Things You Need to do in Sydney at Least Once

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You've never lived in Sydney too long to play tourist in your own city! As Sydney-siders, we can sometimes take for granted the wonderful experiences and gorgeous locations right in our own backyard. Sydney is full of amazing places to go and things to do that you simply MUST tick off your bucket list!

Here are 14 things you must do in Sydney at least once.

1. Lap It Up At Bondi Beach

Bondi Icebergs Sydney
Visit the iconic Bondi Icebergs ocean pool for stunning views and picture perfect snaps


The North end of Bondi boasts the Most Instagrammable Café In The World and the South end is home to one of Australia's most beautiful and photographed ocean pools - Bondi Icebergs. In between lies one of the world's most famous stretches of sand. A day at beautiful Bondi Beach and is a quintessentially Aussie experience! With boutique shopping in the backstreets, impressive displays at the Skate Park, and the chance to see Bondi Rescue in action, this place is a hive of activity from dawn till dusk and an absolute must-do.

2. Get Up Close To The Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge
You'll  feel on top of the world when you ascend this world famous landmark


Whether you scale it's curving heights on an iconic BridgeClimb experience, or stick to the less adrenaline-infused (and free) pedestrian path, get up close and personal with the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Get a birds-eye view of our prized 'Coathanger' while you take in an expansive view of Sydney Harbour, with its epic parade of massive cruise liners and the white sails of the Opera House just a stone's throw away, and beyond to the greater west. A sunrise or sunset walk is particularly breathtaking.

3. Spend A Day In Newtown

Newtown Sydney mural
This inner city suburb is bursting with colour and diversity


This bohemian inner-city suburb of Newtown is a mecca for global cuisine, vintage finds, interesting boutiques and fascinating people. It is also on of the few Sydney suburbs that are buzzing well into the night. Take a trip down King St and into Enmore to discover famous street art like the heritage-listed I Have a Dream mural, go vegan and pay by donation at Lentil As Anything, indulge in the world's best gelato at Cow and the Moon, catch a show at the iconic Art Deco Enmore Theatre, and try Black Star Pastry's famous watermelon cake.

4. Stay Overnight At Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island
Full of history and wonder, take a trip to Cockatoo Island


Get a ferry or water taxi to the magnificent Cockatoo Island in the middle of Sydney Harbour for a day - and night - of adventure. Once a convict prison and a dockyard, Cockatoo Island retains some it's original striking features including industrial workshops, prison barracks, underground grain silos, tunnels and two docks surrounded by incomparable views of the harbour. There are guided tours, picnic spots and cafes, but you can't beat the overnight glamping experience. 

5. Discover The Hermitage Foreshore Walk

Hermitage Foreshore Walk
This seaside walking trail will uncover secret beaches and sensational harbour views


This little piece of heaven is a favourite among locals and the gateway to some of Sydney's best secret harbour beaches. Between beautiful Neilson Park in Vaucluse and the backstreets of nearby Rose Bay, the Hermitage Foreshore Trail is an easy walk encased in beautiful national park bushland, with the ocean at your feet and a clear outlook to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and beyond. ;The path is dotted with cute picnic spots and hidden swimming spots including Milk Beach and Queens Beach. 

6. Take A Hike To Hornby Lighthouse

Hornby Lighthouse Watsons Bay
Take a scenic walk along eastern Sydney's stunning shoreline to find Hornby Lighthouse


A little trip to this historic landmark in Sydney's Watsons Bay, Australia’s oldest fishing port, feels like you're on the edge of the world. Perched on South Head peninsula along a stunning coastal trail, the Hornby Lighthouse is a highlight of this picturesque village. Surrounded by endless ocean, this is an ideal vantage point for whale watching during migration season and a perfect backdrop for happy snaps! The local area is steeped in history and boasts some beautiful harbour beaches, walking trails, harbourside parks and the notorious ocean cliff The Gap.

