When you live in a city, you often know the best places to go and things to do. When you’re a family travel blogger, you make it your business to know. Today we are pleased to welcome Leah from the family travel blog The Kid Bucket List who is letting us in on her five top things to do in Sydney, Australia.
The best 5 things to do in Sydney with boys
Sydney is an amazing city bursting with both iconic attractions and hidden delights that the locals like to keep quiet about so they are not inundated with visitors. It’s the city I have chosen to raise my children; a city that provides us with a rich tapestry of experiences every single day.
With an amazing subtropical climate, Sydney has near perfect weather year round which lends itself to a little exploring. Today we share with you the best things to do in Sydney with boys.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
You have two options when it comes to climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can either climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout or you can book a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Your choice is will be determined by three factors: the age of the climbers, your budget and your stomach for heights.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout is open to all ages and takes the climber up 200 stairs to the lookout which provides sweeping views across the city. This option will set you back $15.00 per adult, $10 for students and seniors, and $8.50 per child.
Location: South East Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Opening Hours: Open daily between 10.00am to 5.00pm except Christmas Day.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb recently opened the books to children 8 years up. You will be kitted out in a special bridge outdoor gear before setting off to climb to top of the Bridge where you will discover the most amazing views in the city.
Location: 3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Tours can be booked from dawn through to night
Tour the Sydney Opera House
Boys will find the Sydney Opera House kids tour a real hoot as they are led around the inside of one of the world’s most famous architectural marvels. From an elevator without a roof to some insider secrets, a chance to raid a backstage costume box to a number of interactive games, the tour is one that we always share with our international friends.
Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney
Opening Hours: Daily at 9.45 am during the school holidays
If you’re there during the NSW school holidays then take the kids on the Junior Adventure tour. You will need to book well in advance directly with the Opera House.
Hang on, what? Sky diving for kids? Penrith, on the outer edges of Sydney is home to iFLY Downunder, a state-of-the-art indoor skydive centre where kids can safely experience the thrill of skydiving without actually jumping out of a plane. We’ve done it a couple of times and found it to be a great way to get the heart pumping (mine if no one else’s!)
Location: 123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 10pm. Saturday & Sunday 7am-10pm
Current Ticket Price: Starting at $89.00
Explore a Submarine
HMAS Onslow is a Cold War submarine that once housed 60 sailors and 8 officers before it was decommissioned back in 1999. It is just one of the amazing vessels that can be explored at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. School holidays are also a great time to visit with the site boasting an array of martitime activities during this period.
Location: Darling Harbour (the Pyrmont side) at 2 Murray St, Sydney.
Opening Hours: Every Day 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Extended to 6:00 pm in January. Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm. Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
Current Ticket Price: Whilst the galleries and Mini Mariners Play Area are free, you will need to purchase the Big Ticket to explore the ships and submarine. A family ticket is $79.00
Hit the Beach
When it comes to beaches, Sydney is spoilt for choice. There’s the famous Bondi and Manly beaches (or even Cronulla); Palm Beach made famous by the TV show – Home & Away; an array of tidal beach pools and then, of course, there is my favourite beach: Shark Beach at Nielsen Park, Vaucluse.
Shark Beach offers shade, lapping tides (no huge waves); good snorkeling, lawns and an amazing café. There’s room for some soccer or cricket; rocky outcrops to explore and pristine water to swim in. What else could you want?
Location: Sydney Harbour National Park, Vaucluse
Current Ticket Price: Free
Of course Sydney has so many other offerings just waiting to be discovered! Where will you start?
Updated March 2018
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