Sydney’s best restaurants combine the finest local ingredients with the creative flair of local chefs and stylish settings. Enjoy harbourside dining, beachside cafes, multicultural cuisine and delicious street food.
Sydney offers a lively annual calendar of exciting sporting events, local festivals, acclaimed theatre and fabulous musicals. Find out what’s on in Sydney before you travel to make sure you don’t miss out.
If you enjoy contemporary or classical art, cutting-edge installations or beautifully-crafted Aboriginal art, you’ll find an art gallery to suit your style in Sydney. Find out more about museums and galleries in Sydney.
Sydney is shopping heaven. Boutiques, department stores, glamorous malls and heritage arcades stocked with the latest fashions are spread around the city centre. Find out where to shop in Sydney.View more Shopping
Keen to learn something new? You’ll find plenty of things to do while you’re in Sydney from circus workshops and photography courses to learning how to throw a boomerang or ride a horse.
There are many fine heritage sites in Sydney. Start at the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks on Macquarie Street before heading to attractions such as the Museum of Sydney, The Rocks precinct and Vaucluse House.
Sydney has an almost endless variety of attractions to entertain visitors of all ages. Come face-to-face with Australia’s diverse wildlife, go behind-the-scenes at an art gallery, see a performance at the Sydney Opera House, immerse yourself at a museum or visit a World Heritage-listed convict heritage site in the heart of the city.
At Australia’s most popular tourist attraction, the famous Sydney Opera House, it’s easy to spend hours exploring this World Heritage architectural wonder. You can join a behind-the-scenes tour, enjoy a meal or a drink at one of the many bars, restaurants or cafes and then see a world-class performance beneath the famous white sails of the building.
A big city needs some big thrills especially for family holidaymakers. Introduce the kids to animals from around the globe at Sydney’s harbourside Taronga Zoo or check out Featherdale Widlife Park, a 40- minute drive from the centre of the city, featuring more than 2,200 animals including little penguins, koalas and kangaroos. At Sydney Aquarium and Oceanworld Manly, the kids will see Australia’s beautiful marine life at close quarters. WILD LIFE Sydney at Darling Harbour features interactive displays, daily animal feeding sessions and walk-through habitats including Koala Encounters, The Outback and Butterfly Tropics.
Other top Sydney tourist attractions include Luna Park, a fun-packed, harbourside amusement park and Sydney Tower Eye, the highest point above Sydney with breathtaking 360 degree views of the harbour, beaches and, in the distance, the Blue Mountains. You can board a destroyer or squeeze into a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour; from Sydney Observatory you’ll observe the night sky and the stars of the Southern Cross.