Best things to do in Sydney!
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 Bucket List or Icebergs. Or check out our Top 10 Restaurants in Bondi. 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, or check out our Top 10 Bars in Manly for more options.
- Explore the 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. Start your day off on the right foot by having breakfast at Trio’s or Porch and Parlour in Bondi. If you’re looking for a nibble at Bronte, try Three Blue Ducks.
- Get a birds-eye view at the 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!
- Climb the Bridge
If you enjoy being suspended 134 meters above the ground 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 something to see at The Opera House. Check out their website for their current shows. For an extra special evening book in for dinner at Bennelong. Or check out our Top 10 Pre-Theatre Dining Options for even more suggestions.
- Have a 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. If Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is too busy for your liking, you can find some quieter spots inside the nearby Botanic Gardens. Check out our tips here to plan the perfect picnic.
- 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 and The Argyle.
- Enjoy a ‘Sydney’ night out
Act like a local and hit up these trendy inner-city suburbs for a night on the town – Sydney-style. Travel by Uber and start your night with pre-dinner drinks in Darlinghurst. You might like to try Shady Pines Saloon, The Darlo Country Club or Eau de Vie. Then head to nearby Surry Hills for dinner. We suggest for a start Toko, Bodega or Firedoor. Or check out our Top 10 Restaurants in Surry Hills for even more options. Then, end your night in Potts Point. Perhaps at The Roosevelt, upstairs at Ms Gs or Gazebo Wine Garden. 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!