Things to do with Teenagers in Sydney that Aren’t Lame!

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Finding things to do with teenagers in Sydney can be a full time job, especially when they constantly say ‘That’s boring!’. Well parents, stop googling ‘activities for teens near me’ and read on and see what we have in store for them. We have a whole list of fun activities for teens that we know they will love.

Sydney is full of activities for teenagers. In addition to an amazing city, there are perfect beaches, a heap of indoor activity options and a tonne of school holiday activities for teens. Plus, we know where to get the best and discounted tickets to a truckload of things to do when bored for teens.

Take a look at our list of activities for teens. No matter the weather (or the mood of your kid!) there are fun things for teens to do every day of the week. So parents, sit back and relax as we have teens activities in Sydney sorted!

Fun activities for teenagers

In this article we have divided up this list of things to do with teenagers into sections to help you find the most suitable teens activities:

10 Outdoor activities for teens in Sydney

Tired of looking for fun things to do at home for teens? If you want them to spend more time outside, then look no further than the list of outdoor activities for teens we have compiled. Sydney has everything to ensure you have fun days out of the house so there is no excuse for teenage boredom. From adrenaline junky activities to relaxing days out, we have something that is sure to make your fussy kid happy, including free teen activities!

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Spend a day seeing some iconic Australian animals without leaving Sydney. Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, The WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo allows you to get up close with some of Australia’s most renowned creatures. Afterward, grab a coffee (and ice cream for the teens) and wander Darling Harbour.

Find out more about the zoo here and get tickets before you go.

Western Sydney Treetop Adventure Park

Head into the trees for some fun and adventure, featuring flying foxes, zip lines & more at TreeTop Adventure Park Sydney! Located in the forests of the Western Sydney Parklands, this fun outdoor attraction allows teens to harness themselves up and ascend to the treetops to take part in an array of courses, zipping, climbing and flying from one point to the next.

Check out the park online or purchase tickets.

Sydney Tower Eye

The view from Sydney Tower

If you have a bored teen, take them to see Sydney from the sky (almost!). The Sydney Tower Eye is the tallest building in Sydney and takes you to the highest point for breathtaking 360-degree views of the beautiful harbour city. With views to 100km away, your kids will be awestruck.

Read more about the Tower Eye or grab tickets before you go.

Taronga Zoo

Giraffes at Taronga-Park-Zoo Sydney

This famous zoo is always an epic day out. Start out with a short ferry ride from the city before spending the day with more than 4,000 animals from across the world. Plus, there is a high ropes course that teens will love. Those who love animals can also participate in the Cadet Keepers program. Perfect for those considering a career with animals.

Click here to find out more or purchase tickets online.

Luna Park

Luna park Sydney

Luna Park is the ultimate theme park. This iconic waterfront theme park offers rides to thrill teens and some awesome Instagram worthy shots (and we know they love those!). For those less adventurous, simply stroll through this historic park and enjoy the views of Sydney.

Read up on this historic theme park and skip the queue to get tickets before you go.

Oz JetBoating

Experience thrills and excitement on the beautiful Sydney Harbour with Oz Jetboating. Easily accessed via Circular Key in the heart of the city, this famous red shark boat will have teens on the edge of their seat during this 30 minute ‘hot lap’ ride of Sydney Harbour. A fun thing to do with friends for teens and they will come back loving you for sending them!

Take a look at the boat online or get tickets here.

Symbio Wildlife (and Splash) Park

Grab your backpack and swimmers and let the teens run loose at Symbio Wildlife Park. Home to exotic animals and a waterpark this is the perfect combinations to give your teens the freedom to roam and explore. Even better, get their friends to meet them there and they can enjoy the day together. This is a fun thing to do in summer for teens.

Click here for the website and you can purchase tickets here.

Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is well known to most, but how many have actually climbed it? Add your teen to the list with one of the four experiences available. Climb up to more than 1600 steps and have their photo taken at the top (or maybe with you too if they let you come!). Definitely a memorable moment and a great holiday activity for teenagers.

Find out more about Bridgeclimb

Surf lessons

Bondi Beach is an iconic surfing destination and is perfect for teens who want to take up a new sport. Surfing is sure to elevate their level of coolness and is a fun summer activity for teenagers. Plus, it is great way to improve their fitness, strength and confidence.

