Unique and FREE things to do with kids in Sydney

Things to do in Sydney with Kids

Looking for unique things to do with kids in Sydney? Then read on as I love getting out and doing things that aren’t so ordinary. I love taking my kids to interesting places too. Not only because a lot of these ideas are super affordable, but also because I think it’s great to expose our kids to all sorts of different activities, cultures, ideas and places.

So here are some things that I have done in the past (and some on the to do list!) that are a little out of the ordinary.

P.S You may have already read the Freedays article on Unique Things to do in Sydney for FREE. Some of these ideas are great for the kids too.

1. Go for a day trip to Warragamba Dam

Warragamba Dam is a great spot to take kids. Not only is it educational, it is also quite beautiful. Make sure to head there on a weekend or public holiday as then you can walk across the wall. There is a great Visitors Centre and picnic and BBQ facilities. If you have time make sure to head to Burragorang Lookout alsp.

Address: Crest Road, Warragamba NSW 2752
Cost: Free entry
More details: waternsw.com.au/warragamba-dam

2. Visit Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre

So visiting a rubbish tip is probably not high on most people’s to do list. But Kimbriki is a little different. This Recovery Centre aims to divert materials from landfill and has become well known for its sustainability practices. On site you will be able to see how materials are sorted for recycling, visit the Eco House and Garden and browse through the Buy Back Centre. This shop sells all manner of items (that would have gone to landfill) such as furniture, building materials and timber. It’s fascinating to see the recycling process in action and kids will love seeing the big trucks doing their thing.

Address: Kimbriki Road, off Mona Vale Road, Ingleside NSW
Cost: Free entry
More details: kimbriki.com.au/

3. Explore the rock ledges at Narrabeen or Norah Head

Both Narrabeen and Norah Head have amazing rock ledges to explore. These are great spots for kids to get outside and explore nature. Both are located in beautiful areas with lots to do and see. Definitely worth a day trip to either spot.


Address: Anzac Parade, Long Reef NSW 2097
Cost: Free entry
More details: freedays.com.au/long-reef-aquatic-reserve/

Norah Head

Address: 40 Bush Street, Norah Head NSW 2263
Cost: Free entry
More details: freedays.com.au/norah-head/

4. Go Op Shopping

I really enjoy taking my kids op shopping. I give them a few dollars each and let them pick up a few things. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about sustainability and recycling. Some of the biggest Op Shops in Sydney are:

But you will likely find that even your local Op Shop has a few treasures for the kids. We especially like looking for books, DVDs and jewelry.

Reverse Garbage is also a very cool reuse centre. They on-sell all manner of items including furniture, bric a brac, art and craft materials and commercial off-cuts.

5. Find the wallaby family at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a beautiful bushland reserve full of great activities. Enjoy a bushwalk, the playground, Visitors Centre and finding the Wallaby family who live here. Read our full review for more details.

Address: 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives NSW 2075
Cost: Free entry
More details: kmc.nsw.gov.au

6. Go Fish feeding at Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden

The Edogawa Commemorative Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden located in Gosford. A great activity for the kids is to feed the fish here. They can also participate in some drawing in the garden and enjoy a picnic in the nearby park. Read our full review for more details.

Address: 36 Webb Street, East Gosford NSW 2250
Cost: Free entry
More details: centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

You can also participate in fish feeding at the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour.

7. Toast marshmallows over an open fire

Everyone loves a picnic and we all love toasting marshmallows. So why not do both! There are some great spots in Sydney where you can have a wood fired BBQ including Lane Cove National Park, Manly Dam, Girakool Picnic Area and Nurragingy Reserve. This is such a great activity with kids especially in winter.

Read our review for more details on where to go.

8. Visit the Calyx

The Calyx is one cool spot. Located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Calyx hosts exhibitions on many different and unusual topics. As at June 2019 the Exhibition is titled ‘Plants with Bite’ and focuses on carnivorous plants. Read our full review for more details.

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Cost: Free entry (donations appreciated)
More details: thecalyxexperience.com.au

9. Bird Aviary at Newington Armoury

Learn all about our local bird life at the Newington Armoury Aviary. You can also go on a guided walk at 10.00am on the last Sunday of each month.

Address: Newington Armory – Sydney Olympic Park, 133, 1 Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Cost: Free entry, donations appreciated
More details: birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre

10 Visit a Temple or Church

Sydney has some amazing Churches and Temples to visit. You could try the Nan Tien Temple, Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, The Great Synagogue Sydney, St Mary’s Cathedral, or the Murugan Temple.

11. Visit West Head and Find the Red Hands Cave

West Head is a beautiful place to visit. Take the kids to the lookout then for a short walk to find the ancient Aboriginal rock art in Red Hands Cave. Read our review for further details.

Address: West Head Road, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NSW 2084
Free entry, car parking is $12.00 per car per day
More details:

12. Look for the Kangaroos at Bobbin Head

Bobbin Head is an excellent spot for kids. Stop in at the Kalkari Discovery Centre to find the kangaroo family. Then enjoy a picnic and bushwalk down at Bobbin Head. Read our review for full details.

Address: Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2080
Cost: Free entry, car parking is $8.00 per car per day
More details: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

13. Visit an Urban Farm

You may not realise it but Sydney has some pretty interesting urban farms. So why not take the kids to Camperdown Commons Pocket City Farm, Sydney City Farm, Warrah Farm or Canoelands Orchards for a day out with a difference.

14. Enjoy a day out at The Australiana Pioneer Village

Visit The Australiana Pioneer Village to experience Australian colonial life.This life like village is an excellent full day out for kids. It is both educational and fun for the kids and even though it has a small entry price it is still a pretty cost effective day out. It makes for a great school holiday activity.

Address: 20 Rose Street, Wilberforce NSW 2756
Cost: Adults $5.00, school-aged children $3.00, family $15.00 (2 adults and 2 school aged children), children under 5 years are free
More details: theapv.org.au/village/

You may also be interested in visiting the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery which also has a replica historical village for the kids to explore.

15. Find the fairy tepee at Stony Range Botanical Garden

Stony Range Botanical Garden is a small botanical garden on Sydney’s northern beaches. It is a great spot to take kids as it is easy to explore and there is even a fairy tepee to decorate. Read our review for more details.

Address: 810 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099
Cost: Free entry
More details: northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

More free things to do with kids in Sydney

Other great activities with the kids include exploring The Rocks Sydney, visiting Sydney’s Botanical Gardens or Sydney’s Free Museums.

Visit Cattai National Park, explore Captain Cooks Landing Place and Cape Solander

Walk to the Palm Beach lighthouse.

Or why not just explore one of Sydney’s beautiful gardens.


Do you know of any other unique or free things to do with kids in Sydney?


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