Crystal clear turquoise water, sparkling white sand and blue skies were what we discovered when we arrived at Moona Moona Creek on Easter Sunday morning. This stunning location is the perfect place for a family with little ones to enjoy the sun, sand and water of Jervis Bay. 

The expansive tidal lagoon where Moona Moona Creek meets the ocean waters of beautiful Jervis Bay is locate between Vincentia and Huskisson, along Burril St / Elizabeth Drive. The calm shallow waters and easily accessible beach make for the perfect, safe location to splash with young ones. It's also an amazing spot for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding - hours of fun for the whole family. 

Our best investment for this weekend getaway was the incredibly easy to set up shade tent from Anaconda. Taking a baby to the beach was never going to be possible without some guaranteed shade, and as Hallie can't get in the water at all due to her Pavlik Harness, it was great to have somewhere out of the sun to sit with her. I even managed to get her to have a decent nap! Winning! 

Parking off Beach Street is super close and there is a playground, toilet block and picnic tables on the edge of the beach closest to the Beach Street entrance. Moona Moona Creek is truly spectacular! The photos speak for themselves. We'd even go as far as to say it's the best beach / swimming location we've come across with Farley and the convenience of location the made bringing Hallie to the beach no problems at all. The water was so inviting, I even got in! And it takes a lot for me to actually go in the water

To find out more about what we got up to in Jervis Bay, head over to this blog post. 



Finding family friendly things to do in a new city can initially seem very overwhelming and does requires a bit of research. But since moving to Sydney, there are a number of fantastic websites, blogs and resources that I'm constantly looking to for inspiration and information.

I've compiled a comprehensive list below and while many of these cater to families with kids of all ages, they have been a great starting point to find toddler friendly activities and outings. We're based on Sydney's Upper North Shore so if you're also on the northern side of the harbour, all the information you need is in this handy directory!

If you're visiting from interstate or overseas, a great starting point, to give you an overview of what Sydney and New South Wales has to offer, is the Visit NSW website. It's the official government tourism site and has information for family friendly sights and tourist attractions 

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ellaslist started out in 2010 when one mum decided to create a family friendly local guide for parents, based on things to do with her daughter. It's now grown into a huge online resource of everything that is happening for families in both Sydney and Melbourne. It's so comprehensive and jam pack with information. 

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Hello Sydney Kids

Hello Sydney Kids is another resource that has been created by an inspiring mum who has meticulously detailed her families adventures across Sydney. It's full of great articles on beaches and playgrounds and things to do in Sydney and surrounding areas. 

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Busy City Kids

Busy City Kids is my go to place to find out about current kid friendly museum and art gallery exhibits. It's also created and curated by mums and has reviews and guides for attractions and activities in Sydney and Melbourne. 

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Kid Size Living

Kid Size Living is another local guide and directory for all things kids friendly in Sydney. It has a handy breakdown by area - ie: inner west, northern beaches, inner city

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Adventure, Baby

Adventure, Baby is a blog by travel writer Christine Knight. While she has travelled extensively around the world and shares lots of stories, guides and international travel tips, she's based in Sydney and always has a great articles on things to do in her home town with her daughter.

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The following are websites and social media accounts that focus on a specific area of Sydney. Created by local parents, they are handy resources for finding out whats on closer to home. These are the ones I refer to regularly - they are a great way to discover new playgrounds and kids friendly cafes! 

Hills District Mums Website | Facebook | Instagram

Northshore Mums Website | Facebook | Instagram

Ryde District Mums Website | Facebook | Instagram

ParraParents Website | Facebook | Instagram

Another great, free resource is Child Magazines - you can pick them up monthly at libraries, shopping centre and cafes; they have some informative articles and a list of what's on for kids that month. Plus the website has even more parenting related content - check out their mini mags! 

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I'm a big fan of Instagram and recently discovered that you can follow hashtags! It's an ingenious way to see what other people are up to and perhaps even connect with like minded parents. A few of my favourite ones to get you started are #sydneywithkids #sydneykids #sydneywithbubs #sydneymums

Subscribing to Newsletters

All the websites listed above have the option to subscribe to their newsletters which is a great way to received ideas and inspo directly to your inbox! I've also signed up to the newsletters for many of the museums and art galleries around Sydney, to stay up to date with upcoming exhibits and activities. 

