Not everyone wants to battle holiday traffic and head out of Sydney for their holidays. But we all want a bit of a break and a change of pace, don’t we? So we’ve put together some of our favourite ‘staycation’ ideas if you choose to stay in Sydney over the holidays.

Overnight stays from the Inner West

These locations are easy to get to by public transport or by car and offer a refreshing change of scenery without battling holiday traffic.

Cockatoo Island

This historic site in Sydney Harbour has many different styles of accommodation, from camping and ‘glamping’ to holiday houses and apartments. Over the summer, pop-up restaurants, bars and sunset music sessions add to the appeal. To get there, take one of the regular ferries from Circular Quay. To check out accommodation, head to the easy-to-use online booking form.

Lane Cove River Tourist Park

Get the bush holiday feel without leaving town. In the beautiful Lane Cove River Tourist Park, you have a choice of cabins, camping or, for a special experience, a luxury safari tent. The tourist park is an easy stroll into the Lane Cove National Park, where you can meander along the historic trail, have a picnic, let the kids loose in the play areas, hire a rowboat or go bird watching.
The Lane Cove National Park is an easy car trip from the Inner West and a rewarding destination for all the family.

Overnight yacht stay in Lavender Bay

If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night on a yacht but don’t know how to sail, this is your package. The experience is pitched more as ‘romantic’ but that needn’t stop you from taking up this reasonable offer. The yachts are moored in Lavender Bay, opposite Wendy’s Secret Garden. You can choose a package that includes an evening sail around Sydney Harbour or go straight to the berth. We know of a couple of companies that offer overnights on a yacht. Check out Sailaway Sydney or Sailcorp to book a magical night in the harbour.

Peats Bite

Although not in Sydney proper, Peats Bite is an easy drive up the M5 Motorway to Brooklyn, or take the train to Hawkesbury River or Berowra station and take the ferry.

With water access only, Peats Bite offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Sydney while being only an hour from the CBD. The famous long lunch, plus six loft-style cabins make this a great getaway without the need to travel. Relax in the pool or hire a kayak and explore the river.

Note that there are no barriers to the water’s edge so Peats Bite isn’t suitable for smaller children.

Days out from the Inner West

We’re spoilt for choice in the Inner West, with proximity to so many child-friendly amusements worth exploring – from the obvious to the more obscure.

A real crowd-pleaser (especially the world-famous bird show), Taronga Zoo offers a full day out. And to save the hassle of parking, why not take the ferry from Circular Quay?

Closer to the Inner West, Darling Harbour offers attractions and activities for children of all ages. Wild Life Sydney, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, the Australian National Maritime Museum, Madame Tussauds and 9D Action Cinemas are all on our doorstep, waiting to be explored.

For younger children, Caterpillar Lane at Harbourside will keep them entertained, while the award-winning Darling Harbour Children’s Playground, boasting the ever-popular flying fox, is fun for all ages.

Older children (15+) and adults alike will relish the challenge of Exitus, where teams have to find clues to exit a locked room within 50 minutes.

Within the Inner West, children can test their physical abilities at the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym at St Peters and the Aerial and Circus Arts Holiday Camp at Canterbury or exercise their brain at various more creative pursuits like writing or art classes.

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