City breaks with a baby: spotlight on Sydney and Brisbane

Take a walk around Bondi to The Bucket List.
Take a walk around Bondi to The Bucket List.  Photo: Getty Images

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Whether you're travelling for a special occasion, to visit family or friends, or just seeing a new place, a short city break with your baby can be a lot of fun for everyone.

To get the most out of your city break ensure that you choose a hotel that is the right fit for you and your family.

Ferry access
Ferry access Photo: Getty Images

Hotels such as Holiday Inn and resorts are very popular options as they are able to provide cots in rooms, are conveniently located to all attractions and even offer a Kids Stay and Eat Free option.

Follow our family guide to packing and travelling with a baby, then check out what these great Aussie cities have to offer.   

Sydney

Ranked as one of Australia's most visited cities, Sydney has something to cater for all tastes and ages. 

With its stunning harbour backdrop and iconic skyline, the city offers a range of attractions, easily accessible public transport and a multitude of dining experiences and hotel options.

Sydney is accessible from all major national and international airports. 

Family-friendly attractions

Taronga Zoo

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Set amongst beautiful bushland and located only a short 12 minute ride by ferry from Circular Quay, this world famous zoo is well worth a visit.

For those with strollers, an easy walk through the grounds will enable you to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of the environment, which is home to 4000 animals. 

There are plenty of shaded picnic and grassed areas allow for rest and feeding times en route.  Whilst riding the cable car guarantees spectacular views of the harbour and city and saves tired legs at the end of the day.

Ferry trips from Sydney Harbour  

A trip to Sydney wouldn't be complete without getting out on the water to fully appreciate the sights.  

To get the best range of options for routes, visitors should head to the hive of activity that is Circular Quay. Amongst the most popular destinations are Manly, Luna Park, Watsons Bay and Mosman.

Strollers are easily accommodated on these large ferries.

Walks

While Sydney has much to offer in terms of iconic beach walks, it also has beautiful garden walks too.

Centennnial Parklands, located in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, is just one. Easily accessible by car, the parkland has a stroller friendly walking track that bypasses formal gardens, ponds, heritage buildings and sporting fields.

There are also a number of playing areas dotted throughout the park, and a centrally located café.

Rushcutters Bay, also located in the Eastern suburbs, is another beautiful location for stroller walking. Here, visitors can take in the sights of the boats bobbing in the water and even catch a glimpse of the iconic opera house sails.

Like Centennial Park, Rushcutters also has a couple of small play parks and an onsite café.

Places to eat

Watsons Bay Tea Gardens

Situated overlooking Watsons Bay, this family friendly dining institution has been operating for the past 6 years.

With a grassed play area and views of the harbour, the tea gardens can be easily reached via ferry from Circular Quay.  There's even the opportunity to take a dip in the harbour pools to work up an appetite beforehand.

The Bucket List

Sitting proudly opposite the world famous Bondi Beach and next to the Bondi Pavilion, this restaurant is ideal for those families looking to be amongst the action.

Easily accessible by public transport, visitors can choose from a large menu, the main focus of which is seafood.

A kid's menu is also available, as are high chairs and a nappy change table.

Brisbane

Set on the meandering river, Brisbane is a buzzing city that offers visitors a taste of cosmopolitan life with a laid back attitude.

Having experienced a boom in recent years, it's fast becoming a popular 'must see' destination. And with all it has on offer, it's not hard to see why.

Brisbane is accessible from most major national and international airports. 

Family-friendly attractions

South Bank parklands and esplanade

What Brisbane lacks in coastline, it makes up for in pools, interactive water play areas and man-made beaches. South Bank provides the perfect example of exactly that.

If that's still not enough, visitors can take a stroll through the 17 hectares of parklands, grab a bite to eat at one of the open eateries or enjoy the weekend markets.

Mount Cootha

If it's views and a nature walk you're after, look no further than Mount Cootha.

Located only a 10-minute drive from the CBD, this popular destination provides visitors with sweeping views all the way from the city out to Moreton Bay.

It also has an onsite café with open gardens perfect for you and baby to enjoy some sun.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Home to the world's largest koala sanctuary, this family favourite is rated as one of the top tourist attractions in Brisbane, and is a must do for any families visiting the city. 

The park offers guests the opportunity to come face to face with many of Australia's most lovable critters, and hand feeding the kangaroos in their natural habitat is a favoured activity for adults and kids alike.

Lone Pine is easily accessible by either car or a short scenic ferry ride from the city.

Places to eat

Watt Restaurant and Bar

Situated on the Brisbane River with access to beautiful open parklands on either side, this restaurant is popular with families and singles alike.

Watt is easily accessible by car or ferry from the city and offers a particularly enticing breakfast menu that is sure to appeal to all palates.

Both high chairs and nappy changing facilities are available at this venue.

Sings Asian Restaurant

Nestled in the bustling suburb of Paddington, this restaurant is the perfect spot for a family dinner after a busy day on the go. 

With a vast Thai menu, quick and friendly service and the option for takeaway too, this 'hidden gem' will definitely see you going back for more. 

High chairs are available at this restaurant.

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