Top Things To See and Do Around Sydney


Symbio Wildlife Park
  • Take a photo touching a koala or holding a baby kangaroo for $20AUD
  • Feed and pat kangaroos
  • See other Aussie wildlife like Tassie Devil, Dingoes, Wombats, Quokkas etc 
  • Will need a car for this, about an hour out of the city towards the Blue Mountains 
Taronga Zoo
  • Can catch a ferry across Sydney Harbour from Circular Quay in the city
  • All animals, not just Australian ones
  • Can still get a upclose with a koala however it's a little more expensive
  • Has a free cable car/sky safari from one end of the zoo to the ferry dock to see the zoo from above
  • Has stunning views of the city skyline from the zoo


Sydney Harbour
  • See the Opera House / Harbour Bridge and have drinks with the view at either James Squire Brewery or Opera Bar
  • Explore the Botanical Gardens and the Harbour views. Visit Lady Macquarie's chair for the best view of the city skyline.
  • Catch a ferry on the Harbour to Manly Beach or Luna Park 
  • If you have time, walk the Harbour Bridge or climb the Harbour Bridge for around $300AUD or visit the Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout for $19
Sydney City 
  • Sydney Tower, tallest viewing deck in the city overlooking the views
  • Have a drink at on Floor 36: Blu Bar in the Shangri- La overlooking the city 
  • Walk through Hyde Park
  • Explore St Marys Cathedral 
  • Take a free walking tour of the city (About 3 hours) 
  • Explore the alleyways and cobbled stones of the The Rocks / where Sydney was first settled 
  • Have tea at the QVB Building - heritage and beautiful! 
Bondi Beach
  • Step foot on the famous Bondi Beach 
  • Have a swim at Icebergs rock pool 
  • Have a drink at Icebergs bar overlooking the beach - easily the best view in the area. 
  • Do the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk - this cliff-top coastal walk extends about 6km throughout Sydney’s suburbs, offering spectacular views the whole way. You’ll pass by many beaches (and beach pools!) and little inlets of towns, where you can stop to rest, swim, or snack at the many cafes, hotels and restaurants along the way.
  • On Saturdays and Sundays the Bondi Markets at the north end of the beach are on.
Manly Beach 
  • Catch the famous Manly ferry from Sydney CBD to Manly Beach across Sydney Harbour 
  • Don’t be put off by the “beach” next to the ferry terminal – the real beach is a 10 minute walk away down The Corso
  • A short 20 minute stroll from Manly Beach is a little inlet called Shelly Beach, home to crystal-clear waters and a ton of diverse Australian wildlife. It’s here you can snorkel the reef, relax on the beach, or head to the Boat House for some oysters, lunch and a glass of rosé.
  • Do the Manly to Spit costal walk for amazing views through the national park and beyond
Watsons Bay 
  • See The Gap 
  • Have Doyles famous Fish and Chips on the harbour 
  • Have a drink Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel on the beach 


Blue Mountains
  • About 1.5hrs out of Sydney by car or you can try a full-day tour from your hotel. 
  • Take the train to the blue mountains for about $10, you can have your own schedule and exploring on our own time. 
  • See the famous Three Sisters Mountains and Scenic World - a glass bottom cable car across the valley as well as a tourist train that takes you to the top
  • Great for hikes, walks, waterfalls and many lookouts 
  • A little bit further are Jenolan Caves - are one of the world's most spectacular cave formations. It does cost an entry fee to the caves but includes a guided tour.
Hunter Valley 
  • Day trip to NSW’s wine region about 2-3 hours out of Sydney 
  • Amazing wineries, BnBs and food
  • Chateau Elan is an amazing accomodation down here
Jervis Bay or Hyams Beach
  • National Parks to explore
  • Pure white sands and stunning shorelines unlike any in Sydney
  • Cute beach houses to rent for the weekend
  • About 2.5 hours out of Sydney by car
Kiama Blowhole
  • Day trip by train, about 2.5 hours. On Sundays it's only $2.80AUD for a roundtrip.
  • Natural wonder
  • Great little cafes and restaurants


  • The Grounds of Alexandria for brunch, make sure you get there early it's a long wait on weekends
  • Gelato Messina - Sydneysiders are big on ice cream and this is the best of the best. Favourite flavour is the Salted Caramel and White Chocolate
  • Opera Bar - Watch chefs shuck oysters and slice charcuterie, enjoy al fresco wine and cocktails on the water. One of the best burgers with a view. There’s live music in the evenings, and stellar sunsets. 
  • Bangkok Bites in Bondi Beach is my personal favourite Thai in all of Sydney 
  • A Tavola and Via Napoli are authentic Italian in Sydney 
  • Totti's in Bondi Beach is another Italian hidden gem
  • Ippudo in Sydney Tower is the BEST ramen - get the original!
  • Butter is a Japanese Fried Chicken Fusion restaurant and Luxury Sneaker Shop


  • Zephyr Bar has stunning views of a different harbour in the city, Darling Harbour
  • Bar34 in Bondi for amazing live music and dancing
  • Bondi Icebergs for sweeping views of Bondi Beach
  • Manly Skiffies Club is great for sundowners
  • Hidden Speakeasy type bars with great vibes:
    • Doorknock 
    • Lobo Plantation
    • Baxter Inn
    • Barber Shop
    • Doss House
    • Old Mate’s Place (Rooftop ONLY)
    • Palmer & Co
    • Shady Pines Saloon (specialises in Whiskey and Fresh cloudy apple juice cocktails)
    • Hubert’s (Has live jazz some evenings - French speakeasy almost a NOLA vibe)

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