Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Tourist Attractions & Activities

As the most populous city in Australia, and one that draws in millions of visitors every year, it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with the sights and sounds of Sydney. From breathtaking natural features like Sydney Harbour to non-stop entertainment all day and night, there’s no shortage of things to do in Sydney. Plus, with gorgeous weather year-round and an up-and-coming fine dining scene, people young and old continue to flock to Australia’s east coast to soak in the city’s magic.

What to Do in Sydney

Adventure seekers won’t want to miss the breathtaking BridgeClimb atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where panoramic views of the city and surrounding harbour await brave climbers. For those who prefer to keep their feet on terra firma, Sydney’s natural splendour is unparalleled anywhere in the world.

Go sightseeing on one of the guided Sydney tours, or plan your own itinerary including a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens or Royal National Park, where you’ll be greeted with flora of all varieties. There are also countless parks, museums, and other cultural destinations; discover something new by simply strolling through Sydney’s streets.

When you can’t resist the call of the ocean, try your hand at sailing or catch some waves with the locals at the world-famous surf spot, Bondi Beach. To catch a glimpse of some of Australia’s impressive marine life, hop on a whale-watching tour (just don’t forget your camera!). And when it comes to cameras, you’ll want yours ready when night falls. You can capture a memory of Sydney’s iconic Opera House lit up against the starry sky as strains of Opera Australia or the Sydney Symphony float over the water and across the city. No matter where you wander in Sydney, you’re certain to experience the unexpected.

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Top places to visit

1. Sydney Opera House

Mention Sydney, and the Sydney Opera House will almost certainly come to mind. This 20th century architectural masterpiece is one of the most instantly recognisable buildings in the world. Whether you are coming to enjoy one of its world-class productions or you just want to see this iconic building, no visit to Sydney would be complete without a trip to the opera house.
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Take in a performance or just take in the splendour of one of the world’s most famous buildings.

2. Manly Beach

Manly Beach may sound like an odd name, but it was actually named after the rather attractive, virile indigenous people who were first encountered in the pioneering days of Australia. The beach itself has also been something of a pioneer, being one of the first resorts in Australia where people could swim and surf. Today, the location is better known as a salubrious Sydney suburb offering an idyllic lifestyle to natives and visitors alike. If you’re looking for some of the best historical architecture Australia has to offer, some of the best beaches in the world, exquisite dining, indulgent shopping, or a good healthy bush walk, Manly Beach has really got it all.
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Resplendent with golden sandy beaches, crystal blue seas perfect for swimming and surfing, and the best bars, shopping and views around. Welcome to Manly Beach.

3. Bondi Beach

The name is taken from the Bondi suburb that borders the legendary beach. And for holidaymakers who travel to Sydney to lay claim to their piece of Bondi Beach’s stretch of sand, there is also a great deal of life and culture to soak up within the beach’s immediate surroundings. Bondi offers great restaurants, shops and boutiques to browse, along with some of the most distinctive art deco architecture in Australia.
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This beach can lay reasonable claim to being the most famous expanse of golden sand on the planet, attracting visitors from Australia and all over the world.

4. Circular Quay

Getting around this bustling metropolis and tourist paradise, you’re likely to cross paths with Circular Quay at some point during your travels. Located between two of the city’s most unmistakable landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the quay is easy to find, even for first-time visitors.
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Under the gaze of the magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transport hub is a terminal of unexpected beauty.

5. Coogee Beach

At Coogee Beach enjoy powdery sand and sparkling blue ocean year-round. This large beach has plenty of activities for everyone, whether you want to splash in the waves or just stroll along the oceanfront.
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Gloriously warm soft sand, historic ocean baths and the laid-back Australian beach lifestyle make this one of Sydney’s finest beaches.

6. Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is said to be one of the finest zoos on the planet and with good reason. Set in a vast 74-hectare estate of hilly bushland within the upmarket suburb of Mosman, this zoo is home to some 2500 animals, from 340 different species. The zoo’s location also provides incredible views across Sydney Harbour and beyond.
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For a wild experience combined with magnificent views over Sydney Harbour, this world-renowned zoo is a must-visit.

7. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Along with the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city’s iconic sights. Apart from its function as car, train and pedestrian access between the northern and southern shores of the city, the bridge has become more than a feat of engineering; it is synonymous with the city itself. The bridge is also a key part of Sydney’s New Year’s celebrations, taking centre stage of the fireworks extravaganza based around its structure.
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An iconic structure on a beautiful harbour with breath-taking views at any time of day or night. Climb it, walk it, photograph it or just stand back and admire it.

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