Sydney is one of the Australia’s most stunning cities.

Sydney is known as the Harbour City. It’s the largest, oldest and most vibrant city in Australia.

First settled as a penal colony in 1788, today Sydney has grown into a sophisticated city, brimming with it’s colourful history, amid miles of pristine ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches, unique wildlife, world famous fashion houses and award-winning restaurants.

A much sought after travel destination, this city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic and recognisable structures in the world.  There is so much to see and do in Sydney!

DON’T MISS

  • Visit the Sydney Opera House and take a #selfie
  • Swim at famous Bondi Beach
  • Take an ‘Old Sydney Town’ tour through ‘The Rocks’

FUN THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY

Sydney Opera House:  This is THE Sydney ‘must do’!  The Sydney Opera House is known for it’s unique design, and hosts over 40 performances a week.  Take the opportunity to book tickets to Opera Australia’s latest show or book a Backstage tour to see what really happens off-stage.  Apart from being one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Opera House offers breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge:  Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’, the Harbour bridge is one of Australia’s greatest engineering feats.  You can walk or cycle across the bridge, but for unbeatable panoramic views you should definitely take a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb!  There are a number of bridge climbs for every type of fitness level ranging from an afternoon climb, morning climb, dusk climbs and even easier climbs for those just looking for a mini climb.  Climbing the bridge delivers spectacular views of Sydney!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Explore the Rocks:  The Rocks are a great part of Sydney to explore.  ‘Old Sydney Town’, the Rocks is the original location of the first township.  Buildings of hand-carved sandstone bricks, mortared together with a mix of crushed cockle shells along laneways of roughly laid cobblestone tell the tales of the hardships experienced by the first settlers.  Today it’s a trendy place to visit!  If you’re looking for unique souvenirs, art or creative jewellery – head to the weekend markets at The Rocks.

Go on an Aussie Pub Crawl:   One of the most interesting and fun walking tours I’ve experienced has been Sydney’s ‘The Rocks Pub Walk‘.  Full of history of early convict days this walking tour traces the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you visit (and have a beer) in some of Sydney’s oldest pubs.   Through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks this guided tour shares the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia’s first European settlement in Old Sydney Town.

Darling Harbour:  An easy walk from the city centre, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to hang out and relax by the water.  Darling harbour has a variety of pubs, clubs and restaurants with spectacular views over the harbour.  Visit one of the many attractions along the harbour such as Sydney Aquarium, the Powerhouse Museum or the IMAX theatre.

Visit the Blue Mountains:  The Blue Mountains are a beautiful National Park situated about 50 kilometres west of Sydney city.  Famous for its rock formation known as the Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains National Park is just 2 hours drive from Sydney.  Take a trip up to the Mountains on the Katoomba Scenic Railway, and visit the Jenolan Caves and Katoomba Scenic World to experience a walkway over the rainforest canopy and a glass bottom skyway deep into the mountains.

Blue Mountains - Three Sisters

Take a Swim:   Australia’s famous for it’s amazing beaches but the city of Sydney is surrounded by beautiful beaches and most are easy to get to from the city centre. Visit famous Bondi Beach or take a Sydney ferry over to Manly Beach – but wait there’s more!  Catch a bus and laze away the day at often less busy Coogee, Tamarama, Bronte and Maroubra Beaches.  Relax and work on your Aussie tan or take surfing lessons. Remember to Slip Slop & Slap!

Bondi Beach

Cockatoo Island:  This world heritage listed island is in the middle of Sydney Harbour and is a little different from the usual sightseeing spots.  With stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Cockatoo Island is the perfect place for a picnic.  Hop on a ferry and explore the island for the day or stay overnight in the campground or holiday houses.

Visit the Zoo:   Taronga Zoo is not just for kids!  Just a 12 minute ferry ride north from Circular Quay will put you amongst over 4,000 animals.  It’s the best place to see Australian koalas, kangaroos, wombats and other native animals in the city centre. Taronga Zoo is also home to gorillas, tigers, leopards, chimpanzees, giraffes and other exotic creatures from around the world. Take a Tarzan perspective by tackling the treetop Wild Ropes course with more than 60 high rope challenges over four courses, including ziplines, rope climbs and suspended bridges.  Want something different?  Book the Roar & Snore experience to take the night safari and stay overnight at the zoo sleeping in luxury safari-style tents.

Wallaby

Take a Walk:  The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Trail is one of Sydney’s most popular walking trails. A six kilometre walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk begins at Bondi Icebergs pool and features stunning views as you walk along the cliff tops.  You’ll see beautiful beaches, sheer cliffs, Aboriginal rock carvings at Marks Park and have can swim in the rock pools along the way.  A medium grade urban walk with some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track.  It will takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra.  Express buses also operate from Bondi and Coogee to the city centre.  Be sure to bring your camera!

Extraordinary Food Experiences:  Sydneysiders take their food seriously!  Award-winning restaurants considered among the best in the world include The Bridge Room and Sepia in the city centre and Quay in The Rocks, on the edge of Sydney Harbour.  A visit to Circular Quay will take you to Aria and Bennelong located inside the Sydney Opera House.  Darling Harbour also has a range of excellent restaurants and cafes.

HOW TO GET THERE

Often the major destination airport when leaving from Europe or from the USA, most international flights fly directly into Sydney Airport.  Sydney is also well connected to all other Australian airports, so it’s a good destination to on-travel internally.  The city centre is an easy 20 minute taxi, uber or train ride.

Sydney is a beautiful place to live and an exciting city to visit.  There’s plenty of things to do and funky pubs, bars and restaurants to visit.  Hunt down a great Rooftop Bar to experience a fabulous sunset over the city and a true Aussie experience.  There really is something for everyone so be sure to get out there and explore!
What did you get up to when visiting Sydney?  Share your adventure below and tell us about your favourite experience!
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