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Top 5 things to do in Sydney

By: Abbie Brooks July 29, 2022
Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is one of Australia’s largest and most popular cities. Best known for the iconic Opera House that sits on the water’s edge of the world’s largest natural harbour, there is no end of choice for places to explore and adventure to be had! The city itself is surrounded by over 100 beaches and vibrant suburbs! So, where to start? Sydney is the ultimate place to start or finish an East Coast road trip. The city has so much to offer for all kinds of people; the adventurers, the museum-goers, the thrift shoppers, the beach bums, the surfers, and the hikers. But it can be a little overwhelming when deciding how to see the best of Sydney in just a few days. See below our top 5 must-dos for travellers when visiting Sydney for the first time! You’re sure to tick off a few on your bucket list here!

1. Take A Walking Tour Of Circular Quay

The Sydney Opera House is by far the most iconic landmark that comes to mind when thinking of Sydney and almost every backpacker is guilty of grabbing the perfect selfie overlooking the harbour. With good transport links from around the city, make your way via bus or train towards Circular Quay and take the day to explore the area. Head towards Mrs. McQuarie’s Chair where you can capture the best instagram shot of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

To the left of Circular Quay is the home to The Rocks, the oldest area in Sydney. Take a step back in time, walk around the cobbled streets, chip around the local markets, and visit some of the oldest pubs and cafes in the city! To finish off the day, take the 200 steps to the top of the Sydney Bridge pylon to see the view from 80metres above sea level! This is an alternative to the Sydney Bridge Climb for the budget conscious!

2. Bondi To Coogee Coastal Walk

Sydney is one of the only cities in the world to have access to so many beautiful beaches within such a short distance from the city centre. These beaches, with their turquoise blue waters and dramatic white waves, are one of the biggest reasons why this city is our favourites in the world. The best place to start the 6km hike is in Coogee Beach, following the path to the left and passing by beautiful cliffs, bays, and famous beaches before finishing off overlooking Bondi Beach. If you’re up for it, finish the day with a sunset swim and sauna at Bondi Icebergs pool ($7 extrance) or head over to North Bondi Rocks (free). If you’re lucky, you might even see the crew filming the most recent footage for Bondi Rescue!

3. Catch the local ferry across the harbour to Manly Beach

The ferry ride across the Sydney Harbour offers sweeping views of the world famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The 30 minute ferry ride will offer the very best views of the city passing by Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo, and finally leading you to the most cosmopolitan beach suburb of the city, Manly Beach. Manly is home to the best snorkelling spot in Sydney, Shelley Beach, and has a great vibe for late afternoon beach bar hopping. Make sure to finish the day at the Bavarian Beer Haus for Happy Hour!

Top traveller tip: It costs $2 maximum to travel on all public transport (including ferries) in Sydney on a Sunday! What a deal! If you are looking for a more active day, check out the 13km Manly to Spit Bridge walk. One of the best hikes in Sydney!

4. Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains

Take a day trip to the world heritage, Blue Mountains National Park. Although it’s technically not within Sydney, it’s only a short distance away and with its dramatic scenery, it is a perfect day trip for keen explorers and hikers hoping to escape the city for a day of adventure and fresh air. But remember your hiking shoes, as it can be a big day!

The mountains are densely populated by eucalyptus trees which fill the air with finely dispersed droplets of oil. This oil, combined with water vapour, scatter rays of light, which give off the blue haze over the mountains! To see the best of the Blue Mountains in one day, we recommend ticking off the Three Sisters (the most famous viewpoint in the park) and doing the Wentworth Falls Hike, a very steep trek to the bottom of a 867m waterfall with views over the whole national park.
Take a day trip to the world heritage, Blue Mountains National Park. Although it’s technically not within Sydney, it’s only a short distance away and with its dramatic scenery, it is a perfect day trip for keen explorers and hikers hoping to escape the city for a day of adventure and fresh air. But remember your hiking shoes, as it can be a big day!

The mountains are densely populated by eucalyptus trees which fill the air with finely dispersed droplets of oil. This oil, combined with water vapour, scatter rays of light, which give off the blue haze over the mountains! To see the best of the Blue Mountains in one day, we recommend ticking off the Three Sisters (the most famous viewpoint in the park) and doing the Wentworth Falls Hike, a very steep trek to the bottom of a 867m waterfall with views over the whole national park.

5. Chillax in the Royal Botanic Gardens

Before catching your flight or setting off on your East Coast trip, take a wander around the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens (free entrance). They’re open daily from 8AM – 6PM and have great views from the city, too. Take a seat in the park and take it all in for sunset.