Sydney for Kids (Self Guided), Sydney

Sydney is the most beautiful city of the undiscovered continent of Australia. Its flora and fauna is of great interest for adults and kids, as well as its history. You'll find here a lot of attractions meant for children. Check out the most interesting destinations for your entire family in this self-guided tour of Sydney.
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Guide Name: Sydney for Kids
Guide Location: Australia » Sydney (See other walking tours in Sydney)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • Sydney Wildlife World
  • The Rocks Discovery Museum
  • Sydney Observatory
  • Luna Park
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Australian National Maritime Museum

1) Australian National Maritime Museum (must see)

The Australian National Maritime Museum is dedicated to the maritime history of the country and its continuing involvement and dependence on seas and oceans. The building looks like a ship and the roof resembles billowing sails.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is the only federally-operated museum outside the capital territory. It has seven main galleries with different themes including one wholly funded by the USA, showcasing the maritime relationship between the two countries. The museum opened in 1989.

The galleries have permanent exhibitions depicting the discovery of Australia, the relationship and trade carried on by the Aborigines with other parts of Asia, travel to Australia by sea, the ocean as a resource and a gallery devoted to the ocean as a recreational venue. Three galleries are used for temporary exhibits. There are also three museum ships, a replica of HMS Endeavour that discovered the Australian continent, HMAS Vampire and HMS Onslow, a submarine, that are open to the public. Visitors can view life on convict ships, what emigrant ships brought to Australia and the history of the World War I naval battle of Gallipoli where an Australian fleet fought bravely and lost. The museum has many hands-on exhibits to entertain children, a cinema, and ocean-related computer games.

Why You Should Visit:
Excellent experience with really informative volunteer guides providing a real insight into life as a mariner.
The ships can be a bit claustrophobic but you can really appreciate what it must have been like to have served on board.

Tip:
The main museum is free (ink stamp on the wrist) but if you want to do the submarine, destroyer, or the wooden sailing ship you have to pay for those.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-5pm
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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

2) SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium (must see)

Opened in 1988, the Sydney Aquarium located on the eastern part of Darling Harbour is one of the largest in the world. More than a million people visit every year to view the diverse variety of Australian aquatic creatures showcased at the aquarium.

The Sydney Aquarium was designed to look like a wave. The inauguration was part of the bicentennial celebrations of the city. New innovative exhibitions were added after the opening and today, the display consists of over 650 species including 6000 individual fish and other marine and freshwater creatures from the rivers and seas of Australia.

The aquarium is divided into several exhibit areas including the Southern Rivers, the Northern Rivers, the Mermaid Lagoon, the Southern Ocean and the Northern Ocean. Visitors can view exhibits through a series of transparent underwater acrylic tunnels. They can see the unique species of fish and other animals swimming alongside or over their heads. Notable species at the aquarium are a platypus, Dugongs, Penguins, the Saltwater Crocodile and a recreation of the Great Barrier Reef. Besides being a major tourist attraction the Sydney Aquarium is also a research facility where tagging of sea turtles is performed and the effects of chemical contamination of water on aquatic life are studied.

Why You Should Visit:
A wonderful walk-through experience with many different sea life displays and varied viewing experiences!

Tip:
Pre-book your visit tickets online if possible; not only are discounts available you will also minimize or avoid queueing (which can be lengthy at peak times).
Aquarium inclusion in one of many Harbour ferry and tour packages is also common and definitely worth considering.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-6pm, except Tuesdays: 9:30am-3pm
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Sydney Wildlife World

3) Sydney Wildlife World

The Sydney Wildlife World is a small zoo located in Darling Harbour as an extension of the Sydney Aquarium. It features over 6000 animals in separate enclosures.

Sydney Wildlife World was constructed between 2004 and 2006. The design drew inspiration from the skeletal frame of a python. Nine ecosystems form part of the unique structure that has a mesh roof supported by steel arches. It houses over 130 native Australian animal species. Visitors feel that they are walking through an animal museum as they make their way through the glass walled zoo. It won the 2007 Best Family Focused Tourism Award. The zoo offers an informative and entertaining experience for visitors of all ages.

