best time to visit Sydney

Sydney is one of the most livable city on Earth. Blessed with superb and distinguished beaches, iconic world heritage sites and the energetic multicultural population, Sydney will never cease to charm you with its magic and keeps you wanting to stay longer. Here is a comprehensive list of the top 100 things to do in Sydney from popular attraction to local hidden gems. Let’s check out what this wonderful city has in store for you and your guaranteed amazing trip to Sydney!

1. Visit the Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic architectural wonders and arguably Australia’s most famous attraction. There are plenty of ways to explore the Opera House, from enjoying performances by world renowned artists to exploring the marvelous design of the building itself on daily tours such as the recommended backstage tour, or just checking in Instagram with a photo on the steps outside. Check out its website for information on performance or daily tour tickets and reservation.   

2. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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For the young and the enthusiasts, climbing one of the most famous bridges in the world would be a giant check of the Australia bucket list. Bridge Climb offers a variety of tours with different times of the day you can choose from morning till night with guaranteed breathtaking view of the Sydney Harbour. A free option to enjoy the view is to simply walk across the bridge.

3. Visit the Pylon Lookout

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The panoramic view from the Pylon Lookout
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Another less pricey way to take in the panoramic view of the Sydney Harbour is to visit the Pylon Lookout. Situated in the South East Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it can be accessed via the pedestrian pathway from the East side of the bridge. You can get a fantastic view and learn about the history of the bridge with the general admission fee of just $15.

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4. Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

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The breathtaking coastal views that awaits you on this walk
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Highly recommended by travel blogs as one of the best free things to do in Sydney, this walk will take you through the stunning coastal view of many gorgeous beaches including Tamarama, Bronte and Gordon’s Bay. Starting from the Bondi Icebergs, this scenic 6km-walk will take around 2 to 2 and a half hours to finish. You can even reward yourself with a swim or grab a bite and a drink along the way. Here’s a more detailed review of the walking experience.

5. Trip to the Blue Mountains

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80 kilometers away from Sydney lies the Australian gem.
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Named in every list of the best day trips from Sydney by travel blogs, a trip to the Blue Mountains is a must to put in your Sydney itinerary. An hour drive away from Sydney CBD, this awe-inspiring destination is a stunning combination of vast eucalyptus forest, hiking trails, gorges and aboriginal rock paintings. Simply put, you cannot miss this gorgeous escape into the wilderness when in Sydney.    

6. Beaches hangout

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Bondi is always the go-to-beach on a sunny day
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Needless to say, hangouts at the beach should be taken as given in your to do list when visiting this beautiful coastal city. Sydney never runs out of beaches for you to choose from the most famous including Bondi beach, Bronte beach and Manly beach to the undiscovered ones like Milk beach in Vaucluse or Wattamolla beach in the Royal National Park.

7. Learn to surf at Bondi beach

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What’s better thing to do at a beach than dance with the waves?
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While you’re at it, why not put yourself up to some new experiences by booking a course in surfing? Let’s Go Surfing offers courses to individuals, families and kids, and groups with different levels and skills tailored to your desired adventure. If you already know what to do with the inviting waves, then wait no more and surf away!     

8. Hit the markets

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Take your bite of the freshest of seafood at Sydney Fish Market
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What’s better way to live the Sydney life than heading to the markets for a try of the local produce, fresh seafood and home made arts and crafts? There are a number of markets you can visit to explore the local taste, the famous ones including the Orange Grove Organic Food Market with the notorious mouth-watering bacon and egg roll, the Bondi Farmers’ Market, Paddington Market with homewares and jewellery, Paddy’s Market for cheap souvenirs and Sydney Fish Market with the wholesale auction in early morning.

9. Visit the Royal Botanical Garden

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Regarded as one of the most impressive gardens in the world in terms of location, the garden offer a serenity of harbour views and is a great place to relax for an hour or two. You can choose to follow a guided tour or just enjoy the garden at your own pace. Once you’re there, don’t miss Mrs. Macquaries Chair, one of the best lookout points over the harbour.   

10. Picnic in the parks

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A stride through Hyde Park under the canopy is perfect for a chilling afternoon
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If you’re in need of a chilling afternoon, have a small picnic and enjoy yourself in the sun is not a bad idea at all. Centennial Park, Hyde park, The Domain, Wynyard Park are the popular names to have your laid back day at.

There are more to discover in Sydney. Check out our list below to plan the most perfect trip!

