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Things to do in Sydney

Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney is a great place to visit with a wealth of great attractions, experiences and things to do on offer. A city with something for all ages and interest groups.

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are high on pretty much every visitor's list of things to see in the city. The nearby Rocks area, near the Circular Quay ferry port, is an excellent place to wander and take in these sights.

The water front Opera Bar, in front of the Opera House, is an incredible place to take a drink on a warm evening, located right between the illuminated Harbour Bridge and the Opera house, as the fruit bats fly overhead from the nearby Royal Botanical Gardens.

Sydney is a city which can be enjoyed from high up above, either in the Sydney Tower Eye’s panoramic viewing platform, or even better, from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Tower Eye. Just below the Tower Eye, and also in the CBD (Central Business District which seems to be pronounced Soy Boy Doy!) you have Hyde Park, a great place to chill out and relax with its water fountains and war memorial. Just off the park you have St Mary’s Cathedral and the Australian Museum. Just north of Hyde Park you have the Royal Botanic Gardens, and to the west of this the Wolloomooloo area with its harbour front wharf and great restaurants.

Darling Harbour is home to a host of Sydney’s top attractions including Sydney Wildlife, with its many native iconic Australian animals and reptiles, Sydney Sealife Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre. Darling Harbour is also home to a host of great places to eat and numerous harbour dinner cruise boats.

Underneath the northern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge you have the Luna Park, theme park with stunning views of the harbour and the Sydney skyline.

Sydney most popular attractions

Sydney’s most popular main stream tourist attractions include Wildlife Sydney, Sydney Sealife Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Sydney, the Australian National Maritime Museum, Luna Park, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Opera House, The Imax Theatre, The Sydney Tower Eye, The Australian Museum, Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Garden and Taronga Zoo.

Great day trip destinations from Sydney

There are many great places to visit in the Sydney Area, for those wanting to see a little more of New South Wales.

Bondi beach is a popular favourite, with its famous surf, fine soft sands and seafront cafes, restaurants and bars – oh and I forgot to mention its life guards! Just a 20 – 30 minute bus trip from the centre. You can get the ‘Bondi Bendy’ bus from Hyde Park, among other places!

The stunning Blue Mountains are a few hours drive inland, and a great escape from the city. The town of Katoomba is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Blue Mountains area, and a great place to head for the day, or a few days. Echo Point, with a visitor centre just on the edge of Katoomba, offers visitors amazing views out over the Blue Mountains and the famous three sisters rock formations. But to really get into the Blue Mountains we’d recommend a day at Scenic World, which is home to several record break attractions, the world’s steepest railway, Australia’s highest cable car and Australia’s biggest cable car.

The Hunter Valley is also a great location to visit from Sydney, home of Australia’s famous hunter Valley Wines. The popular tourist destinations of Cessnock and Pokolbin are a few hours drive north of Sydney, and the area is great for visiting as many wine producers at their ‘cellar door’ as you can handle, sampling great local produce, taking scenic flights and wine tourism.

The northern NSW beaches from the Entrance, through Terigel and Avoca are also stunning, and well worth dropping in for the night on way to or from the Hunter Valley.

Manly Beach, which is easy to get to by ferry from Sydney is home to some great attractions and surfing schools. The ferry trip to Manly is also a great low cost way of seeing Sydney from the harbours waters. Or drive to Manly and head up the coats to Palm Beach and observe the Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

The nearby Ku-Ring-Gai Chase national park is an area of outstanding national beauty, and a great place to spend the day, have a barbeque (gas barbeques are provided for free public use), rent a kayak and explore the local wildlife.

Harley Davidson Motorbike Tours and Trike Rides in Sydney

Australia: Sydney

Troll Tours in Sydney, Australia, offer tours of the city on a trike and/or a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Choose to take an amazing trike tour and/or Harley Davidson motorbike tour around the city of Sydney, or if you prefer to escape Sydney, let Troll Tours take you out of Sydney and into the Blue Mountains, the wineries of the Hunter Valley, Kangaroo Valley or anywhere you desire!

Our Harley Davidson rides are great for everyone! Our ...

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Gruesome Sydney Tour

Australia: Sydney

So you think Sydney's all about the beautiful harbour, great beaches and fine restaurants, right? WRONG! There's another side to the Harbour City and it's far grislier than anything you could possibly have imagined!

