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Published June 28th 2012
When was the last time you walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge? Have you done it with your kids? If it has been a while and you have never taken your children with you, then I recommend you plan it as a fun activity to do with your kids during school holidays. And make it an all day adventure.
You can drive to Milsons Point, where you can park your car. Generally there is street parking near the entrance to the bridge. Access is via a flight of stairs located on the east side of the bridge at Burton Street, Milsons Point.
Children will not only love seeing the boats in the harbour, but also the trains that run across the bridge. And if you are lucky you may even see a big cruise ship docked at Circular Quay. The view from the bridge is spectacular and on a clear day, you will be snapping loads of photos, so don't forget to bring your camera.
Depending on the age of your children and how often you stop to admire the view and take photos, the walk generally takes between 30-60 minutes. As you walk off the bridge, you may wish to stop for morning tea or lunch at Pancakes on the Rocks at 4 Hickson Road, The Rocks or in one of the many delicious cafes or restaurants that line The Rocks streets.
If you still have enough energy, then stop by The Sydney Observatory at Watson Road, The Rocks. During the day you can see the Sun with special safety filters and sometimes even the brightest stars and planets. The Sydney Observatory is open from 10am to 5pm during the day and offers 3D space theatre sessions and telescope dome tours. You can also take a self guided tour of building and gardens.
Alternatively walk down along Circular Quay and head past the Opera House to Royal The Botanic Gardens for an afternoon of fun in the park. During school holidays, you will find fun hands on activities for children aged 5 to 12 years.
At the end of your adventure you can catch a ferry or a train from Circular Quay back to Milsons Point to pick up your car. The ferry arrives at the Luna Park doorstep, so be prepared to spend an hour or two on different rides unless the children have no energy left.