Sydney, Australia, is often mistaken by many foreigners as the capital of Australia; it's not. Sydney is well-known for many things such as the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the 2000 Olympics, great food and great fun. If you have ever thought about taking a family trip to Australia, then this guide is for you. There are so many family friendly activities that will have you tucking the kids into bed worn out every night! Check them out:
- Visit Taronga Zoo. Take a ferry across the harbor to the gates of this wonderful historic zoological park. Once in the zoo take the cable car to the top of the hill so that you can gain a birds eye view of the whole park, not to mention the harbour and Opera House. The zoo is home to over 2500 animals from over 300 different species including large enclosures of Australian animals such as Kangaroos, Koalas, Emus and Brush Tailed Bettongs.
There are ample restaurant facilities and also picnic facilities on site. The zoo runs several exciting sessions throughout the day including feeding the giraffes where guests are able to have their photo taken hand feeding the zoo's giraffes. A small donation is required to be involved in such activities. For more information check out the Taronga Zoo website.
- Ride the ferris wheel at Luna Park. Located close to the northern end of Sydney Harbor Bridge, Luna Park is a purpose built entertainment precinct housing dozens of rides, side shows and fun activities for the kids. The best thing about Luna Park is that walking through the famous smiling mouth is absolutely free. You can purchase a classic ticket for rides, which starts at AU$43 per person or you can purchase single ride tickets starting from AU$5. Luna Park opens at 11am on weekdays and 10am on the weekends. Closing times vary throughout the year. For more information visit the Luna Park website.
- Have an encounter of the Nemo kind at the Sydney Aquarium. Kids will love the interactive touch pools at the aquarium where they can safely encounter several of Australia's marine species. The aquarium, located on Darling Harbour, is home to over 12,000 animals including huge sharks, rays, crocodiles, platypus and fairy penguins. The aquarium is open every day from 9am till 10pm with shark feedings occurring on Sunday morning. Check the website for other feeding and show times and also for a 10% discount on admission.
- Give your kids a birds eye view from atop the Sydney Tower. The observation deck of Sydney Tower or Centre Point Tower as it is otherwise known, offers visitors a 360 degree view across Sydney from 820 feet up. You'll be able to see, on a clear day, all the way from the mountains to the beaches and across the harbour. The tower has 1504 stairs which you can climb if you choose or you can take one of the super speedy lifts. For those who are really adventurous you can join the Sky Walk tour that takes you outside the observation deck on to a glass deck. Children under 4 are free and adult entry is AU$24.50. If you pre-purchase tickets on the website you can save 10%.
- Pamper the parents with a Lindt hot chocolate from the worlds first Lindt Chocolate Cafe. Located in Martin Place is the world's first Lindt Chocolate Cafe where you can enjoy a coffee, hot chocolate and slice of Lindt Chocolate Mud Cake in opulent surroundings. The Cafe also acts as a store front selling exclusive Lindt products such as cakes, biscuits and multiple varieties of Lindt Chocolate balls. The cafe opens at 8am and also offers take away.
Using all these great tips you should be able to plan an enjoyable family holiday to Sydney, Australia without breaking the bank. Have fun in Sydney!