Sydney is one very big city with a lot going on, so choosing which things to do and see when you visit can be laborious and time consuming. So, we’ve done the research and put together our list of the top 10 things to do in Sydney so you don’t have to.
1. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
There is nothing that says ‘Sydney’ more than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and climbing it is an amazing experience that you’ll never forget. There is a choice of tours available including sunset and sunrise tours, but make sure you book well in advance as these time slots are very popular.
2. See a Show at the Sydney Opera House
The iconic Sydney Opera House is a breathtaking sight but catching a show in one of its many venues is the best way to experience its true beauty and purpose. Visit the Sydney Opera House website for a list of upcoming shows and events, ranging from family and children’s theatre to comedy, dance, live music and much more.
3. Go to Darling Harbour
Sydney’s Darling Harbour always has something going on. See a movie at the gigantic Imax theatre, visit the Chinese Gardens, go shopping at some of Sydney’s best shops and boutiques, have a meal while taking in the stunning harbour views, visit the Sydney Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney or watch some of the street theatre along the water’s edge. Darling Harbour is vibrant and lively night and day and a must see in Sydney.
4. Cuddle a Koala at Taronga Zoo
Award winning Taronga Zoo overlooking Sydney’s picturesque Sydney Harbour is a world class attraction with an extensive collection of both native animals and animals from all over the world. The beautiful location makes it a must see and if you want to get up close and personal with a koala make sure you book in advance as the animal encounters are popular.
5. Rub Shoulders with the celebs at Bondi Beach
World famous Bondi Beach is the stomping ground for the rich and famous so keep your eyes peeled on the beach and in the cafes because this is the place you’re most likely to see both local celebs and visiting international stars.
6. Visit Manly Beach
If you fancy catching a wave, then Sydney’s Manly Beach is for you. A long stretch of restaurant lined white sand, Manly has great surf breaks, safe swimming and plenty of shops and restaurants to check out when you’ve had enough of the beach. On the other side of ‘the Corso’ is the harbour beach where you can enjoy water sports such as kayaking, sailing and parasailing.
7. See ‘Summer Bay’
Palm Beach in Sydney’s north is the where renowned soapie ‘Home and Away’ is filmed. Take a walk to the top of the lighthouse and look out over beautiful Pittwater, Palm Beach spit and Palm Beach. Home and Away is filmed in the area regularly, so keep a look out for the film crew, grab a bucket of prawns from the Boathouse and soak up some of the Sydney sun.
8. Explore the Historic Rocks District
The historic Rocks district on Sydney’s harbour front dates back to Sydney’s very beginning and has a rich history along with modern attractions such as galleries, shopping and markets. There are self guided walks taking in the historic buildings, museums and points of interest or you can hire a bike and see the area on wheels.
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9. See the City from Sydney Tower
Standing at 309 metres tall in the heart of the Sydney CBD, Sydney Tower is a definite on the top 10 things to do in Sydney. There are several ways to experience the spectacular 360 degree views of Sydney from the top of the tower ranging from the sedate to the thrilling. The top of the tower contains an observation deck, two levels of restaurants and a coffee lounge for taking in the view, or if you’re feeling adventurous you can step onto Skywalk, a glass floored viewing platform 268 metres above the city streetscape – not for those afraid of heights!
10. Go to Luna Park
Positioned on Sydney’s harbour front, Luna Park is just for fun! It costs nothing to wander through the park and take in the carnival atmosphere, grab a bite to eat and play a few games, or if you’re up for it, get yourself a wristband and ride the giant Ferris wheel, the Wild Mouse or visit Coney Island.
Stay in one of Choice Hotels seven Sydney hotels.
- Castlereagh Boutique Hotel – boutique style Sydney accommodation in the heart of the CBD.
- Econo Lodge Sydney South – boutique Surry Hills accommodation a short walk from Darling Harbour.
- Comfort Inn North Shore – family owned North Shore hotel with a range of rooms including deluxe, standard and family rooms.
- Comfort Inn & Suites Burwood – contemporary and stylish Burwood hotel.
- Comfort Inn West Ryde – West Ryde hotel offering serene comfort at a reasonable price.
- Quality Hotel Sands – Relaxed, modern Northern Beaches accommodation.