Things to do

Discover Sydney’s natural beauty, from the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, to our unspoilt beaches and beautiful public gardens. Then seek out our thriving restaurants and local markets. And if time permits, cap it off with a trip to the Blue Mountains for some truly spectacular scenery.

Top things to do in Sydney –

Walk Sydney’s famous Bondi to Coogee coastal trail
This photogenic six kilometre (3.7 mile) walking track will take you from the Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach, wind past Aboriginal rock carvings at Marks Park, and offers plenty of opportunities for a swim along the way at any one of Eastern Sydney’s picturesque beaches, before arriving at Coogee Beach just in time for lunch!  (The seaside Coogee Pavilion rooftop boasts beautiful 270 degree views – just sayin’.)

Get up close and personal with the animals at Taronga Zoo
Visit the animals at with their incredible waterside address just 12 minutes ferry ride from Circular Quay. Taronga Zoo Sydney houses more than 4,000 animals from various exotic and native species, including gorillas, tigers, leopards, chimpanzees, giraffes, Australian sea lions, kangaroos and koalas.

Once you’ve been up close with the animals, challenge yourself with Wild Ropes – suspension bridges, climbing walls, flying foxes and more, all set against epic views of Sydney Harbour. Four adrenaline-fueled courses, suitable for kids through to adults.

Or for the ultimate sleepover, book the Roar & Snore experience, allowing you to stay overnight at the zoo, sleeping in luxury safari-style tents.

Walk underwater at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
One of the world’s most spectacular aquariums, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is home to some 12,000 animals from 650 different species including sharks, dugongs, turtles, stingrays, penguins and more.  Marvel at the sawfishes swimming among tropical fish and sleek sharks in the enormous Great Barrier Reef display. Be delighted by little penguins in the Southern Oceans, or look out for the secretive platypus in the Southern Rivers. See the enormous Japanese Spider Crabs in the CLAWS creature feature, watch as the dugongs feed, then find Nemo in his coral home!

Spend a day at the Sydney Opera House
There are many ways you can experience what the Sydney Opera House has to offer. A masterpiece of 20th-century architecture, the Sydney Opera House  offers more than 40 performances each week. Discover more about this world famous building with a backstage tour.  Tours operate daily from 7am.

Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Nicknamed “The Coathanger” and dating back to 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s grandest engineering feats. Visitors are free to walk or cycle across this vast structure. If you want to scale its great steel span, book in for a guided expedition that will take you high into its arches before reaching its peak, 134 metres (440 feet) above sea level. No special climbing skills required, and excursions run from from dawn ’til dusk.

Dine at the innovative restaurants
Sydneysiders take their food seriously, with many of Australia’s most awarded and innovative restaurants found here. Dine at Quay to sample beautiful, natural produce such as wild blacklip abalone, Murry cod and chef Peter Gilmore’s celebrated dessert, the Snow Egg. Also in the city centre, Sepia’s sophisticated five- or nine-course tasting menu with matching wines has been applauded by the world’s best chefs and critics. For a more laid back affair, head to Mr Wong which serves modern Cantonese cuisine (its Peking duck is legendary) at its French colonial space on Bridge Street. Or head to the inner-city neighbourhood of Potts Point, a 10 minute drive from the centre of Sydney, to dine at hip restaurants.

Go Whale Watching
Look for humpback whales and other marine mammals on an open-water whale watching tour. Cruise past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge before heading out into the Pacific Ocean. Get the chance to listen to whale songs and more. In Sydney, the whale migration goes between May and November. But the absolute best time to see them is late June and early July – probably the last week of June and the first week of July, around about the winter solstice.

Ride the ferry to Manly
On Sydney’s north side, Manly is renowned for surf breaks, scenic walks and laid back cafés. A half-hour ferry ride from Circular Quay, Manly is the perfect family day out. Join a snorkelling tour to discover more than 200 fish species, including the famous Blue Groper, in the calm, clear waters off Manly’s Shelly Beach; or test your balance with stand-up paddle boarding. Enjoy fish and chips from one of the countless takeaways, or make a weekend of it and stay overnight.

Visit the Art Galleries
The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Over one million visitors a year enjoy the Gallery’s collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Located within beautiful botanic gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour and only 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Admission to the gallery and its permanent exhibitions is free.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists. It celebrates the work of living artists, bringing exceptional exhibitions of international and Australian art to as many people as possible – welcoming over a million visitors each year – in the belief that art is for everyone.

Camp on Cockatoo Island
Spend a night on Cockatoo Island in the middle of Sydney Harbour, and wake up to one of the world’s greatest views. You can bring your own tent or book a ‘glamping’ package to leave it up to the experts, with beds, lanterns and toiletries included. Campers have access to hot showers and a communal camp kitchen, but if you’d rather not cook, barbecue and breakfast packs can also be ordered.

Day Trip – Take in the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains
Famous for its rock formation known as the Three Sisters – along with quaint hotels and charming townships — the Blue Mountains is just under a two hour drive from Sydney. Here you can discover one million hectares of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and bushland, by either mountain biking, abseiling or on foot. For a unique perspective, head to Scenic World in Katoomba, home to a cableway, a walkway over the rainforest canopy and a glass bottom skyway.