20 things to do in Sydney, Australia
When I first arrived at Sydney, I was overwhelmed with the large number of activities to do and simply didn’t know where to start. I have, therefore, compiled a list of the top activities I would suggest doing to ensure this does not happen to any future travellers!
Sydney tower eye
One of the first thing I did when I was in Sydney was visit The Tower Eye. Take in the sights of Sydney from 250 meters above the city streets on the observation deck! If you’re feeling adventurous then embark on the Skywalk experience where you’ll experience a spectacular 90-minute tour of the city skyline with two of the most experienced tour guides. You can also combine your tickets with other top attractions such as the SEA LIFE Aquarium, WILDLIFE Zoo and Madame Tussauds! – Absolute savings!
Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium
One of the largest varieties of Australian aquatic life; SEA LIFE has more than 700 species and consist of well over 13,000 individual fish and other sea life creatures! With added bonuses of cageless scuba diving with Grey Nurse Sharks 2-3 meters long and The Penguin Expedition which houses King and Gentoo penguins – What better way to get up close and personal with the wildlife of the seas!
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Head down to Darling Harbour and visit the WILD LIFE zoo and get to know the animals that call the zoo home! Jump around with kangaroos, hang out and have breakfast with Koalas, get real close with crocodiles, see the wallabies, snakes, spiders, birds and so many other weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit this beautiful country here at the zoo. With the chance to feed animals and hold insects, the WILD LIFE zoo has it all.
Bars and Pubs
If you’re in Sydney and looking for a great bar to frequent then you won’t be short for choice! With an estimate of over 820 bars and pubs in Sydney you’ll have plenty to bounce between, from Irish pubs, quirky dive bars, to fancy cocktail bars and even beautiful roof top drinking spots with balcony seats to soak up the sun with views of the entire CBD – Just remember to bring the camera and try not to drop it!
If you find yourself in Hyde Park, located near the Archibald Fountain, you’ll come across the giant chess board! Play against your friends or other members of the public and draw in a crowd to see who the real chess champion amongst you is. It’s quite common for a passer-by to make a move and leave the board for the next passer-by to make a move so you’ll find yourself playing against multiple people throughout the city – How cool is that!?
Sydney Opera House
Iconic. Architectural beauty. Fine Arts. A must see. All the above? You can’t visit Sydney without seeing the opera house! One of the most famous buildings in Sydney performing over 40 shows a week, there’s something for everyone! With multiple events, tours, kids’ activities and dining experiences, the opera house is one for the bucket list – Make sure to get a picture for the gram!
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens is a sight to behold, with over 74-acres of garden, plants and other amazing horticulture free for public visitation, it’s the perfect walk in the park to see the beautiful wildlife, bright blue waters and unique flowers. With walking and biking tours, Aboriginal heritage tours and other outdoor activities, it’s a great day out for the whole family.
One of Australia’s most iconic and famous beaches. Bondi beach, known for is white sands and sparkling blue waters attracts visitors from all over the world. Amazing spots for surfers, morning swimmers, joggers, coastal walkers, backpackers, sunbathers, holiday makers and Sydneysiders! Coastal tours to surrounding Bronte and Coogee beach with plenty of café’s, restaurants, shops, bars and pubs – who doesn’t love a day at the beach?
If you’ve made it to a beach in Australia, chances are you or a friend will want to have a go a surfing and what better place than Sydney to carve through the waves of the ocean! There is no shortage of beginner friendly locations in have your chance at learning to surf. Places such as Manly Beach, Bondi, Palm Beach and Umina Beach will be a great start.
Royal National Park
If you’re a fan of walking or cycling through beautiful wildlife scenery and forests, then a day trip to the Royal National Park will be the place for you. Take a trek down the Uloola walking track, Cycle the Loftus loop trial, have a picnic at the Wattamolla Picnic area, stay the night at the Uloola Falls campgrounds, explore the figure eight pool and plenty more along the way. With an abundance of opportunities to have a barbeque, whale watch, birdwatch and go fishing; there’s much to do in one day so what better reason to return for another adventure!
Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
A great way to see Sydney from atop its iconic bridge into the city, a breath-taking view of the Opera House and CBD. With many different climbs available form sampler to express summit climbs, learn more about the construct and the history of the iconic bridge first hand from one of the experienced tour climbers.
Take a short walk from the city centre and discover Darling Harbour, a beautiful waterfront destination for dining experiences and sensational nightlife. Local attractions include the already mentioned SEA-LIFE aquarium, WILD-LIFE zoo and Madame Tussauds. Other attractions include the largest cinema screen at IMAX, tenpin bowling, laser tag and plenty of places to shop till you drop!
Sydney Cricket Ground
The Sydney Cricket Ground is the place to be for the sports fans out there, with a capacity of 48,000 seats, this leading entertainment venue houses Test, One Day International, Twenty20 cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League (NRL), and Aussie Rules Football (AFL). Get down there and immerse yourself into the atmosphere of the sporting spectating world!
Opened in 1916, just off the Sydney harbour shores, the Taronga Zoo has been a top tourist spot for travellers, holiday makers and Australians alike. Caring for over 4000 animals from over 350 species, such as Tigers, Elephants, Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Giraffes, Meerkats, Red Kangaroos, Koalas, Sun Bears and so much more. With accommodations available and the Wild Rope adventures, you can tackle the suspension bridges, climbing walls and high ropes course to get another amazing view of the harbour!
Prior to colonisation, the cockatoo islands served as a meeting grounds for the Eora People and still has string ties to the First Nations. With a complicated yet rich history, from the convict era circa 1839, the Island was a cruel but crucial point in time for the building projects of the new colony, to the Maritime Era where the island was the official dockyard to the Royal Australian Navy during WWII. There’s a lot more to Sydney than sun, sea and beaches!
Big Bus Sydney Tours
What better way to visit all these amazing attractions, sights and adventurous activities in Australia’s largest city than utilising the Sydney Bus Tours. It take 2 spectacular sightseeing route, The City Tour and The Bondi Tour. With Hop-on/Hop-off services and free on-board wi-fi they will have you covered with travelling around the city in style.
One of the most famous mountain ranges in Australia, west of Sydney in New South Wales. It boasts of extraordinary mountain views, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, canyons, forests and villages throughout the one million hectares (3861 squares miles!) The world heritage sight is a 2 hour drive from the city but well worth the journey, take a bushwalking trail with an experienced Aboriginal tour guide or take a blue mountains explorer bus to take in the many wonders of The Greater Blue Mountains.
Take a drive north of Sydney to Port Stephens and sandboard in some of the largest dunes in the Southern Hemisphere! With up to 40m dunes to surf your way down, 4WD tours, quad biking, camel and horse riding, water activities, boat hire, kayaking and so much more including bars, restaurants and accommodations. Take a mini holiday within a holiday!
Sunday funday pub crawl
Finally of the most fun days out for me was the Sunday funday pub crawl, with no shortage of companies, venues and amazing people to do this with, Sydney hosts incredible bar hopping opportunities. Cheap drinks, cheap yet amazing foods, photographers, Games&Prizes plus the infamous games of beer pong, meet many locals and travellers alike and have an amazing night in the city to be remembered forever... or forgotten forever!