Planning a trip to Sydney and not sure what to do? Luckily, Sydney is such as lively city, there’s plenty to do every day, no matter your budget or itinerary. In this tourist guide, we will be going over the top 10 things to do in Sydney, from the unforgettable Sydney Opera House to the many beaches Sydney has to offer. Well, what are you waiting for Let’s start exploring!
1. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one the most well-known staples in Sydney. This shell-shaped building with sail-like architecture is constructed on a small piece of land, completely surrounded by water. Besides exploring the opera, you can also take a cruise that goes around it to snap some Instagram-worthy pictures. However, inside the opera house, you can take a tour, explore the island, or eat lunch at one of the many restaurants it features. We highly suggest booking a guided walking tour of the Sydney Opera House to get an exclusive look of behind the scenes.
2. Taronga Zoo
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is one of the best Sydney tourist attractions. It displays nearly 2,000 different species of animals including giraffes, tigers, gorillas, chimpanzees, kangaroos, and koalas. The zoo even has a ferry that can take you to and from Circular Quay. For your kids, there is also the Roar & Snore package, where you all can sleep overnight at the zoo.
3. Bondi to Coogee Trail
There are more than just a few beautiful beaches in Bondi, including Coogee, Tamarama, and Bronte. Feel free to walk the Bondi to Coogee Trail which connects all of these beaches. Plus, there is a wide array of cafes on the trail to stop at, also including landmarks and swimming spots for the whole family to enjoy!
4. Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, commonly referred to as the Coathanger, is one of Sydney’s most popular landmarks. Standing via two piers at opposite ends, the bridge was constructed in 1932 and is one of the world’s biggest steel arch bridge. The bridge also features railway lines and eight lanes for traffic, helping ease the city’s congestion. However, pedestrians can walk along the paths on the far sides of the bridge, or walk up to the BridgeClimb, where tourists can take breathtaking photos of the city.
5. The Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of the most prominent art museums in Australia. The gallery was constructed in 1885 and filled with works from Asian and European artists. Additionally, the art gallery also features a number of aboriginal art from Australia. Plus, art lovers can enjoy meals at the building’s restaurant or cafe, as well as stop by the gift shop before leaving.
6. The Rocks
The Rocks historic area is a small peninsula that extends into the Sydney Harbor. The land was at one time home to the Gadigal Aboriginal people and was later the location of the country’s very first European settlement. This area gets its name from the rocky coast of the Sydney Cove where convicts once made their home. Nowadays, there are more than 100 buildings and heritage sites along the skinny roads of this historic neighborhood. Be sure to visit Sydney’s oldest house, Cadman’s Cottage, and the Rocks Discovery Museum. At the museum, you can learn all about the varied history of The Rocks and trace the area’s transformation through the years. After the museum, take a walk through the cobblestone streets to see even more things to do in Sydney. Visit restaurants, cafes, market stalls and shops, and art galleries. You may also want to check out one of the many guided tours, maybe even a ghost tour
7. Sydney Harbor
Sydney is known for its beautiful harbor. What better way is there to enjoy than by taking a boat ride through it There are many companies in the area that allow you to charter a yacht so you can spend the day out on the water. Or maybe you would prefer to sign up for some sailing lessons. No matter what your style is, there is something you will like doing at the Sydney Harbor.
8. Queen Victoria Building
Built as a market hall in the 1890’s, the Queen Victoria Building is quite a site to behold. This sophisticated, Romanesque-style building features some incredible architecture. You will want to take note of the exquisite rooftop domes, mosaic floors, and fantastic stained glass windows. The building was recently restored to its original glory and is now home to more than 200 different high-end shops. Even if you do not want to buy anything, the building itself is reason enough to go.
9. Royal Botanic Gardens
If you are looking for a scenic and relaxing activity, head over the Royal Botanic Gardens. These stunning grounds are currently the site of lots of educational programs and scientific research. Take a walk with your child along one of the many paths or jump aboard the kid’s train. There are also free, guided walking tours through the area where you can learn all about the history. There’s even an Aboriginal Heritage Tour where you get to sample bush foods.
10. The Beaches of Sydney
Last but not least, we have the fabulous beaches located right in the Sydney Harbor. Most of these beaches are comprised of calm waters and soft sands. The famous Bondi Beach is just a 15 minutes drive out of the city. Visit to enjoy the fantastic surf and its glamorous atmosphere. For even more ocean views, take a walk along the cliffs from Bondi Beach to Coogee. Other great beaches in the area include Bronte, Cronulla, Maroubra, and Tamarama.
For even more ocean-side fun, hop on a ferry to the island of Manly. This is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike thanks to its variety of restaurants, shops, and its beachfront promenade. Surfers may want head north out of Sydney to find excellent breaks at Dee Why, Narrabeen, and Collaroy.
With so many things to do in Sydney, your vacation will be jam packed with fun. So what are you waiting for? Time to get packing!
Phoenix Hutton is an avid travel blogger. She has chosen this career path after being a flight attendant for 7 years. She felt like she wasn’t getting acquainted with the cultural heritage of the places she was traveling to for work.