Sydney is a truly enjoyable place to visit. From the sweeping views of the famous harbor with the iconic Opera House on show to the many great restaurants and a long list of fun family activities including – my favorite – varied and excellent beaches, there is something for everyone in your family.
We rented a pretty two-bedroom apartment in Sydney from Rent-A-Home. Our apartment was US$175 per night. If a hotel is more your style, the Holiday Inn Old Sydney is in a beautiful location on the edge of The Rocks. If you’re traveling with young children, and it’s important to be close to a park or playground, the Sheraton On The Park faces Hyde Park which has beautiful gardens and also a large grassy area to play in.
During our visit, the Australian Dollar was very strong against the U.S. Dollar making even small purchases appear overpriced. I found that eating breakfast at our apartment and packing a lunch helped to keep food costs down. It was easy to find a Woolworths supermarket in most city neighborhoods.
We did enjoy mid-morning coffee at Cafe Charlotte, a friendly local cafe in our ‘home’ neighborhood of Balmain. Brunch at the Bogey Hole on Bronte Beach was delicious. I was able to sneak some really excellent Thai food by my boys at Nood Noodle Bar on Darling St. but I think they preferred the Tuesday two-for-one pizza at The Riverview Hotel. Our favorite all around for treats was Adriano Zumbo.
If you think you’ll be riding the bus or taking a ferry during your visit to Sydney, drop by the tourist information center in Darling Harbor. They’ll explain the many and varied ticket and pass options. With their help, I chose a Red weekly TravelPass. I was also able to take advantage of a family discount, when one fare paying adult travels with children, the first child travels for a child fare (half the full adult fare) and all other children travel free.
Sydney Family Attractions I’ve already said that my boys rated the beaches the best part of our visit to Sydney and that our visit to the Powerhouse Museum was great fun, very educational and very good value. [ read more ]
Sydney With Kids: The Beaches Sydney’s excellent beaches were the most appealing part of our recent trip for my children. My boys had a blast jumping in waves, taking surfing lessons and generally goofing around on the shore. [ read more ]