Sydney is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, and we are sharing just 7 fun activities to do in Sydney, because we love this city. There are lots and lots more.
Editor Note: updated 2018
Climb or Walk The Sydney Harbour Bridge
- 1 Climb or Walk The Sydney Harbour Bridge
- 2 Explore The Sydney Opera House
- 3 Get up close & personal with the animals at Taronga Zoo
- 4 Take the iconic Manly Ferry
- 5 Visit the beachside suburb of Manly and Manly Beach
- 6 Whale watching is definitely one of the 7 Fun Activities to do in Sydney
- 7 You just have to visit Bondi Beach
- 8 Where to Stay in Sydney
As one of the most iconic sites in Sydney, the Coathanger as locals know it; can be seen from many parts of the city. A fun activity is to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, where you climb over this stunning bridge. This affords you magnificent views of the city and the harbour. For those not into heights, a free and fun activity is to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and this is a free activity.
Explore The Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House sits on Bennelong Point and is world renowned for the architecture, which was designed to look like sails on the harbour. The site was originally a fort, named after Governor Macquarie, and was later used as a tram shed. Now it is a premier music and arts venue, and one of the most visited places in Sydney. Positioned on Sydney Harbour, and next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and it is not difficult to see why Australia and Sydney have been recognized as hot spot travel destination. An amazing afternoon is to sit at the The Sydney Opera House Bar, drinking champagne as the sun sets over the harbour.
Get up close & personal with the animals at Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is located on the northern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and easily accessed by public transport. Arriving via a Sydney ferry is definitely fun as get a glimpse into the zoo from the water. At Taronga Zoo Sydney you will see many Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos and the cassowary, as well as animals from all around the world. A fun activity at Taronga Zoo is Roar and Snore, here you can do an overnight sleep with the animals, and then watch them being fed in the morning
Take the iconic Manly Ferry
Taking the Manly Ferry is a perfect way to see the stunning Sydney Harbour, and it affords an amazing picture of one of the world’s most beautiful cities if not the most beautiful city. The Manly ferry is not a special ferry for tourists but a working ferry that commuters and people visiting the city use as their form of transportation. You catch the ferry from Circular Quay, Wharf 3, where you can purchase the very inexpensive tickets for this 30-minute trip to Manly Cove. Make sure to arrive early for the Manly Ferry so that you can spend time wandering around Circular Quay and enjoying the street performers and artists.
The ferry takes you to the beachside suburb of Manly, and on the way, you will sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Sydney Opera House and many other famous places like Government House at Kirribilli and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. You will also pass across The Heads, the opening of Sydney Harbour to the sea.
Visit the beachside suburb of Manly and Manly Beach
Manly is “seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care.” It is less crowded than the iconic Bondi Beach, and you can enjoy some fantastic seafood at Manly’s main strip the Corso. There are also many markets to explore. If you are feeling adventurous, you can walk 19km from Manly to Taronga Zoo.
Whale watching is definitely one of the 7 Fun Activities to do in Sydney
Whale watching season starts in the middle of May. You can go whale watching from May to November in Sydney, as the whales start their annual mass migration from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the warmer waters of the upper east coast of Australia. An estimated 15,500 whales make the 2,500+km long journey, so it is worth booking a whale-watching cruise in Sydney to see this spectacle. You can also see the whales when they are on their way back to the cold waters in April and May.
You just have to visit Bondi Beach
It is de-riguer to visit the iconic Bondi Beach. For visitors staying in the city, you can get to the beach by catching a train ride from Town Hall to Bondi Junction, which takes 11 minutes. You then can get a bus (380, 381, 382 or 333) to reach Bondi Beach. It is not worth taking a car as the price to park your car if you can even find a car spot are outrageous. Also remember when visiting any beach in Sydney and Australia is that the sun is strong, so always make sure you have a hat and sunscreen and water.
Photo by Christopher Mueller
Where to Stay in Sydney
For central locations that are accessible to many of Sydney’s iconic attractions, we recommend the following hotels and apartments.
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour
You cannot beat this location at King St, Wharf in the beautiful Darling Harbour Precinct. These are spacious and affordable apartments with balcony, and next door to the major attractions like the Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. The CBD and Barangaroo are both within easy walking distance. Check current prices on TripAdvisor
Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney
In another perfect and quiet location is the Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney located in the leafy suburb of Pyrmont. It is close to the Powerhouse Museum, Chinatown and Darling Harbour. The rooms are spacious, and most have balconies to look over the city lights. Check current prices on TripAdvisor
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection
Located right on Sydney harbour and nearly under the beautiful Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection is a luxury hotel. The hotel is in the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks distirct, and next door to the Sydney Theatre Company. The hotel has a nautical theme and its own pontoon. Check current prices on TripAdvisor
This is just a snapshot of 7 Fun Activities to do in Sydney, Trust us, there are a lot more, as this city is exciting.
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Sydney is really one of my favorite city in Australia. I hope to come back again their soon. Thanks to your post
Sydney is really one of the best city in Australia that definitely enjoy by many tourists around the world
Sydney is such a great city to play tourist. We spent part of our honeymoon there in 2000 and really loved it. We have wanted to return with the kids. Glad we were able to do most of these with the exception of climbing the bridge. Thanks for taking me down memory lane.
Your children will love Sydney. These are just 7 of a long line of things to do, and I will be adding more and more in the coming months.
I would absolutely agree with all of these – well except maybe the Bondi Beach one. We have much less crowded beaches on the northside and they aren’t half as crowded.
I agree re. Bondi Beach but this is what international visitors associate with Sydney. Next post will be some of the hidden gems of beaches in Sydney.
We’ve only been to Sydney once and managed to do all but the whale watching (but we can do that here too). Great list and loved Manly and the ferry ride. We spend a lot of time on the ferries, but need more time to see Taronga again.
I love the ferries too.
Sydney is on my list of places to visit, Paula, so thank you for sharing this post. I’ll make sure to refer to it when I go there. My dream is to attend a performance at the Sydney Opera House. It’s such an iconic building.
and we will be your personal tour guides.
Sydney is a fun and active city. Last time I was there, I did the first two on your list (walk over the bridge and took a tour of the opera house).
You will have to return to do more.
Sydney is such a beautiful place
I am biased, but is is a beautiful city.