7 things to do in Sydney
Sydney is a city most people have on their bucket list, but what should you do when you get there? We’re talking about a city which has countless attractions and experiences, and some of the most recognizable buildings in the world!
Planning your time will give you more hours in the day and will make sure that you don’t miss any of the good stuff. It’s unlikely you’ll get to see everything in one visit, but you can try and see as much as possible.
Let’s check out the top 7 things to do in Sydney, to help you with your planning.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The iconic climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge should certainly be on your bucket list! You can choose your ideal time of day, and you can even go for a sunset climb if you want to see the city bathed in golden light. The full climb takes around 3.5 hours, but you can choose the express version, which doesn’t stop as many times, and therefore gets you to the summit point faster. It all depends on how much time you have, but to get the most out of your visit, go slowly!
Watch a Performance at the Sydney Opera House
Along with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic buildings in Sydney, in fact in the world. If you time your visit properly, you can catch a show at this famous spot, and you should check online ahead of time to find out what is on during your time in the city.
The Opera House was designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect, and dates back to 1956. You can also take a tour around the Opera House, which runs several times per day, and take around on hour.
Enjoy the Seaside Vibe at Luna Park
Just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge you will find Milsons Point, which is home to fun-filled Luna Park. This is a real seaside vibe, with fish and chips, cotton candy, and seagulls trying to steal it all! The huge Ferris wheel is a top attraction, with some stunning views when you get to the top. It’s a good idea to book your entrance ticket ahead of time, online, to avoid missing out and to save a little cash too.
Surf (or Watch) at Bondi Beach
Whether you’re a surfer or not, you can’t visit Sydney and not head to Bondi Beach! Located in the north of the city, this is a beach that everyone knows about, so as a result you can expect crowds; if you get there early enough, you’ll be able to bag the best spot.
Many people don’t know, but Bondi Beach actually has a huge promenade you can wander along, with ice cream stalls and a real seaside vibe too – it’s not all about surfing! Head to the northern side of the beach and you’ll find families rock-pooling and enjoying the sun. Of course, many people head to Bondi Beach to either surf, or watch the surfers in action, and no matter what the time of year, you’ll be able to do that with ease!
Explore Culture at New South Wales Art Gallery
The Art Gallery of NSW is a great place for art lovers, and those who want to learn more about the culture of the area through various artistic forms. Here you’ll find artworks from all over Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as Aboriginal art too. There are regular screenings of local films and you can also dine at the gallery, with an award-winning restaurant on site.
Check online in terms of availability of new exhibitions, as there are often temporary exhibits on that you might not want to miss.
Chill out at the Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are famous in Sydney, and the other major perk is that they’re totally free to enter! This is the ideal spot for chilling out in the sun, enjoying a little laid-back time, and taking in the view. The gardens are close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House and is a huge span of 30 hectares. You can take a guided tour, where you will learn about the Gadigal people who once called this site home, as well as the countless species of plants on offer.
As a side note, the Royal Botanic Gardens are also a great spot to catch the Sydney sunset!
Eat your way around the city
The fact that Sydney is such a multicultural city shows in its gastronomy, and you can certainly enjoy plenty of different types of foods here, some you might never have tried before! From Asian fusion to regular Chinese, Japanese to Thai, Indian to British, Caribbean to amazing seafood choices, you’ll find it all, so it’s not difficult to literally eat your way around Sydney! This is the ideal city for a foodie.
With countless more experiences and attractions to enjoy in Sydney, it’s no wonder why so many people have this on their bucket list.