Koalas and Beaches - 25 Things to Do in Sydney

As the largest city in Australia and the capital of New South Wales, Sydney offers a vibrant urban life and unique Australian experience. From metropolis center to wildlife park, from concrete jungle to white sandy beaches. 

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Are you planning to visit Sydney soon? Here is a list of recommendation from us about interesting places to visit and things to do in Sydney and its surroundings. 


1. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Spanning some 503 meters (1,650 feet) from southern to northern shore of the natural harbour of Sydney, this steel bridge can be accessed by pedestrian in 3 ways: the pedestrian walkway on road level which can be accessed for free, paid access to the Pylon Lookout, and paid access to climb the bridge.

2. Bondi Beach

This crescent-shaped beach with crystal clear water is located only 7 kilometers (4 miles) from downtown Sydney and listed as one of the most popular beaches in Australia. Café, restaurants, hotel, shopping mall, and swimming club can be found around the beach. 

3. Sydney Opera House

This modern opera house is often regarded as one of the most recognized landmarks in the 20th century. Situated beautifully on the waterfront area, Sydney Opera House is open to visitors through a scheduled tour. But even just looking at its exterior from the distance is a breathtaking experience.  

4. Royal Botanic Garden

Located in the heart of Sydney, this huge botanical garden is divided into 4 different precincts: the Lower Gardens, the Middle Gardens, the Palace Gardens, and the Bennelong Precinct. The Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden was established in 1816 and is the oldest scientific institution in Australia.  

5. Darling Harbour

This popular harbourside destination not far from Sydney's business district is completely dedicated for leisure and recreation. With incredible view of waterfront, Darling Harbour is fitted with playgrounds, parks, museum, aquarium, restaurants, and ice cream parlour. 

6. Sydney Tower Eye

Enjoy the Sydney's panorama view from the tallest building in the city. Sydney Tower stands 305 meters (1,001 feet) above the ground and is equipped with an observation deck, the Sydney Tower Eye. Try its glass-floored platform for a sensation of walking in the sky.

7. Queen Victoria Building

Shop till drop at this luxury mall situated in Sydney's Central Business District. Queen Victoria Building is a heritage-listed building in Romanesque Revival style with metal domes and beautiful statues. It's now used as shopping center where you can find clothes, jewelry, and souvenirs.  


8. Coogee Beach

Not far from Bondi, Coogee Beach is a perfect spot for family picnic. Connected to the Arden Street bus stop, this beautiful beach is fitted with showers, toilets, and change rooms. The is also historic Omeo Shipwreck just 25 metres (82 ft) from the shore. 

9. Taronga Zoo

With more than 2,600 animals in pretty enclosures and spectacular view of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is the largest zoo in Australia. Meet native animals of Australia such as kangaroo, koala, wombats, platypus, as well as animal collections from around the world.  

10. Luna Park Sydney

This vintage amusement park from 1935 has been renovated and is now a world-class entertainment hub in Sydney. Located north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park offers attractions and rides such as ferris wheel, roller coaster, carousel, swing ride, and drop tower.

11. Sydney Harbour Boat Tour

One of the best ways to enjoy the panorama of Sydney Harbour is by hopping into a boat! There are lots of options you can choose. From public ferry and sailing boat to glass pontoon boat with lunch session and even luxury super yacht for charter!

12. Manly Beach

This beach is most famous especially among the surfers. Pine trees line at the soft sandy beach and the waves keep pounding the shore. Watch the professional surfers in action between the waves while enjoying some fish and chips or cold drinks. 

13. The Rocks Market

Every weekend, this lively open-air market welcomes the visitors with dozens of stalls and live music performance. Stroll through the vendors and find unique stuff to buy, from handicrafts, jewelry, flowers and outfits to delicious food and ice cream.  


14. Mrs Macquarie's Chair

The chair monument was carved out of a rock by convicts in 1810 for the Governor's wife, Mrs Macquarie. It is located in a beautiful peninsula facing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Sydney's skyline looks breathtaking from here. 


15. Rose Bay Beach

Situated in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, this lovely beach is pet-friendly! Expect to see many dogs running around and playing with the waves. Also a great place to swim with children as the water is shallow. A shopping center can be found not far from the beach.

16. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Some 40 km (25 miles) from Sydney's Central Business District (CBD), there's a wildlife park containing large collection of Australia's native animals. You can take a breakfast with koala or hand feed a kangaroo in the outdoor bush setting. A good destination for family picnic! 

17. Madame Tussauds Sydney

Meet your favorite celebrities and public figures in this famed museum. Madame Tussauds Sydney has a huge amount of wax figures, including famous names such as Chris Hemsworth, Steve Irwin, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Shah Rukh Khan, and the British Royal Family.  

18. Freshwater Beach

A short distance from Manly, Freshwater Beach is a nice family beach situated in a peaceful bay with pristine water. Surfboarding was introduced in Australia for the first time in this beach by a Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku in early 20th century, and his statue was erected here to commemorate it.


19. South Cronulla Beach

This is the only beach in Sydney with direct access to train station. South Cronulla Beach is not big, but it has beautiful white sand and green lawn just behind it. A great place to bring your kids since the water is very shallow with mostly mild waves. 

20. Hyde Park 

Located in the Sydney's CBD, this urban park is the oldest public park in Australia. Wander through the 16.2 hectare (40 acre) area filled with trees, fountains, and lawns. You can also find some monuments such as ANZAC War Memorial with beautiful pond, the Obelisk, and Sandringham Gardens. 

21. Powerhouse Museum

Discover scientific and industrial inventions from time to time in this major branch of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Ultimo suburb. The exhibits include discoveries during the steam and industrial revolution, transportation, computer, experimentation, environment, and space technology.

22. Sculpture by the Sea

The annual outdoor sculpture exhibition is held during spring in Sydney for three weeks from late October to early November. The event is located in a coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach, where you can find unique sculptures in massive size and unusual shapes.


23. Paddy's Market

Not far from Sydney's Chinatown, Paddy's Market at Haymarket is a good place for budget shopping. The ambience is like a traditional flea market, where you can buy cheap products such as bags, T-shirts, sandals, wallets, clothes, souvenirs, dolls, and porcelain. 

24. Australian Museum

As the oldest museum in Australia, this museum contains some 21 million of specimens and cultural objects, from enormous dinosaur fossils and deep sea creatures to ancient artifacts and items. Australian Museum also regularly hold exhibitions for objects from around the world.  

25. Pitt Street Mall

This bustling pedestrian area in Sydney's CBD is a paradise for shoppers. The line is flanked by hundreds of stores from international brands such as Zara, Uniqlo, Swarovski, Sephora, Billabong, and Forever 21. A great location to find something that suits your budget and taste.

Obviously, there is still a lot more to see and do in Sydney. If you know other interesting places to visit and things to do in Sydney, feel free to drop your recommendation in the comment section below. 

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