Good old fashioned face to face conversation

Asking other local parents what they got up to on the weekend is an obvious way to get new ideas and recommendations. It's a great conversation starter and you'll get an honest review of things. It's my go to question for small talk at playgroup and playgrounds. 

I hope this list inspires other parents to find new adventures for your little ones and create some wonderful family memories.  If you're not a Sydney local, it only takes a bit of web searching to hunt down similar online resources for your own home town. 

Have I missed anything? I'd love to hear your tips and suggestions! Feel free to leave your comments below. 


The Children’s Playground at Darling Quarter is an inner city oasis, full of state-of-the-art play equipment that will keep kids entertained and active for hours. And best of all, it’s absolutely free! There is everything from climbing webs, big slides, flying foxes, jumbo swings and sand pits. But we went along on a hot Saturday to take advantage of the amazing water play area. 

The splash area includes water pumps, water wheels, a water screwdriver, water spouts and a maze of shallow waterways between rocks, complete with little dam walls that kids can lift up or down to change the course of the water. It’s so fascinating to watch kids play together and explore the water courses. Farley loved just following all the little canals and climbing over the concrete blocks. There is also another really new, large, very shallow pool (like ankle depth), perfect for little ones to splash in. 

We dressed Farley in her swimsuit mainly for sun protection but also because a toddler will no doubt sit in the shallow water. Older kids could still enjoy the water play area without getting fully drenched. If you have a baby and a toddler, I recommended visiting with two adults; we took it in turns to closely follow Farley around the water and while the other sat with Hallie in the pram off to the side. 



  • Getting there: The Darling Quarter Children’s Playground is located right in the middle of Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. The closest car park is the Wilson car park on Harbour Street but there are many other city car parks within a short walk. The closest train station is Town Hall which is a 9 minute walk and the closet ferry stop is Pyrmont Bay which is a 15 minute walk. 
  • Sun protection: There are a few shady areas within the park but the water play area is in full sun so full sun protection for little ones is highly recommended.
  • Pram friendly: It was very crowded on this particularly hot weekend so navigating around with a pram was a tad difficult but overall achievable. . 
  • Dining: There is a small kiosk, Cafe Danieli, within the park area but the whole area of Tumbalong Park is surrounded by such a wide variety of restaurants and plenty of grassed open spaces for picnics.

For more information, head to this great website -



Luna Park is Sydney’s iconic amusement park that sits on the edge of the harbour, right under the northern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The giant face has been recognisable since it was first built in 1935 and has withstood some tumultuous reincarnations over the years (think deaths, fires and demolition, oh my! the history of Luna Park is quite fascinating). Despite that, Luna Park has been a place for carnival stye family fun for many years and it’s been on my list of places to visit since we move to Sydney. But my big question was; is it toddler and baby friendly?

First and foremost, the best thing to know about Luna Park Sydney is it’s free to enter, you just pay for the rides you go on. The atmosphere of Luna Park just screams families fun; it's that old time fair ground feel - the lights, the colours, the music, the sounds of the rides. It’s a total sensory overload for a little one, so visiting Luna Park will definitely excite, even if you just go in and enjoy an ice-cream. 

As for the rides, while there is so many to choose from for kids and adults, the only two that a little two year old can go on is the carousel and the ferris wheel. We purchased 1 Unlimited Rides Pass - Red for $22 which allows a guest from 85-105cm unlimited amounts of rides all day. Technically Farley could ride with us accompanied for free so Braino went on the carousel with her and I went on the ferris wheel with her. (We were a bit sneaky and just use the one wristband between the two of us) We could have purchased individual tickets for both the rides for $10 each but Braino opted to get the unlimited pass just incase we wanted to do a ride twice.

