It doesn’t matter which time of day or season of the year that you visit Sydney, it will remain one of the most beautiful cities in Australia and, perhaps, the rest of the world.
Home to many impressive tourist attractions, some of which provide venues for a wide range of activities, laid-back and otherwise, it is also one of the most-visited travel destinations.
Also known as the Harbour City, Sydney is home to people from different cultures, which add to its overall appeal. It is home to the kind of diversity that you want to experience the best way possible. And the only way you get to do this is when you engage in various activities that will let you see most of Sydney and more.
Sightseeing and Activities
10 Best Things To Do When in Sydney
1. Visit the Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is what usually comes to mind when anyone mentions the city’s name.
It is, after all, one of its most iconic and significant landmark, with an impressive architecture to boot. But you probably did not know that its design was said to have been one of the discarded submissions. This makes the opera house even more fascinating to visit.
Besides, it has plenty of features that will make your trip worthwhile, such as the Concert Hall, Opera Theatre, the Playhouse and the Forecourt.
2. Sign up for a Sydney Harbour Cruise
What better way to see Sydney from a different perspective than to view it from the waters off the Sydney Harbour.
A single trip will give you an unobstructed view of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and many other iconic landmarks.
What’s your choice of transportation? Take a pick from a speed boat to a yacht, complete with an offer of dinner for two. The choice is likely to depend on what you want to experience at the moment.
Care for a heart-pumping ride on a jetboat?
3. Check out wildlife attraction or a zoo
Sydney is home to a rich and diverse wildlife, and you will see them all either in their natural habitat or in captivity. Either way, it will be one exciting animal encounter.
Some of your options include the Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. There are plenty more you can visit, given time and opportunity.
Sydney, after all, is known for its wildlife and nature-based attractions, so there are plenty more venues you can check out.
4. Climb the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
When viewing the bridge from afar is not enough, grab the opportunity to climb it right to the top of its impressive arch.
Get up close and personal with one of the world’s most impressive structures, and what is considered an amazing engineering feat. At a maximum height of 134 metres, expect your climb to be hair-raising, literally.
Be prepared for the onslaught of the wind and, of course, the onslaught of the beauty of Sydney’s skyline on your senses, which you will experience when you reach the top.
5. Go on a coastal walk
Sydney is known for its beaches and surfing venues. The city is undoubtedly a beachgoer’s and surfer’s paradise.
It boasts of a long stretch of shoreline dotted with picturesque views, and natural and man-made wonders. Some of the most popular beaches are Bondi and Manly, but there are plenty more that are worth visiting.
6. Sign up for a scenic flight
Do you want to get a bird’s eye view of Sydney and its skyline? There are plenty of scenic flights that will let you do just that.
Get a clear view of the city’s waters, patch of green and urban jungle. From above, you will find great appreciation of the level of scale and construction that the city has undergone, making it one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world.
7. Hiking, mountain climbing and caving
Despite it being one of the busiest and most vibrant metropolis, Sydney has its share of natural wonders as well.
Two of the most famous are the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. You can hike and climb on the former, and get lost willingly in the latter. Either way, you will experience nature unlike any other. The Blue Mountains, in particular, can be the perfect hideaway.
8. Whale watching
Visit in time for the migratory season, from May to November, and see whales moving across the waters of Sydney, such as the Humpback and Southern Right whales.
Some of them still came from Antarctica and travelled all the way to get to the Great Barrier Reef.
Although you can get a glimpse of them from a few select shores, or high on the cliffs, the best option is to go out on the water. So, yes, whale watching in Sydney entails riding aboard a boat and getting as close as possible to these amazing aquatic mammals. There are plenty of whale watching cruises to choose from.
9. Check out family attractions
Whether you are travelling with the entire family or not, there are various locations in the city that are sure to appeal to people of all ages, including children.
Everywhere you turn, you will likely find wax museums, parks and gardens, wildlife exhibits, theme parks and other attractions and entertainment designed for the whole family.
Don’t leave Sydney without visiting Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum, the Art Gallery of NSW, Chinese Garden of Friendship and the Quarantine “Q” Station.
10. Visit the Sydney Tower
For first-time visitors, a visit to the Sydney Tower should be on top of their list, as this is the most enjoyable way to get their bearings on the city.
Measuring twice as high as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you will definitely get a panoramic view of Sydney from the top.
If you are looking for some adventure, you should take the challenge of a Skywalk, where you can take a walk along the side of the tower, and outside of the glass walls. A perfect way to start your adrenaline-pumping Australian holiday, right?
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