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20 Mar 2019 15:44:17
Whether you’re a tourist, or a local exploring your city, there’s no shortage of things to do in Sydney with kids. Start your day out in the family-friendly Darling Harbour precinct. With its fascinating history and modern outdoor spaces, there’s a lot to entertain the entire family. Here are five big ideas to inspire you.
Kickstart your day with the wind in your hair. Hop on a ferry that goes from Circular Quay, stopping at Barangaroo and two spots in Darling Harbour: Pier 26 and the International Conference Centre. This iconic ride acts like a highlights reel of Sydney; taking you under the harbour bridge and past the Opera House. It’s a short trip, only 20 minutes long, but it offers the ‘best of’ the city from a boat.
In the early days of European settlement, Darling Harbour was known as Cockle Bay, for its abundance of shellfish. Convicts would pick their way along the tidal zone, searching for a free meal in the area now known as Tumbalong Park. ‘Tumbalong’ means ‘place of seafood’ in the Dharug language of the Eora Nation. The park features impressive play areas, with swings, a super slide, and a climbing net ten metres high. The water park is an outstanding inclusion, with 26 jets spraying water into the air. The kids can run between them, trying to anticipate where the next geyser will erupt!
Get close up to Sydney Harbour’s most charismatic inhabitants at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium; from the famous Little Penguins to the giant Blue Groper with his Instagram-worthy pout. Nemo is here too of course, along with many of the inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef, in the newly opened Day and Night On The Reef exhibit. Ride the encased moving walkway into the dappled depths, as huge sharks and rays sail overhead. If you’re daring, book a shark diving experience and meet these impressive animals, face to fin! For littlies, the Discovery Kids Rockpool is a popular hands-on experience, featuring starfish, shark eggs and shells. And if you’re looking for more creature encounters, visit WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, right next door. Purchase a 2 attraction pass and you'll save over 40% on entry to both the aquarium and the zoo!
The King Street Wharf and Barangaroo areas form the northern end of the Darling Harbour precinct. The area has been completely transformed into a bustling hub of restaurants, bars and shopping. At the northern tip, there’s open green space, with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Pack a picnic and let the kids run free; this is the great outdoors in the heart of the CBD.
Feeling peckish? For an authentic meal, take a short stroll to buzzing Chinatown. Treat the family to some of the best fare from all across Asia; order your favourite dish and soak up the atmosphere. On top of being delicious, the food here is culturally diverse; choose from Malaysian, Thai, Korean, Taiwanese, Hong Kong cuisine, and of course – Chinese. Yum!
Sydney is a playground for adults and children alike. There’s always something to do with the family, no matter what the weather. So round up your gang and set out to explore the myriad of attractions in Darling Harbour.