THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY!
Up and about in one of Australia’s well-known states? Here’s a list of things you should do!
Explore The Rocks – The Rocks are the oldest part of Sydney. With its fine lanes, buildings, sandstone churches, and Australia’s oldest pubs, this area is where Sydney started when the British first landed. Rocks’ weekend markets, art museums, street theatre, lovely restaurants, beautiful views of the harbour, Opera House and bridge make this is one of the nicest areas of the city. Why not travel to the Sydney Observatory Hill Park for a great view of the city, wander the harbour boardwalk, and hit the bars at night?
Hang out at the beach – Sydney is famous with its beaches, and the area is especially famous for having world-class surfing. Since it’s warm and sunny most of the year, the city has a solid beach culture, and on the weekends, locals flock to the shore. From Palm Beach and Manly in the north to the famous Bondi and Coogee in the south, Sydney has a beach for everybody. All the beaches are easy to get to via public transport or car and there are loads of restaurants and surf shops around, too!
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair – You can find Australia’s first vegetable garden and many trees, ferns, flowers, and gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens. On a bright day, you’ll find locals all over the lawns soaking up the sun. You can also see Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, a seat imprinted into a stone cliff, where you can be seated and look out at the harbour. There is also free one-hour volunteer-guided tour of the garden, too!
Take the ferry to Manly Beach – The ferry ride to Manly ($12.40 AUD round-trip, $2.50 AUD on Sundays) offers across-the-board views of the harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the world-famous Opera House. It’s an attractive 30-minute ride each way that puts you in one of the calmest parts of the northern end of the city. Manly is well-known for its varied beach, enormous waves, surfing, and great entertainment.
Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Although tours that ascent the bridge are expensive ($158 AUD), it is free to walk or bike across it for panoramic views of the harbour and Opera House.
Marvel at the Sydney Opera House – Similarly to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House is renowned for its white-shelled roof. As an architectural delight and achievement of engineering (guided tours ($37 AUD) give you a whole new gratitude for just how interesting the building was to design and erect. Tickets for a show in the Opera House are surprisingly affordable ($43 AUD), so try to grab one if you can!
Visit the Blue Mountains – Over the times, the olden sandstone of this national park has been worn into valleys lined by steep cliffs and divided by narrow ridges. Some activities in Blue Mountains National Park include seeing the magnificent rock formation of the Three Sisters or climbing along the paths that offer brilliant views of the valley, sheer rock walls, dropping waterfalls, and magnificent forests. The park is free to visit, and you can get there by train from Sydney, which takes 90 minutes.
See all the museums – Sydney has a wide choice of museums for you to visit. There’s free admission to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia at The Rocks, the Nicholson Museum and the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour.
Learn to surf – Sydney is repeatedly the place where travellers learn the art of Australia’s famous national activity! There are many corporations here that offer lessons. While Bondi is the most popular beach, Manly on the north shore of Sydney has arguably better waves for you and your friends to surf!