12 Things to do in Sydney Australia

Sydney may not be the capital of Australia but it is the largest and more vibrant cities in Australia. The city is famous for its superb beaches and rich cultural scene. We spent 6 days exploring the city and taking in all the sights. 

Here is a list of the spots and experiences we most enjoyed.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most recognisable sites in Sydney. This magnificent steel arch bridge crosses the Sydney Harbour, linking the CBD to the North Shore. The bridge finished construction in 1932. This iconic structure is home to one of Sydney’s best tourist attractions, The Harbour Bridge Climb.

This was the number 1 thing we wanted to do during our visit to Sydney. To climb the bridge you to strap yourself to cord connected to the bridge and climb the arch to the summit. It is absolutely fantastic. The climb takes around 5 hours total including all the safety briefings and getting kitted out with the jump suits and harness.

As you climb you have the pleasure of a great local guide to fill you in on the history of the bridge and the surrounding area. Once you get to the top the view over the city are breath taking. We highly recommend you add it to your bucket list.

Catch a Show at the Sydney Opera House

Another iconic landmark of Sydney is the Sydney Opera House. Just a short walk along the waterfront from the Botanic Gardens provides some epic views of this landmark.

Offering over many artistic, cultural and musical performances a week not only is the building a stunning site but a great place to enjoy some entertainment. 

On the bridge side of the opera house there are many waterfront bars and restaurants to enjoy along with views of the Harbour bridge.

Explore the Markets at The Rocks

Narrow laneways in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour bridge. This neighborhood is home to some great food, drinks and markets. The crisscrossing alleyways are extremely charming and home to some of the oldest bars in Sydney.

We enjoyed a stroll through the morning food market and had a drink in the Endeavour Tap Rooms. It is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Campbells Cove Lookout for a view of Sydney Harbour and bridge.

Explore Barangaroo

Located on the North-western edge of the CBD this area has been redevelopment in recent years. Focused on sustainability and culture the northern end of Barangaroo offers a native garden and views of the bridge. There is also a monument to aboriginal culture here with the native flags of tribes being displayed on the hillside.

Further south the redevelopment of the area has created a foodies paradise with many restaurants and bars to choose from. It is a great place to spend an afternoon.

Take a Stroll Around Darling Harbour

A short walk from Barangaroo is the beautiful Darling Harbour. Formally known as Cockles Bay this CBD adjacent area offers plenty. Darling Harbour is the main entertainment and tourist area of Sydney.

From Harbourside Shopping, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney Aquarium and the Maritime Museum you won’t be shorted things to do.

Visit Hyde Park and ANZAC memorial 

A part of the city we did not know much about but something that was quite striking to both of us was the ANZAC memorial in Hyde Park. This marble building and manicured grounds is a tribute to those who fought in wars for the forces of Australia and New Zealand.

The memorial has a museum offering information on all branches of the ANZAC forces. The most standout point for us was a circular structure containing soil and gravel from every theatre of war they fought in. Each part is a small piece of history. Definitely worth a visit.

Royal Botanical Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

The oldest botanical gardens in Australia, this picturesque spot is a beautifully quiet part of the city.  We enjoyed many walks around the grounds in our time in Sydney. Home to an open air cinema and government house the gardens have a lot to offer. 

It’s most famous spot is Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Named for the then governors wife this sandstone bench offers stunning Harbour views of the opera house and bridge.

Take the Ferry to Manly 

From circular quay you can get a ferry to Manly. This suburb of Sydney offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The journey lets you take a trip across the Sydney Harbour.

Manly itself is a stunning beach side town. Manly beach is home to surfers and water sport enthusiasts, you can take a long beachfront walk or a dip in the ocean. Manly offers some great food and drink locations. A super place to spend a day.

Surf at Bondi Beach

Quite possibly the most famous beach in Australia if not the world. Bondi is home to sun, sea and surf. The beach is very busy with surfers and sun worshipers. It wouldn’t be a trip to Australia without going surfing. There are many surf lessons available in the area.

Free Walking Tour

The “I’m Free” walking tours are a great way to explore Sydney and gain knowledge on the cities history. Three tours operate per day and the guides are local and they share their knowledge and love for the city.

Coogee-to-Bondi Costal Walk

The Bondi to Coogee walk was one of the highlights of our stay in Sydney and we set off early one morning to beat the crowds and avoid the heat. This walk is 6km in distance and takes roughly 2 hours to complete.

Check out “Get Your Guide” for all your sightseeing and tour needs. We highly recommend booking with them due to their competitive prices and discounts.

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