Farley absolutely loved the carousel! As soon as she saw it, she was so excited about the ponies and just wanted to go for a ride. However, she was too little to sit on one of the ponies but could sit in the sleigh. But she still had the biggest grin on her face. I was keen to take her on the ferris wheel, and to also take photos of the spectatular view from the top. I was half expecting her to get a bit frightened, but it was actually me who had a little anxiety about being so high in the air, especially when it came to a stop at the top. Farley just peered over the edge, down at the rides below, like it was the most natural thing ever. Once we were back on solid ground, she enjoyed watching the street performers but was not too keen to do the classic clown mouth game. (But who could blame her, those things are a little creepy).

Hallie enjoyed cruising around in the pram and having a feed while we watched the street performers. We took it in turns to go on a ride with Farley so one of us could wait with Hallie, but we probably could have taken her on the ferris wheel, wearing her in the ergo carrier which we also had with us. I did see people leaving prams at the base of the ferris wheel. 

So our verdict is; Luna Park Sydney is definitely worth a visit with a toddler. You don’t need a lot of time, an hour or so is plenty to enjoy the fair ground atmosphere. Combining a visit to Luna Park with a ferry ride is a great way to fill out an afternoon on Sydney Harbour. My tip would be - bring the grandparents along so they can stay with your little ones while you enjoy more of the adult rides! 



  • Getting there: The Milson's Point ferry terminal is within meters of the front entrance, a bus stop is only a short distance away and the Milsons Point train station is only a 10 minute walk away. Although it is uphill from Luna Park to the train station. If you do want to drive, Luna Park has it's own car park. The most you will pay is $39 for any visit over four hours. More information can be found on Luna Park's website.
  • Pram friendly?: Yes, we didn't encounter any stairs and it wasn't very crowded. I would recommend that if you have a baby and a toddler - its definitely a two adult outing, however, if its just you, your toddler and your pram, it seemed pretty safe to leave your pram off to the side while on the ferris wheel and carousel.
  • Toilets & baby change facilities: There are plenty of public toilets but it was pretty lacking in parents rooms - from what we could find.
  • Address: Luna Park Sydney - 1 Olympic Drive, Milson Point, NSW, 2061

Plenty more information is available at Luna Park Sydney's website. 



It may seem like every time we go to the beach, I declare 'we've discovered our new favourite' but that’s because when it comes to the the northern beaches of Sydney, we truly are spoilt for choice. This weekend we headed to Collaroy Beach and discovered yet another great family friendly location. 

Our late afternoon at Collaroy Beach was mainly to have an early dinner of fish and chips by the ocean and have a play in the playground. We weren’t planning on swimming as the weather that morning had been a little overcast however, it was a speculator afternoon with blue skies and delightfully warm autumn sunshine. 

Collaroy is similar to Dee Why Beach in that it’s a surf beach with two choices of ocean pools; one being especially designed for young children, and a fantastic playground at the southern end of the beach, along the promenade. However, Collaroy is much quieter, lacking the busy restaurant and cafe scene of Dee Why, but that almost makes it even more appealing for young families. 

The playground is fully fenced and includes a climbing fort, swings, big rope climbing web, see-saws and a merry-go-around thing that every kids wants to go on but gives all the parents heart palpitations. It’s a great playground for all ages but there is plenty to keep a little toddler occupied as well. 

The ocean pools are wonderful; only a short stroll from the playground and car park, making it very easy assessable for prams. There are also concrete steps beneath the rock wall which provide plenty of seating.  If you venture beyond the ocean pools, around the headland, you’ll find another smaller beach with some beautiful tidal rocks pools, perfect for little ones to wade in and explore. We could see ourselves spending a lot of time at these rock pools when we return for a swim. 

