Sydney boasts an array of family-friendly attractions sure to please every member of the family. The world’s largest IMAX theatre is right there on Darling Harbour. Also on the harbour are a marine museum and the Sydney aquarium. iFly Downunder, the country’s first indoor skydiving facility, will have kids of all ages flying like Superman in no time.
Of course, Sydney’s gorgeous beaches are family-friendly and offer many playgrounds and roadside fish and chip stands. There is a wide choice of family-friendly accommodation in the city. The best way to enjoy everything this vibrant city offers is to stay right here.
Take a walk along King Street Wharf or Pyrmont Bridge and discover the many cafes and restaurants in the area. If shopping is on your to-do list, head out to Pitt Street Mall, Chinatown or Oxford Street.
Sydney is a great place to visit but, like many popular places, trying to find the best family accommodation in Sydney can cause headaches! Below is our list of the 10 best family hotel options in Sydney. Hopefully, it helps make this decision easier for you.
When searching for family friendly accommodation in Sydney, it is a big plus to find a hotel with spacious, top-notch apartments outfitted with a washer, dryer and kitchenette. Fraser Suites Sydney fits the bill perfectly.
Sleeping up to 5 comfortably in the smoke-free 2-bedroom apartments, this 201-suite hotel offers a heated indoor pool, buffet breakfast in their restaurant, free Wi-Fi in all apartments, and a 24-hour front desk. Babysitting is offered here as well, and the little added touches like free newspaper, soundproofed rooms and daily housekeeping ensure a complete vacation for all members of the family.
Considered amongst the best accommodation in Sydney, Fraser Suites Sydney is ideally located in the centre of the business district, within an easy 5 to 10-minute walk to a range of shopping venues such as the Pitt Street Mall, and the Queen Victoria Building marketplace. A 15-minute walk takes you to the Maritime Museum and the nearby wharf with its arts and cultural events. There are dining options galore in the area.
Best parts: Indoor heated pool, luxurious apartments with washer/dryer and kitchenette
Be aware: The hotel is in a busy, central part of town
Best For… Families with older children, larger families
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These 2-bedroom apartments are very close to Darling Harbour and offer excellent value in a superb location. Though situated near many restaurants, the apartments include a kitchen where families may prepare meals. Watch the sunset over the harbour on your balcony while having a light meal, or take a break from touring the area and enjoy a swim in the indoor pool.
With 24-hour check-in, indoor pool and hot tub and tour desk, these apartments provide everything necessary for family accommodation in Darling Harbour.
Best parts: Spacious fully-equipped apartments, indoor pool and hot tub
Be aware: Parking could be an issue
Best For… Families with younger or older children
This airport hotel is an excellent choice for easy access to early flights from the airport. Only a 3-minute walk from the airport, this hotel is extremely convenient for travel-weary families.
Families of up to 4 will appreciate the family rooms, which have a queen bed and 2 single beds, making them ideal as Sydney family accommodation. Cots can be provided as well. A substantial buffet breakfast is available at the on-site restaurant. There is a fitness centre with gym, a business centre and free Wi Fi.
Best parts: Large rooms and large bathrooms with huge tubs, soundproofed walls
Be aware: The hotel overlooks the airport runway
Best For… Families of up to 4 wanting to be close to the airport
Set in the middle of the Elizabeth Bay, Darlinghurst, and Rushcutters Bay districts, this boutique 4.5-star hotel is a perfect choice for first time visitors to the city. Larmont Hotel Sydney by Lancemore is within walking distance of the shopping and financial districts, and Bondi Beach and its beachside activities.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and St. Mary’s Cathedral are also within walking distance. Modern guestrooms and apartments offer free wifi, a fitness center and a zen spa.
There are 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments available. Reasonable rates and a location in the centre of all the action make the Larmont Hotel Sydney by Lancemore one of our recommendations for Sydney city accommodation.
Best Parts: In-room iPad and stocked minibar; choice of rooms, suites or apartments
Be Aware: Limited parking so book in advance
Best For… Families with older children
Another good choice for best accommodation in Sydney is the Rydges Sydney Central Hotel. It lives up to its name, located in the centre of Sydney and close to many major attractions.
Its location in Surry Hills means that cafes, galleries, antique shops and Chinatown are all within a 5- to 10-minute walk. Bohemian designer types will appreciate this modern neighbourhood. Top-floor rooms offer views of the city.
A 15 m indoor heated pool, gym and sauna offer up plenty of options for families, and deluxe King beds and sofa beds ensure activity and comfort are part of your stay.
