7 of the top attractions in Sydney for seniors

Not only is Sydney one of Australia’s most visited cities but it’s packed with attractions that appeal to all ages. Many of the Harbour City’s museums and parks have been designed with accessibility in mind, meaning that seniors and those with limited mobility can enjoy them as well. 

To help you sightsee in style, we’ve highlighted 7 Sydney attractions not to miss that offer wheelchair access, senior-friendly parking and/or convenient public transport connections. While some are free, others require a ticket but may offer discounted entry for seniors. 

As you plan your trip, don’t forget to find suitable accommodation to meet your needs. A quick search at Rentola will reveal an abundance of rent Sydney properties in your preferred suburb and with the amenities you need for an incredible stay. 


  1. Sydney Opera House

One of Australia’s most famous landmarks, the Sydney Opera House is a must-see destination for young and old alike. It’s considered a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture, with its iconic sails rising above the harbour and often illuminated at night. 

All of the Opera House’s venues are senior-friendly, with accessible entrances, seating and toilets. If your visit to Sydney doesn’t coincide with a live music performance, comedy show or talk that you’re interested in attending, you can explore the Opera House on a behind-the-scenes Mobility Access Tour. 

  1. Royal Botanic Gardens

Sprawling to the south of the Opera House is the Royal Botanic Garden, a leafy oasis and the oldest scientific institution in the country. It is planted with species from across the globe and traversed by wide paths that are wheelchair friendly. 

While this 30-hectare retreat is ideal for a leisurely amble before or after a visit to the Opera House, it can also be explored on a range of guided tours. Of particular interest is the Aboriginal Harbour Heritage Tour, which offers a fascinating insight into the Gadigal lifestyle and connection to country.

  1. North Head Lookout

Offering sweeping views across the coastline is the North Head Artillery Lookout, which is located at the southern tip of Sydney Harbour National Park in Manly. It is dotted with structures that were built during the inter-war years to protect the city from invading forces. 

Follow the gently sloping pathway that leads from the carpark and through the heath-covered clifftops, with interpretive panels detailing the local flora along the way. From the lookout, you can see all the way to the red-and-white striped Hornby Lighthouse on South Head. 


  1. Elizabeth Bay House

Constructed in the 1830s for Alexander Macleay, Elizabeth Bay House was once considered the finest residence in Sydney. This heritage-listed Colonial Regency-style house is now open to the public as a museum and offers an insight into how the wealthy colonial governor and his family lived during the 19th century. 

For those with limited mobility, ground-floor tours are available to explore the living spaces and servants’ quarters while the magnificent gardens offer stunning views over Sydney Harbour. A sweeping staircase leads to the elegantly decorated second floor while another descends to the cellars underneath the house. 


  1. Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Built on a design by Francis Greenway, the Hyde Park Barracks has housed thousands of convict prisoners and immigrant women since it was built in 1819. Now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has not only served as an immigration depot but also as an asylum and law court in the past. 

Today, the barracks tells the stories of those who have passed through its doors via a fascinating audio tour. Thanks to the location-activated headphones, you’ll hear directly from prisoner diaries and immersive soundscapes as you make your way through the museum and past some of the artefacts uncovered from the site.

  1. Chowder Bay

Forming part of Headland Park in Mosman, Chowder Bay lies along the coastal walk that connects Taronga Zoo and Balmoral. It is easily accessible by ferry from Circular Quay, with a pretty beach where you can enjoy a picnic or swim. 

Chowder Bay is home to several late 19th-century buildings constructed for the Submarine Miners’ Corps, including the last stone-built military structure in Sydney. At the Gunners Barracks, you can indulge in high tea, accompanied by elevated views across Sydney Harbour. 


  1. Chau Chak Wing Museum

Located at the University of Sydney campus in Camperdown, this small but excellent museum explores everything from art to science and ancient cultures and is completely accessible. You can get up close to some of Australia’s oldest taxidermied specimens and Indigenous artworks, as well as three ancient Egyptian mummies with their tomb treasures. 

Both young and old will love the Lego model of Pompeii, which is one of the largest historical models ever built from these pint-sized bricks. Unlike some museums that organise their exhibits chronologically or by category, the Chauk Chak Wing Museum poetically displays artworks, artefacts and natural history specimens alongside one another. 


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