We finished the afternoon with fish and chip from The Reef Food Bar, enjoying the sunshine and fresh ocean air (with only a month left of day light savings, it may be our last chance for some early evening sunshine by the beach. ) 



  • Getting There & Parking: Getting to the northern beaches via public transport is rather tricky as there isn't a train line that services the area. The B1 bus will take you from Sydney city to Collaroy or check out the Transport NSW website to plan your trip from another location in Sydney. Driving is the most convenient way and there is a small carpark right next to the beach, between the playground and surf life saving builiding. Parking is 'pay and display'.
  • Public Toilets: Yes - at the Surf Life Saving building - only a short walk from the playground
  • Pram Friendly: We didn't have the pram with us but it would be very easy to puch one down to the ocean pools, along the footpath and there is plenty of space within the playground. 
  • Sun Protection: There are shade cloths over sections of the playground however hats and suncream is highly recommended for the beach. 
  • Dining: There are a few cafes across the street on Pittwater Road like Stay Grounded and The Beach Club is a short walk down the beach front, We loved the fish and chips from The Reef Food Bar but it was a 2 minute drive away. 

Address: Pittwater Road, Collaroy 2097



Feeling a little guilty about the amount of television Farley has been watching lately and also keen to fill another Saturday that Braino had to work, I decided to get out into nature and explore a park or garden. The Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden has been on my to-do list for quite some time and, it turns out, it’s perfect for some free range toddler nature exploration! The best part of the outing was the huge goanna we met - for our lizard obsessed toddler, this may have been the highlight of her life to date!


Our dog Costanza spends much of her day hunting skinks in our garden, much to the amusement of Farley, who has consequently become fascinated with lizards. It’s probably her favourite word to say. There is a large skink that seems to be Costanza's biggest adversary, I once found it’s tail in our lounge room! Yuck!! And then saw the tail-less skink narrowly escaping Costanza again the following day. Farley now thinks of these garden lizards as members of our family; for example when I list all the people in our family that love her she is always quick to add Lizards love Farley! Sure darling, the lizards love you too. (So adorable!) 

Anyway, back to the Wildflower Gardens; I arrived with a picnic packed and Hallie sleeping snuggly in the Ergo Carrier, and was planning to do the Senses Track, however after ducking into the visitor centre and speaking to the delightful staff member, we were off in the direction of Lambert’s Clearing, which has a playground thats ideal for toddlers!

We walked to Lambert’s Clearing Picnic Area via the bitumen Solander Track, only 200m from where we parked, and saw the huge goanna lazily walking around the picnic area. At first I thought Farley might get scarred but she was in awe of it and proceeded to follow the goanna around, at a safe distance, waving and squealing Hello Lizard! The goanna was not fazed at all and hung around for a while, doing a few laps of the picnic area, before eventually slinky off into the bush. Of course Farley was curious to know where the lizard had gone so I convinced her to help me look for it in The Fern House and The Knoll; two fenced garden areas next to Lambert’s Clearing. She had fun wandering the paths and climbing over rocks but eventually realised the lizard was long gone and starting saying Farley go home now. So we ventured back to the car on an alternative route, via the Banks Track; along a dirt track, over rocks and along a boardwalk. It was only 200m and Farley was a little champion walking it all, but all the while she was saying Farley go home now. Farley watch a mooo-vie. I now know how my Dad must have felt when he’d take my siblings and I on bush walks most weekends of our childhood. 


The Ku-Ring-Gai Wild Flower Garden offers so many toddler friendly ways to explore nature. Lambert’s Clearing has the playground, toilets and plenty of shaded picnic areas and with The Fern House and The Knoll right next to the clearing, you can enjoy a picnic lunch and explore so much in one area (there is a shallow unfenced pond in The Fern House and some of the rock steps in The Knoll are quite steep so full supervision is advised). There are a variety of short accessible walks you can do with a toddler and even a pram or bike, with a tracks like the Senses Track, the Solander Trail and The Brown Track being step free. And best of all, it’s free! No entry fee or parking fees. 


Head to the website for information on scheduled events and activities - I’m keen to take Farley to one of the Toddlers and Tadpoles weekly playgroups.


  • Address: 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
  • Opening hours: 8am - 5pm
  • Dining: Best option is bring a packed picnic lunch or use one of the BBQs for a sausage sizzle. you can buy refreshments like drinks and ice blocks at the Visitor Centre.


