Sydney is Australia’s largest city and its uniquely vibrant culture sees it buzzing day and night.
With big-city shopping, some of Australia’s best dining experiences, historic landmarks and beautiful beaches, the Harbour city is an iconic destination for tourists and is the perfect place to live for locals! Here’s a list of the Top Ten Things to do in Sydney to get you started:
- Visit Wet’n’Wild Sydney!
- The Sydney Opera House - In terms of Australian icons, the Sydney Opera House ranks up there with the likes of Ayers Rock / Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef as perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Australia. Its unique, sail-like design and postcard-perfect location at beautiful Sydney Harbour make it one of the most highly photographed buildings in the world, and upon paying your first visit to see it in person; it's not hard to see why.
- Climb the Harbour Bridge - Oprah’s done it. So has Bill Gates. Nicole Kidman, too. If you're going to do BridgeClimb, be sure to reserve some time: from start to finish, you’ll be there for three hours or so – but the view from the top is worth every second it takes to get there.
- Cruise on Sydney Harbour - As one of the best possible ways to explore one of the world's most beautiful harbours, the sheer number of options means that the choice is yours when it comes to Sydney Harbour cruises. There's everything from dinner cruises, speedy jet boats, romantic sailing tours and vintage tall ship adventures to whet your appetite.
- Visit the Blue Mountains - One of the most treasured nature-based destinations in the state of New South Wales, the Blue Mountains continue to be the destination of choice for those looking for a single or several day escape from the city. Combining epic, rugged scenery that blends greenery with some vast rocky outcroppings that contrast beautifully with one another, the Blue Mountains region is also rich with a bevy of native Aussie wildlife, leading it to be a location that has something to offer for almost everyone.
- Visit Bondi - Bondi seduces many a nomad into staying put; chances are you won't hurry to leave. Swim, sunbathe or sign up for a surf lesson. Or take in the spectacular stretch of sandstone cliffs and coves of the Bondi-to-Bronte walk along a one-hour, 2.5-km coastal path.
- See live music – Sydney’s humming night life means there is never a shortage of bands playing at a local pub. With the CBD offering a pub or club on almost every corner, you never know who you might get to see!
- Sydney Tower - At twice the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this is the perfect start to get your bearings on this amazing city and plan the rest of your journey, while also getting a true sense of the sheer scale of Sydney and its surrounds.
- See Sydney From Above - A Sydney Hot Air Balloon Flight that provides absolutely stunning views not only of the city and its highlights but also more distant sights such as the spectacular Blue Mountains as well. Ballooning is a must-do activity once in your lifetime, and the serenity and peace provided by the experience is unmatched. You'll have to be an early riser, however, as ballooning adventures kick off before sunrise to allow you to get the full effect of the dawn gradually illuminating the landscape.
- Skyline Drive-In Blacktown - Sydney's only drive-in underwent its first renovation in more than 50 years not long ago, one that gave the cinema a '50s-in-America '50s theme (Happy Days was the inspiration, naturally) and a new name. The drive-in is equipped with the latest digital technology and an upgraded sound system. Diner food like hamburgers and hot dogs are served by staff in era-appropriate costume.