Kids and Family in Sydney
Expat kids living in Sydney have the best of both worlds: the city is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and residents have access to internationally acclaimed cultural experiences in restaurants, museums and theatres.
The beach lifestyle and mild climate mean kids in Sydney spend a great deal of time outdoors. If they’re not at the beach, kids hang out with their families at the local reserve, or they enjoy picnics cooked on one of the many public BBQs. Most suburbs have well-equipped playgrounds every few blocks, so there's no time to waste sitting still or vegetating indoors.
For parents who thrive in a city environment but want their kids to have an outdoor upbringing, Sydney can tick all the boxes; its northern and eastern beach suburbs are particularly family friendly.
Education and schools in Sydney
As one would expect from Australia’s most populated city, there is a broad range of education choices.
Daycare and preschool places in the most popular suburbs get filled up quickly. It’s common to waitlist children years ahead of their required start date, so expat parents should attempt to enrol their kids well before their move.
Sydney suburbs tend to have public primary schools, as well as a local Catholic primary school. Catholic schools are fee-paying but usually not as expensive as independent private schools.
Public schools have catchment areas (or zones) and it’s common for parents to select accommodation based on area in order to gain access to the best schools.
Out and about with kids in Sydney
Kids in Sydney need costumes (swimsuits or swimmers) and a towel. Although the beach is the star attraction, it’s not the only option. Ocean pools are a great place to explore marine wildlife and are a safe place for swimming. There are aquatic centres in most suburbs offering indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and swimming lessons.
To the west of Sydney’s city centre, Sydney Olympic Park has a broad range of activities including a swimming pool with a water playground as well as bicycle and walking tracks, and trapeze and archery lessons.
For a break from the sand and water there’s plenty to see and do; outdoor options include Centennial Park and Sydney Park – both have bicycle tracks, playgrounds, and a kiosk or café.
Skateparks are also popular in Sydney; skateboard and scooter-mad kids will fit right in.
Museums and zoos for kids in Sydney
Standout museums for children in Sydney include the Australian Museum and the Powerhouse Museum. Wildlife lovers won't be able to get enough of Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Most facilities offer annual passes which means repeat visits cost a fraction of the price one would pay by purchasing one-off tickets.