Sydney is the oldest and largest city in Australia. It is the city with the iconic natural and manmade sights including the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Australia’s most famous surf spot Bondi Beach. Sydney-siders and tourists alike love the mix of a bustling city centre, a beautiful harbour and even more breathtaking beaches offered by Sydney.
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Your first stop is Circular Quay to take in the picturesque Sydney Harbour; dotted with sailing boats, ferries and cruisers. From here you can see Sydney’s most famous sights: Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. A short walk from here will take you to The Rocks, the oldest area of Sydney which is often described as an outdoor museum. Peruse the many restaurants, cafés and be sure to check out The Rocks Market on the weekends. Darling Harbour provides family-friendly entertainment options including Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre, Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Wildlife World. For a wine drive out of Sydney head to the Hunter Valley or Southern Highlands wine regions.
There is always something on in the lively city of Sydney. For three weeks in January the Sydney Festival offers a programme of over 100 events celebrating all aspects of the arts. The Chinese New Year Festival offers plenty of colour and culture including a twilight parade. Darling Harbour plays host to a range of events including the annual Australia Day spectacular in January and the Latin-American Fiesta in October. The City2Surf race in August is the largest running event in the world; the 14km course starts at Hyde Park and finishes at Bondi Beach. Finally, Sydney is world famous for its spectacular New Year’s Eve firework displays on the Harbour which makes for an unforgettable way to bring in the new year.
Aerogard have also organised The Great Gran & Grampout, a brand new family event taking place on Cockatoo Island, Sydney on Saturday November 30th. Find out how you can win tickets.
Free things to do in Sydney
Hit one of Sydney’s famous beaches for a day of free fun in the sun. Bondi Beach is Australia’s most famous surf spot but why not take the coastal cliff walk to enjoy views of nearby Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach and Coogee Beach. For a spot of culture check out the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) at Circular Quay offering a large collection of artwork completely free to the public. Spend a lazy afternoon in the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens or head to Sydney Olympic Park which has many family attractions which are mostly free. Finally, Sydney’s trendiest suburbs such as Rozelle, Bondi, Paddington and Glebe have great markets worth exploring.
Family-friendly places to visit in Sydney
- Balmoral Beach: Balmoral NSW 2088 [FREE]
- Sydney Olympic Park: Corner Showground Road and Herb Elliott Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 [FREE*]
- Darling Harbour: Visit the site [FREE*]
- Luna Park: Olympic Drive, Milsons Point NSW 2061 (Pictured)
- Australian Museum: 6 College St, Sydney NSW 2000
- Centennial Park: Oxford Street, Sydney NSW 2021 [FREE]
*Some paid attractions
Find out more about things to do in Sydney at Sydney.com.
Sydney weather: when to visit
The most popular visitor city in Australia is blessed with great weather year-round. Temperatures rarely dropping below 10 degrees even in the height of winter. Summer in Sydney (December to February) provides perfect beach weather while tourists also enjoy the spring and autumn seasons which are sunny and clear. The driest months in Sydney are August through to December. Check out the mean monthly temperatures and mean rainfall to plan your next trip to Sydney here.