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Whether you’re planning a family day out with grandparents, or ‘young at heart’ yourself, here’s our list of popular Sydney attractions for elderly and not-so-elderly seniors.
Loops and Laps
The Bondi to Coogee walk is loved for its boundless ocean views and coastline-hugging curves. It’s perfect for seniors because it’s paved, and you can easily choose a section that suits your fitness. At the southern end of Coogee beach, you’ll find McIver Women’s Baths, so if you’re of the lady persuasion, it’s a perfect spot for a dip. There are steep steps, but the handrails are solid, and there’s easy access to the rock pool below. Entry is by coin donation. This pool is for women only, but nearby Wylie’s Baths is for everyone.
Sails of Sydney
The Sydney Opera House is an obvious choice for a scenic excursion, but it never fails to impress. ‘The House’ caters well for seniors and people with disabilities, with accessible entry to all theatres. So why not catch a show under the famous sails? The walk from Circular Quay is flat, and there are plenty of food and drink options along the way.
Trains and Trees
The Royal Botanic Gardens are perfect for a delightful stroll between the trees, and the lush lawns and brilliant flower beds are easy on the eye. For a broader view, take the miniature train for a lap of the area, with highlights explained along the way. Keep an eye out for the prehistoric Wollemi Pine, growing proudly near the eastern end of the gardens.
In the eastern suburbs, Elizabeth Bay House is an excellent place to revisit history. It was built for Governor Macleay in the 1830s, on the slope above the water, with no luxury spared. Visit the underground cellars, see where the servants slept, and swan around like a wealthy landholder. There’s accessible parking on-site.
Eyes to the Horizon
Over on the north side of the harbour, North Head has amazing ocean views. See the artillery batteries that kept the harbour (mostly) safe during two world wars. Learn about the local wildlife and plants on the 1km walk to the lookout. Dedicated accessible parking is limited, but there are a couple of spaces available.
For twitchers (bird watchers), Centennial Parklands offers exceptional opportunities for spotting. The central ponds attract many kinds of waterfowl. Centennial Park was the original water source for Sydney, and the area contains natural soaks and springs, and a variety of habitats. The official ‘twitch list’ names 120 species of birds sighted in the park. Join an official tour, or go out on your own with a good pair of binoculars.
Fish and Tips
For an easy under the sea experience, head to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour. Meet the aquatic inhabitants of Sydney Harbour in a close-up way that’s not possible elsewhere. See sharks gliding overhead in the under the sea tunnels. Discover graceful rays, tropical fish, luminescent jellyfish and more. You might even spot a dugong – the siren of the sea. The Aquarium was planned for maximum accessibility, with ramps connecting the different zones. It’s one of the most memorable things to do in Sydney, for elderly parents, grandparents and even young children. Hot tip: buy online and save.
$55Per Adult (Child $39)