Things to do in Sydney

Things to do in Sydney

A wonderland of beautiful beaches, historical sites, fantastic restaurants, stunning natural attractions and much more, Sydney is brimming with memorable experiences. From the majestic Sydney Opera House on one of the world’s great natural harbours to iconic Bondi Beach you’ll find incredible things to do in Sydney all year round.

Sydney FAQ's

What are the best things to do in Sydney at night?

Sydney has wonderful nightlife, with plenty of things to do. We recommend:

  • Seeing a live gig or show
  • Dancing the night away at one of Sydney's many clubs and pubs
  • Checking out an underground speakeasy or rooftop cocktail lounge
  • Exploring one of the many late night restaurants open serving up the best eats

Check out the best of Sydney's nightlife here.

What are the most popular acitivites to do in Sydney with kids?

Sydney is the perfect place for little ones. Some activities you'll want to add to your itinerary:

  • Seeing Australian wildlife at Taronga Zoo
  • Meeting king penguins, sharks, turtles and dugongs at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
  • aking a surf lesson at a surf school at Manly, Bondi, Maroubra or Cronulla

Explore our full list of things to do with kids in Sydney.

What can I do in Sydney when it's raining?

Rain or shine there are still plenty of things to explore in Sydney. When rain is forecast try:

  • Exploring one of Sydney's many museums such as The Museum of Contemporary Art or The Australian Museum
  • Enjoying a craft beer at The Grifter Brewer Co. or a premium gin at Archie Rose distillery
  • Strolling through the 19th century grandeur of the Queen Victoria Building where you can shop elegant boutiques & antique stores
  • Experiencing harbourside fine dining at Quay

What can you do in Sydney for free?

Sydney is booming with incredible beaches, parks, and landscapes that cost nothing! Not to mention a few cultural experiences that have free entry. The best free activities include:

  • Taking on one of Sydney's many coastal walks, like the Bondi to Coogee walk
  • Exploring the Royal Botanic Garden next to Sydney Opera House with a free guided tour
  • Taking advantage of free entry to the Australian National Maritime Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in The Rocks
  • Spending the day exploring the Royal National Park where there are beaches, walking trails, and even a littoral rainforest

Explore more free things to do in Sydney.

What should you not miss in Sydney?

If you're visiting Sydney for only a few days these are the top attractions you do not want to miss:

  • Take the Coastal Walk from Iconic Bondi to Coogee
  • Get a drink at the Opera Bar and look out over the harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Ride the ferry to Manly -Explore one of Sydney's amazing markets at The Rocks, Carriageworks, or Glebe
  • Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Get a dose of Australia's exciting wildlife at Taronga Zoo

The list is endless, explore more of Sydney's top attractions.

How many days is enough in Sydney?

We recommend at least 3 days in Sydney, but even one day in Sydney is a treat! Planning a visit soon? Check out our 3 day itinerary.

How can I spend 3 days in Sydney?

Three days is a decent amount of time to experience everything Sydney has to offer. Some ideas for your itinerary:

  • Day 1: Take the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, have a bite at the Coogee Pavilion, make your way to Newtown for some shopping, craft beers and excellent eats.
  • Day 2: Explore the Sydney CBD! Start your day at the Rocks, make your way to Luna Park then end the day at Circular Quay.
  • Day 3: Escape to iconic Manly and explore the many beaches, restaurants, and breweries.

Check out our full 3 day itinerary.

What is Sydney famous for?

Sydney is most famous for:

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Amazing zoos (Taronga & Sydney Zoo) -Iconic Beaches (Bondi, Coogee, Manly to name a few)
  • Luna Park And more!

Explore all of Sydney's top attractions here.

What do locals do in Sydney?

If you're trying to do as the Sydney locals do, may we suggest:

  • Finding unique goods at one of Sydney's amazing markets at The Rocks, Carriageworks, or Glebe
  • Grabbing an espresso martini at an underground speakeasy or rooftop cocktail lounge
  • Taking a dip in one of Sydney's ocean pools

What are the best outdoor activities in Sydney?

Some of Sydney's best activities are outdoors. Make sure to add these to your itinerary:

  • The Manly to Spit Bridge Walk
  • Explore the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
  • Go whale watching on a boat tour departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Manly
  • Catch some rays and go for a dip at Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach, or Manly Beach

See our full list of outdoor recommendations here.