Train and Ferry Lovers – Here’s 7 Sydney Outings To Try

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Public transport can be so fun for kids! Here’s some great ideas on days out that the whole family can enjoy!

Catch a Ferry to Darling Harbour

F3 Ferry from Putney/Kissing Point to Darling Harbour (Barangaroo)

Darling Harbour has CHANGED and it’s not just for tourists anymore! Gone is Sega World, the IMAX, the Entertainment Centre and the monorail you might remember, and in its place, a $3.4 billion precinct that’s more than 22ha!

Read more about a day out in Darling Harbour for families here.

Visit Cockatoo Island

F3 Ferry from Putney/Kissing Point to Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is rich in history and things to see. It’s a great adventure for kids and be sure to take their scooters for zooming through the tunnels on the island.

Read about our visit to Cockatoo Island here (including glamping!).

The Metro To Chatswood

M train line Epping to Chatswood

Catch the driverless Metro train (and beguile the kid with this awesome fact! Kids can even pretend to be the driver.
This train line is marked M on the Sydney train network. We suggest catching it from Epping to Chatswood and then enjoying lunch and a play at the nearby playground – Chatswood Park.

Head to the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Line

If you haven’t checked in on the Three Sisters lately, now’s a great time! To make this trip, you will first need to get a train to Strathfield and then change to the Blue Mountains service. From there, the hop-on-hop-off bus is a great way to get around various areas (the bus won’t be free).

Read all about the Blue Mountains here.

Peruse Parramatta

F3 Ferry from Putney/Kissing Point to Parramatta

Parramatta is a GEM of a place to visit, there’s so much to do. For example, catch a show at Riverside Theatre, walk to Parramatta Park and enjoy one of their playgrounds such as Paperbark Playground or perhaps spend the day at Parramatta Park. When hunger strikes there’s no shortage of delicious fare to choose from with hundreds of food options in the CBD.

Make it to Manly

F3 Ferry to Circular Quay followed by the MFF (Manly Fast Ferry) to Manly Wharf

It might take a while to get to Manly but to be honest, parking in Manly also takes a while!

This iconic Ferry trip is an adventure unto itself and then of course you get to enjoy Manly on the other side! Did someone say fish’n’chips and ice cream?

Zoom to the Zoo

F3 Parramatta River Ferry and F2 Circular Quay Ferry

If you are planning to go to Taronga Zoo these holidays, why not go via the ferry? Yes, it’ll take slightly longer than driving as you will need 2 ferries, but that’s all part of the fun!


Don’t forget, masks are required on public transport.