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Sydney

Sydney is a wide open city, and you're never far from the water. Aborigines have lived in the Sydney area for thousands of years, apparent from rock art sites and archeological findings. On his ocean travels, Captain Cook dropped anchor in 1770, and named his landing spot Botany Bay (south of present day Sydney). Sydney was founded with the arrival of English convicts in 1788. Today, explore the ins and outs of Sydney with kids, a dyanmic city with a varied multicultural population.
Sydney Photo Album
    Darling Harbour
    Circular Quay
    The Rocks
    City Center (CBD)
    Sydney - North
    Sydney - East
    Sydney day trips
    Ride the ferries Sydney Harbour extends for miles, with many inlets, coves and headlands. Riding the ferries is a good deal and one of our favorite things to do in Sydney. If you're staying in Darling Harbour, it's easy to hop on the ferry to Circular Quay. Visiting Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach or Watsons Bay, a ride on the ferry is part of the fun. Ferries run frequently on different routes, check the ferry schedules here.
      Tip: Buy comprehensive day or week tickets, such as MyFerry (good for multiple ferry rides), or MyMulti ticket is even better. A day or week MyMulti ticket is good for unlimited travel on ferries, trains, light rail, and buses. Pick up the tickets at convenience stores.
      Family Funday Sunday On Sundays, for a flat fare, buy family tickets for unlimited rides on ferries, buses, etc. Travel all the way up to Newcastle, down to Wollongong or out to the Blue Mountains.
   

Fun food

   

Sydney Fish Market – Head to the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont for a tasty lunch outdoors under shady umbrellas. The busy fish market itself is an experience, such an abundance of fish and seafood, mounds of pink prawns, rows of silvery salmon, gigantic live lobsters waving their claws as they're weighed. There's plenty of choices for kids, including fish and chips (try the barramundi). The Fish Market is open daily, to get there, take the light rail (tram) from Paddy's Markets.

    Chinatown Restaurants serving "yum cha" (dim sum) are perfect for families. Pick the dishes you like (even picky eaters like a barbeque pork bun) and the ambiance is pleasantly noisy.
family hotels sydney australia
Travel for Kids has plenty of fun things to do with kids in Sydney, but you'll need a fun place to stay while on holiday.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels in Sydney, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

    Sydney family hotels
family travel tools sydney australia
What better way to explore Sydney Harbour than a hop on hop off boat cruise? Stops at Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Luna Park, Watsons Bay, pass is valid for 24 hours.
Sydney Hop On Hop Off Boat Cruise
kids books
     
Toad Rage sydney australia
 
Toad Rage
Morris Gleitzman

Hilarious, wacky story of Limpey, a cane toad who can't understand why humans hate them. Limpey and his cousin Goliath (who nearly ends up squished on the road) head to Sydney for the Olympic Games, determined to become official mascots. (Chapter book)

And don't miss Limpey's next adventure: Toad Heaven



     

Humorous, handy hints for the new convict, sentenced to seven years transportation to Botany Bay. Tips for how to survive eight months at sea in an overcrowded ship with terrible food, avoid floggings with the "cat," ideas for escaping and making friends with aborigines who know how to survive in the bush, and if you're lucky, with a pardon you can start a new life. (Picture book)

 

 
You Wouldn't Want to Be an 18th Century British Convict! - kids books history Sydney
     
Escape from Botany Bay history sydney australia
 
Escape from Botany Bay
Gerald and Loretta Hausman

1787. Based on a true story, teenage Mary Bryant is transported on a convict ship to Botany Bay (Sydney). In the colony, enduring awful conditions, Mary and her new husband dream of escape. They sail a small boat three thousand miles in open sea to Timor – the remarkable journey of a courageous young woman. (Chapter book)

 

(More children's books on other Australia pages)
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