Top Things To Do in Sydney

Sydney is a harbour city, and what better way to start exploring than by hopping on a ferry or a harbour cruise. You'll sail right by the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House and then cruise under the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Head to the water and discover our famous beaches, like Manly and Bondi, or perhaps you want to meet some Australian wildlife up close at Taronga Zoo or Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium. 

There's plenty of world-class shopping in the CBD and surrounds and you'll never go hungry with food options from around the globe.

Culture vultures will be at home in our galleries and museums like the Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. 

The city's green spaces are open and just waiting for you to explore. Discover the harbourside Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the expansive Centennial Parklands and the historic Cockatoo Island.

Whether it's your first time here or your fifth, there's always something new to discover in Sydney.

Sydney Opera House

Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and completed in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is one of Sydney's defining structures. With its distinctive sculptural shell, it's a full-scale performing arts complex with multiple major performance spaces.

Bondi Beach

Australia’s most famous beach is popular no matter what time of 
the year it is. The golden sands and gentle blue waves are great for swimming and learning to surf. Walk along the shore, take a dip in the water or relax on the beach—Bondi is Sydney at its best. 


Climbing over the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the all-time great tourism experiences, which is why more than three million people have ventured across catwalks, ladders and arches to get to the 134-metre high peak. Once there, a spectacular view of the Harbour and the city awaits.

Taronga Zoo

Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo showcases over 4000 animals from all around the world. Get nose to nose with everything from emus to elephants, lions to lizards. There are regular shows and feeding times, with great photo opportunities.

Barangaroo Reserve

Barangaroo Reserve offers spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, ANZAC Bridge and surrounds. The six-hectare headland has been planted with over 75,000 trees and shrubs. Stroll around the foreshore on the Wulugul Walk, lie back on the Stargazer Lawn or bask in the vast multipurpose space of The Cutaway. 

Australian Museum

Australia's first public museum is dedicated to exploring and understanding the world. Their exhibitions are a joy for adults and kids alike. Collections not to be missed include First Australians and Wild Planet.


One of Sydney's favourite beachside suburbs is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. The trip on the Manly Ferry is spectacular and once in Manly, there is so much to do. Take a surf lesson, go for a dip, hire a bike and ride along the beachfront or stroll around to beautiful Shelly Beach and go for a snorkel.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia's leading and most popular museums, offering five levels of art. Experience the extensive collection of Australian art, Aboriginal art, the Asian wing with works from China, Japan and South East Asia and see European art from the Renaissance to Victorian times. 

Darling Harbour

This waterside precinct is renowned for its vast array of restaurants, shops and tourist attractions including SEALIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, the Powerhouse Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum and a children's playground.  

Queen Victoria Building

Over 100 years old, this stately icon fills an entire city block. Housing some of Sydney's most stylish fashion boutiques, art, jewellery and antique stores, restaurants and cafes on five levels, you can experience Sydney's chic shopping all at the QVB. 

Centennial Parklands

Centennial Parklands is a beautiful recreation area in the middle of Sydney’s iconic Eastern Suburbs. Home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, Centennial Parklands is a playground for both adults and children alike. It is one of the few inner city parks with horse-riding facilities as well.

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage island located in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Explore the island through its numerous walking paths and tunnels. Camp overnight, or learn more about the convict history of this former ship building dockyard. You can even stay overnight in the campground. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists from across Australia and around the world.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Come into the gardens and discover hidden botanic treasures set against one of the most magnificent vistas in the world. Offering arguably the best views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour, a visit to Sydney isn’t complete without a walk through the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.