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5 Unique Family Activities to Plan When Visiting Sydney

Posted by Anna Marie Smith on 09/05/2016
Audley Boatshed

A trip to Sydney offers fun and excitement for the whole family, no matter what sort of activities or attractions you’re into. There’s so much to take in and so much to do that you’re sure to have no trouble filling your days to the brim with cool activities while in Sydney. If, however, you want to try something a little different with your family, something not everyone has heard of and done before, then a little guidance and pre-planning is probably required. Make sure you’re in the loop by checking out these five unique family activities to plan when visiting Sydney. Take a look!

1. Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk

Sydney Tower and Skywalk
photo credit: sydneytowerbuffet.com

Ok, so you might not think a visit to the top of Sydney’s tallest building is very “unique” as far as activities are concerned. Yet what if you were to take a walk whilst you were up there – on the outside of the building! If your kids are aged 8 or older (and are very brave) they can participate in this, surely an experience they can brag to all their mates about. You will be walking around the outside of the Tower, at a height of 268 m, looking down through glass platforms to the city streets below.

2. Chowder Bay Track


Chowder Bay Track
photo credit: aroundyou.com.au

For families who prefer something less scary, why not take an easy 2 hour walk along the shores of Sydney Harbour. The Chowder Bay Track, starting at Bradleys Head, offers a different, brilliant view of iconic Sydney structures such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Another highlight is passing the military relics at Bradleys Head.

3. Check out the city’s best playgrounds


Plough and Harrow Park
photo credit: playgroundfinder.com

Sydney has some awesome playgrounds your kids will love. Plough and Harrow Park in Abbotsbury in Sydney’s west is really big and ideal for older kids, too. There’s a hamster wheel, a flying fox and a big climbing frame, as well as a water park and special toddlers’ area. Steel Park in Marrickville focuses entirely on the water circle, from the source in the mountains to the estuary. All the kids need to do is press a button, and water will flow for 10 minutes through all the different areas of the playground. All the usual stuff is there, too, and there’s also a bike track. Blaxland Riverside Park is one of the most challenging in Sydney. As well as tunnels, water features and hill slides, it’s got a 12 metre tree house, a swinging tree trunk that fits several kids, a flying fox and a massive suspended spider web to climb on horizontally.

4. Sail on a pirate ship

attack of the pirates
photo credit: youtube.com

‘The Attack of the Pirates’ is a fun experience for the whole family. It’s essentially theatre on board a ship, which departs from Milson’s Point and The Rocks. The 1hr 15mins performance features sword fights and cannon thunder.

5. Ride an aqua bike


Audley Boatshed
photo credit: audleyboatshed.com

An aqua bike is like a big three wheeler bicycle thing that rides on the water. You can hire one at Audley Boatshed in the Sydney’s Royal National Park, just 30 km from the CBD. Kayaks, canoes, row boats and mountain bikes are also available for hire. Alternatively, rent a pedal boat from Lane Cove Boatshed in the Lane Cove National Park. These can fit two adults and two small children comfortably.

6. Go skydiving

indoor skydiving
photo credit: downunder.iflyworld.com

No, not actual skydiving! Instead, try something just about as thrilling – Indoor skydiving! It’s great fun for the whole family. Instead of throwing yourself out of a plane, you get to “fly” on top of an upright wind stream in a vertical wind tunnel.

Tips offered by Oz Whale Watching, one of Sydney’s leading eco-attraction.