Laid-back vibes, a famed harbor, and 100+ beaches make Sydney, Australia one of the world’s most amazing cities. However, families visiting often forego the true Sydney lifestyle by simply visiting the “main tourist attractions” (Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and Bondi Beach). While these destinations are definitely worth a stop, we recommended checking them out in a more unique, local way.


Experience the magic of the Bondi Beach area without getting lost in the crowds by embarking on a 6 km coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee beach. The path features stunning, cliff top views, cozy cafes, and several beach stops. We recommend a break at Bronte Beach, as its surrounding rocks create a sheltered, natural pool safe for kids of all ages. Finish at the beautiful Coogee Beach and check out Wylie’s Baths for a refreshing swim or massage.


Have you ever heard the phrase, ¨Throw some shrimp on the barbie”? Although barbecuing is a favorite summer activity of Australians, this saying is not acceptable local slang. To experience a true Aussie afternoon, grab some prawns (the Australian word for shrimp) and head to Centennial Park. Here, you will find locals at their leisurely best. Even in the peak of summer, it’s not hard to find your own secluded spot to spenda wonderful afternoon “throwing some prawn on the BBQ” with the whole family.


The best way to experience the iconic Sydney Harbour is from the water. While Sydney offers many options for tourists in the area to experience the harbour via huge capacity ferries and high-speed boats, we recommend a more personalized experience. Rent a boat for the day and explore the wonders of the Sydney Harbour exactly how you desire. Grab some fishing poles, pack a picnic, and pile on the sunscreen for a perfect day cruising through the world’s most impressive coastal cosmopolitan area.


A trip to Australia would be incomplete without grabbing a board and giving it your all on the waves. We recommend a surf lesson with Manly Surf School as they offer classes for kids and families and provide everything you need for a safe, fun day on the ocean. Surf lessons are a guaranteed hit with kids and a wonderful insight into the Aussie lifestyle.


Sydney is an excellent family destination because of its incredible metropolitan and nature combination, and with these tips, it will be easy to enjoy both aspects from a local perspective. Discover more Aussie hot spots at Knok’s Sydney travel map for families!