Find out more about learning to surf at Bondi.

Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures

Glenworth Valley specialise in spending time outdoors. Horse riding, quad biking, abseiling, kayaking and laser skirmish are some of the fun things teens can do. Just an hour outside the city set in beautiful natural scenery, this is a great day out and even better if your teen lets you go with them!

Read up on what’s available at Glenworth.

10 Indoor activities for teens in Sydney

Although there are lots of fun things to do with teenagers at home, we know the ones they WON’T think are lame. Take a look at the indoor activities for teens in Sydney we have for you. Our list of fun things to do with teenagers ranges from indoor skydiving to virtual reality and extreme go karting, and also includes a heaps of fun things to do for teenagers at night.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Darling Harbour Sydney

If your teens loves the ocean, they are in for a fantastic day at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Home to over 13,000 aquatic animals in over 90 tanks, there really is something for everyone. Do they dare to walk among predators in Shark Valley? See sharks like the Grey Nurse up close! Those a little less adventurous can spend time with penguins and turtles.

Find out more on the website and get tickets online.

Madame Tussauds

This unique museum is home to finely-crafted representations of some of Earth’s most famous figures – both past and present. Musicians, celebrities, sporting stars and celebrities have been immortalised in wax for all to enjoy. Teens can also walk through the chamber of horrors or take a look at replicas of the crown jewels. Easily accessible via public transport this is a fun thing to do with friends for teens.

Visit the website then skip the queue and get tickets before you go.


Get their adrenalin pumping these school holidays by doing some indoor skydiving! iFLY lets you re-enact the experience of a skydive from 14,000 from the 360° glass tunnel. The glass tunnel also means that friends can come along and watch – and get the ultimate photo.

Take a look online or purchase tickets here.

The Ledge Climbing Centre at Sydney Uni

Indoor rock climbing is a fun activity and is great for fitness! If you are looking for rainy day activity for teenagers then bring them to the Ledge Climbing Centre at Sydney Uni. This facility is great for both experienced and beginner climbers with helpful staff always on hand. With state of the art climbing walls, your teen will develop a love for rock climbing.

Get climbing today.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

This iconic landmark is a must see for teens (and parents!) who love culture. Home of music, shows and performances and set on the spectacular Sydney Harbour, teens will be awed and inspired. Take a tour for a behind the scenes look under the Opera House sails and then treat them to morning tea (while you enjoy a coffee) at one of the many restaurants or market food hall. A great activity to do with your teenager.

Find out more on the website or purchase a tour ticket here.

Virtual Room Sydney

Combine virtual reality AND an escape room and you have the ultimate teenage day out. Played in pairs or groups, teens can enjoy virtual reality while collaborating to solve a puzzle. This is a fun group activity for teenagers that they will be talking about for weeks to come. Centrally located in the city centre this is a unique and futuristic experience.

Find out more here or buy tickets.

Q Station Ghost Tour

This spooky ghost tour is a fun activity for young adults. Teens over 15 years can enjoy a tour of potentially one of Australia’s most haunted sites. Grab a lantern and here the stories of the spirits who linger. Day and night tours are available and range in length.

Take a look at the website for more info.

Zero Latency

Rainy day activities for teenagers don’t have to be boring – Zero Latency makes sure of it! Featuring  wireless virtual reality gaming teenagers can roam free through virtual universes. Using the latest virtual reality technology this is truly one of the cool things for teens to do in Sydney.

Click here to read up on Zero Latency.

Extreme Go Karting

Get their adrenaline pumping at this indoor go karting venue. With a 500m long track, your teen is going to be beyond excited to get behind the wheel. Plus, the track configuration changes on the weekend so heading back for another ride then will give them a whole new experience. If you are bringing smaller kids, there are also junior karts for them to enjoy while their older siblings race in the bigger karts. Excitement plus!

Find out more online.

A hundred more ideas for teens

There are so many things to do with teenage kids in Sydney that we could go on forever. Instead, make sure you take a look at all the others (and get your tickets in the same place!)

