eat at Bill and Toni’s - Darlinghurst
  • Brtitish Lolly Shop - Kings Cross
  • Harry's Cafe de Wheels - famous pie shop between Kings Cross and the Domain -Woolloomooloo Wharf


Further afield

  • Newport Arms -  children's playgrounds and glorious views
  • Doyle's - Watson's Bay
  • Paragon Cafe - Katoomba
  • Jenolan Caves House - Afternoon Tea
  • Cabramatta - Vietnamese Dining
  • Leichardt - Little Italy
  • Jellyfish - Manly
  • Ripples at Chowder Bay - stunning harbour views
  • Bondi Trattoria
  • Palm Beach- This is where the TV series Home & Away is filmed



City Host Information Kiosks are opened daily from 9am to 5pm and are located at:

  • Town Hall (George Street)
  • Circular Quay (corner of Pitt and Alfred Streets)


Sydney Visitors Centre - The Rocks

Cnr Argyle and Playfair Steets
The Rocks NSW 2000
Tel: 02 9240 8788
Web: or

Opening hours: 9:30am to 5:30pm daily

The Centre is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day


Sydney Visitor Centre - Darling Harbour

33 Wheat Road
(Between IMAX Theatre and Darling Walk)
Darling Harbour NSW

Opening hours: 9:30am to 5:30pm daily


Official Sydney Toursim site