Top things to do in Sydney
There are some experiences in Sydney you just can’t miss checking off your list, especially if it’s your first time visiting. Strolling along the beautiful Bondi Beach, visiting the Sydney Opera House and of course getting up close to the cuddly Koalas of the Featherdale are just some of the things to do.
But, there’s more to Sydney than that! Award winning gelato, sushi donuts and whale watching are just some other things you MUST add to your list.
1. Sydney Opera House
Of course, you can’t say you’ve been to Sydney without pictures in front of the Sydney Opera House. The most iconic attraction of the city, this UNESCO World Heritage site and her iconic sails shells is one of the most photographed attractions in the world.
Go on a guided tour of this stunning performing arts center and explore the hidden gems of the house.
You can also take a short walk to Mrs Macquerie’s Chair for an alternative viewpoint of the Sydney Opera House. We recommend coming in the evening, strolling to Mrs Macquerie’s chair for the sunset and coming back when the Opera House is lighted up!
2. Whale Watching Cruise
Sail out onto the open seas and catch the whales on their migration path on a whale watching cruise! Get up close to these majestic sea animals as they splash about in the waters, and if you’re lucky you might even spot dolphins along the way! Keep your cameras ready and rolling because you never know when they’ll pop up.
The cruise can be pretty bumpy on choppy waters so if you suffer from seasickness, we recommend taking seasick pills before heading on board the cruise.
#Klooktip: Bring a warm jacket because it can be pretty chilly out at sea.
Meet up address:Circular Quay Wharf No.6: Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
3. Sydney bridge climb
If you’re an adventure junkie, climbing the Sydney Bridge is definitely something you need to check off your bucket list. Not only will you get to enjoy amazing views from the top, you’ll also get to work off all those cronuts you’ve been having.
You will need a certain level of fitness to climb up these 1002 steps. Don’t worry, all safety gear will be provided. Pre-book your Bridge Climb experience on Klook and enjoy a free group photo during the climb, a cap and a certificate of achievement upon completion for the ultimate bragging rights!
4. Cow and the Moon gelato
You might be thinking, ice cream? What’s so special about ice cream in Sydney? Cow and the Moon gelato is an AWARD WINNING gelato parlour that serves up some of the best ice cream in the city. Awarded the Best Gelato Producer in the world in 2014, try a scoop of the award winning Mandorla Affogato. The owner even trained the people at the famous Gelato Messina.
Address: 181 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW 2042, Sydney Australia (Newtown)
Opening hours: 8:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Thu), 8:30am – 11:30pm (Fri — Sat), 8:30am – 10:30pm (Sun)
5. Bondi Beach walk
Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Drawing surfers from all over the world, you’ll spot plenty of them catching a wave or two, even in the winter! Also iconic to Bondi beach is the Icebergs Pool, an oceanside pool that the waves crash into.
Take the cliff top walk from Bondi to Coogee and take in the sea breeze and beautiful rock formations. You’ll also be able to spot plenty of dogs on their daily walks and if you look out into the ocean, you might even spot a whale or two. Don’t forget to snap a photo on the rocks!
6. Blue Mountain Scenic World
The Blue Mountains are a good day trip out of the city, with lush green rainforests, steep ravines and the magnificent Jamison Valley all in sight. Not forgetting the famous mountain range the Three Sisters, it’s no wonder this national park was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition.
Ride the steepest passenger railway in the world, with a whooping 52 degree incline or hop onto the glass carriages of the scenic skyway for beautiful views of the Jamison Valley and the lush rainforests below.
Pre-book your Blue Mountains Unlimited Discovery Pass to skip the long ticketing lines at the counter! It comes inclusive of :
Park entry (including rainforest walkway)
Unlimited use of skyways, railways and cableways (only available on the travel date selected)
Glass roof railway
Glass floor skyway
If you’re not planning on driving there, opt for the Blue Mountains Unlimited Discovery Pass along with the Hop On Hop Off bus! Be sure to get a seat on the upper deck and feel the breeze in your hair as your drive past the vast landscapes.
7. Featherdale Wildlife Park
Did you really go to Australia if you didnt come back with a phone filled with photos of Koalas? The Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to some of the cutest marsupials and the best part is you’ll get to interact with them UP CLOSE.
Cradle a sugar glider in your hands or feed the free roaming Kangaroos before catching the FREE animal presentations lined up for the day. Be sure to check out the presentation schedule beforehand to ensure you don’t miss any of your favourites.
8. Have brunch at the Grounds of Alexandria
Credit: @thegrounds on Instagram
A trip to the Grounds of Alexandria, probably one of the most iconic cafes in Sydney, is a MUST. Not only will you be greeted by insanely elaborate and ‘gramworthy decor, these change seasonally!
The food is top-notch as well! We love the deconstructed hot chocolate, Steak and Eggs and the classic full breakfast sets. Don’t forget to save space for dessert!
After your meal, take a walk around the grounds and try to spot the resident pig!
9. Sydney Fish Market
If you’ve been to the Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market and Seoul’s Noryanjin Fish Market, Sydney’s Fish Market definitely does not pale in comparison. You’ll find fresh live seafood that you can pick off the ice and have prepared in a myriad of ways. Whether it’s raw sashimi slices, aburi scallops or garlic butter lobsters, you’ll find it here.
One unique find in the Sydney Fish Market is the Sushi Donut. A sushi rice base topped with fresh sashimi and a variety of toppings like ebiko, avocado and even edible flowers. Be sure to come with your foodie friends so you can order a huge feast!
10. Luna Park
Thrill seeker or just there to bask in the atmosphere of a theme park, Luna Park is the place to be. Jam packed with thrill rides like the Hair Raiser, the Wild Mouse and the Mystery Manor, you can expect unexpected plunges, dips, turns, drops and the works.
There are also the classic Ferris Wheels, Carousels and arcade games if you’re not into thrills. Pre-book your ticket on Klook for open-dated entrance, allowing you to visit on a bright sunny day.
Get to Luna Park and other attractions with the Hop On Hop Off Cruise! Set sail on the different routes that cover key attractions like Darling Harbour, Manly Beach, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo and more! Let the guide explain each site to you as you sail by and keep your eyes peeled for seals along the way.
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