Top Ten Things To Do In Sydney


Being the centre for business, arts and culture and the largest city by population in Australia, as well as a being a giant on the world stage even before hosting the 2000 Olympic Games, there is much to see and do in Sydney.

Knowing this, you’re excited, and as you are currently in the process of shipping to Australia all your worldly belongings, you have had time to consider what you will do when you arrive in this vaunted metropolis.

What follows is a brief overview of the major attractions one should make an effort to see during their time here, paired with some alternate activities to give some balance to your schedule.  Happy touring!

1) Take in a show at the Sydney Opera House

While the Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic sights in the city, don’t be content to simply snap a photo and rush off.  This theatre hosts many world class shows throughout the year, including concerts by Eddie Vedder and Diana Krall, stage productions like A Winter’s Tale, and operas such as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.

2) Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

While this activity may cost you a pretty penny or two ($148 worth of them to be exact), it will grant you a breathtaking view of downtown Sydney and surrounds, as you ascend the girders and supports of this iconic bridge.

3) Try your hand at surfing at Bondi Beach

Australia is quite possibly the world’s leading nation when it comes to surfers and the shore breaks required for a quality experience on the water.  At Bondi Beach, you can either watch the local pros carve up a storm, or check your ego on the sands, and learn how to ride the pipeline yourself!

4) Amuse yourself at Darling Harbour

If you have kids with you, or if you’re one at heart, then Darling Harbour will make for an entertaining day for all involved.  Top attractions here include the recently-opened 9D Action Cinemas, which combine the in-your-face realism of 3D film with moving seats and environmental effects (rain, snow, lightening, etc.), the Australian National Maritime Museum, as well as an old fashioned carousel.

5) Tour art galleries at The Rocks

If you’re looking for a more cultured day in downtown Sydney, then a trip to The Rocks will fit the bill handily, as it hosts plenty of art galleries, fine restaurants, as well as opportunities for harbour cruises in the evening!

6) Take in the view from Sydney Tower

Those looking to get a picture perfect view of the downtown area without risking life, limb and wallet on the Harbour Bridge should head to the Sydney Tower. For $26 ($18 if you pre-book on the net), you can get a cracking view of Sydney from above.  For an additional amount, you can also scare yourself senseless on a tethered Skywalk outside, or just admire the view while dining inside!

7) Watch some Aussie Rules Football or Rugby at ANZ Stadium

Ever since the 2000 Olympics, ANZ stadium has been home to various local National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League (AFL) teams, which get very strong attendance throughout their respective seasons.  Lately, record crowds of 82,000 + have been logged, making for a raucous atmosphere watching two sports that Aussies hold near and dear!

8) Hike from Bondi to Coogee

If your wallet has been feeling the burn at this point, then it’s time to shift the pain to your body.  Hiking from Bondi to Coogee make work out muscles you didn’t even know you had, but the dramatic coastal views and the price tag of free will more than make up for it!

9) Stroll through Eveleigh Market

If you’re looking to get a glimpse into the local community here in Sydney, then a trip to Eveleigh Market would be a good start.  Being a place where regional farmers, artisans and food vendors gather to peddle their wares, it makes an excellent place to pick up some locally sourced, organic steaks so you can have…

10) A BBQ at Bronte Park

Restaurant meals can really ding you hard when in Oz, so it pays to cook for yourself occasionally on your trip here.  Try this at Bronte Park, which sits behind the spectacular beach bearing the same name.  Enjoy your steak/burger as the sun sets, watching the carefree ocean bathers and surfers claim one last session in the water.

There is no shortage of things to do in Sydney, Australia, only shortages of imagination.  By following the ideas above, you will get out of decision paralysis and out there enjoying one of best cities on Earth!

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