Things to Do in Sydney
Instantly recognised the world over, Sydney’s fine harbour, a vast expanse of blue with the gleaming white sails of the Opera House glinting in the sunlight, is many visitors’ first view of Australia. However you see it, from the plane on the way in, from the water’s edge in Circular Quay, from the top of the Harbour Bridge or from the deck of the Manly Ferry, your first impression of this relaxed city is sure to be a great one. Check out our list of things to do while you’re in Sydney:
Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
Most people know Sydney Harbour Bridge, but only a handful of them have viewed it from above. Enter the Sydney BridgeClimb, where you’ll climb 332 steps to a dizzying 134 metres high and, when you near the top, and the intricate metalwork starts to give way to blue skies, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city, the Harbour and the iconic Opera House. There are few better ways to get a bird’s eye view of Sydney.
How to do it: Set off on our Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef itinerary, which includes the Sydney BridgeClimb sampler, a climb of Sydney Harbour Bridge’s inner arch.
Tour the Sydney Opera House
One of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Sydney Opera House, designed by Jørn Utzon and opened in 1973, is one of Sydney’s most popular attractions. Take it in from the Harbour Bridge, from the Manly Ferry, or take a walk around its concert halls. Even better, catch a ballet, play, opera or concert here. It is after all, first and foremost a performance venue.
How to do it: Embark on Flight Centre’s Highlights of New South Wales holiday, which includes four nights in Sydney and a tour of the Sydney Opera House.
Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens
Since 1816, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens have showcased an outstanding collection of trees, shrubs and flowers from Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Bring a picnic, take tea in the café, learn about the indigenous flora, or come in summer for open air film nights. There are also some lovely walks along the harbour’s edge, many of which offer Opera House and Harbour Bridge views. Best of all, the gardens are completely free.
How to do it: A visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens is easy enough to do on your own while you’re in Sydney. Take a look at one of our Sydney itineraries, such as Sydney and the Legendary Pacific Coast, and start planning your Sydney holiday today.
Get cultural in The Rocks
With heaps of character, The Rocks area of Sydney has museums, shops and cafés galore hidden among its narrow alleyways. It wasn’t always like this though: in the 19th century the area was rather rundown, but it was lovingly regenerated in the 1970s and is now a lively and vibrant hangout. Visit the Rocks Discovery Museum to learn about the history of the place, spend a few hours wandering the streets and alleys and stop off at the impressive (and free) Museum of Contemporary Art.
How to do it: It couldn’t be easier to take a walk down to The Rocks while you’re in Sydney. Try our Sydney, Rock and Reef holiday and get exploring!
Learn to surf on Bondi Beach
Synonymous with surfing and barbecues on the beach, Bondi Beach is a lovely spot to spend a sunny afternoon. While you’re here, simply relax on the soft sands, go for a swim, set off on the 5.5km Bondi to Coogee cliff-top walk and take in the scenic views or try your hand at surfing. Surfers tend to stick to the southern end of the beach and have plenty of surf schools and surfboard rental shops to choose from.
How to do it: Jet off on Flight Centre’s Sydney, Rock and Reef holiday, which includes four nights in Sydney at the 4.5* Parkroyal Darling Harbour as well as a Bondi Beach and Sydney Sights tour.
See Sydney by seaplane
For a unique treat, guaranteed to turn any Sydney holiday into the trip of a lifetime, hop onboard a seaplane and soar high above the rooftops of Sydney. Gain a whole new perspective on the glittering blue harbour below, taking in Circular Quay, the Rocks and Bondi Beach, before gliding over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and touching down in a secluded sandy cove for a romantic picnic lunch. Whether you’re celebrating something or just spoiling yourselves, this memorable experience is not to be missed.
How to do it: Enjoy a seaplane flight over Sydney and lunch at the Catalina restaurant on Flight Centre’s Luxury Highlights of Australia holiday.