One of Australia's most iconic cities, Sydney, truly has a lot to offer! There is always something special you can do with your family because once you get there - there is a world of possibilities right outside the city limits!
Take a break for the day and head out of the city - head up into the mountains, relax on one of many amazing beaches, explore the true essence of the stunning nature, discover Australia's famed wildlife, or take the river and sea cruises and learn about the cultural heritage. All in all, Sydney truly is a getaway to endless possibilities! Here are some of the best places around Sydney you can enjoy with your family!
The Royal National Park
This is the second oldest National Park in the world and certainly the place you want to visit while exploring the amazing hidden gems just outside the city limits. The amazing National Park is a veritable heaven for adventure-seeking nature lovers! It combines pristine beaches with cliff-fringe forests, small, hidden valleys, beautiful rivers and breathtaking nature that you will simply adore exploring with your family.
You can either hike along the cliff or you can hire a canoe and head up the Hacking River to explore the mesmerizing beauty of the amazing Royal National Park. Take your little ones whale-watching, show them the amazing marine life by opting for snorkeling or fishing, or try out family surfing while trying to tame the magnificent ocean waves. Take your family on an unforgettable adventure and have the time of your life!
Wendy's Secret Garden
Explore Sydney's Lower North Shore with your family and discover many hidden gems like Wendy's Secret Garden! Simply book private Crows Nest accommodation and start your adventure in the Lower North Shore regions. Pack a picnic basket and head to the amazing Wendy Whiteley's garden in Lavender Bay, and spend a day doing all kind of family bonding activities. Make it all about your little ones by making up treasure hunt games or opt for activities that include the whole family. You will feel like you've entered a true oasis, a perfect spot that feels so private!
The story behind this wonderful garden is as beautiful as the nature – after the death of her husband Brett Whiteley, Wendy channeled her grief into creating a place of enchantment – a piece of heaven on earth filled with native and exotic herbs and plants, towering fig trees, that became a home to many magical animals - parrots, gulls, kookaburras, owls, and wagtails. Enjoy the day in nature, breathing in fresh air while listening to birds chatter amidst the flowers and berries.
The Blue Mountains
This amazing and beautifully surreal destination is a perfect place for outdoorsy families! The stunning Blue Mountains get their name from the blue haze that lies over the mountains - that is actually just thousands of eucalyptus plants releasing their scented oil into the air. Spend your daily bonding with family while discovering the unspoiled wilderness, hidden hiking trails, eucalyptus forest and many aboriginal rock paintings. Make this day trip an educational adventure for the little ones and inspire them to research fun facts and anecdotes about this amazing destination. Or simply join the guided tour and learn all about the various flora and fauna, as well as the amazing and legendary aboriginal stories!
The Mountains are located just under a two-hour drive west of Sydney and yet it's a whole new world out there. Take your family on a forest walk tour through ancient trees of the Three Sisters rock formations at Echo Point Lookout. Treat yourself after a long day of being active with amazing lunch at historic Lochiel house!
Head to the beautiful rift valley along the Kangaroo River and discover the wonderful scenery by kayaking. It is about two hours drive from Sydney that will worth every penny! Teach your kids about teamwork while together overcoming obstacles along the way and take many amazing photographs next to the waterfall at Fitzroy Falls!
Kangaroo Valley is perfect for a nature escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Sydney; a perfect spot for spending time with your family! Discover wonderful rich green pastures, sparkling creeks, and rivers, lush rainforests, learn more about the native flora and fauna and completely clear your mind from the stress! Focus on your kids, on getting to know each other better, on bonding while doing all kinds of outdoor activities in the Kangaroo Valley.
Port Stephens Bay
Head to the Port Stephens Bay for a day trip with your family and let the marine playground, a home to more than twenty beaches, take your breath away. Find a perfect spot on the beach and enjoy relaxing while the warm air gently moves the golden sand around, creating perfectly calming shapes.
Take your kids swimming with dolphins or opt for a whale-watching cruise in the Great Lakes Marine Park that resides in the Port Stephens area. Teach them about the amazing marine life, inspire them to partake in water sports or simply try out snorkeling. There is not a kid in the world that doesn't want to watch all the sea creatures in their natural habitat! You can head up to one of the famed viewpoints – Gan Gan Lookout where you can enjoy the surreal, incredible panoramic view of the mesmerizing coastline! You will certainly fall in love with it! Don't forget to bring your camera and capture the moment!
Spending time with family is essential! Unfortunately, because of our busy schedules, sometimes we tend to forget just how important it is to escape with your loved ones and take a break from the busy lifestyles we lead. The perks of living in Australia hide in these amazing places where you can head to for a day and engage in all kinds of family bonding activities. Use all of your free time to focus on your family and you will lead a more stress-free life for sure!