Local Attractions

The Northern Beaches is full of fun family attractions and you don’t need to travel far to enjoy them. So if you are looking for something different to do with your children why not visit one of our local attractions listed below.

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Address: Bradleys Head Road Mosman

Only a short drive from anywhere on the northern beaches is Australia’s most famous zoo, Taronga Zoo. With its stunning views and more than 2,600 species of exotic and native animals, Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney best attractions for families with children. There are daily talks and encounters but some of the highlights that children will love include feeding the giraffes, holding a snake, watching the seal show and visiting the baby elephants.

A newly renovated farm playground in Backyard to Bush has recently opened, providing space for kids to play and connect with the Zoo. The playground features a water play area with a sandstone frog sculpture, timber sheep, dog sculptures and netted bridge and towers that children can climb and explore.

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Sealife Sanctuary, Manly

Address: Manly Cove, West Esplanade, Manly

At Sealife Sanctuary the whole family can experience animal conservation in action.  At the sanctuary you can come face to face with cute little penguins, critically endangered sharks, rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles, giant rays and much more. The children will enjoy watching the sharks and fish get fed, walking through the underwater tunnel and getting their hands wet in the touch pool.


IMG_0010 copyWannabees Frenchs Forest

Address: c1/1-3 Rodborough Rd, Frenchs Forest

Wannabees is not your usual play centre but rather a small city where children can role play and pretend to be anything they wish from fire-fighters to nurses, movie stars to doctors. They can dress up and play with pretend tools and equipment. There is also a 6m high rock climbing wall for older children, a soft play area for little ones and slides. Wannabees is definitely worth a visit especially on rainy days.


berry reserve_0001Narrabeen Lagoon

Address: Berry Reserve, Narrabeen

Narrabeen lagoon is the largest coastal lagoon on the Northern Beaches with plenty to do for everyone. It’s a place to enjoy water sports, go bushwalking, fishing, cycling and much more. It’s a great outing for children as they can ride their bike or scooters along the foreshore track and feed the ducks. There are also enclosed playgrounds on either side of the lagoon.


dee why kids pool_0001Dee Why Children’s Pool

Address: Corner of Oaks Avenue and The Strand, Dee Why

At the southern end of Dee Why beach is one of Sydney’s best children’s rockpools. The pool is a 1 minute walk from the main beach and easily accessible with pram and young children. The children’s pool is very well kept and has a shallow end suitable for toddlers and gets gradually deeper. There is plenty of room to sit and watch the kids play in the shallow water as well as change rooms. There is also a fantastic fenced in playground just around the corner and plenty of cafes to buy a coffee or have lunch.


Palm Beach FerryThe Basin and Ferry Ride from Palm Beach

Address: Palm Beach Ferry Terminal, The Basin

There is no better way to spend a sunny day with the whole family than to catch a ferry. The children just love it.  So why not make a day of it by parking the car at Palm Beach ferry terminal, hopping on the ferry to the basin and spending a relaxing day enjoying everything this magical place has to offer. There is a sheltered beach with an inland lagoon, picnic area, green open space and several walking tracks as well as bird watching.


IMG_0008 copyNew Leaf Nursery

Address: 224 Powderworks Rd (Cnr Wilson Ave) Ingleside

New Leaf nursery specialises in sustainable living that is fun for the whole family. There are lots of  pots and plants but what makes this an attraction for the kids is the free petting area with its backyards chickens, dwarf rabbits, quails and guinea pigs. The nursery also offers ride on toys amongst the plants so the kids will be entertained while the parents choose herbs and vegetables and learn all about edible gardens.


Flying fox_0006Flying Fox Park, Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale

Address: Mona Street, Mona Vale

The northern beaches is home to one of the best playgrounds in Sydney, the flying fox playground in Mona Vale. A visit to this playground and its beautiful foreshore surrounds is definitely a highlight for parents and children of all ages. While the children play and have fun in the state of the art playground which includes a huge spider web climbing frame and an oversized flying fox, you enjoy a cup of coffee at the child friendly flying fox café right next to the playground.  There is also a small secluded beach and a bike track so don’t forget to pack swimmers, bikes and scooters.


warriewood district palygroundRocket Park in Warriewood Valley

Address: Casuarina Drive, Warriewood

Located off MacPherson Street in Warriewood is this new modern playground. There is a big range of play equipment for children of all ages including its highlight which is a huge rocket ship to climb and slide. There are slides built into the hill, round basket swing and a toddler play area. In addition to the playground the area also has bbqs, bike & scooter tracks, bubblers and lots of seating and open grass areas! Parking is available but the playground has no fence and no toilets.

Author: Laurice Klaire

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