Family Funday: 5 Fun-Filled Activities in Sydney

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Top 5 Things To Do In Sydney

The list of things to see and do in Sydney is endless! If you’re planning your next trip to Sydney and are not sure where to start, then here’s a list of five fun-filled family activities that will not disappoint. Every Sunday in Sydney is Family Funday, where your family can enjoy a fun-filled day out with unlimited travel on Sydney’s buses, trains, ferries and light rail for just $2.50 per person. The Family Funday ticket includes the Hawkesbury, Newcastle, Maitland, Wollongong, Southern Highlands and Blue Mountains regions. So hop on and start exploring!

1. Venture across the river to Taronga Zoo


One of Sydney’s iconic landmarks, Taronga Zoo is home to around 2,600 animals over 21 hectares, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is just a short 12 minute ride from the city by ferry with breathtaking views along the cliff face. There are plenty of activities to choose from when you get there with various wildlife tours, around-the-clock bird and seal shows, and keeper talks on offer. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, then why not camp overnight at the zoo in safari tents and awake to the sound of lions as part of the zoo’s “Roar and Snore” experience?

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2. Get active at the Sydney Olympic Park


Previously the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the parkland is open to the public and remains abundant with activities to please the whole family. With 35 kilometers of cycleways, this is the ideal place to hop on your bike and discover the wildlife refuges, mangrove boardwalks and outdoor art sprinkled within and amongst the parklands. Cool down after your 2-wheeled adventure with a dip in the pool and make a splash with the kids at the Splasher’s Water Playground in the Aquatic Centre. After all of this you’re sure to have worked up an appetite so why not pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a barbecue beneath the picnic shelters?

For more information and to discover what’s on, visit

3. Escape to the Blue Mountains


If you’re wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, then the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to unwind. Simply hop on the Intercity train line which regularly departs from Central Station to Wentworth Falls, Katoomba and Mount Victoria, amongst other regions. From Katoomba, we recommend you board the Explorer Bus which you can freely hop on and off to see the main sights at your leisure (tickets can be purchased on board the red double decker bus from Katoomba Station). Your itinerary for the day could include visiting the Three Sisters at Echo Point, riding the vertical railway and cable car at Scenic World Blue Mountains, or satisfying your sweet tooth at the infamous Candy Store.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit or to find out more about the region.

4. Head north to Newcastle


Rich in history and culture, and boasting a thriving dining scene, Newcastle is a beautiful beachside city that will win your heart. There are frequent return train services departing daily from Sydney that take the scenic route over the Hawkesbury River and through Woy Woy, Gosford and Wyong. On a hot Summer’s day you can’t go past the Newcastle Baths alongside Newcastle Beach, or the Bar Beach which is perfect for families with its sheltered rockpool. This casual coastal city boasts three beaches that are interlinked by one walk called Bathers Way. So why not tuck into some fresh fish and chips, followed by a leisurely walk before taking a dip?

For a comprehensive list of things to do, places to stay and a guide to navigating your way around, visit

5. Get lost in the Hunter Valley

This one is especially for the adults! After all, what would a trip to Sydney be without visiting the Hunter Valley? Deemed one of the premier wine regions of Australia, the Hunter Valley is home to over 120 wineries that produce a variety of world class wines. Only 2 hours north of Sydney, there are countless activities woven into the wine experience. Surrounding regional farms produce cheeses, chocolates, preserves and luxury produce to complement your food and wine experience.

For a list of places to wine, dine and stay during your visit to the Hunter Valley, visit

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By Stuart Stratton at 10 Sep 2014, 09:45 AM