The good people at Destiny Tours are inviting you to find out exactly how horrid, by joining one of their night-time Ghost Tours, taking in some of the hidden highs (and considerable lows) of Sydney's dark underbelly.

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Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Australia: Sydney

Come and enjoy the ultimate Sydney experience - Join BridgeClimb for your choice of three guided Climbs to the top of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. See Sydney from the top, an amazing 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.

Our three climbs are:

The Express Climb - the fastest way to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. On this Climb, time is our priority, and we allow you to discover the wonders of the Bridge in just 2 hours and 15 ...

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Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk

Australia: Sydney

The Skywalk on the Sydney Tower Eye offers Sydney visitors a unique high altitude experience at the top of Sydney Tower Eye - the tallest building in Sydney!

The Skywalk is a breathtaking open air tour at 268 metres (880 feet) above Sydney’s sea level.

Take an outdoor tour on the roof top of the highest tourist attraction in Sydney.

The Skywalk experience takes around 45 minutes and runs approximately every hour.

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Off Road Rush - V8 Race Buggies

Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

It’s every boy racers’ dream – V8 engine full of grunt, a full tank of fuel and the freedom to drive as hard and as fast as you can around a dirt track. This dream can now be your reality, wannabe racers are lining up to grab the wheel of our V8 Race Buggies, an off-road buggy adventure, the only one of its kind in Australia. The team behind these V8 Race Buggies offer regular drivers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of professional ...

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Karaoke Shopping Tours in Sydney

Australia: Sydney

What better way for your group to enjoy Sydney - Join us on Sydney's famous Karaoke Bus for a party disguised as a SHOPPING TOUR.

The best way of shopping in Sydney - great prices and you get to combine your two favorite activities, Shopping and Dancing!

Visit 10 big wholesalers - For Hand Bags/luggage - Manchester - Shoes - Home appliances, Perfumes and more.....

With us there will NEVER be a boring Shopping Tour.

You get a ...

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Stand Up Paddleboard Tours

Australia: Sydney

Sydney Scenic SUP offers guided Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is an adventurous and exciting new sport that must have been designed with Sydney in mind. It is the ultimate way to explore the waters and views of Sydney Harbour in a fun, safe and environmentally sustainable way. It is suitable for all ages and skill levels. Our guides are all long time Sydney residents, fully qualified and ...

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Mojo Snow - Sydney Snow Tours

Australia: Canberra, Sydney

Mojosnow is a fun owner operated adventure company offering action packed mid-week and weekend snow tours for singles, couples and groups departing from Sydney and Canberra.
Whether you're a beginner looking for an awesome new challenge, or more experienced searching for fresh powder, speed or big air, Mojosnow will make sure you get the most out of your snow experience this winter. We offer a hassle free trip with comfortable in-town ...

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The Rocks Pub Tour in Sydney

Australia: Sydney

Get a taste of Sydney's history, on a pub crawl of the Rock area. Rock is one of Sydney's most interesting and vivacious precincts.

During the tour, through the Rocks' winding lanes and cobblestone alleys, we will visit some of the city's most atmospheric pubs.

The place of Sydney's first European settlement, the Rocks has evolved unrecognisably from its crowded, convict beginnings. Once the home of sailors, whalers and questionable ...

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Yachtmaster/Master of Yachts Pro Traineeship

Australia: Sydney

This is our most popular skipper-training programme. It offers a reliable route to the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore/Master of Yachts 200gt certificate, the benchmark for commercial skippers entering the professional yachting industry.

The course is suitable for experienced sailors and newcomers alike. Candidates with previous experience will find they are fully stretched, while the flexible, modular programme allows beginners to progress at ...

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Sydney Coast Walks

Australia: Cronulla, Manly, Sydney, Watsons Bay

While in New South Wales enjoy a range of great walks with Sydney Coast Walks. Experience an expertly guided half day, full day or overnight Sydney walking tours. We offer tours within the Sydney Harbour area and within the Royal National Park. Come along and connect with nature and enjoy the wonderful outdoor life in New South Wals.

Sydney is truly a place of amazing natural beauty with some stunning sights which are only accessible only ...

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Gourmet Safari´s - Food Safari in Sydney, Australia.

