3. Sydney Botanic Gardens – With Wildlife
The third, free things to do in Sydney with kids is explore Sydney Botanic Gardens – With Wildlife. Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens aren’t just a repository of some of the most beautiful flowers, plants and other flora in all of Australia; they are also home to a variety of animals that inhabit the trees and shrubbery that provides a scenic and – best of all – FREE alternative to exploring other wildlife facilities and zoos (although the selection is of wildlife is obviously not nearly as comprehensive).
Throughout all months of the year the gardens are full with the sound of birdsong, and over 100 species of birds can be found within the trees of the gardens, many of which are extremely cute and colourful such as staples like Rosellas and Black Cockatoos. Along with the birds are many marsupials which can be spotted if you and the kids are either patient, lucky or both, including Brush-tailed and Ring-tailed Possums, Greater and Sugar Gliders, and even the occasional (non-venomous!) Diamond Python. Although the wildlife is pretty to look at, a word of caution is necessary – the Gardens’ rules generally advise against the hand-feeding of the animals and birds (even ducks) as the grounds staff and administration do not want to upset the balance of nature or make the creatures lazy at finding their own sources of food.
Along with being one of the “must-visit” places in Sydney for adults, the Botanic Gardens makes for an easily-reachable destination that is accessible within a short amount of travel time via public transport from all major accommodation districts near the Sydney city centre.
4. Sights And Entertainment At Darling Harbour
The last, free things to do in Sydney with kids is enjoy sights and entertainment at Darling Harbour. While Darling Harbour is one of the biggest tourist draw cards of Sydney in general due to its beautiful scenery and numerous famous landmarks, this may not be enough in itself to hold the attention of kids; short attention spans and lack of appreciation for “fine architecture” are a something parents are going to have to deal with. Luckily, Darling Harbour and the Circular Quay area are full of vibrant entertainment happening at all hours of the day, with plenty of street performers, balloon-benders and clowns who aim to keep the kids laughing, as well as stalls that sell ice cream and cotton candy/fairy floss to give them their sugar fix.
In terms of the Harbour itself, kids typically enjoy the experience of riding on boats and there are family Sunday tickets available at $2.50 per person that provide unlimited travel on the ferries around Harbour that will allow you to take in the sights from the waters and also drop you off at convenient locations to visit such attractions that are popular with kids including Taronga Zoo and Luna Park. Thus a brief information about free things to do in Sydney with kids that you need to know, may be useful.