Things to do in Balmain with kids

No time for boredom in New South Wales…Oh no! This beautiful state has vibrant cities and incredible Aussie wilderness to explore and enjoy.  Culture, the great outdoors, theme parks, wildlife, water parks…if you want to introduce the kids to incredible new experiences, NSW has all the places to visit!

There are the iconic experiences such as Luna Park, Sydney Opera House and the incredible Blue Mountains with Jenolan Caves to tick off those family adventure lists.  Feeling the heat? We know how those Aussie summers can get - good thing there are places like Jamberoo Water Park and Wet n Wild to cool down in!

A trip to NSW wouldn’t be complete without the incredible opportunities to get close to wildlife. Australian Shark and Ray Centre, Australia Reptile Park and Featherdale Wildlife Park are all excellent places for kids to experience the country’s beautiful creatures up close. And of course, how could you go past Taronga Zoo?

Whilst Sydney is amazing, make sure you travel out to the rest of the state. There is so much going on out in the country, like Otford Farm Trail Rides and Camels Australia, that it would be a shame to miss it!

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  • Dawn Fraser Baths

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    (1 miles) Balmain

    Enjoy water fun in the historic baths dating back from the 1880s, with a beach during low tide and tidal salt water. Great water fun in Sydney!

  • Cockatoo Island Challenge Trails

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    (1 miles) Cockatoo Island

    The adventure begins in just getting to this heritage listed island, then kids can try and conquer clue style challenges along the trails!

  • Australian National Maritime Museum

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    (1 miles) Sydney

    Maritime fun with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities and even the chance to board ships and experience life on the water!

  • Sydney Observatory

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    (1 miles) The Rocks

    Explore the stars in this popular observatory, with 3D space theatre productions, planetarium dome shows, and exhibits on meteorology, astronomy and timekeeping!

  • Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk

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    (1 miles) Walsh Bay

    Trail around this popular district includes nationally famous contributions and an evolving collection of regional efforts.

  • Flight Experience Sydney

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    (1 miles) Darling Harbour

    Kids over 10 can experience their first time on flight deck! They can land, take off and soar a modern jet aircraft over some spectacular sights!

  • Madame Tussauds

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    (1 miles) Sydney

    Rub shoulders with your favourite stars at Madame Tussauds, where life-like wax figures await!

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Offer 4 varying tour types up and along the bridge itself, with stunning views of Sydney Harbour! Great for those active kids over 10 years

  • Sydney Aquarium

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Ocean fun with over 12,000 creatures from 650 species displayed, plus a rockpool discovery zone, walk through tunnel and glass bottomed boat!

  • The Rocks Discovery Museum

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    A FREE Sydney museum with four permanent galleries showcasing local history from pre-European days to present, with interactive displays great for kids.

  • Sydney Wildlife World

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Natural walk through enclosures with Australia's iconic species, interactive elements include hand feeding.

  • IMAX Theatre

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    (2 miles) Darling Harbour

    The world's biggest IMAX screen is right here in Darling Harbour, fully ten times bigger than traditional cinema screens!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

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    (2 miles) The Rocks

    Art fun in Sydney at this popular museum, filled with exhibits, workshops, and talks. Free entry, with free kids' trails and guided tours too!

  • Zoo Express

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    An excellent way to extend your day trip to Taronga Zoo, a pleasing family boating experience with a variety of pick up and drop off options.

  • Powerhouse Museum

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    (2 miles) Ultimo

    It's packed full of interactive and multi media exhibits, displays and programming to get kids' brains around some science! With great outdoor playground and really pro active approach to kids!

  • Justice and Police Museum

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Explore what prison life was like in Sydney, and what it took to find and lock the criminals up! Open weekends only in Sydney!

  • Luna Park

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    (2 miles) Milsons Point

    Luna Park! The famous landmark of Sydney where families have been enjoying rides and games since the 1930s. And now it's your turn!

  • Sydney Wildlife Tours

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Explore the best of Sydney's wildlife and natural wonders with this family friendly your company!

  • Sydney Opera House

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Australia's most iconic landmark with concerts, tours, and even special programs just for kids!

  • State Library of New South Wales

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Collections and exhibitions covering all manner of social, natural, environmental and political history. Who thought a library could be so fascinating!

  • Hyde Park Barracks

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Gives kids the chance to empathise with a toned down convict experience, they can try on shackles and slip into a hammock, or follow the clues of the Rat's Trail and win a prize.

  • Hyde Park

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    One of the most popular and iconic parks in the city of Sydney - and the oldest park in Australia!

  • Art Gallery NSW

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    Fine international and Australian arts in a spacious, sincerely family friendly environment providing kids' activities, trails, tour and more.

  • The Australian Museum

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    With several child suitable sections, and a welcoming attitude to families throughout the rest.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

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    (2 miles) Sydney

    A nature filled day out for the family who want to spend time together with an outstanding collection of plants from around the world with a focus on Australia and the South Pacific.

  • Climb Fit

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    (3 miles) St Leonards

    Climbing tuition and experiences from age 4, over 12 to belay. Bouldering and all height climbing routes available. They also run a Kids' Clinic every Thursday.

  • Little Dynamos Indoor Playcentre and Cafe

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    (3 miles) Waterloo

    Ball cannons, ball waterfall and fountain, flying fox, cyclone slide, 3 lane speed slide, 2 jumping castles, ball pits, tunnels, climbers and lots more fill this huge 4 level adventure play ...

  • Monkey Mania EQ

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    (4 miles) Moore Park

    Includes an inflatable jumping castle, a gun and cannon foam ball arena, huge adventure maze climbing structure, racing slides and outdoor electric kiddies' go-karts. There is also a dedicated ...

  • Entertainment Quarter Imax

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    (4 miles) Moore Park

    An Imax experience is a special one for children, which offers the usual comforts, concessions and modern programming combined with the now familiar super screen.

  • Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre

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    (4 miles) Moore Park

    Hand held pony rides are an excellent way to introduce young children to horse riding. Further options available.

  • Sydney Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

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    (4 miles) Sydney

    Climbing tuition and experiences from age 6, over 13 to belay. Bouldering and all height climbing routes available.

  • Taronga Zoo

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    (4 miles) Mosman

    An incredible zoo, with an incredible view of Sydney Harbour, home to over 4,000 animals on 21 hectares, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world.

  • Softplay at Westfield

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    (4 miles) Chatswood

    Children of all ages up to 8 years will enjoy the different challenges on each level such as the giant spiral slide, the flying fox, jumping castle, crawl tube and ponds filled with balls!

  • Lane Cove National Park

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    (5 miles) Sydney

    Well equipped all round for a family visit, offering diverse but easy terrain, hike and bike trails, boat hire on Lane Cove River and camping opportunities, plus picnic tables, barbecues, ...

  • Puppeteria Castle Cove

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    (5 miles) Sydney

    Over 100 classic and contemporary children's plays featuring over 1,000 hand crafted puppets! Great kids fun in Sydney!