3. Go Native At Taronga Zoo
The thrd, top things to do in Sydney with family is go native at Taronga Zoo. Set on a sloping hillside above the harbor, and boasting panoramic views of the city to go with the animal displays, Taronga Zoo is an iconic Sydney landmark. Officially opened in 1916, the zoo is currently undergoing a massive overhaul, with some areas closed for renovation.
Still, some mega-exhibits have already opened, including the jungle-themed Rainforest Trail and a new Tasmanian Devil display. Wildlife tours, around-the-clock bird and seal shows and keeper talks are also on offer.
Fancy something a bit more adventurous? Camp overnight at the zoo in safari tents and wake up to the sound of lions as part of the zoo’s “Roar and Snore” stay. Children, $22; adults $44; under fours free. Taronga Zoo, 1 Bradley’s Head, Mosman. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., +61 (0) 2 9969 2777.
4. Splash The Dugongs At Sydney Aquarium
The fourth, top things to do in Sydney with family is Splash The Dugongs At Sydney Aquarium. Set in the heart of Sydney on Darling Harbour, Sydney Aquarium showcases more than 12,000 marine animals from 650 species in habitat displays, including platypuses, seahorses, giant turtles, jellyfish and thousands of tropical fish. But the main drawcard is a series of underwater, see-through tunnels, where sharks and giant stingrays glide overhead and alongside visitors.
Also on top of the must-see list — a pair of native dugongs, or sea cows, called Pig and Wuru, who were taken into captivity after being found washed up on different beaches in Queensland. Tickets start at $20 per child and $35 per adult. Children under three are free. Sydney Aquarium, Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour. Open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., +61 (0) 2 8251 7800.