Sydney offers a spectacular variety of beautiful beaches and we are slowly hunting down the best toddler friendly options. Dee Why Beach ranks pretty high on our list. I'll admit, we've only just scratched the surface when it comes to Sydney's beaches, but, what I love about Dee Why is that it has a similar sort of vibe to Bondi, just on a smaller, less chaotic scale. It has a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars along The Strand, a grassy promenade, there are ocean pools and not one but two playgrounds within walking distance of the beach. We headed out there on a Sunday afternoon while Braino's parents were visiting, to give them a taste of Sydney's stunning coast. 

While Dee Why Beach is one of Sydney's most well known surf beaches, we still found it to be safe for a toddler to splash along the shore. Farley enjoyed jumping over the waves with Braino. (Just be sure to always swim between the flags!)  Getting down onto the beach with a pram isn't impossible but it is a little difficult - you would have to carry it down a few steps. We had Braino's parents with us so they were happy to sit with Hallie in the pram at the top of the steps while Braino, Farley and myself had a splash on the beach. Hallie must have been very relaxed by the sea air; she slept the whole time!. There was a lot of seaweed on the beach the day we were there but I believe it's not a regular occurrence - it depends on which way the wind is blowing. 

Dee Why also has great ocean pools, an adult one and a children's one, and some rock pools which always make for great toddler entertainment. While we didn't spend much time at that end of the beach during this visit, I would definitely come back just for the ocean pools! You can push a pram right up to them - there is plenty of paved pathways and plenty of places to sit at the pools.

One of the best reasons why Dee Why is such a good option for families with toddlers is the choice of two fenced playgrounds within close proximity to the beach. There is one right on the promenade, the Michaela Howie Playground, at the southern end, overlooking the beach and another one a very short stroll from the car park at the northern end of the beach, at James Meehan Reserve, near the surf lifesavers building. Between The Strand and the beach promenade is a well maintain sections of lawn, which is perfect for picnics or setting up a portable BBQ. 

You could easily spend a full day at Dee Why Beach and be kept busy with all the swimming options, dining options and playgrounds. Or just come out for a lazy afternoon and discover something new each time. 



Getting there: Unfortunately there isn't a lot of public transport options to the northern beaches. If you're traveling from the city the B1 bus or the L90 bus will take you to Dee Why town centre but from there, it's  15 minute walk to the beach. I would recommended driving. 

Parking: There is a large car park  located at James Meehan Reserve, next to the Dee Why Surf Lifesavers, It's free for vehicles displaying a Council parking permit and pay and display is available for those without. There is also plenty of on street parking in surrounding streets, just be sure to check the parking restrictions. 

Dining Options: There is a huge variety of cafes and restaurants along The Strand and in surrounding streets. The first time we visited we ate at Beach Burrito which is walking distance from the beach. On our most recent visit, we had an early dinner at the Dee Why RSL, at Braino's dad's Rossco request. I would recommend both. We also purchased iceblocks and coffee from the Beach Shack, next to the Ocean Pools. 

Shade: Both playgrounds have shade clothes but the beach and ocean pool are in full sun. Definitely pack full sun protection for the family. 

Toilets: There are public toilets located at either end of the promenade, in the Surf Lifesavers building and also in the building next to the ocean pools. 

Address: The Strand, Dee Why NSW 2099



Not all outings with a toddler go completely smoothly; there have been been plenty of outings I haven’t blogged about - like the time I drove out to Bondi to see the Sculptures by the Sea festival but literally couldn’t find a carpark within a 2km radius so abandoned the mission and went to playground instead. Or the time we went to the Grounds of Alexandria, heavily pregnant, on the hottest, busiest day of the summer. And now with a newborn in the mix, it’s inevitable that things won’t always go to plan. Our outing to The Royal Botanic Gardens was one of these occasions, a lesson in juggling two babies. However I did love the Botanic Gardens and was amazed by the Pollination installlation at the Calyx. I managed to snap a few photos, so I thought I’d share some of our mis-adventure. 

