8 Epic Things to Do in Sydney Right Now
Black Star Pastry, known for its cake offerings, provides textural perfection while White Rabbit Gallery displays 21st century Chinese contemporary art.
1. Climb The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Many travelers start their Australian adventures in Sydney. This vibrant city boasts stunning harbours, beaches and museums to visit; yet it can be daunting trying to figure out exactly what activities await them here.
Sydney Harbour Bridge climbing is undoubtedly the crowning achievement in Sydney, making for an unforgettable experience that you won’t soon forget.
Climbing Mount Victoria may seem expensive, but it’s well worth it – the guides are extremely informative and entertaining, with breathtaking views across Victoria Harbour from every vantage point. Dawn climbs offer spectacular sunrise views across Victoria Harbour. Or if climbing isn’t for you, simply stroll across Victoria Bridge during daylight hours for spectacular sightseeing!
2. Go To The Sydney Opera House
Experience an opera or play at the iconic Sydney Opera House – day or night, it is breathtaking. And during Vivid Sydney – the world’s biggest festival of lights, music, and ideas – its sails even light up!
The Powerhouse Museum features an outstanding natural history collection, while the MCA always makes for a delightful visit. If you happen to be visiting during whale watching season, take to open waters in search of breaching humpback whales!
Australians know how to party, and Sydney is no different. Take part in a 4-hour historic pub crawl through the Rocks neighborhood to uncover its seedy history (gang life, brothels and unsolved murders). Also make time for Chinatown food and retail precinct as well as Million Life claw machine arcade. Of course no visit would be complete without taking a stroll down King Street with its cinemas, laneway burger joints, vintage clothing stores, bars and live music venues!
3. Go To Taronga Zoo
The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic landmarks and one of the best places in Australia to watch live performances such as operas, Broadway musicals, ballets and Aboriginal dance shows. Every year over 8 million visitors make an appointment here and experience performances such as opera, Broadway musicals, ballets and Aboriginal dance shows.
Taronga Zoo can be reached easily by taking the harbor ferry from Circular Quay directly to their own jetty. Once there, spend all day roaming through wildlife habitats and attending daily keeper talks!
Zoos offer an enjoyable way to spend a day and unwind your normally fast-paced travel schedule, providing great family activities. Home to thousands of animals representing 350 species including both native Australian wildlife as well as rare exotic wildlife from around the globe – they have been delighting visitors since 1916!
4. Check Out Carriageworks Liveworks
The city’s latest light show is truly impressive, featuring a massive glowing unicorn and an interactive spaceship which projects lights onto an audience. Not to mention it’s free admission! It truly makes an incredible sight.
For those interested in Sydney’s darker side, book a whale shark swim or ghost tour. Quarantine Station was previously used as an isolation site where people suspected of carrying contagious diseases would be isolated for testing purposes.
Culture lovers will want to visit the Art Gallery of NSW or The Museum of Contemporary Art, while for outdoor exploration there’s the Art Gallery of NSW or Museum of Contemporary Art; or stretch your legs while taking in street murals such as Newtown’s I Have A Dream mural, Enmore’s housing bubble mural and Redfern’s 40,000 Years murals. When thirst strikes try one of Sydney’s many craft breweries (such as Inner West Ale Trail) or sampling cocktails at some of its top bars such as Maybe Sammy or Cantina OK for something truly memorable.
5. Eat At Momofuku Seiobo
Momofuku Seiobo is David Chang’s inaugural international restaurant and offers both traditional Japanese kaiseki dishes and Western cooking techniques in an imaginative fusion that includes dishes such as slow-roasted, falling off the bone pork as well as more complex elements such as bee pollen or Australian quandongs. If you want a memorable dining experience while exploring Sydney like a native, Momofuku Seiobo won’t disappoint.
Take one of the ferry boats leaving from Circular Quay and travel over to Manly – Australia’s most relaxed beachside suburb – for dinner and drinks! Explore bars and breweries in Brookvale’s “little Brooklyn”, Brookvale; bar hop at Brookvale itself or see an exhibition at Luna Park (essentially, Sydney’s Coney Island!). Plus you can even dine while riding its Ferris Wheel!
