Best Nature Experiences For Kids In And Around Sydney

By: Rosie Stevens, 19 February 2019

Do you, hand on heart, think that you spend enough time in nature? Do you breathe in lungfuls of fresh air on a regular enough basis, and dedicate enough screen-free hours to soaking up all that Sydney has to offer?

If not, don’t worry—you’re certainly not alone. As technology seeps its way further and further into our everyday lives, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to disentangle ourselves (and our families) from screens and spend some quality time in the great outdoors. Here are the best nature experiences in and around Sydney.

Natural Play Spaces

Children learn through play. They grow through play and they develop through play. Natural play spaces offer unstructured play for learning amongst a blend of natural areas, environmental features and plants, and they’re a godsend for families living in the inner-city without access to a backyard or other natural areas. 

See our guide to Sydney’s best natural play spaces here.

Secret Gardens

The perfect activity to make a real adventure out of, Sydney’s secret garden offering is seriously epic. Complete with playgrounds to explore, bushes to hide amongst and native trees and flowers to identify, secret gardens are a wonderful way to give your kids the gift of nature. 

Check out Sydney’s best secret gardens here.

Wildfest Pop-up Family Camp

If you’re interested in family glamping, look no further than Wildfest in the beautiful spot of Tidbinbilla in the ACT.  Hosting the ultimate family sleepover during the Autumn holidays, Wildfest pop-up family camp offers activities that include possible wildlife sightings of koalas, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus and more, plus specially designed ranger-guided activities that offer new ways to learn about the diversity of wildlife in this unique natural landscape.

More information here.

Autumn Colours

Sydney is a gorgeous evergreen city all year round – so when autumn comes calling, you’ll want to know the best secret spots for a taste of northern hemisphere autumn—i.e. bursts of stunning gold and red foliage. We love that the autumn cool is pleasant weather to linger around the Sydney gardens or parks to give the little ones a crunching sensory experience almost any time of the day. 

Here are the best spots for your kids to delight in the changing colours of autumn.

Unyoked Cabins

The fast-paced, chaotic city life of Sydney is inspiring so many of us to enjoy the simple things in life when we get that rare chance to holiday without the kids. Who wants a jam-packed schedule of activities and sightseeing when you can truly switch off and do sweet nothing while immersed in nature? Well, this is the concept that the two brothers from Unyoked came up with when they designed their tiny cabin getaway business.

These cute, architecturally designed cabins are found in the Southern Highlands and can only be accessed via a 200-metre walk through a rainforest and dirt roads. As they explain on their website, they are "Far enough to disconnect, close enough to not spend all your time getting there.” We’re listening!

More tiny cabin info here!

Sunflower Spotting

Nothing says “nature” quite like a blooming field of rich yellow sunflowers, does it? Luckily, NSW is home to some stunning sunflower crops and they’re just waiting to be visited by you and your family! You can sign up to a sunflower alert which will let you know when the very best time to visit is, as there’s a relatively short window each season.

Here’s where to head for your sunflower fix—and it’s just 4 hours drive from Sydney.

Symbio Wildlife Park

Set amongst 16 picturesque acres of manicured gardens, visitors to Symbio Wildlife Park can get up close and personal with all of their favourite animals—both Australian and exotic! Visitors can cuddle up to a koala, feed, pat and interact with a large mob of kangaroos and catch glimpses of the resident cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, red pandas, meerkats, small monkeys and many more.

There’s also a Symbio Farmyard precinct with all of the usual farm suspects and a splash park to cool down in during the warm summer months.

Check out more information about Symbio here.

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