You just arrived in Sydney, and you’re wondering which attractions you should go visit? Fret no more! Just read this article to discover the Top 15 Things to Do in Sydney in 2018! You can’t say you visited Sydney if you missed these attractions!
Ride a ferry
Take a ride on the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay. See fantastic views of The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Get off at Manly, grab an ice-cream and take a walk through the Manly ‘Corso’ to the ocean beach or keep going to Shelly Beach.
Explore North Head, which has some spectacular Harbour views.
Sydney Ferries has operated on Sydney Harbour and its related waterways for over 135 years. Today Sydney Ferries is recognised as an Australian icon and proudly carries over 14 million customers each year.
Whether you’re catching up on a little rest and relaxation or visiting Sydney for the first time – travelling with Sydney Ferries is a captivating way to explore Sydney’s beautiful waterways, city centre and vibrant villages.
Visit the opera house
50 years ago a young Danish architect dreaming of Bennelong Point designed a masterpiece which pushed the boundaries of creativity and science and put Sydney on the world map forever.
Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece of late modern architecture. It is admired internationally and proudly treasured by the people of Australia.
It was created by a young architect who understood and recognised the potential provided by the site against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Opera House is a challenging, graceful piece of urban sculpture in patterned tiles, glistening in the sunlight and invitingly aglow at night.
It has earned a reputation as a world-class performing arts centre and become a symbol of both Sydney and the Australian nation.
The Sydney Opera House is home to:
- The Australian Ballet
- Australian Chamber Orchestra
- The Bell Shakespeare Company
- Ensemble Theatre
- Musica Viva Australia
- Opera Australia
- Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
- Sydney Theatre Company
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Along with running with the bulls in Spain and rock climbing in Yosemite Valley in the USA, BridgeClimb Sydney has been rated in the Lonely Planet’s top ten biggest adrenaline rush experiences!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most recognisable symbols of Australia. The Bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and holds a special place in the city’s heart.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge has connected the Sydney CBD with the North Shore of the harbour since it opened in 1932. It is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel-arch Bridge..
See the Sydney Harbour Bridge and do the famous Bridge Climb.
Picnic in the Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Garden, is an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Garden occupies one of Sydney’s most spectacular positions.
The first farm on the Australian continent at Farm Cove was established in 1788. Although that farm failed, the land has been in constant cultivation since that time as ways were found to make the relatively infertile soils more productive.
The Botanic Gardens were founded on this site in 1816 as part of the Governor’s Domain. The Botanic Gardens is the oldest scientific institution in Australia.
Scenic Photos at Mrs Macquaries Chair
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, provides one of the best vantage points in Sydney. The historic chair was carved out of a rock ledge for Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth. She was well known to visit the area and sit enjoying the panoramic views of the harbour.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point, directly east of the Opera House on the eastern edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, provides excellent views west across the harbour to the Bridge and the Mountains in the far distance. Looking north and east you can see Kirribilli House, Pinchgut Island and the Navy dockyards at Wooloomooloo.
The views from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair are still enjoyed today, over 150 years later, by hundreds of Sydneysiders and tourists each day.
See Fort Denison
Situated in the middle of Sydney Harbour, Fort Denison provides visitors a fascinating link with Sydney’s Military past and is an amazing lunch venue with stunning harbour views from the island Cafe & Restaurant.
It was hit by friendly fire in WWII during the Japanese submarine invasion.
Its tower is one of only two surviving Martello Towers in the Southern hemisphere. The Fort gun is fired at one o’clock daily.
Take a seaplane
Catch a water taxi to whisk you off to the seaplane base at Rose Bay. Board a magnificent Beaver aircraft and enjoy a 20-minute flight over Sydney’s famous beaches to Pittwater from where you’ll be transported a short distance to another piece of heaven, Jonah’s Whale Beach Retreat.
Perched high on a cliff, Jonah’s views will unleash another assault on your senses but a cocktail or two before lunch or dinner may help you relax.
Enjoy local scenic flights from as short as 15 minutes to longer flights along the coast or magnificent views of the NSW blue mountains.
Fly and dine to many scenic locations around Sydney including Berowra Waters, Shark Point or Bells at Killcare on the NSW Central Coast where your seaplane will land at Hardy’s Bay before a boat transfer to the restaurant.
Charter flights are also available to travel around Sydney or further afield to surrounding areas of NSW or our nations capital, Canberra.