6. Eat At Black Star Pastry
Sydney boasts beautiful golden-sand ocean beaches and an epic coastline fringed with lush green parks, as well as its natural wonders are plentiful. But in addition to this natural splendor lies a vibrant cultural scene including museums and galleries as well as dining destinations and stylish stores – both of which can be found within Sydney city itself.
Black Star Pastry opened this year in Newtown to offer some of Sydney’s most-Instagrammed desserts, like their strawberry-watermelon cake and black sesame yuzu cake – an alchemical mix of sesame buttercake, creamy coconut mousse and Asia’s fragrant citrus fruits – which have quickly become Instagram stars.
Explore The Rocks, Australia’s original European settlement site. Visit Cadman’s Cottage – Australia’s oldest residential home built prior to 1901 – or Elizabeth Farm with its recreation of 1830s gardens that provide insight into early colonial life.
7. Visit The White Rabbit Gallery
The White Rabbit Gallery is an unforgettable space that resides within a 1940s Rolls-Royce service depot that’s been converted into an exciting hub of contemporary art. Its compact size and bright lighting create an engaging experience for visitors.
Royal National Park lies on Sydney’s outskirts and features windswept cliffs and walking tracks winding through coastal rainforest gullies, plus over 100 ancient Aboriginal sites.
Experience Australia’s past on an historic pub crawl through The Rocks with guides who share tales about its seedy history (gangsters, brothels and unsolved murders). Or attend a Sydney Roosters game to feel the exhilarating energy of local rugby league fans – whether or not you know the rules! And Toastiesmith offers delectable toasted sandwiches and drinks; its specialty cocktails will leave an unforgettable memory!
8. Go To The Enmore Theatre
One of the top things to do in Sydney is exploring their vibrant art scene. The Art Gallery of NSW houses an amazing collection of modern, indigenous, and contemporary works housed within an eye-catching classical building. Additionally, Elizabeth Farm offers visitors an inside glimpse into life of early European settlers from 1830s homes recreated during restoration work.
Visitors of Sydney shouldn’t miss seeing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge! Climbing it can be expensive, but walking across it for free is more accessible!
If you’re in the mood for something more intimate, head to Newtown’s Enmore Theatre for music or a play – they also boast an old classics drive-thru cinema as well! Plus there’s Goros, Surry Hills’ fun karaoke bar!
Bulletin Place Bar
An aerial flight over Sydney is one of the best things to do and doesn’t break the bank either! Enjoy unparalleled aerial views of some of Sydney’s iconic landmarks such as Harbour Bridge and Opera House from above.
At night, another fun option for entertainment is visiting one of Sydney’s fantastic theatres like Capitol Theatre or Sydney Opera House to catch an incredible performance, from Broadway musicals to Aboriginal dance performances. Or catch a cricket or rugby match at SCG and cheer along with all of its locals (even if you don’t understand all their cheers!).
Do not forget to admire some of Sydney’s vibrant street murals during your journey, such as Newtown’s “I Have A Dream” mural by artist Fintan Magee and Enmore’s housing bubble mural created by Fintan Magee.
Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre
Sydney’s Centennial Parklands provide the ideal setting to experience all these activities and more – be it horseback riding, scenic walks or discovering Australia’s First Nations history. One of few inner-city horse riding facilities worldwide, it makes this parklands an absolute must-visit destination. Animal lovers and nature enthusiasts should not miss it!
Head out into Sydney’s open waters during whale-watching season to witness majestic humpback whales breach, swim, and dance around in their natural environment. Additionally, there’s also a historic observatory here that lets you witness what night skies look like without city lights illuminating them.
Explore Sydney’s vibrant arts and culture scene by attending a show at the Sydney Opera House or dining out across its many restaurants and bars. Don’t miss a tour of its oldest pubs that reveal some of Sydney’s more notorious history (brothel, gang life and unsolved murders! For an immersive experience book a 4-hour historic pub crawl).