Things to do in Sydney

Whether you’re a culture vulture or outdoor enthusiast or somewhere in-between, there’s heaps of activities and attractions in Sydney to cater for your interests. Head to the CBD for a myriad galleries, museums and cultural drawcards. The Art Gallery of New South Wales in the Domain is the place for fine art and Archibald Prize winners, while the Museum of Contemporary Art at The Rocks houses local and international modern pieces. Still in the city, go to the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo for a mix of science, design and technology or Darling Harbour’s Australian National Maritime Museum for seafaring history.

To see Sydney’s natural side, check out the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park and Bradleys Head and explore the green spaces and bushland of Sydney Harbour National Park. Wander around the historic sites of The Rocks and La Perouse, and get your heart pumping on the Bondi to Coogee Beach or Manly to the Spit coastal walks for exercise with amazing harbour views. For spectator sports, catch any of the many local rugby league teams during the season or cheer on the Sydney Swans AFL team and soccer sides of Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.

If shopping is more your thing, Sydney has a variety of retail options from markets to shopping centres. The weekend Paddington and Bondi markets are the place to find unique gifts and pieces from up-and-coming designers, while vintage and second-hand fans browse the op shops in Newtown and Surry Hills as well as the Balmain and Glebe markets. Head to the Queen Victoria Building in the CBD for retail therapy in a refined environment or give the plastic a workout at the artisan ateliers and local designer boutiques on and off Oxford Street from Taylor Square to Woollahra.

Want more? Here’s our rundown of Sydney’s must-see sights.

Sydney Opera House

Synonymous with Sydney, the Opera House is a world-famous post-modern architectural wonder with renowned aesthetics and acoustics. The elegant sail-like structure poised in the glistening harbour is a Sydney must-see.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Before the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge reigned supreme as an iconic Aussie structure. Whether you spy it from a distance or tackle a BridgeClimb, ‘The Coathanger’ offers amazing views and is a stunning sight in itself.

Bondi Beach

While not the only beautiful shoreline in Sydney, Bondi Beach is certainly the city’s most famous stretch of golden sand. Its proximity to the CBD makes it a mecca for beautiful people, surfers and winter swimmers at Bondi Icebergs.

Taronga Zoo

Enjoy a great day out with the 4,000-odd feathered, furry, scaly and aquatic animals at Taronga Zoo, where the charm of the critters in simulated natural habitats is ably complemented by a stunning harbourside location.

Luna Park Sydney

Step back in time to the 1930s-era Luna Park Sydney fun fair. Located on the North Shore overlooking the harbour, thrillseekers can get their fill of nostalgic rides, retro arcade games and calorific carnival fare at this iconic amusement park.