17 Best Things To Do In Sydney Australia

Sydney is recognized as one of the most vibrant and exciting international cities in the world.

Australia is a gateway for visitors. Sydney is home to three of Australia’s most potent symbols worldwide: the Sydney Opera house, Sydney Harbor bridge, and Sydney Harbor.

But beyond the famous icons, there’s a lot more to uncover in this dynamic cosmopolitan city.

Furthermore, Sydney is a seductive intermingling of land and sea, is one of Australian cities’ most prominent and most beautiful. 

Whether it is the iconic Harbour bridge with an admirable and graceful arch or the gleaming sunshine of the opera house’s white sails, everything seems to be a dream come true. 

Commander Captain Arthur Phillip established the first British colony in 1788 in Sydney, Australia.

Are you planning to visit Sydney soon, or 

are you looking for some famous attraction in Sydney to make a to-do list beforehand

We gathered a list of information about favorite places and things to do during your tour to Sydney.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge

This Harbour is considered a vast and dramatic port of Sydney and is known as the city’s heart.

Harbour Bridge, best known as “Coathanger” and a landmark construction, was built in 1932. It is also known as the world’s largest steel arch bridge. 

The pedestrians can roam across the walkways for the astonishing and soothing blue water view and for a breathtaking panorama of the Harbour.

There is a museum in the southern-eastern pier with all the information and history about this bridge’s construction.

In 1922 a harbor tunnel was build to ease the congestion of heavy traffic.

During your visit, to make the most unforgettable memory, climb on the bridge to step on Sydney’s most famous landmark and the best view of Sydney harbor and the opera house.

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Centennial Park

Australia is the home of around 830 kinds of birds. These migrating wandering birds visit the Centennial Parklands in the Eastern Suburbs. 

This place provides a great introduction to birds of different kinds. More than 120 species are living in the park and gardens around the city. 

The best way is to roam around on a bicycle for an ultimate, lovely, and lively encounter with these feathered friends.

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Binoculars To Explore the centennial parklands or horseback or on a bicycle to witness the best view of finches, well-bred black swans, and the strong flightless emu.

Surfing at Manly 

Australia is known to have the best surf spots in the world. 

The waves are suitable for beginners as well for experienced surfers. 

Sydney has the most iconic beaches perfect for Surfing. Manly is known as a cultural place for Surfing. There is no better place than Manly to enjoy an incredible surfing experience. Manly Surf School offers guidance and schooling for beginners in groups and individuals. 

Visitors can enjoy all kinds of amenities in Manly, including restaurants, cafes, playgrounds, and barbecue areas.

Learn from the pros at Beautiful Manly Beach for an incredible surfing experience.

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The Rocks 

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The Rocks with narrow cobbled streets are perfectly convenient for tourists for their prime location. This historic area was considered to be the first European Settlement Site. It was a home for Gadigal aboriginal people once.

The rocks are a Historical heritage, with more than 100 historical sites, including Cadmans Cottage and Rock Discovery Museum.

Visit the old center of Sydney and Explore the Cobbled Laneways and Cozy Cafes.

Visit Arts and Cultural Places

Sydney has an astonishing variety of arts, music, and theatre performances at any time of the year. 

You can see some of the stars of Australian theatre-like Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, and Hugo Weaving, on stage with the Sydney Theatre Company or at the Belvoir Street Theatre. 

Acclaimed Aboriginal performers from Bangarra Dance Company regularly perform at the Sydney Opera House, as do the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 

If you’re keen to see the best of contemporary art, don’t miss a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) or the Art Gallery of NSW.

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Aquarium and Zoos

To look at extraordinary wildlife at Taronga Zoo, where a massive range of animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas, inhabit an idyllic harbourside setting. 

WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour is another great place to see Australia’s native animals by Harbour. 

Home to more than 600 species at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, you can see many of them. 

You’ll also see platypus, little penguins, rays, sharks, and dugongs in purpose-built habitats. 

Shopping and Fashion

Sydney offers a dynamic shopping experience showcasing an extensive collection of renowned Australian designers that deliver an innate sense of place for international travelers. 

Pitt Street Mall delivers the very best in high-street fashion, global luxury brands, and culinary delights. 

Switch up the pace by venturing to the Eastern Suburbs where Bondi Beach offers one of Sydney’s most unique shopping spots at the Bondi Markets. 

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World’s Great Dining Destination

You can dine in five-star style, enjoy the ambiance of heritage pubs and modern rooftop bars, or sample cuisine from around the globe.

An ever-growing list of gourmet restaurants, boutique cafés, and casual pubs means you’ll never be short of choices about where to eat in Sydney. 

If you enjoy dining, make sure you visit some of the city restaurants that have starred on the S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list: Tetsuya’s, Quay, Marque Momofuku Seiobo.

Stunning Natural Attractions

Sydney has such a vast bounty of stunning natural attractions – beaches, national parks, gardens, pristine waterways, and plenty of open space. 

As a result, Sydney’s physical allure make it one of the most enjoyable cities in the world to live and visit. 

Fortunately, it is easy and convenient to travel to Sydney to discover one of more than 70 surf beaches and 30 secluded harbor beaches, including iconic Bondi and Manly.

In the end, we made a list of some more recreational things or activities you can do in Sydney.

  • Cockatoo Island at Sydney Harbour
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Learn about Australia’s convict history while enjoying the breathtaking views of Sydney 

  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach
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Catch a glimpse of the pristine northern beaches and take a stroll up to the lighthouse for panoramic views

  • The Powerhouse Museum

This arts and science-focused museum always has new exhibits and is fun for the whole family

  • The Sydney Observatory
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Both an observatory and a museum visit at night for a telescope viewing of the planets and stars

  • Oxford st.
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Hugh class shopping with tall the latest designers

  • Paddington Markets

Every Saturday, local designers, craftspeople, and artists set up their stalls at the local school 

  • Bondi market
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Discover an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry art, and homewares at Sydney famous Bondi beach

  • Surry hills 
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A popular destination among locals, crown st and Bourke st features a host of design and fashion stores and plenty of cafes and bars.