One could argue there is no city in the world with more to offer than Sydney. That’s not to say there are more sights or attractions in the New South Wales capital than you can find anywhere else. But there are so many different types of things to do that the variety is perhaps unparalleled. You can enjoy the comforts of a modern city, soak up some incredible nature, go sightseeing, swim in the ocean, and almost anything else you might imagine.
To outline a full trip to Sydney would take pages upon pages of work. There’s just so much going on that it’s difficult to narrow things down. But what we’ve tried to do here is provide a few different activities and sights that should give you a sense of the immense variety in and around the city.
Cross The Bridge
The Sydney Harbor Bridge is among the most famous urban bridges in the world. It’s an extraordinarily impressive structure itself, but also affords travellers beautiful views of the city, its world famous opera house, and the stunning natural harbour below and beyond. The bridge is walkable (though the distance is greater than it looks from afar), and you can even join a climb that bravely (and safely) goes way up over the highest structures on the bridge.
Visit The Opera House
Visiting this Sydney attraction goes without saying. The Opera House, built right out over the water, is one of Australia’s most famous landmarks. There are shows playing (and not just opera) almost all the time, and we advise to make it a priority if you get a chance to visit this beautiful architectural wonder.
Learn A Water Sport
Sydney is great for anyone who might want to learn a water sport. You can try your hand at paddleboarding in the calmer waters of the harbour, which offers a low-pressure environment for learning to paddle in safety. Or for the more adventurous, why not try surfing or kiteboarding at one of the major beaches around town? Find yourself a private instructor, and enjoy yourself at some of the prettiest beach locations in the country.
Try Your Hand At The Star
Online poker had its day, but even website platforms are catching on to the need to simulate real environments. ‘Live’ poker gaming now provides video feeds to actual dealers, which begs the question of why you shouldn’t just find a real venue. That’s what you get at The Star, the second biggest casino in Australia and an excellent place to play a few games on an evening out.
Chillax At Bondi Beach
I mentioned beaches already, and there are plenty in Sydney worth visiting. Bondi Beach is famous worldwide, and if it’s a lively atmosphere you want it should top your list. It’s convenient and bustling with activity, and you won’t be disappointed spending an afternoon or two there.
Check Out The Zoo
There are a couple different zoos to visit, but Taronga is the one most worth your valuable vacation time. Elephants, gorillas, tigers, and rhinos are just a few of the exotic animals they care for here. I wouldn’t normally recommend zoos, but Taronga makes a lot of effort to care for endangered species, so you can visit in good conscience.
Hike Royal National Park
Sydney can hold your attention by its own merits, but it’s difficult to ignore how beautiful some of the surrounding areas are. One of the best ways to enjoy these areas is to hike through Royal National Park, a sprawling and spectacular natural preserve that may just leave you breathless.