Australia: Sydney

There's absolutely no doubt that Sydney is the best food city on earth! Where else do you find so many varied cuisines represented...and not just that, the food available is sometimes better than in its country of origin as our Australian produce is the best in the world.

Sydney has a number of distinct "villages" around which the people of particular nationalities have settled - the Italians in Haberfield, the Turkish around Auburn, the ...

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Private Custom Tour of Australia and Oceania

Australia: Sydney; Fiji: Feavarere; New Zealand: New Plymouth; Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby

This is a land of no boundaries and where anything is possible-Australia & Oceania.

Best defined by its wayward location in the Pacific Ocean rather than by countries' borders, Oceania's beauty is so fantastical. From white sandy beaches in Tahiti to colorful coral reefs of Fiji; from rugged outback of Australia to primitive aboriginal tribes in Papua New Guinea, the untamed expanse of Oceania undoubtedly has much to offer the discerning ...

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Behind the Scenes Tour

Australia: Sydney

If you have ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, then the new Behind the Scenes tour will no doubt ‘wet’ your appetite. Guests now have a chance to experience first-hand what goes on behind the beautiful display tanks at the aquarium and see areas that the public have never before had access to! Be one of the first to feed the fish while standing above Shark Valley and see the endangered Grey Nurse Sharks ...

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Learn to Surf at Surf Camp Australia

Australia: Sydney

Discover the amazing rush of surfing at Surf Camp. Our experiences are designed for absolute beginners. Departing from Sydney, you'll head only 2 hours south to the stunning Seven Mile Beach National Park. We offer a full range of high quality trips available September through to May.

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Escape the city on a 4 day ecotour

Australia: Abercrombie, Bathurst, Canowindra, Eugowra, Katoomba, Megalong, Mudgee, Orange, Sydney

The Venture West Tour will take you out of Sydney, across the Blue Mountains and into the Australian Bush. In this Outback experience you'll get away from the usual tourist routes, you'll meet genuine Aussie Bush locals and learn about the culture, history and nature of the Australian bush.
The highlight of the tour is a day spent on a family sheep farm where you'll be warmly welcomed and shown how farming has been carried out over the past 100 ...

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Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Australia: Sydney

Join our multi-award winning tour discovering the best boutique wineries of the Hunter Valley. Departing Sydney daily, our fully flexible itinerary is tailor made every day to suit the needs and interests of our small group of travellers. Visit 3-5 wineries for tastings plus a behind the scenes tour in a boutique winery. Travel in our luxury Mercedes vehicles, customised to spoil. Small groups (max 14 to 18 pax) and fabulous Guides make for the ...

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Boutique Mountain Tours

Australia: Sydney

Explore Sydney’s fabulous Blue Mountains, with the region’s most focussed Aboriginal and wildlife tour. Avoid the tourist traps with a small, personalised tour (maximum 14) for a day of culture, wildlife & stunning scenery. Discover Aboriginal culture at Muru Mittagar as we receive a Welcome To Country, and an explanation of native food, plants & medicines. Experience the Blue Mountains through secluded lookouts and short rainforest walks, ...

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Garden Games

Australia: Sydney

Garden Games was founded in late 2006 by Christian Carter. He wanted to create a space that was free from the pressures of work, life and electronic devices.

“To be able to do this by encouraging people to play games and socialise with each other means everyone wins.”

Research has shown that playing traditional board games is beneficial on many levels. It keeps your mind active, teaches patience, and it encourages your imagination. ...

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SYDNEY FREE TOUR

Australia: Sydney

Our twice daily (10:30am & 2:30pm) 3 hour walking tour takes you through the heart of Sydney. Explore the city’s rich Aboriginal, convict and colonial past with our unique guiding style of combining history and entertainment. Our expert guides will take you to places where buses simply can’t go, as they invoke a Sydney you couldn’t find on your own. You’ll also pick up some great tips on eating, drinking and experiencing Sydney from those who ...

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jimkottt
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SherlinDukes
(4 years ago)
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Sydney is one of the top vacations in Australia to be enjoyed. A ferry is the perfect way to first see Sydney, and an excellent view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House. I spent 3 months living and working in Sydney too, before moving on to other places on the east coast of Australia. And if I had to pick a place to live in Australasia Sydney would be the one. I lived in Double bay. http://www.australiavoyage.net

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