With its sunny climate, fabulous beaches and wide-open spaces, Sydney is a great place to holiday with kids. There are lots of parks, playgrounds, sheltered bays and public pools for safe swimming, and a range of indoor options for rainy days. Museums are mostly child-friendly, in particular the
, both of which have exhibits and activities designed to entertain as well as educate. The
Historic Houses Trust
, consisting of Elizabeth Bay House, Vaucluse House, Government House, Susannah Place, the Justice and Police Museum, Hyde Park Barracks, the Sydney Museum and Elizabeth Farm, offer a huge range of school holiday programmes for ages 6-12 ($7-10; details tel 9518 6866,
is never short of kids' amusements, with rides and games, free basketball and outdoor entertainment, while
has two free well-padded children's adventure playgrounds, an indoor play area and the Fox Studios Backlot Tour.
offers lots of free activities during the school holidays.
is an excellent free monthly magazine with detailed listings of what's on, and adverts for a range of services including babysitting; pick up a copy at libraries and major museums, or check out
Other useful information
for tourists (each section contains more specific sub-sections):