I’ve lived in Sydney for almost 18 years, from back in my single days to now as a mum of three young kids, so I’ve had plenty of practice exploring. When it comes to major Australian cities, Expedia’s travellers choose to travel to Sydney with their kids, so don’t be afraid of exploring the big city with your little ones.

Australia’s largest city is always popular on weekends and school holidays but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good deal, even at these times. Try booking a midweek mini break for the best rates. Check out Expedia’s Sydney Holidays for packages.

Here are my five favourite family outings in this beautiful city:

Start at Circular Quay

Tick Sydney’s most popular tourist attraction off your list by starting the day at Circular Quay. Expedia’s family travellers love staying at The Menzies Sydney Hotel, which is just a short walk down to the Quay. It’s always busy down here so keep an eye on the kids, they’ll be tempted to run off and watch the buskers. Catch the big Manly ferry straight from Wharf 3 to Manly Wharf. If there’s a swell rolling through The Heads, adventurous kids will love the roller coaster ride up front.

Local secret: on Sunday’s you can buy a Family Funday travel ticket on Sydney Public Transport for only $2.50 each.

Explore Manly

Once we get to Manly, our family walks from Manly Beach around to picturesque Shelly Beach, where it’s safer for young children (no waves) and has a large grassy area (free BBQ’s). We also love the Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, where you can get close to some of Australia’s marine animals while learning about conservation and preservation. The big kids (over 14) might be brave enough to take on the Shark Dive Xtreme but we stick to the super cute Penguin Cove.