7. Ride The Luna Park Ferris Wheel

Catch a ride at Luna Park before it closes for renovations


If you can handle heights, you'll love the unsurpassed views over the harbour from the Luna Park Ferris Wheel vantage point. The ride was first erected at 1935, and this amusement park has luckily still hung onto some of its old-worldly charms. Luna Park, is closing its doors at the end of January 2021 until July for some major renovations so join their Countdown Carnivale while you still can!

8. Dine at Sydney Tower

Go to Infinity and beyond for incredible revolving views of the city skyline


This revolving restaurant in the city's tallest tower will give you 360-degree views of Sydney! Infinity at Sydney Tower offers the total date night experience with a fine dining menu, award-winning wines, and ever-changing views. Treat yourself!

9. Picnic At the Royal Botanic Garden

Soak up an abundance of colour, nature and serenity at the heritage-listed Royal Botanic Garden


Not only are we lucky enough to enjoy bountiful blue seas in Sydney, but we're at no lack of luscious green spaces either! Enjoy harbour views at a picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens, take a free guided walk, purchase cheap plants at the nursery, see an exhibition at The Calyx, ride the Choo Choo Express or just take a relaxing stroll.

10. See a Show at the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
The breathtaking Sydney Opera House has a full schedule of creative family shows


Under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, you'll love the huge program of shows and events on offer. Whether it's Swan Lake from The Australian Ballet, a masterpiece performed by Bell Shakespeare or even a cool kid's concert, you'll love getting all dressed up and being entertained by some of the best live performances Sydney has to offer.

11. Catch a Ferry to Manly

Manly Ferry
There is no better way to travel acroos Sydney than by ferry


The pleasant 30-minute cross-water ferry journey from Circular Quay to Manly has been transporting Sydneysiders to the Northern Beaches since 1855. Operating day and night, 7 days a week, kids, in particular, will enjoy the thrilling experience of getting a seat at the boat's rear and waving goodbye to Circular Quay. Once you're in Manly, head to one of the wharf's many restaurants for lunch in the sunshine with harbour views. 

12. Bondi To Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi To Coogee Walk
The eastern beaches walking track is a popular vantage point for whale watching


One of Sydney's most incredible features is her sparkling seas, and the well-worn Bondi to Coogee coastal walk path offers up the iconic, aforementioned Bondi Beach, a walk through the breathtakingly beautiful Waverley Cemetary, discovery of the lesser-known but totally magical Gordon's Bay, and a finale at the stunning cliffs of Coogee at Dolphin Point. If you can, time your walk with the annual Sculptures By The Sea exhibition happening around the Bondi/Bronte cliffs, you'll get serious views, exercise AND a cultural hit. 

13. Ride A Horse In Centennial Parklands

Centennial Parklands
Discover Centennial Park, the southern hemisphere's largest urban park, on horseback


We just adore the gorgeous Centennial Parklands. What eastern suburbs-based family doesn't have memories of picnics, bike riding and duck feeding here? Sydney-siders are missing out if they haven't experienced riding a horse around the circuit. There are four riding schools at the Centennial Park Equestrian Centre so you're bound to find the perfect horse for you. Whether it's a lesson, a pony ride for children or a romantic park ride escorted by a professional, this is the perfect way to explore the park like never before.

14. Grab Fish and Chips at Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Markets
The vibrant Sydney Fish Market, is a sensory feast right on the harbour


It's a bustling, hectic, feast for the senses experience that willl delight kids and adults! Spend some time at Sydney Fish Markets, a working fishing port, and make sure you arrive with an appetite. Down at Pyrmont you will find wholesale and retail fish markets, plus a variety of indoor and outdoor seafood and Asian eateries, plus plenty of picnic tables right on the water to enjoy your 'catch of the day.' The fish and chips here are super fresh, fast and cheap. And if the kids are good, treat them to an ice-cream or some delicious chocolate dipped fruit. If you an early riser, why not join one of the behind the scenes tours, daily at 6.40am. 

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