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10 Kid Friendly Places to Visit in Ultimo

Planning a family orientated stay in Sydney soon? Good because we have more than a few terrific kid friendly activities and places of interest to visit on the below list. Get the kids excited and organised to ensure they have the time of their young lives whilst visiting Ultimo.

The Powerhouse Museum

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Do find time to visit the thought-provoking Powerhouse Museum, otherwise known as the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS). Open daily from 10am-5pm and admission for children under 16 is free! There’s a host of cool exhibition themes on display that kids will totally engage in. Including the popular ‘Space’ sector that features a life-size replica of a space shuttle section and an onsite Zero Gravity Space Lab.

Kid TV Programme Production at the ABC Studios


Lights, camera, action. Kids love to attend the ABC Studios where many of their favourite tv shows are made. Book in for a behind the scenes journey and spend a couple of hours on a guided studio tour. Highlights include; seeing the control room, an on-air radio station and of course the digital recording studios.

The Dragon Parade in Chinatown

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Bright lights, big city. Why not indulge your little munchkins in feast of tasty dumplings before getting up close and personal with the spectacular Dragon Parade in the surrounding Chinatown. It’s bound to be a fun and memorable outing for all ages. The Chinese Lunar New Year is the most colourful time to arrive however, most nights you’ll find a cultural event on that the family will love.

Winner Dinner

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Feast with the family at the legendary Harvest Buffet located within the nearby Star City Casino zone. Think fresh seafood, plates piled with delicious pasta dishes, gourmet roasts, huge healthy salads and hearty curries. Not to mention the incredible dessert bar that kids just love! Note; little one's under 4 years eat free, whilst the cost for kids aged 5-12 is an inviting $25 for all you can eat.

Outdoor Kids Rule

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Wind em’ up at wear em’ out. Fact; if adults want some much needed evening rest than get the kids outdoors to play hard and fast early on. We recommend the fun water activities and playground at Pirrama Park in Pyrmont.

Ping Pong Tournaments

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Take a stroll along the Goods Line which runs from the Ultimo Road rail underbridge to the end of Macarthur Street. Here you will find free council installed ping pong tables. It’s plenty of family fun and a little friendly competition never hurt no one, right?

Maritime Museum

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Land a’hoy. A visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum is a delight for kids. Popular activities include; the Deep Sea Sensorium, exploring historic fleets, a 3D cinema, the cabinet of curiosities and James Cameron’s ‘Challenging the Deep’ underwater science and technology exploration.

The Life Aquatic

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Best make a day of it and head to Darling Harbour to visit the Sydney Aquarium and the aforementioned Maritime Museum in one. Both are close together and within a 10 minute walk from Ultimo. Expect to meet with with penguins, sharks, dugongs, rays and all their fishy friends at the SeaLife Sydney aquarium.

Ferry Ride Fun

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Taking an iconic ferry ride under the marvelous Sydney Harbour Bridge is an absolute must and an overwater journey the kids are sure to love. Don’t forget your camera to capture all those magic harbour views to treasure forever.

Walk across the ANZAC Suspension Bridge

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The ANZAC Suspension Bridge pedestrian walk takes about 45 minutes to cross. It’s quite a sight for the kids to see this clever architectural piece constructed of a multitude of steel cables and concrete pylons up close. The amazing ANZAC themed statues at either end of the bridge are a touching tribute to Australian history too.