Find the Perfect Family Holiday Balance in Sydney

When you visit Sydney there are the ultimate bucket list destinations that are an essential part of any Australian holiday. When you have children, of course, this list is tailored to meet their needs but still includes the iconic Opera House, Bondi Beach, and more.

You will likely make a stop to Taronga Zoo and take in, not only to see some amazing animals, but also to enjoy some spectacular views. The view from the giraffe enclosure showcases some prime real estate of the Sydney Harbour. The aquarium and wild life park will also be on your list, as well as must stops in the heart of the CBD, the rocks area which is full of lively history, the Queen Victoria Building and the Sydney Tower as well. 

However, after all these days spent taking in the sights you may be in some serious need for some 
adult activities. Good parenting 101 places emphasis on balance, to find something for the kids to do while you are enjoying yourself as well is, as the kids might say, even-steven.

Here are three things to do in Sydney that will give you that family harmony allowing you to maintain that level of fun the kid’s desire while also providing you with some relaxing outlets, in essence as way to find the perfect family holiday balance in Sydney.

Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is one of the top sights to see in Sydney. A Giant playground for both adults and children alike, a trip to Darling Harbour will leave you wanting for nothing. There is a constant
rotation of events on in Darling Harbour from Dragon Boat Races during Chinese New Year in February to the Yule Festival in July and in between you can find a number of cultural events taking place that promises and also delivers great cuisine, live music and cultural activities. Beyond the planned events that occur in the Harbour, there are a number of amazing restaurants, bars and cafes. However, it is the Darling Quarter Kids Playground that truly takes the cake. Complete with miniature water park, balance ropes, giant steel slides and a flying fox, this playground will keep the children entertained for hours; it is nearly impossible to tear them away from all the attractions. 

The best part about this park would be its prime location, where adjacent lies great eateries and bars for the adults to enjoy. The park is close enough for you to keep a close eye on the kids while also being able to enjoy a cold beer or even a gourmet hot chocolate or coffee from Guylians.

While in the area be sure to check out the botanical gardens as a great picnic spot with loads of pen green space for the kids to run around not to mention some of the best views of the opera house that we found. 

Sydney Harbour from the Water
The best views of Sydney can be taken from the water. There are many boating options available to you while you are on holiday or even just looking for a weekend outing. However, to keep the
children entertained while out on the water can be another matter. What is sure to spark their interest and be a big hit however, is a ride on a tall ship through Sydney Harbour. Attack of the Pirates is an adventure filled, thrilling show all on board Sydney’s own pirate tall ship. There will be music, cannons and sword fights all while you are taking in some breathtaking views of the Opera House, Circular Quay and Sydney’s North Shore. They have a bar on board serving a number of refreshments including beer and wine. All staff are fully trained in responsible service of alcohol to
ensure everyone on board stays on board and has some good family fun.

While tickets for the show are a bit pricey, $79.90 for adult and $59.90 for child, you can combine your pirate adventure with an all-day unlimited rides pass ticket to Luna Park for only $10.00 more per person. The kids will definitely be thanking you after a trip to this amusement park which has graced Sydney’s shoreline since 1935.

Child Friendly Pubs
At the end of the long day sightseeing sometimes all you want to do is park it in a pub and enjoy the
rest of your evening with a glass of wine or cold beer, some good eats too. When you have children
however, this luxury doesn’t always come around or isn’t always as easy as you would like it to be. Luckily Sydney has several child friendly pubs scattered all over the city; some of them may even
make you want to be a kid again. Following RSA guidelines to ensure your evening is everything you
expect it to be, these premises allow children to be on site until 10:00 pm but must always be supervised by a responsible adult.

The Australian Brewery and Hotel is one pub that seems to almost cater to children more than they
do adults, but let’s not forget their happiness is the key to our peace and quiet. This brewery is complete with a separate family dining space to give the families some time away from the rest of
the crowd at the pub and two big play rooms that can be viewed from your table. There is a play
room for the younger children with soft mats and a tv as well as a play room for the older children
with a play gym and coin operated games. If you make it to the pub on the weekends the Australian Brewery and Hotel offers face painting and pizza making on Sunday night.

Another option that is a must visit is the Ettamogah Hotel. This pub centres on the community and
families making their establishment a place that can be enjoyed by all 7 days a week. The highlights include an arcade room, play gym, which they boast is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, jumping castle and rock climbing. Children weighing more than 15 kgs can give the rock climbing a go and learn how to climb and rappel down the wall with help from fully trained and qualified staff for only $5.00 a session.

So what do you think?  Have you been to Sydney and found other ways to strike that balance?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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