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Your Local City Guides - Little Delights

Seana Smith
Family blogger, Sydney
Seana has been writing for a living since she started work at the BBC in London. She moved to Sydney in 1998, became a mother of 4 and published a few books along the way. Her blog, SeanaSmith.com is a collection of places to be, food to eat and stories about raising children in the heart of Sydney.

Little Delights

When you are staying close to more than 40 restaurants, 30 bars, cafes, museums, shops, parks and more, deciding where to venture forth can be a little intimidating! Luckily for Seana, our PARKROYAL Darling Harbour Sydney hotel associates were on hand to connect her and her family to the best local experiences!

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Explore The Rocks

Immerse yourself in the history of Sydney in its earliest colonial days amongst the beautiful buildings of The Rocks. There are also many cafes, restaurants and shops to explore, plus the weekend markets. Highly recommended for children are the Susannah Place Museum and the Observatory.

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Explore Darling Harbour

Look there are ten things to do just in Darling Harbour! Make many visits and enjoy the Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, WildLife Sydney, The Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse, a ferry trip, the cafes, restaurants and bars. Don’t forget the shopping at Harbourside, the amazing Imax Cinema, and even a simple walk!

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Centennial Park

Centennial Park is a bit of an icon of the Eastern Suburbs and a great place for kids. There are playgrounds, family-friendly café and restaurant and a bike and walking track runs in a huge circle. You can hire bikes and rollerblades and even go horse riding. Then relax at the nearby Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park.

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Play At A Playground

One of the best Sydney playgrounds is right beside the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour. It’s at Darling Park within Darling Harbour and it’s huge. Look out for the wonderful, large water play area and make sure you bring spare dry clothes. Another vast and amazing playground can be found at the Blaxland Riverside Park at Sydney Olympic Park.

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BridgeClimb Sydney

Children over ten years can climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, there are three climbs on offer, taking from 2-3.5 hours. The climbs are not too strenuous and there is plenty of time to take in the magnificent views. Younger children might enjoy a walk over the Bridge and a look at the historical information at the Pylon Lookout.

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Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is the most visited attraction in Sydney and no wonder. The animals themselves are fantastic, and they have the most fabulous views over the Harbour to enjoy. They don’t mind sharing with visitors.

Taronga Zoo is a destination that all ages of children love, there’s something there for everyone in the family.

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Take The Ferry To Manly

An iconic Sydney journey that takes you from Circular Quay past the beauty of Cremore and Mosman Points and over to Manly. There are beaches to enjoy on the Harbour side of Manly, and the SEALIFE Aquarium and the water slides at Manly Waterworks in summer. And never forget the famous surf beach over on the ocean side. You can also walk round to the very child-friendly Shelly Beach, which has a café and restaurant.

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Walk From Bondi To Bronte

There’s a truly magnificent coastal walk between Bondi and Bronte beaches. It’s easy to get buses to and from these beaches, just carry water, hat and a daypack. Start off with a swim at the children’s rock pool at Bondi and end at the playground at Bronte after a dip in the famous Bogey Hole, a kids’ favourite pool amongst rocks.

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Swim In A Pool

There are some wonderful netted Harbour netted pools with cafes and changing rooms, check out Greenwich Baths, Northbridge Baths, Dawn Fraser Pool or Redleaf Pool.

In wintertime swim in a fun indoor pool, like the ones at Sydney Olympic Park, Cook and Phillip Park, Ryde Aquatic Centre or Lane Cove Pool.

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Luna Park

Hop on the ferry over to Milsons Point and enjoy the rides at Luna Park. Kids (and parents!) can buy a one-day pass, the cost varies depending on the height of the child. Some rides have height restrictions. Luna Park has heaps to do, if you need to chill out walk along past the boats of Lavendar Bay. Or take your swimming costumes and enjoy a dip at the beautiful North Sydney Olympic Pool which is right alongside.