School holiday programs for teens in Sydney

School holiday activities for teenagers can be hit and miss, that’s why we have done the hard work for you and found the best of the best. From arts and crafts for teens, fun activities for teenagers and things to do for teens at night we have a heap of activities that will make sure they are happy.

We know that juggling time is hard during the holidays, that’s why we have included half day, full day and multiple day holiday programs, as well as some cheap activities for teenagers. Some are even good team building activities for teenagers (but don’t worry, they won’t even know it!). You can find a huge range of excellent school holiday programs in Sydney here.

10 Fun things to do at home for teens

When your kids can’t get out and about, finding activities for teens at home can become a full time job. Because we know everyone is different, we have compiled a heap of entertaining and interesting activities, including art ideas for teens. This list of stuff to do for teens to do at home is about to elevate your level of parental coolness!

How to draw cool things drawing guide

Looking for art activities for teens? Learn to draw cool stuff with this awesome book ‘How to draw cool things’. It contains step-by-step instructions that will suit even a very beginner. Optical illusions, 3D letters, cartoons are just some of the things they can learn to draw.

Get your drawing guide here.

Be a rubber band engineer

Got teens that love to tinker? This book will teach them (step-by-step) to create their very own rubber band launchers and gadgets. You will never believe what they can make with just a rubber band and the ideas between the pages. Plus, it will keep them out of your hair!

Find out how here.

Get Procrastibaking

Tired of looking for outside activities for teenagers? Then send them into the kitchen to have some fun. Not only will they love these recipes, but they will (hopefully!) end up with something delicious to show for it. Filled with 100 non-boring recipes, there is sure to be something they want to make.

Buy the book and get started.

Non boring board games

Put away the boring board games for teenagers and take a look at these. Challenging, creative, hilarious or even straight up ridiculous, these games will have them putting down their devices and actually enjoying themselves. It even includes some team building games for teens.

Get playing with these board games.

Learn how to ride a hoverboard

If they want to impress, encourage your kids to learn how to ride a hoverboard. Imagine showing up to school or sport on one of these. It even has built in speakers so they don’t even have to turn off their music to ride. Ride into the future on one of these hoverboards.

Purchase a hoverboard here.

An escape room in a book

Get involved in a mystery without even leaving the comfort of home with this unique book. With just 60 minutes to escape from a labyrinth, you must take on the challenges, solve mysteries and clues to finish the book. Perfect to entertain teens that love to read or those that love a good mystery.

Find out if you can escape.

Put your time to good use

With a lot of time to kill during school holidays, reading any of these books is a great way for teens to learn how to put their time to good use. This selection includes books on becoming more efficient, techniques to increase their level of happiness and even confidence building books like ‘What’s my super power’. Perfect for those that are looking to learn more about themselves or just read a good book on a rainy day.

Check out this selection of books on highly effective teens.

Master a remote controlled car

Take a look at this selection of the latest, greatest and quirkiest of remote control cars and vehicles. Racing cars, 4WD’s, mini coopers and heavy machinery vehicles are just some of the vehicles you can control. You can even build your own from Lego! Some can even be used on grass so your teen can take them (and themselves!) outside for a bit.

Choose your vehicle here.

Fun things to do when stuck at home

Finding fun things for teens to do at home doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, this book makes it easy and interesting in a quirky way. This book is full of things for teens to do when bored.

Read up on things for teens to do here.

Fly a drone

What could be cooler than spending a day flying a drone! Teens will love getting off the couch to spend time in the backyard when they have a drone to play with. From a basic model to something much more sophisticated (some with handheld screens), teens will be sure to find a drone that is cool enough for them.

Purchase a drone here.

Fun activities for teens in Sydney at night

We have a whole article dedicated to things to do in Sydney at night have have listed 10 of our favourite things, so do check that out too!

Fun activities for teens in Sydney

While it can be almost impossible to find things to do for teens that they will 100% love, we think our activities for teenagers to do is pretty impressive, and not at all lame! Try it out with your teenager and let us know what they think. We are quietly confident!

Even more NSW school holiday ideas:

If you are heading north these school holidays check out these helpful guides:

If you are heading south these school holidays, these holiday ideas might help:

And if you are heading to our nations capital, we have listed he best school holiday activities in Canberra too!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of school teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, an expert Queensland publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children including things to do with them over the school holidays. Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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