Dad and Donna were visiting from Brisbane and Donna had mentioned she was interested in seeing the Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age Exhibit at the Art Gallery of NSW. I thought it would make for a wonderful multigenerational, educational experience; with any luck, we could let Farley do some exploring in the Royal Botanic Gardens and then she would nap in the pram, Hallie in the carrier, while I enjoyed some Art History. Ha! Very wishful thinking. Generally Farley is a real treat to take out and almost never has tantrums, however, in the middle of the herb gardens, right when Hallie woke up and wanted to be feed, Farley lost it - epic meltdown. After a few deep breaths and the realisation that an Art Gallery was no place for a disgruntled toddler, I sent Dad and Donna off to see the Dutch Masters. Once Hallie finished feeding and Farley calmed down and after a quick nappy change for both behind some bushes, I discovered we weren't too far from The Calyx which housed the Pollination installation. 

Pollination at The Calyx is an incredible floral display, celebrating how colour plays a vital role in the pollination process. It features an amazing 50 metre long wall which stands 6 metres high, covered in vibrant flowers and plants, arranged to spell Pollination. It’s quite an amazing site to behold and it’s also free! (although donations are appreciated) Farley enjoyed having a wander and exploring the plants, until she slipped over in a puddle, drenching her tutu and leggings in dirty puddle water! Arrhhh! (and of course I didn’t pack a change of clothes for her! I even contemplated it that morning when I packed a second outfit for Hallie but foolishly thought Farley wouldn't need it.) After some more deep breaths from me, we went off to meet Dad and Donna for lunch at the Botanic Gardens Cafe (which was really lovely!) I wish I could say Hallie slept the whole time, she slept all the way there on the train but after her feed in the gardens, she was having some trouble with trapped wind so she was grizzling on and off. A grumpy toddler and unsettled newborn is not a fun combination. 

After lunch we  walked back to Circular Quay train station via the Sydney Opera House. Once back at Wynyard Station, the train we were waiting for spontaneously changed to an express train that would bypass our stop. (Transport NSW appeared to be having a very bad start to 2018) We figured it would be quicker to get on the express train and then back track to our stop. But then, with the already delayed train arriving in 2 minutes, I smelt the worse thing a parent could smell… a dirty nappy! Not wanting to miss the train (it was already dangerously close to peak hour) and not wanting to change a toddlers nappy on a train, poor Farley had to endure that situation for a bit longer. Then, the final another scene to our comedy of errors, once the train terminated at Hornsby, we got off and went up to the concourse to find out which platform we needed to go to to catch the train back to our stop. Only to discover we literally had to return to the train we had just got off! 

What a day! Thankfully I had the help of Dad and Donna but it did make me rethink any solo train trips into the city with both a toddler and baby. However, I really loved the Royal Botanic Gardens, and am very keen to go back one weekend with Braino. The sprawling parklands are the perfect place for families to enjoy nature, relax, explore or get active. And it’s right in the heart of the city! I could spend all day strolling around the beautiful gardens and it’s ideal for little toddlers to have a wander and explore. If you’re visiting with a toddler I’d suggested a trip on the Choo Choo Express, hunting for dinosaurs with the interactive Jurassic Garden or look into the weekly Dandy Lion’s playgroup. (They are one our list for our next visit)


Pollination at The Calyx is on until 15th of August 2018. 


  • Getting there: The Royal Botanic Gardens are right in the heart of Sydney. We caught the train in and walked from Circular Quay, however there are parking options and many nearby bus stops. There is great information on the Royal Botanic Garden's website.
  • Cost: Entry to the Royal Botanic Gardens is free! Entry to the Pollination display was also free however donations were appreciated. 
  • Pram Friendly?: Yes, there is plenty of paved pathways and lots of space!
  • Sun Protection: There is a bit of shade throughout the gardens however, definitely pack hats, suncream and protective clothing and avoid a really hot sunny day with toddlers. We went on an overcast day around 30 degrees and it was pleasant. 
  • Dining: There is a number of cafes and restaurants within the gardens. We had lunch at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant and would recommend it. However, it's also the perfect spot to bring a picnic and enjoy sitting amongst nature. For a full list of dining options, head to this page of the website.