Sydney has one of the most instantly recognizable skylines in the world. With a huge range of nature experiences, beaches, parks and, of course, stunning architecture in the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. No wonder it’s Australia’s favourite city for tourists!
Best time to visit Sydney
Summers in Sydney can be hot, humid and crowded but also the best time for visiting the beach, catching the stunning New Year fireworks and the Sydney Festival. In contrast, winters can be cold and wet, which surprises many visitors who think Australia is basked in year-round sunshine!
- If you are looking to avoid the peak crowds and extremes of summer and winter, the best time to visit is September to November (Spring), and March to May (Autumn)
- With family activities throughout the year and not too many weather extremes Sydney is a great year-round destination
How to get around Sydney
Although Sydney is a large sprawling city, many of the major attractions are walking distance apart or easily reached on public transport. The city can be incredibly busy around peak commuter times in the mornings and evenings though so take care travelling with small children.
- Sydney’s public transport system is effective with a huge variety of “things that go” to keep kids amused from ferries and trains to buses and light rail.
- Pick yourself up an Opal Card to use public transport (and travel on a Sunday to save – come and see how!)
- Car parking is very expensive, try to get around without a vehicle while staying in or near the CBD
Where to stay in Sydney with kids
Sydney is undoubtedly one of the most visually spectacular cities in the world, with many hotels offering stunning harbourside views. Sadly it is also one of the most expensive cities to stay in.
The popular inner city areas of Circular Quay, the Rocks and Darling Harbour are all brilliantly located to the tourist attractions but come with a price tag.
The suburbs immediately surrounding the CBD such as Central Station, Surry Hills and Paddington offer better value and space.
Rooms generally don’t come large enough for adding extra beds, so serviced apartments with extra bedrooms are a great family option or opt for two interconnecting rooms. Beware of extras such as car parking costs and in-room wifi when choosing your hotel.
Top things to do in Sydney with kids
Sydney is one of the most action-packed cities in the world for family entertainment. There is a fabulous mix of buildings to explore and outdoor spaces, from parks to beaches and wildlife encounters. But make no mistake, the city is large and you will spend a fair bit of time getting from one attraction to another.
If you only have limited time, don’t try to rush things; pick only a couple of key activities a day and make the transport between them part of the fun!
What to pack for Sydney
Sydney has distinct seasons. Summer you will definitely want your sunglasses and sunhat while winter you should be prepared it can be cold enough to need a jacket.