Best part: Priority rewards members get good deals including breakfast, parking and no extra charges for a sofa bed for the kids.
Be aware: Prime location comes with a price and you are paying for location here in this excellent hotel. Paid parking.
Best For… A more luxurious family vacation with older children
A boutique hotel, close to Bondi and Bronte beaches and a short walk from the Central Railway station. Rooms here include kitchenettes and the 2 and 3-bedroom apartments are completely equipped for families. The apartments can sleep up to a max of 6 and guests can choose a king or twin beds in each bedroom.
Recommended as excellent family friendly accommodations in Sydney, this hotel features laundry facilities, free WIFI, LCD TV’s and double-glazed, soundproofed windows. Room service and a breakfast room create plenty of options if you choose to not prepare your own breakfast in your room or apartment.
Best Part: Spacious apartments are available and only a 10-minute walk to attractions and the train station
Be Aware: parking is available for a fee
Best For… Families with younger or older children, who need space to spread out, yet want easy access to dining options and attractions.
A mere block from the beach, this stylish Sydney family friendly accommodation has a spectacular waterfront location. Guests staying at this kid friendly Sydney hotel find themselves within walking distance of Manly’s many restaurants, cafés, bars and shops, and attractions such as Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Manly Kayaks, and scenic coastal walks.
You will find a wide range of elegantly appointed rooms, studios and apartments with a kitchenette. Two swimming pools, a spa and a kids club allow for leisurely fun, and the Manly Wine restaurant located on-site features beachside dining.
Best Part: The incredible beach views
Be Aware: The hotel is approximately 30 km from the airport
Best For… Families with children of all ages, particularly teens
This hotel is one of our best picks for family accommodation in Sydney CBD.
This Sydney accommodation is conveniently situated near Hyde Park, the Capitol Theatre, Darling Harbour and Sydney Tower with its Skywalk. It is a short walk to Oxford and Crown Streets, where guests can discover lots of activity and a broad range of restaurants, cafés and entertainment venues.
This is where many of the city’s artists and musicians gather. Darling Harbour’s shopping along the waterfront and the Sydney Aquarium are just a few of the nearby attractions.
Triple rooms are the best choice for small families. On-site car rental is available.
Best Part: 3 beds and kids activity packs guarantee a happy family vacation
Be Aware: Triple rooms are suitable for a maximum occupancy of 3
Best For… Families of 2 or 3
Truly one of the best Sydney hotels for families, this high-rise hotel is just 1.5 km from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and 1.6 km from Darling Harbour.
The 100% non-smoking modern rooms have flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities. Some rooms feature sitting rooms and kitchenettes with microwaves, while others have balconies. Room service is available and there is a restaurant and full bar on site. Laundry and fitness facilities cater to the busy family looking for value.
Best part: Non-smoking rooms very close to a train station
Be Aware: Street Noise possible in lower floor rooms; higher floors recommended
Best For… Small families
A great family hotel in Sydney is this seaside, 4.5 star luxury offering. With 892 rooms and suites, this Sheraton overlooks the sparkling Darling Harbour. There are 3 dining options and a 24-hour fitness facility which cater to the guests of Australia’s largest hotel.
Lavishly appointed rooms are designed for 2 to 3 persons. The Premium Maritime Suite features a wrap-around balcony, luxury bath and sitting area.
Harbour or City View rooms all feature a safe, flat screen LCD TV and a spacious luxury bathroom.
Best Part: Lavishly – appointed rooms. Top pick for Darling Harbour family accommodation.
Be Aware: The fitness centre is temporarily off-site, just around the corner
Best For… Small families with older children
Waldorf Sydney Central Serviced Apartments – Located a 10-minute walk from Central Station, kitchen and laundry facilities in each studio and apartment. One of the best family hotels in Sydney for families on a budget.
Manly Guest House – Located 6 minutes from the beach, this budget casual guest house has free WiFi and shared bathrooms. Kid friendly accommodation in Sydney for families on a budget.
Quest Campbelltown Serviced Apartments – Located 45 minutes southwest of Sydney, these fully equipped apartments have free WiFi and free parking
Vibe Hotel Sydney – Located near Hyde Park and Darling Harbour, trendy boutique hotel with quad family suites with 2 double beds or 1 double and 2 singles.
Breakfree on Clarence – A good value choice for best family hotel in Sydney. Located very close to the Queen Victoria Market, offering rooms and quad suites.
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