Sydney Wildlife World has 10 distinct ecosystems under its roof including semi arid grassland, the Koala sanctuary, the Koala rooftop, Wallaby cliffs, rainforest, reptiles, invertebrates, nocturnal, butterflies and the Kakadu Gorge where a 5 meter long crocodile called Rex resides. The Kakadu Gorge also has fish and bird species from Northern Australia. Native Australian animals are housed in the zoo for public viewing including kangaroos, wallabies, Koala bears and the endangered Cassowary. It also has a range of native Australian plants, full grown trees, vines and creepers.
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The Rocks Discovery Museum

4) The Rocks Discovery Museum

This free museum located in Kendall Lane in The Rocks, Sydney tells the tale of the location from the time it was inhabited by the aboriginal people to the present. It is one of the most interesting and informative museums in the city.

The Rocks Discovery Museum is housed in an 1850 sandstone warehouse restored by the National Trust. It covers three floors and the exhibits are divided into sections. There are many interesting historical objects on display and computer generated audio visual displays. The four sections include the Aboriginal, the Colonial, Port and Transformations.

Objects at the museum are from many archaeological excavations. Visitors can learn about the Cadigal Aboriginal people who first resided at the Rocks, the European settlements, political and social movements, union protests in the seventies and recent events like the evacuation of local residents for the development of a commercial zone and their fight against the demolition of historical buildings that would have removed all traces of the first colonial settlement in Sydney.

Interesting exhibits like Aboriginal spearheads and beer bottles used by the early European settlers are on display. Visitors can also view three informative short films on the history of the Rocks. The museum holds temporary exhibitions and special programs to introduce children to the culture of the Aborigines.
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Sydney Observatory

5) Sydney Observatory

This 140 year old observatory is the oldest in Australia. The Sydney Observatory was designed to preserve the history of the science of astronomy. It is surrounded by serene gardens where visitors can sit and enjoy the view.

The Sydney observatory was first the site of a windmill. Later a fort was built to defend the city from attacks by the French and rebellious convicts. In 1825, the eastern wall of the tower was used to send signals to passing ships. In 1856, government astronomer, William Scott was commissioned to design an observatory adjacent to the signal tower. The sandstone building has an Italianate style designed by architect, Alexander Dawson. At first the main task of the observatory was to tell the time through the Time Ball Tower. At 1.00 pm, the ball at the top of the tower would drop to signal the time to the harbour and the city.

The museum has many old telescopes, sextants and other astronomical objects on display. There is a 3-D space theatre and sky viewing sessions overseen by a professional astronomer. The sessions are held at night and visitors can observe the planets through a state of the art 40cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope or an ancient 29 cm refractor telescope built in 1874 which is the oldest functioning telescope in Australia.
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Luna Park

6) Luna Park

The premier amusement park of Sydney, Luna Park offers a range of enjoyable rides and activities for the entire family. It is located at Milson’s Point on the north side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and offers spectacular views of the harbour.

Luna Park was first established at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1935. It was constructed by the same group of entrepreneurs and designers who built the Luna Park in Glenelg in South Australia. Initially, it was open for nine month seasons between and started functioning all year round from 1972. The park was renovated and rebuilt several times and the recent redevelopment and restoration took place in 2004.

Visitors are welcomed by a polyurethane smiling face of Old King Cole at the entrance of the park. The main thoroughfare called the Midway stretches from the face to Coney Island, the only 1930s type funhouse still running in the world. Other structures within Luna Park are the Big Top, a large auditorium where music concerts and other events take place, the Crystal Palace where weddings and social events are hosted and Maloney’s Corner where temporary rides are set up. Popular rides include a carousel, a flying saucer ride and the only HUSS ranger ride in Australia.

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