Day Trips from Sydney for Families with Kids

Sydney is one of my favorite cities in the world, and you could easily spend weeks there discovering everything the city has to offer. However, if you’re using Sydney as a base and want to explore other parts of New South Wales as well, then you’ll be pleased to know that lots of fantastic locations are quite easily accessible from Sydney and there are plenty of options for day trips from Sydney with kids (or even options for a long layover in Sydney!) This is a list of some really fun day trips from Sydney with kids, as well as details on how to get to these places from Sydney, and some fun and unique things to do when you get there. Take a look!

Port Stephens

One of a very famous family-friendly day trip from Sydney. Port Stephens day trip from Sydney is an interesting visit with many activities for kids and adults. You can get close to bottleneck dolphins by booking a dolphin tour from Nelson bay. Port Stephens sandboarding is a great adventure activity for grown-up kids and adults. There are many 4WD tour operators sell sandboarding passes at Anna bay if you do not have a sandboard and a 4WD drive to get to a sand dune.

Nelson Bay Beaches
Nelson bay beach

Our favourite place in Port Stephen is the Little Nelson Bay. It’s a wave-free beach which makes a popular bayside swimming area. Take your blow-up flamingo pool toy to relax on a float.

Southern Highlands

Set aside 2 days if you want to explore the best countryside of Sydney – Sothern Highlands. It is a perfect, yet hidden family-friendly day trip location near Sydney. Highlights include cuddling a Koala at Symbio wildlife park, spectacular drive via See Cliff Bridge, capture seawater spray at Kiama Blowhole, and overnight stop at Kangaroo Valley.

Central Coast

Central Coast is a hugely popular family-friendly day trip from Sydney. The main draw for kids will be the pristine beaches on the Central Coast. Terrigal and Avoca, have become iconic Central Coast beaches, while others remain more of a local secret.

Pelicans at The Entrance
Pelicans at The Entrance

Most families take a day trip to the Central coast, choose to stay closer to The Entrance due to plenty of fun activities like watersports, bike trails, fresh seafood, and of course, the famous pelicans.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains is one for nature lovers and families who love camping. This is an easy day trip from Sydney’s city center towards the inner west of the city.  On the way to Blue Mountains, you can stop over Tobruk Sheep farm to get true Aussie experience.

Another suggestion is to take a de-route your drive from Sydney at the Glenbrook to see wild kangaroos. Kids will love the firsthand experience of seeing kangaroos in the wild as there are limited spots to see wildlife in Sydney. Glenbrook has a nice couple of local cafes to stop over for breakfast with a coffee.

Wild Kangaroos in Blue Mountains
Wild Kangaroos at Euroka Camper Ground

A day trip to Blue Mountains makes it more family-friendly by facilities along the way. You can find BBQ areas in the Euroka Camper ground in Glenbrook. If kids bored while one the drive, there are many local playgrounds along the way. Within 45 minutes drive from Sydney to Blue Mountains, you can find the St Johns playground in Blaxland. Wilson Park in Lawson is another great spot that has toilets on the site.

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