Australia’s cultural capital is buzzing with local life as well as it is visitors from abroad, so what should you do to get your fix of both? Here’s the Top 10 things to do in Sydney to act like a local who’s having a day as a tourist!
1. Sydney Harbour Bridge
As the quintessential ‘must do’ experience in Sydney, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb should be top on your list of things to book well in advance of your stay. As Sydney’s most popular experience, be sure to secure your day climb prior to your arrival to avoid disappointment. For those not keen to do the climb, you can enjoy superb views of the bridge from, various vantage points around the harbour. Be sure to capture views both early in the morning, at sunset, and in the evening – as each time of the day will reveal a different perspective.
2. Sydney Opera House
The other famous Sydney icon is located just a stroll away, and it is of course the Sydney Opera House. Whether you’re viewing the Opera House from a day cruise on the harbour or from inside at a concert, you will be sure to appreciate this spectacular display of architecture.
3. Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
The best way to ‘do Sydney’ is to book a Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise. While there are also day cruises available, I recommend you try the dinner cruise as it is the most magical way to see the harbour at night.
4. Bondi Beach
Arguably the most popular beach in the entire country, visitors to Sydney should ensure a day visit to Bondi is on their list of things to do. Drop by Icebergs for an incredible perspective on the coast of Australia.
5. The Rocks
This urban tourist precinct is a must-visit whilst in Sydney. Here you will find some of the best restaurants, bars and nightlife in all of Sydney!
6. Taronga Zoo
Particularly popular for international travellers, the Taronga Zoo is your one-stop visit to see Australia’s wildlife.
7. Luna Park
If you’re travelling with kids, this amusement park is the perfect way to pass a day and take a day off the urban lifestyle. The Ferris Wheel also offers a fantastic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
8. Gelato Messina
Having been voted Australia’s best gelato, a visit to Gelato Messina should be on any traveller’s list when visiting Sydney. Expect mouth watering flavour combinations such as apple pie and dulce de leche, or a scoop of salted caramel and peanut butter…. there’s nothing ordinary about it, and that’s probably why you can expect a lengthy line to reach the counter.
9. Cockatoo Island
As one of Australia’s few UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cockatoo Island is a spectacular location to get a different perspective on Sydney. Day visits are popular, however many tourists opt to stay the night at the official camping grounds to experience a night under the stars in Australia!
10. Sydney Tower
As Sydney’s tallest building (and the second tallest in the entire country), the Sydney Tower is the perfect vantage point to take in the skyline of the city.