Whenever I travel, whether it be within Australia or overseas, the first thing I do when I land is gather up all the brochures of things to see and do in the area. But when at home, I rarely get the opportunity to pick up a guide of all the wonderful things that are on offer in Sydney. If you are like me and get caught up in the daily routine, do something different these school holidays play a tourist. When was the last time you walked across the Harbour Bridge, visited the Opera House, enjoyed a spectacular view from Sydney Tower?
[ADVERT]It's time to pack up the kids, put on your walking shoes, grab your camera and go exploring! Here are some great ideas to get you started.
Walk Across the Harbour Bridge Address: Burton Street, Milsons Point
Park your car near the entrance located on the east side of the bridge at Burton Street, Milson's Point, then walk up a few stairs and you have access to the Harbour Bridge footpath. Your children will love seeing the boats in the harbour, but also trains running across on the other side of the bridge. The view of the harbour is spectacular. Find out more about walking across the Harbour Bridge.
Venture up to Sydney Tower Address: 100 Market Street, Sydney
What better way to see Sydney in all its glory than from Sydney Tower. Parking in CBD can be a challenge and costly, so you may want to consider public transport both buses and trains run near the tower. Before you catch the lift up to the observation deck, enjoy a short 4D movie showing an interesting perspective of Sydney Harbour, coastline and landmarks. The tower offers 360 degree views of Sydney and surrounding areas and there is a café, where you can enjoy a nice cuppa, while the children indulge in some ice cream. Find out more about Sydney Tower.
See your favourite movie stars at Madame Tussauds Address: Wheat Road, Darling Harbour, Sydney You won't know whether you are standing next to a wax figurine or the real thing. These life like replicas of world famous personalities are incredible. Watch a fascinating movie about how much time and effort it took to make Danii Minogue's figurine. Then stand next to your favourite movie, music, political or sports star and take a picture. Your kids will love showing off photos with their heros, while you impress your friends with photos of Brad Pitt and Hugh Jackman. Find out more about Madame Tussauds.
Catch a flick at the IMAX Theatre Address: 31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour
The Sydney IMAX theatre houses the World's Biggest Screen amazing quality screen and state of the art digital equipment. You get to see not only entertaining movies, but also educational ones in either 2D or 3D. Movies change regularly, so why not make a few trips to the IMAX during the holidays. You may wish to avoid standing in queue and buy your tickets online at the IMAX website. If you are travelling by car, park at Wilson's Harbourside Car Park and you get to park for 24 hours for just $12. Make sure you get your parking ticket validated at the IMAX Box office.
Spend the Day at Sydney Luna Park Address: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
An old favourite for kids of all ages. During the holidays, Sydney Luna Park puts on extra shows and rides, so make the most of it these school holidays. Entry to the park is free, so if you don't feel like riding, you can walk around with your kids or enjoy a quiet cuppa with a stunning view of Sydney Harbour, while the kids venture to their favourite rides. Find out more about Sydney Luna Park.
Do what most tourists do and catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly and explore all that this popular area has to offer several beaches including Manly Cove, Little Manly Beach, Manly Surf Beach and Shelly Beach, go sliding at Manly Water Works, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Manly's great cafes or restaurants, spoil your kids with some ice cream there are plenty to choose from including Ben & Jerry's, Cold Rock, Gelatissimo, Royal Copenhagen and more. Alternatively, head over to the recently upgraded Manly Sea Life park for underwater adventures. Find out more about things to do in Manly with kids.
Sydney has so much to offer to visitors from other cities and countries, so why not take advantage of it yourself and go exploring with your children during the holidays. You will have a great time and create tons of memories. Just don't forget the camera!