11. Explore the neighborhoods

12. Discover Sydney in the air with Sydney Seaplanes

13. Hop on a city tour with free shuttle bus around CBD (route 555)

14. Save your money and go on some of the Sydney free tours

15. Enjoy the Free festivals all year round

16. Take in the top view at Sydney Tower

17. Practice sophistication at the Art gallery NSW

18. Take the Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly  

19. Sydney tours and pass

20. Get in touch with nature in Taronga Zoo

21. Kayaking in Middle Harbour

22. Fly over Sydney in helicopter 

23. Stand-up paddle board at Balmoral Beach

24. Try theDharawal National Park Walking Tour

25. Sauna at Icebergs Pool

26. Catch the Katoomba-bound train in early morning for Blue Mountains sunrise

27. Camping in Sydney – Cockatoo sydney

28. Visit Royal National Park – biggest national park behind the Yellowstones

29. Go on a museums crawl

30. Hit the road with motorized bike

31. Attend cultural events 

32. Party at King’s Cross

33. Get drunk at Hunter Valley for the wine lovers

34. Bike rentals for city sightseeing

35. Try the Town Hall tour

36. Live it up at music festivals

37. Have the hands on wildlife experience 

38. Shopping-spree at Birkenhead Point brand Outlet

39. Dine on Captain Cook Cruises

40. Check out the National Opal Collection Sydney

41. Get luxurious at The Star – premier entertainment complex

42. Try Oz jet boating/thunder jet boat

43. Explore Ultimate Sydney culinary tour for the foodies 

44. Discover Bangaroo village

45. Go full Australian with Culture Scouts

46. Go to a game at Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium

47. Shop at Volle Jewellery

48. Experience night racing at Canterbury Park Race course

49. Get an adrenaline rush at Lunapark Sydney

50. Explore Kangaroo Valley

51. Visit Port Stephens

52. Have the famous breakfast @ Bills Surry Hills

53. Enjoy the sunrise from Hornby Lighthouse

54. Try horse riding at Centennial Park

55. Go fishing with Fishing Sydney Tours

56. Go snorkelling at Fairlight Beach or Gordon’s Bay

57. Skydive the Beach  

58. Rock climbing with Climb Fit  

59. Take the dreamy Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

60. Enjoying the shows at the Enmore Theatre

61. Shop at Strand Arcade

62. Try the Super Mega Ramen at Gumshara

63. Have a laugh at The Comedy Lounge

64. A day trip to Byron Bay

65. Have dinner at Circular Quay

66. Go back in time at Elizabeth Farm

67. Relax with the ocean tidal pools at Wylie’s Baths

68. Immerse in Chinese contemporary art at White Rabbit Gallery

69. Have goosebumps with the First Nations choreography at Bangarra Dance Theatre

70. Visit Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

71. Go under the sea at Sydney Sea Life Aquarium

72. Star gaze at Sydney Observatory

73. Try to understand cricket at Sydney Cricket Ground

74. Have a wildlife coffee experience at Grounds of Alexandria

75. Have a dimsum lunch at Mr. Wong

76. Take a leap of faith with Skyspeak

77. Get cheap eats, beer and theatre at Old Fitzroy Theatre

78. ROLLERCOASTER ZIPLINE! Yes, it exists, in Sydney.

79. Sign up for a free yoga class

80. Get cheap beers from the Rock Brewing Company tour

81. Bond with your friends at one of the Escape Rooms

82. Go Beyonce at Mizuya, free hour of karaoke comes with your 20$ food and drink

83. Jump your heart out at Sky Zone Alexandria   

84. Check some things off your bucket list at one of the Work-Shop’s classes  

85. Take the Insta-worthy Grand Pacific Drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge

86. Stay fit and go for a run at the Harbour Side Run

87. Put on your birthday suit at Lady Bay, Sydney’s only naked beach

88.Visit Dobroyd Head for a look at the ancient aboriginal art

89. Keep an ear out for Didgeridoo by the Aboriginals on the streets of Circular Quay

90. Browse the bookshops for the titles you keep wanting to have

91. Book one of the whale watching tours and pray for sunshine

92. Visit the studio of Brett Whitley

93. Join the Sydney Historic Pub Crawl and go wild

94. Get that quality time with Sydney’s most favorite outdoor cinema, Moonlight Cinema

95. Up your bargaining game at Chinatown Night Market

96. Treat yourself with the best fish and cheap in Sydney at Balmoral Beach

97. Check out the Aboriginal art at the Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery

98. Go birdwatching at Lane Cove National Park

99. Watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day

100. Enjoy the New Year’s fireworks on a sail with your loved ones




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