10 things you have to do when in Sydney
Australia’s best-known city is bursting with things to see and do. Explore and enjoy the best of Sydney with our pick of the 10 absolute must-visit places
by Kirsty Andrews
Sydney Opera House
Overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Opera House is one of Australia’s most famous World Heritage sites. It is the place to go to enjoy the latest performing arts experiences and the perfect backdrop to your holiday snaps.
Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9250 7111
Sydney Harbour Bridge
One of Sydney’s most iconic structures is a definite snapshot hotspot. Why not climb it, too? For the less adventurous, you can also stroll and bike across it to make the most of the viewpoint.
There is always something going on at Darling Harbour. It is a focus for a number of Sydney’s most enjoyable activities, both on land and on the water. There are fireworks displays on most Saturday evenings, so why wait for the New Year celebrations?
Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in the Rocks, this contemporary art gallery showcases pieces by leading Australian and international names.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9245 2400
The most popular beach in Sydney has beautiful sand and crystal waters, as well as a designated area for surfers. If watersports and sunbathing are not your thing, brush off the sand and walk to Coogee along the coastal path.
360 Bar and Dining
Heighten your senses by dining with spectacular all-round views of the city at 360 Bar and Dining. This intimate dining experience offers seasonally changing Australian-inspired menus in an intimately lit setting with unrivalled views.
360 Bar and Dining, Sydney Tower, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 8223 3883
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
A must-visit for all ages, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium provides a fascinating insight into Australia’s wonderfully varied marine life. It is home to over 12,000 creatures, from penguins and sharks to stingrays; head to the Freshwater Streams and Lakes area for a glimpse of a platypus.
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, 1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)1800 199657
One of Sydney’s oldest districts, the Rocks is home to 18th-century buildings ranged along cobblestone streets, and is the perfect mix of old and new. Filled with high-end restaurants, modern cafés and intimate curio stores, it is an inviting areas in which to satisfy all your senses.
Royal Botanic Garden
Founded in 1816, this 30-hectare green space is made for long walks and absorbing the natural environment. With over 7,500 species of plants, there’s plenty to see, and you can also visit Government House to admire artefacts and displays.
Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9231 8111
Named after Hyde Park in London, Sydney’s version is Australia’s oldest parkland and a superb spot for a picnic. The park’s centrepiece is the Archibald Fountain, a gift from Australian journalist and publisher JF Archibald.
Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, +61 (0)2 9265 9333