If travelling by train don't forget to top up your Opal card to ensure you have the $$$ to tap on and off. The cost is capped and you will not pay more than $15 a day for adults and $7.50 for children.
Remember to always pack plenty of snacks!
Jump on the train and head to the central coast to visit Woy Woy. Woy Woy is approximately an 1 1/2 hours from Sydney central.
A short stroll from Woy Woy railway station you will come across a great park fenced in for the kids and a great spot to grab a bite to eat or coffee at Fisherman's Wharf.
Whilst there you can walk along the water bank, check out the memorial park, see the pelicans and grab a bite to eat.
Your adventure starts by heading to Hawkesbury River train station which will take around 1 1/2 hours from Sydney central. Once at Hawkesbury River it offers some great places to eat or an opportunity to check out the playground. In the warmer months you can also go for a dip in the river.
After a short play and stretch, head to the boat shed and catch the ferry to Dangar Island. At the island they have a lovely spot to eat at 'Dangar café'. You can have a bite to eat and drink at the café or if you head further on you will find a playground. Otherwise you can just stroll around the island and check it out, no cars are allowed on the island so its all on foot.
Catch the train to Circular Quay and then jump on a ferry to Manly. The ferry ride will take approximately 20 minutes.
Once at Manly you can go for a swim, grab a bite to eat at the many and varied restaurants are favourite is the Manly Wharf Bar.
Whilst at Manly check out the Sea Life Sanctuary you have the chance to try out their Shark Dive Xtreme adventure coming face to face with sharks, turtles and stingrays. If extreme is not your thing, you can take the kids for a walk in their glass tunnel to check out the marine life. They have fairy penguins on display and at special times you can see them get fed. The best part is, it's not too big, it's just big enough to keep the kids entertained. It's easy for the kids to get around, check out the sea life and learn about the sea environment.
The Sea Life Sanctuary gives the kids an opportunity to see lots of different sea life up close and to also touch some sea life in their touching pool.
Sea Life Sanctuary is closing down in Jan 2018 so be sure to visit before the doors shut.
Jump on the train and head towards Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. The train ride will take approximately 2hours from Sydney central. When arriving in Katoomba you should check out Scenic World.
A Family pass cost $88 (2 adults and up to 5 children) and includes unlimited rides on the Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway. There are two options to eat at Scenic World.
There are no set schedules or routines that need to be followed at Scenic World. You can plan your day how you like and do as much or as little as you like. There is plenty of scenery and history to find along the way, so give yourself at least 4 hours to check it out.
Explore, Climb and Fly at Australia's Highest Zipline at Illawarra Fly.
Illawarra Fly Treetop adventures provides you with the opportunity to discover nature by walking around the native rainforest on the steel walkways and climbing the tower which is raised 50 meters above the forest floor. You will be able to witness the gorgeous views of both the rainforest and Pacific Ocean whether you decide to zipline or just enjoy the walk.
You can also zipline through the treetops capturing views of the rainforest, it combines both 3 cable spans and 2 suspension bridges.
Illawarra Fly is located at 182 Knights Hill rd, Knights Hill NSW (approx. 2 hours drive from Sydney and 1 hour from Wollongong). Open every day from 9.00am - 5.00pm
There is parking on site for free, it has an on site Café for breakfast, lunch or snacks and has both indoor and outdoor seating. There are locker and toilet facilities on site.
For more information visit Illawarra Fly website