Being the most popular city in Australia, Sydney boasts amazing natural beauty, wildlife and stunning man-made architecture. With so much to see and do it can be hard to pick a few to experience –especially if you only have a day or two in the city. Here are our top 15 things to do in Sydney.
1. Climb The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Probably the most iconic landmark in Australia, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is much bigger and prominent than in pictures. You can walk it or drive it, but the best way to get the most amazing views of Sydney are had by climbing it
2. Surf At Manly Beach
Manly beach is found on the north side of the city and is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Not only is it beautiful with quaint restaurants and shops, but it is a great surf spot.
3. Window Shop At Queen Victoria Building
The Queen Victoria Building was designed by George McRae and opened in 1898 as market. Today it is a shopping hub with many luxury brands being sold here. Take in the amazing architecture and spend an afternoon window shopping.
4. Sing On The Steps Of Sydney Opera House
Getting a ticket to go watch an opera at the iconic Sydney Opera House is very rare, but as a plan B we suggest you go and sing on the steps of this amazing venue. You might get a few strange looks, but it’s a great place to take photographs and have fun.
5. Cuddle A Koala At Koala Park Sanctuary
Located 30 minutes outside of Sydney at West Pennant Hills, this privately owned sanctuary is a great place to get up close and personal with koalas. And yes, you can cuddle, pat and even get your photo with these bundles of fluff at the sanctuary.
6. Grad A Bite To Eat At Sydney Fish Market
Coming straight off the boat and going straight into the pan, Sydney Fish Market is where you’ll find the countries freshest seafood. It’s so fresh, you might even spot a pelican or two in the parking lot trying to swoop in and steal a fish.
7. Shop At The Rocks Market
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, the Rocks Market is an amazing place to grab a bite to eat, interact with local vendors and buy amazing local products. From jewelery to ice cream, you can find it all at this relaxing market.
8. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping At Luna Park
Get your heart pumping with the roller coasters at Luna park. Located just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park is great for a family day out. You can even get an evening ticket and explore the park on a warm summer’s night.
9. Skywalk At Sydney Tower Eye
If you are brave enough, head up the Sydney Tower Eye and do the skywalk. You’ll be 268 metres above the city streets below as you walk on the glass floor viewing platform.
10. Take A Stroll In The Chinese Garden Of Friendship
Situated in Darling Harbour close to Chinatown, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is an amazing garden which gives visitors insight into Chinese heritage and culture. It is also a really peaceful place to just take a walk.
11. Feed A Kangaroo At Featherdale Wildlife Park
If you want to see some kangaroos, then head to Fetherdale Wildlife Park. It is a great experience for both kids and parents to interact and feed these indigenous Australian animals. You can also see some other native birds and wildlife at the park.
12. Take The Manly Ferry
Catch a ferry right next to the Sydney Opera House and head to Manly beach on the iconic Manly Ferry. Used by locals as transport to and from work everyday, the ferry ride is a scenic one and gives you amazing photo opportunities of the bridge and opera house.
13. Catch A Tan At Bondi Beach
The most well-known beach in Sydney is Bondi Beach. Located just 7km from the central business district, on hot days the beach can be packed with both tourists and locals alike trying to get a tan and take a dip in the refreshing water.
14. Visit Botany Bay National Park
With many significant attractions, beautiful landscapes and heritage sites, this national park is best visited for a whole day. You’ll get to learn about Aboriginal people of Australia and there struggles, battles and tragedies.
15. Enjoy A Drink At The Quays
With amazing views of iconic Sydney landmarks, the quays is ideal for a drink while watching the boats sail by. You can have some of the best drinks and food in the country at this amazing venue.