Things to do in Sydney

A wonderland of beautiful beaches, historical sites, fabulous shows, delicious restaurants and much more, Sydney is brimming with memorable experiences. The majestic Sydney Opera House is on one of the world’s great natural harbours, and the iconic Bondi Beach is an amazing destination all year.

What's on in Sydney


From east to west, and north to south, are wonderful Sydney attractions. You can walk across the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge from the stairs near the pedestrian crossing on Cumberland St in The Rocks. In the historic Rocks are cobbled laneways, Australia’s oldest pubs and bustling markets.

Meet all kinds of marvellous animals in Sydney’s zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks. Take a ferry across sparkling Sydney Harbour to Taronga Zoo and see Annie and her platypus pals. You can get up close to king penguins, sharks and sea dragons at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour.

Enjoy world-class theatre, blockbuster musicals, thrilling sports, and see your favourite stars perform at concerts in Sydney. You’ll find plenty more cool things to do at night, from sky bars and small bars to hip nightclubs with cutting-edge electronic music, as well as venues for jazz, blues, rock and pop.

You can experience the world’s oldest living culture on a range of Aboriginal-guided tours. One of the largest public collections of Aboriginal art is in Sydney’s galleries and museums. Still wondering what to do in Sydney? Then check out all the fun and thrilling adventures in Western Sydney.

The shopping is fabulous, too. And taste the culinary delights of one of the most multicultural cities in the world at an enticing range of places to eat. There are also many free things to do in Sydney, from the Art Gallery of NSW to great Sydney walks, such as the lovely Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

Whale watching is free from vantage points along sandstone coastline. Humpback and other whales migrate close to the Sydney shoreline between May and November. Bushwalking is popular in the magnificent national parks. Or simply roll out your towel and relax on a gorgeous sandy beach.

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