Outdoor Family Activities in Sydney


There’s so much to experience outdoors in Sydney, Australia. Sandy beaches perfect for playing and relaxing, lush gardens to venture into and explore, and so much more. Whether you and your family are more indoor folks or not, spending time in the outdoors of Sydney is well worth the trip. Here are five family-friendly activities to do when visiting Sydney, pulled from our Sydney Destination Guide for families with babies and toddlers.

Photo of Coogee Beach Walk: Jackie Whelan

Sydney Royal Botanical Garden

Sydney Royal Botanical Garden is expansive and beautiful with views of the Sydney Opera House. There is plenty of room to run around and have a picnic. [Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, AU]

  • Take a walk at Botanical Gardens, start at the Opera House and walk along the harbour to Mrs. Macquarie’s chair. It’s a lovely, easy walk that’s mostly flat if you have bébé in a stroller.


Coogee Beach Walk

Coogee Beach Walk, a 10km walk from Bondi to Coogee, has beautiful scenery throughout. It’s best to navigate with a baby carrier as there are stairs along the way. There are stops for coffee/food as well. [Coogee NSW 2031, AU]


Photo: Jackie Whelan

Manly Beach

Out of the Sydney activities on this list, Manly Beach will please the whole family. You can do anything here, from water sports like surfing and swimming, to sunbathing and simply wading in the water. [Manly Beach, New South Wales, AU]

Take the Manly Ferry to get to the beach. Buy a cheap bucket, spade, and play on Manly Beach when the weather is warm!


Hyde Park

Hyde Park—the oldest public park in Australia—is the perfect place to walk through. You’ll likely spot tons of the flying foxes hanging from the trees and moving around. It’s a fun place to check out the local wildlife! It’s located in the Central Business District, with Museum and St. James train stations beneath the park, and has toilets onsite. A memorable Sydney activity to check off your family’s bucket list! [Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, AU]


Luna Park

Luna Park is an amusement park probably best suited for older kids. There are options available for children between 2 and 3 years of age, however, and the ticketing system is based on the height of the child. For children between 85 cm and 105 cm, rides such as the Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Dodgem cars, Coney Island, etc. are accessible, provided that the child is accompanied by an adult. Rides marked with a red spot are accessible to younger children that fit the height requirements. [1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point NSW 2061, AU]

Photo of Luna Park by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


For curious parents who want to learn more about traveling with bébé in Sydney, our Sydney Destination Guide has recently been updated, containing helpful info for navigating this big, beautiful city with the whole family.

Have you visited any of these Sydney destinations before? Let us know in the comments. Happy traveling!



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