Sydney is one of the most famous cities in the world. It is filled with iconic Australian landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, and is surrounded by national parks and beaches. Being home to around 4.6 million people means Sydney is filled with energy, culture and things to do. In fact, there is so much to experience in Sydney that it can be hard to fit everything into your itinerary, which is why we’ve put together this list of 10 must see and do things in Sydney.
1. Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter
This tour offers you a truly unique aerial view of Sydney. It lasts 20 minutes and includes views of Sydney’s most famous landmarks such as The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Daily tours depart from Sydney airport and various hotels around the city between 9am and 3.30pm.
2. Take a Sydney Harbour Cruise
A cruise down Sydney Harbour is the perfect way to relax and get to know the city. This is the ideal experience for people who like to keep their feet on the ground and enjoy the city from a different perspective. From a coffee to dinner cruise, there are many different packages to suit what you’re looking for.
3. Sydney Rocks Pub Bike Tour
If you feel like including some gentle exercise during your trip to Sydney, this cycling tour will take you around some of the major sites without the crowds and lines. This activity gives you time to leisurely enjoy attractions like Darling Harbour, Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The tour concludes with a refreshing drink at one of Sydney’s oldest pubs, after passing through an iconic urban area called The Rocks.
4. Sydney Wildlife World
One of the best ways to get to know Sydney is through its native wildlife. The city’s Wildlife World is a reserve which holds a vast collection of animals and plant life native to Australia. Whether you want to see kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles or flora and fauna, this is a great attraction for people of all ages.
5. Sydney and Bondi Hop on Hop off
This open top bus is an easy and accessible way to learn about the city’s history and attractions. Commentary is available in various languages, so you can learn about the city while travelling around it. There are no limits to the number of times you can hop on and off, and the bus stops at 30 of Sydney’s main tourist attractions. The full route takes around 90 minutes to complete.
6. Sydney Tower and Oz Trek
Providing you’re not afraid of heights, the Sydney tower offers a breath-taking view of the city. You can see the entire skyline, all the way to the Blue Mountains on a clear day. The Oz Trek 3D experience is included in the ticket, which lets you feel the experience of flying over some of Sydney’s most beautiful areas.
7. Open Air Cinemas
This is one of the most popular attractions in Sydney. Forget dark, stale movie theatres and enjoy a movie in the warm, fresh Sydney air. There are two open air cinemas in the city; the 7 Open Air Cinema at the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Gardens.
8. High Tea at Sydney Opera House
Enjoy afternoon tea while overlooking the Sydney skyline and listening to the sounds of a professional opera singer. This really is an unforgettable experience, and one which truly represents the culture of Sydney.
9. Hyde Park Barracks Museum
If you are interested in learning about some real Sydney history, this museum can tell you all about convict life in early 19th Century Sydney. Originally built as a barracks for convict men and boys, the museum hosts interesting and unique exhibitions on related history. This is definitely an attraction all history lovers must visit.
10. The Harbour Bridge
If you’re feeling adventurous and up for a challenge, why not be one of the people who can say they’ve climbed Harbour Bridge? It’s not the most relaxing activity on this list, and it certainly isn’t for people who are scared of heights, but it gives you a great sense of achievement when you reach the top. Sunset climbs need to be booked ahead, but provide a magical view of the sun melting into the harbour.
Whether you’re looking for adrenaline or relaxation, Sydney is a place every traveler should visit when in Australia. Being the most populated city in Australia, it’s a vibrant place which never sleeps, but there are also plenty of places to escape to and relax in-between activities.
Sydney Opera House at night
Helicopter Tours over Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour Bridge