Travelling with Teenagers: Five Cool Places in Sydney

By: Claire Bullen

December 30, 2013

Beautiful, sunny Sydney: with its glittering Harbour-side views, friendly and active inhabitants, and generous number of cultural hotspots, it’s hard not to have a good time in this city. For those who are travelling with teenagers, we’ve rounded up five cool places in Sydney that should win the whole family’s approval.

Bondi Beach

One of the best-known and most beloved beaches down under, Bondi Beach has become synonymous with that distinctly Aussie brand of laidback cool. Just 7km away from the centre of downtown Sydney, the beach attracts locals from all walks of life, from businesspeople taking a midday break to dreadlocked graffiti artists and tanned sporting enthusiasts. Families can drink in the local atmosphere by signing up for a surfing class, offered by schools like Let’s Go Surfing.


Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Travelling with Teenagers | Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Harbour Bridge Climb © ImagineCup


For an alternative view of the Sydney scenery, visitors should head to the iconic Harbour Bridge. Opened in 1932, the steel spectacle welcomes climbers all the way up to the top crest. Once you’ve made it there, the views of the city – the water, the flanks of the Opera House, and beyond – make quite the impression. Tours are held at dawn, dusk, midday, and nighttime, so even the jetlagged are well catered to. Kids aged 10 and up are welcome to come along for the expedition, and even the surliest of teens won’t be able to deny the incredible sights – just don’t bring anyone who’s afraid of heights.

Sydney Olympic Park

Travelling with Teenagers | Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park © Llee Wu


The 2000 Summer Olympics turned the world’s attention to Australia’s largest city, and the Olympic Park today draws in huge numbers of visitors. As it’s located a little bit outside the city centre, set aside an afternoon for your visit. Families can see the Olympic cauldron (now remade into an interactive fountain), go on a Wetlands and Woodlands tour to learn more about the area’s ecosystem, get a behind-the-scenes look at the ANZ Stadium, and even catch open-air Movies by the Boulevard all January long.


Travelling with Teenagers | Chinatown, Sydney

Tonkotsu Ramen © Alpha


Australia’s largest Chinatown, this Sydney neighbourhood has hosted a vibrant crossroads of Asian cultures and communities since the 19th century. These days, Chinatown’s diversity is best expressed gastronomically. Visitors can sample everything from tonkotsu ramen in Gumshara to Yunnanese cooking at Twisted Noodle Bar to Korean Barbeque at O Bal Tan. On Friday evenings, the night market at Dixon Street lights up with street vendors and shoppers.

Australian Museum

Travelling with Teenagers | Australian Museum, Sydney The Australian Museum © kawaiikiri


Australia is well renowned for its litany of peculiar and poisonous critters, and teens can get up close and personal with these creepy crawlies (minus the risk of personal harm) at the Australian Museum. This expansive natural history museum showcases stuffed snakes, crocodiles, and even the extinct Tasmanian Tiger. Other eye-grabbing highlights include dinosaur skeletons, funnel web spiders, and a number of traditional Aboriginal artefacts, like boomerangs and didgeridoos.

Header Image © Ryan Wick

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Have you been travelling with teenagers in Sydney? Where were your favourite family-friendly spots? 

Written by Claire Bullen


Claire Bullen

Claire is a born globetrotter: before relocating to London, she spent time in New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. When she's not in pursuit of the next exciting meal, she can be found haunting indie bookstores and sketching outdoors. Follow Claire @ClaireMBullen

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