Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up during Vivid, Sydney

Top 10 Things to Do in Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia might make you think of your youngest family members and their obsession with “Finding Nemo,” but this gem down under has so much more to offer. Go there to enjoy the gorgeous weather — the city gets nearly 350 days of sun every year — along with the spectacular sites and unforgettable experiences. Wondering what to put on your Sydney to-do list? You might start with the following.

1. Go for a Flat White

Maybe Australia isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of coffee, but the Land Down Under has some of the best java around. In fact, Kiwis claim that they were the first to invent the Flat White. The coffee culture in Australia is so good that you’ll barely see any Starbucks because the small cafés dominate.

King crab legs sold at Sydney Fish Market
King crab legs sold at Sydney Fish Market

2. Spend a Morning at the Sydney Fish Market

The Sydney Fish Market is the largest operation of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Go there to take in the bustling atmosphere or enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour. Delight your palate at one of the market’s cafés or restaurants, seafood does not get any fresher than this! Stop by the gift shop and pick up a few souvenirs to take home with you.

Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

3. Explore Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour, an area only about a 10-minute walk from the Sydney city centre, packs a lot of delight into a small area. We’re happy to arrange a behind-the-scenes tour for you at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or the famous SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium so you can become better acquainted with the natural wonders of the area. After your tours, walk around to take in the other sights and sounds of this thriving area.

4. Hop on a Ferry and Go to Manly Beach

Darling Harbour gives you easy ferry access. Hop on one of the boats and mingle with the locals as you head to Manly Beach, where the white sands and sparkling waters are sure to enhance your Sydney experience. Stretch your legs and walk to the nearby nature reserve.

Bondi Beach surfing
Bondi Beach surfing

5. Surf at Bondi Beach 

Can’t get enough oceanside fun? Surf at Bondi Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Australia. You’ll see why so many people love it, when you’re learning to ride the waves at this awesome spot. Not sure if surfing is the sport for you? Book a surfing lesson and get a proper introduction to the thrills that come with soaring on water. Of course, all that surfing will make you work up an appetite. Go for some “Barra and Chips” at one of the nearby pubs — or take your order to go and enjoy it by the ocean. Barramundi is a local fish, and it is absolutely delicious!

Historic Rocks Area, Sydney, Australia
Historic Rocks Area, Sydney, Australia

6. Do a Walking Tour of the Rocks District

The Rocks is an area of Sydney that is near all the best sites, but it itself offers an amazing way to spend an afternoon or a whole day. Stroll through this historic district and see what the local merchants have to offer. Visit the museum, refresh yourself at a wine bar or pub (Wine Odyssey has 44 different wines you can try), or just soak up the unforgettable atmosphere.

Hyde Park pathway
Hyde Park pathway

7. Have a Picnic in the Park

Hyde Park, in the centre of the city, boasts numerous shade trees, a lovely fountain, and more than 16 hectares of space. It is the ideal place to take a break, escape from the heat, and enjoy an Aussie-style picnic. What’s on the menu? Try spicy barbecued chicken, prawn salad with herb dressing, beef and vegetable pasties, and lemon, mint, and passion fruit iced tea.

8. Take a Ride Along the Harbour

Want to get out on the harbour? For wind-in-your-face fun, hop on a jetboat. If you just want to relax and enjoy the sun and water, opt for a sailboat instead. The billowing sails, pristine scenery, and invigorating ocean air will make for the perfect afternoon. Bring your camera – you’ll get a unique view of the city’s famous architecture, including the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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Sensational Sydney Harbour Morning Tea Cruise

Sydney Harbour bridge climb
Sydney Harbour bridge climb

9. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

We highly recommend that you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge if you want the best view of the city. The idea might seem a little intimidating at first, but the folks who run the tour are experts on safety, and they’ll make sure that your experience is nothing short of fantastic! This popular tour books up fast so contact us to pre-book it!

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Sydney Bridge Climb

10. Explore the Sydney Opera House

You can’t go to Sydney and not experience the Opera House, a marvel of modern architecture that has captured countless imaginations since it was constructed in the late 1950s. We can book a tour for you, or you can see a show — or both. Whet your appetite for the beautiful building by dining at one of the nearby restaurants that offer a gorgeous view of this Sydney landmark.

Sydney skyline
Sydney skyline

The above ideas are, of course, just the beginning of the wonders that await you in Sydney. Browse our website for more ideas on how to have an unforgettable time in Harbour City.

Whether you choose one of our most popular Sydney travel packages or carve your own path, you’ll never regret the time you spend in this beautiful city. So pack your bags, practice your Aussie lingo, and get ready to explore!

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4-Day Splendid Sydney

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Meg Boyd

Downunder Product and Marketing Manager - Melbourne-born Meg arrived in Canada in January with no winter coat, one suitcase, a one week booking at a youth hostel, and a sight-unseen job offer at Goway Travel. She thought she’d stay for a year – that was 12 years ago! Never one to shy away from adventure, Meg has been in the industry for 23 years and has journeyed extensively through Europe, Asia and North America. Meg’s heart however belongs to the South Pacific, including New Zealand, Fiji, and her native Australia.

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