Life with kids in Sydney City
Covering The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Circular Quay and the Domain
Located just North of the city around the Sydney harbour, The Rocks through to The Domain is an area of history, arts and beauty with a huge variety of activities for both visiting families and local Sydney families.
We've got all the information you need to add to your bucket list and plan hassle free, fun trips with the kids!
The Rocks is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum”. It’s the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical significance. Get a sense of Sydney's past exploring The Rocks' cobblestone streets, heritage buildings and family friendly museums and art galleries. Enjoy the markets and a picnic with a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Sydney Opera House.
There’s plenty of open space for the kids to run wild in The Domain’s 34 hectares. It runs from the eastern edge of the Sydney central business district right up to the Sydney Opera House and includes the stunning The Royal Botanic Gardens.
ICONIC BUILDINGSSydney Opera HouseThis iconic building is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's not just for adults to enjoy. There is so much for kids to do! The Sydney Opera House Kids at the House program is a year-round series of performances and creative experiences for young people.Sydney Explorer Bus: Stop 10, Macquarie St, bus bay near roundabout
Sydney Harbour BridgeThe Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's most well known and photographed landmarks. The whole family can enjoy the views from the very affordable The Pylon Lookout and for the ultimate experience you can try The Bridge Climb (over 10's)
Sydney Explorer Bus: Stop 24, Dawes Point - Hickson Rd, near Ives Steps Wharf
ART GALLERIESMuseum of Contemporary ArtOn the edge of Sydney Harbour, overlooking the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the Museum of Contemporary Art provides a treasure trove of art-inspired experiences and adventures for kids and their families.Sydney Explorer Bus: Stop 26, George St, cnr Alfred St (opp DFS Galleria)
Art gallery NSWA very family friendly gallery, with specific family and kids workshops. Make a day of it and enjoy the surrounding Royal Botanical Gardens and the amazing walks around the harbour.Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 12, Macquarie St, opp Hunter St
HISTORY AND MUSEUMS
Sydney ObservatoryDuring the day view solar objects or by night the stars and planets. Afterwards, you can have a picnic in the Observatory grounds or visit one of the many restaurants and cafes close by in the historic Rocks.Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 23A, Bangaroo Hickson Rd
The Rocks Discovery MuseumThe Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present.Sydney Explorer Bus: Stop 26, George St, cnr Alfred St (opp DFS Galleria)
Susannah Place MuseumPerched on one of the sandstone ledges that gave The Rocks its name, Susannah Place is a typically English row of ‘two up, two down’ terraces, each originally with basement cellars and kitchens, separate laundries and bathrooms. Between 1844 and 1990, over 100 families called these four terrace houses home, living lives inextricably linked to the vibrant world of the Rocks beyond their front doors.Sydney Explorer Bus: Stop 26, George St, cnr Alfred St (opp DFS Galleria)
Justice and Police MuseumStep into the 1890s cell and feel what it's like to be on the wrong side of the law. Play out your own courtroom drama in their 1890's court.Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 26, George St, cnr Alfred St (opp DFS Galleria)
Customs HouseSituated at Circular Quay, the Customs House is a great place to bring the kids to see the city model through the glass floor and have a breather and a rest in the atrium.Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 26, George St, cnr Alfred St (opp DFS Galleria)
Government HouseAs the official residence of the Governor of NSW, Government House plays a central role in the official and ceremonial life of this city and state. It is used for a wide range of ceremonies, receptions and cultural and community events, and is open to the public three days a week.Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 10, Macquarie St, bus bay near roundabout
State Library of NSWThe State Library of New South Wales provides dynamic, informative and entertaining exhibitions and display programs. Five historic galleries in the Mitchell Wing enable visitors to see many treasures through a changing exhibition and display program. They also offer free daily historic and heritage tours.Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 12 - stops just outside library on Macquarie St, opp Hunter St
GREEN AREAS AND VIEWSRoyal Botanic GardensA place of natural beauty, where people come for peace, relaxation, education, and to learn more about plants and horticulture. Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 11 (Scenic walk to Mrs Macquarie Chair) Macquarie St, Crystal Palace Gate
Andrew (Boy) Charlton PoolSet on Woolloomooloo Bay near the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool has a breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.
Dawes Point (Ta Ra Park)A historical park at the northern tip of The Rocks with unparalleled views across Sydney Cove. It's a great place to stop and have a picnic and one of the best spots to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks.Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 24, Hickson Rd, nr Ives Steps Wharf
There are lots of pocket playgrounds in the area to keep the little ones occupied.
ENTERTAINMENTDendy Cinemas Opera QuaysLocated on the promenade leading towards the Sydney Opera House, Dendy Opera Quays overlooks spectacular Sydney Harbour.Sydney Explorer Bus - Stop 10, Macquarie St, bus bay near roundabout
The Rocks hosts amazing festivals and FREE events for families throughout the year. If you are planning a visit check our 'What's on in Sydney' section so you don't miss out!
WHERE TO EAT?
Rocks Markets - Every Saturday & Sunday
The Rocks Foodie Markets - Every Friday
Pancakes on the Rocks (The Rocks)
The Tea Cosy