An Amazing 5 Day Itinerary in Sydney with a Toddler

This is a 5-day itinerary in Sydney with a toddler but you could also follow it if you didn’t have one! Of course, tailor the outings to what fits for your schedule and liking (for example, the Coogee to Bondi beach walk should ideally be done on a non-raining day).

Facts

  • This itinerary is based on a visit in May 2023. May is the late fall season in Sydney.
  • We travelled to Sydney with a toddler (less than 2 years old).
  • We did not bring a car seat with us and took public transportation.

Day 1: Getting into Sydney with a toddler

You are probably just getting into Sydney in the early morning. After leaving the airport (see post on travelling to Sydney and airport tips here) and making your way to your hotel, you’ll want to immediately go out and explore to avoid the jet lag. Wander and grab lunch in the Rocks neighborhood with cute boutiques and eateries on cobblestone street. Do not miss out on the adorable toddler/baby store, daisy.kids + life with Australian made embroidered onesies, shirts, and sweaters.

Make your way to Cambells Cove (within the Rocks) which is a paved open space for views of the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. It is part of the waterfront promenade that is lined with restaurants and the Park Hyatt. Then, walk to the Pylon Museum and Lookout to learn about the history of the Harbor bridge and more beautiful views (note that it does cost money to enter). Afterwards, head over to Observatory Hill Park for magnificent views of the city and Harbour Bridge. By then, the family is probably tired and ready for bed!

Note: This activity is stroller friendly!

Day 2: Coogee to Bondi Beach Walk

Sleep in, get some breakfast and make your way over to Coogee beach which is the starting point for this 3.7 mile walk. Coogee is smaller town than Bondi and I read ending in Bondi is better for the restaurants and views of the Bondi Iceberg Club (the pool along side the ocean).

Regarding strollers, I read it was not advised to bring strollers as there are stairs/steps. While there were stairs, we brought one anyways and just took the toddler out and carried the toddler and stroller separately up/down any stairs. I have no regrets in doing this because there was more flat distance than there were stairs. In my opinion, with a baby carrier, it would have felt heavy.

what to do in sydney with a toddler - gordons bay
Gordons Bay

The path is paved and there are restaurants, playgrounds and beautiful views along the way. Further, stop at the Bundock Park Playground on Clovelly beach (right next to the path) and Bronte Park Playground (still along the path but you’ll have to walk a little off path to get to it). Bronte playground has a toddler section (sand pit, small slide and wings), older kid’s playground, a hammock, and turf covered hills. I highly suggest stopping by for the toddler to run around!

Note that there are water filling stations/fountains along the path. Once you get to Bondi, sit down for a drink and meal as that walk can be tiring!

Day 3: Blue Mountain Tour

Take a tour of the Blue Mountains which is about 1.5-2 hours away from Sydney. This area offers iconic lookouts of the vast canyon and Jurassic Park like scenery with waterfalls and lush greenery. I highly recommend a tour with Picture Me Sydney especially if you’re travelling with a toddler without a car seat! Read more about our tour here.

Day 4: Urban Hike in Sydney with a toddler

Walk around the Sydney Central Business District (also referred to as CBD). If you start in Circular Quay, head down George street towards the Queen Victoria Building. The Queen Victoria Building (also referred to as QVB) is a shopping center in a Romanesque architecture building with gorgeous stained glass built in the late 1800s. Along the way to the QVB from Circular Quay, do window shopping (or shopping!).

kids activities in Sydney - Queen Victoria Building

Once you’re done shopping, walk through Hyde Park towards Surry Hills for lunch. For no frills but great Thai food, I recommend Spice I am or check out Chin Chin for a more decorated experience. Further, walk around Surry Hills as it is filled with quaint cafes and eateries.

After lunch, saunter towards Darling Quarter walking through Haymarket (Sydney’s China town). If you’re inclined to stop in, there is an indoor flea market called City Market in the Haymarket neighborhood. Otherwise, continue on to Darling Quarter via Tumbalong Boulevard. Darling Quarter is an area with modern architecture and beautiful landscape filled with restaurants and bars. Grab gelato from the popular Messina or try unique green tea desserts from Matcha-Ya. From there, head over to Darling Quarter Playground. There are slides, swings, and water area for the toddlers to play in! It also has a canopy over the play area for the sunny days.

Once your child has their fill of play, keep walking to Darling Harbor. To the east side of the water, there is more kid friendly activities like the aquarium, zoo and wax museum. On the west, there is the ferris wheel, maritime museum and fish market.

Day 5: Botanical Gardens and Sydney Harbour

The last four days has probably been a lot with a toddler and exhausting. Fill in this day with a relaxing walk with the toddler through the Botanical Gardens. It is free to enter. Note that it is more like a park than a flower filled garden.

There are cafes and restaurants dispersed throughout to grab a sweet snack or coffee to stroll with. Make sure to stop by at Macquaries Point for a full view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Along the way, watch the cockatoos, a white bird with bright yellow feathers at the crown of the head. I read about a mini train tour through the Botanical Gardens but I do not think they are in business anymore as of May 2023. The Botanic Gardens leads to the Sydney Opera House. If you’re inclined, make sure to book a tour ahead of time.

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