Hire a Bike or Canoe
Cycling is the ideal way to explore Manly. Hire a bike and discover secluded coves, deserted beaches and breathtaking coastal views. With over 20kms of dedicated bike paths and off road trails, Manly caters for all levels of riders.
Manly Bike Tours carry a huge range of bicycles for rent, including:
- road bikes
- off-road mountain bikes
- kids’ bikes and tandems
There are several mapped locations to enjoy or you can participate in a 2 hour guided tour which is run be expert local guides.
Watson’s Bay beach
Relax at Watsons Bay Beach or dine at the famous Doyles Restaurant.
Watsons Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. To the east is the Tasman Sea and to the west is the Harbour with a glorious view of the city of Sydney in the distance.
Watsons Bay is where Governor Phillip first landed in Australia. It’s also recognised as Australia’s oldest fishing village, having been established in 1788.
The Bay is famous for being the home of the first Doyles Restaurant. The site on which the restaurant now stands is where Doyle originally sold his daily fish catch in 1845.
It’s well worth the trip to Watsons Bay to eat at the restaurant or for a more informal meal, buy a take-away lunch from Doyles’ fish and chip outlet, located on the wharf, eat it in the park and feed the seagulls.
There are two walking paths from the wharf, both require around one hour for the round trip. From the wharf you can walk north past Lady Bay (see their nude beach) and on to South Head and see the Hornsby Lighthouse. Alternatively, you can walk south past The Gap and take in Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse. See the site of the wreck of the Dunbar.
Whilst at Watsons Bay enjoy a cold beer and a seafood feast in the harbour-side beer garden.
The Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Bondi to Coogee Walk (or coast walk) is a combination of beaches, parks and spectacular views. This walk was has been around since the 1930’s and is still one of the hidden gems of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
It includes Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee beaches and a medium gradient clifftop path from Bondi to Tamarama with occasional seating and several staircases.
The beachside parks offer picnic shelters, coin-operated barbecues, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms.
The total length is 6km and you should allow about 2 hours.
The walk contains plenty of opportunity for swimming, with some excellent beaches. At various times of the year, a number of events happen at locations on the walk.
These events include the Sculpture by the Sea, the City to Surf Fun Run, the Festival of the Winds Kite Day and the South American Festival.
Visit North Head
North Head Lookout in Sydney displays majestic views of Sydney Harbour and the city. You will be in awe at the the sweeping panoramas of this part of Sydney and NSW Coastline. It has been restored with native plants and trees and is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park.
Discover the military history and natural beauty of the northern headland of Sydney Harbour – occupied by the military since 1934. The guided tour includes the magnificent parade ground, examples of the art deco buildings, authentic WWII tunnels and pristine bushland.
North Head is home to The National Artillery Museum. There is a great cafe and BBQ/picnic area with the most amazing views.
The sensory experience at North Head lookout is overwhelming as the often blustery southern winds rush up over the sheer cliff face with salt laden winds. If your lucky you might get to experience whale watching from the lookout. Keep an eye out for whales on their annual migration along the coast of New South Wales.
Guided Ghost Tours
Join a guided tour of The Rocks, hear true stories of murder, suicide, hangings, hauntings and ghosts as you journey along the cobblestone lanes into the hidden areas of the birthplace of Australia.
You can choose between:
The Rocks Ghost Tours
Sydney Ghost Tours
Quarantine Ghost Tours
Do the Spit Bridge to Manly Walk
The Spit to Manly walk is a classic bushwalk on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The walk follows a well-maintained track and provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour.
This walk is great for those looking for exercise or just a stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. If you have time, the sidetrips down to Grotto Point and up to Arabanoo Lookout are definitely worth the effort.
There are also a few places to get a bite to eat along the way.
One of the world’s premier zoos, Taronga Zoo is on a spectacular site running down to Sydney Harbour. The Zoo is accessible by ferry from Circular Quay or by road.
You can also see the Reptile park, located on the Central Coast, or the Featherdale Wildlife Park
Tour the Sydney Cricket Ground
The SCG Tour Experience is a behind the scenes historical journey through the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Allianz Stadium.
Witness sporting history come to life with the SCG Tour Experience!!
Prepare for the big games in the dressing rooms, run down the players tunnel, enjoy the view from a private suite, experience the tradition of the Members Pavilion, explore the Museum and its friendly “ghosts” and see which 47 champions feature in the walk of honour, plus much more!!