Sun-soaked Sydney is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with must see attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House delighting visitors from all over the world.
There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Sydney, so to help you decide what to do while you are in Australia’s largest city, here are our top eight must see attractions in Sydney.
#1: See or Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Is there a more iconic photograph of your time in Australia than one taken in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge? It is Sydney’s most recognisable landmark, stretching more than a kilometre over the harbour and 134 metres into the sky, making it the world’s tallest steel arch bridge.
As well as snapping a photograph of it from stylish Circular Quay, actually climbing the bridge is also an unmissable thing to do while you are in Sydney. At the top, you’ll get an incredible view of the city plus great bragging rights!
#2: Check Out the Sydney Opera House
Second only to the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House is another iconic must-see attraction in Sydney. The Opera House features a unique white design that is supposed to resemble the sails of a ship, making it perfectly suited to its position next to Sydney Harbour.
In addition to visiting the Sydney Opera House and getting your photo taken on its famous stairs, you can also catch a live performance inside. Rumour has it that musicians actually dislike the way the venue sounds, but catching a live performance inside the iconic theatre is definitely an unmissable experience in Sydney.
#3: Bondi Beach
Australia is famous for its beaches and Sydney has some of the country’s best. In Australia’s largest city, the beach is not just a place but a way of life – and there’s no better place to experience it than at Bondi, the famous strip of sand just seven kilometres from downtown Sydney.
The one kilometre beach has beautiful sand as well as calm swimming waters as long as you stay between the yellow flags – making it one of the top things to do in Sydney. As well as the swimming, there’s also a great walk from Bondi to Coogee, which takes in some beautiful coastal views.
#4: Jet Boating in Sydney Harbour
Get ready for an exhilarating ride aboard one of the jet boats in Sydney Harbour! This funfilled activity will see you zip about the harbour at breakneck speeds, getting the heart racing as you skim over the waters of the Harbour.
Don’t worry, although the boat ride is a thrill, it is very safe, with expert boat captains skillfully steering the boat through the harbour for maximum fun. You might get a bit wet, but you’ll have so much fun that we’re sure you won’t mind at all.
#5: Taronga Zoo
Australia’s animals are probably its most famous residents, with most visitors who travel to Sydney hope to meet furry and adorable critters such as koalas, kangaroos and platypuses. You can catch them all, as well as many other international animals, at Taronga Zoo.
One of Australia’s largest zoos, Taronga is devoted to conservation and sustainability, helping to educate visitors about the country’s unique wildlife. It’s great fun just to walk around the zoo and learn more about all types of animals, but there are also some incredible up close and personal experiences such as getting your photograph taken with a cuddly koala.
#6: Shop at Paddy’s Markets
If you’re looking for some authentic Australian souvenirs, look no further than the famous Paddy’s Markets located on Hay Street in Sydney. The market first started in 1834, and today there are more than one thousand stalls to browse during your travel to Sydney.
Amongst the stalls you can find an amazing variety of items, from vintage clothing to souvenirs and general bric-a-brac. As well as the shopping, Paddy’s Markets also presents the opportunity to have a chat with the stallholders and find out more about what life in Sydney is like for locals.
#7: Visit the Sydney Cricket Ground
It’s no secret that Australians love their sport, and one of the most famous stadiums in the country is the ‘SCG’, or Sydney Cricket Ground. The ground itself, which is visited every year by hundreds of thousands of Aussies, is definitely a must-see attraction in Sydney.
If you get the opportunity, attending an Australian rules football (or AFL) game is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your travel to Sydney. Played by teams of 16 on a field the size of a cricket ground (approximately 150m in diameter), this fast-paced, high-scoring game is totally unique and attracts a fabulous atmosphere to the ground.
#8: Check Out the History on Cockatoo Island
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cockatoo Island is a short ferry ride away from mainland Sydney, and a fascinating visit. It was the landing point for thousands of convicts who were sent to Australia after committing crimes in the United Kingdom.
On the island, you can find out about what life was like for convicts in the 1800s, when Sydney was definitely not the comfortable cosmopolitan city it is today. You can learn about the tough conditions for convicts at the time and how they contributed to modern Australia, as well as enjoy the island’s natural beauty.