There are numerous things to do in Sydney which will keep you entertained for days if not weeks. If you’re wondering what to do in Sydney, read on for some of the most popular Sydney tourist attractions.
Australia’s largest city offers a magnificent array of cultural and architectural delights. The city’s crowning glory is Sydney Harbour – a stunning natural asset that other cities can only dream about. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the landmark of this spectacular city hosting magnificent fireworks at New Year’s Eve and other national functions. The Sydney Opera House is a world-class venue and an architectural icon that enjoys the most spectacular setting of any cultural institution. Nearby is the pretty historic quarter, The Rocks, where the first British fleet settled in 1788. A string of gorgeous ocean beaches line the east coast, such as famous Bondi, where surfers gather at dawn and the beach cafes are perfect for people watching.
While there are plenty of wonderful places to visit in Sydney, the Sydney experience is essentially physical – dunk yourself in the Bondi surf, sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a yacht, jog along the Coogee cliff tops or rampage through Centennial Park on horseback. Everybody seems to be outside – the beaches are swarming, street cafes buzz and the harbour blooms with sails.
The best way to see the city’s sights and attractions is on foot, coupled with public transport. Buses and trains serve the suburbs outlying areas as well as the inner city. Passenger ferries provide a fast and scenic means of travel between the city and the many harbourside suburbs. Most visitors will find it best to invest in a combined ticket that includes all three modes of public transport. On Sundays, families with at least one adult and child enjoy unlimited travel on Sydney’s public buses, trains and ferries for a flat rate of $2 per person.
Below is a list of some of the top things to do in Sydney.
Along with the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the most popular landmark in Sydney. Images of the bridge and the opera house are what immediately come to mind to people around the world when they think of Sydney.
See our Sydney Harbour Bridge article for more information.
The Sydney Opera House is the Sydney’s most popular tourist attraction, as well as one of the world’s busiest performing art centres. Popularly known as the ‘Opera House’, this building breaks ranks on many different levels.
See our Sydney Opera House article for more information.
The tallest building in Sydney and the second tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere (after Auckland’s Sky Tower), the Sydney Tower Eye has a design capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme wind.
See our Sydney Tower Eye article for more information.
Located 7 km (4 mi) east of Sydney, Bondi Beach is not only one of Sydney’s most popular beaches but also one of the world’s great beaches. It’s also the closest beach to the Sydney city centre which makes it very popular and crowded, especially on hot, summer weekends.
See our Bondi Beach article for more information.
Situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney on the North Shore, Manly Beach is one of the more popular beaches in Sydney. If you asked the Sydneysiders to nominate a single excursion outside the city, most would nominate the 11-km (7-mile) ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly.
See our Manly Beach article for more information.
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