Sydney is the biggest city in Australia, and one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities on the planet. It is also the capital of the Australian state known as New South Wales. This Australian coastal, southeastern city is a popular tourist destination because of its many cultural landmarks, beaches
, shopping, fine dining options and much more. If you are planning to visit this glittering Australian city with children, there are also a lot of fun things for kids to see and do.
The Sydney Aquarium is an excellent tourist attraction for children. Some of the exhibits include a Dangerous Creatures exhibit that is comprised of stonefish, sharks, saltwater crocodiles, lionfish and much more. There are also fascinating exhibits that detail Australian geography, such as the Southern Oceans and Northern Rivers.
Australia NSW 2000
Tel: 011 (+61) 2 8251 7800
The Taronga Zoo is Australia's finest zoological garden. It is home to a diverse array of the country's exotic and native species. The location of the zoo is particular interesting, since it is located on an elevated piece of land. It overlooks the exquisite waterfront and you can see some of the city's biggest landmarks, including the Opera House. From Australian sea lions and koalas to penguins and New Zealand fur seals, this is a fun place for kids to see and learn about wildlife.
PO Box 20
Bradleys Head Rd
Australia NSW 2088
Tel: 011 (+61) 2 9969 2777
Nielsen Park is an untarnished heritage park. It is also the home to a very popular family-oriented beach, and is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and enjoying a relaxing picnic. There are gorgeous harborside views and plenty of shade at this park. Kids will be able to run around and work off their energy at this beach/park. Be sure to take a leisurely stroll along the Hermitage Foreshore, which is a strip of bushland that serves as an excellent walking path.
Vaucluse, NSW 2030, Australia
Tel: 011 (+61) 2 9337 7333
Justice and Police Museum
The Justice and Police Museum is a fun place for kids to visit while in Sydney. This museum illustrates Sydney's history as a colony for convicts back in the 19th century. The museum is located in the building that was the former site for the Police Court. This is a fun and fascinating place for children to learn a little bit about law and order. From a magistrates court and remand cells, this museum offers a lot of interesting things to see when it comes to crime and punishment.
Justice and Police Museum
8 Phillip St.
Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: 011 (+61) 2 9252 1144
There is a monorail in Sydney that runs from the city center all the way to Darling Harbour, going in a loop. This is a fun way for kids to see a lot of the city. You can even make a lot of fun stops along the way, whether you want to visit the Sydney Aquarium or take a walk around the harbour. From getting views of Chinatown from above to passing bustling George Street and going through the Spanish Quarter, kids will have a blast on the Monorail.
220 Pyrmont St.
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Tel: 011 (+61) 2 8584 5288
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