Sydney is a melting pot of activities and things to do. We may be biased but we think Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it seems we are not the only ones who think so.
With our iconic harbour and stunning beaches set alongside world renowned chefs and restaurants. Whatever your flavour, there is something just your style in Sydney.
Check out our Top 10 list of things to do in Sydney (in no particular order).
Side note: It is almost impossible to reduce this list to only 10. Sydney has so much to offer!
- Swim at Australia’s most iconic beach, Bondi & if you’re game – learn to surf!
No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to Bondi Beach. One of the most famous beaches in the world, it’s a must see. Beware – this is not a ‘relaxing’ beach. The beach is buzzing and always packed. Catch the (pre-pay) 333 bus from the city to Bondi Beach. If you’ve taken in enough sun and are in need of a cool beverage or a bite to eat, make sure to check out one of the many drinking and dining establishments, such as Ravesi’s, Bucket List or Icebergs. If you’re looking to learn to surf – check out Let’s go Surfing.
- Take the ferry to Manly
If Bondi is the beach in the East, Manly is the beach in the North. Just like Bondi, Manly is busy – do not expect to relax in the serenity. For a truly Sydney experience, we recommend catching the ferry from Circular Quay (look out for the fast ferry). For a break from the sun, be sure to check out Hugo’s and Manly Wine while you’re there.
- Bondi – Bronte Coastal Walk
This is a spectacular coastal walk, taking in some stunning Sydney coastline and beaches. It’s a 4 km walk and you should allow about 1.5 hours. You can download the map here. If you’re looking for a nibble at Bronte, try Three Blue Ducks. Insider tip: walk there, but take the bus back!
- Sydney Tower Eye
The Observation Deck at the Sydney Tower Eye provides a birdseye view of Sydney, and is well worth a visit. If unlike me, you’re not scared of heights, you may wish to try the Skywalk. Walking on air 268 meters above the city does not appeal to me! If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, 360 Bar and Dining, a revolving restaurant in the tower, is a great choice for lunch or dinner, with spectacular views. Enjoying the view with a glass of champagne is more my style!
- Sydney Bridge Climb
If you enjoy being suspended 134 meters above the ground, the Sydney Bridge Climb may well be for you. I’m told it’s an amazing experience. I’m scared of heights. I’ll take your word for it.
- Take the ferry to Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is quite simply fabulous, and you should definitely add it to your itinerary. The view of Sydney from the Zoo is amazing, and your photo opportunities are endless. We recommend catching the ferry from Circular Quay. It’s only a 12 minute ride, and it provides a spectacular view of Sydney from the water.
- See a show at the Opera House
There is always a show to see at The Opera House. Check out the website for what’s showing. If you’re looking for a complete Sydney experience, why not dine at one of the many Circular Quay restaurants, such as Aria, on their Pre-theatre Menu, prior to your show?
- Quintessential Aussie picnic at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
Want to dine with a view of the Harbour, without the price tag? Head down to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Pack your picnic basket, your rug and a bottle of wine and dine alfresco, enjoying one of the best views of Sydney, hands down. Just don’t forget to charge your camera. Oh, and it’s a great game to count the number of wedding’s you’ll see while you’re there.
- Explore Circular Quay – Harbour Bridge, Opera House and The Rocks
Take a walk along the waterfront at Circular Quay to one of the world’s most iconic buildings, The Opera House for amazing views and photo opportunities of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walk through Sydney’s oldest area, The Rocks, where you’ll find quaint shops, as well as bars and restaurants. Some of our favourites in The Rocks are Sake Restaurant, Ananas and The Argyle.
- Have a ‘Sydney’ night out – pre-dinner drinks in Darlinghurst, dinner in Surry Hills, cocktails in Kings Cross
Act like a local and hit up these trendy inner-city suburbs for a night on the town – Sydney-style. Start with pre-dinner drinks in Darlinghurst. (You might like to try: Shady Pines Saloon, The Victoria Room or Eau de Vie). Head to nearby Surry Hills for dinner. (You might like to try: Toko, Bodega or Li’l Darlin). Then, end the night in Kings Cross. (You might like to try: Hugo’s Lounge or Kit & Kaboodle). Or, you may prefer to find your own gem. One thing is for sure, you are spoilt for drinking and dining choices in these suburbs!
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get into the best of Sydney!