Things to do in Sydney

Urban comforts mix with sprawling mountains and beaches on one of the world’s most stunning harbors.

Our most recommended things to do in Sydney

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

1. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

Enjoy an excursion from Sydney into the Blue Mountains. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and experience the amazing variety of Australian wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, see Koalas, and wombats, as well as many more native Australian birds and wildlife. Enjoy a visit to Leura Village, where you can buy your own lunch at a cafe or bakery. Your tour includes the 3 rides at Scenic World, Cableway, Skyway, and Railway. Stop at Echo Point to enjoy splendid views of the Jamison Valley and the 3 Sisters, a towering rock formation from the Dreamtime.  Bypass Sydney’s peak traffic on a Ferry cruise along Parramatta River into Circular Quay. From there you will make your own way back to your accommodation.

Cockatoo Island: Carmen Opera Tickets on the Harbour

2. Cockatoo Island: Carmen Opera Tickets on the Harbour

The ultimate femme fatale is back, in a brand new island performance of Carmen in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Your Opera tickets will grant you access to Carmen as she tosses her hair, stamps her feet and the whole world falls under her spell. You’ll hear the flirty Habanera and famous Toreador song amid a spectacle that features fire-twirling, car crashes and fireworks. Your night begins with a ferry ride across the glittering water to the world-heritage listed sanctuary of Cockatoo Island. Step off the boat and you’re surrounded by layers of history. Once a meeting place for Indigenous Australians, the site is now dotted with the industrial relics of a century of ship-building and architectural marvels dating back to Sydney’s convict past. Today, the island is a world-class contemporary arts venue, hosting everything from the Biennale of Sydney to live concert performances. It’s the perfect backdrop for Bizet’s gritty tale of fate and freedom. Raise a glass with friends and grab a snack from an array of pop up bars and eateries on the foreshore before settling in under the stars for an unforgettable night out. You can even sail right up to the event and book a mooring to watch the show.

Sydney Airport (SYD): Lounge Access with Food and Drinks

3. Sydney Airport (SYD): Lounge Access with Food and Drinks

Regardless of your airline, ticket class, or membership, refresh before your outgoing flight in the kitted-out Plaza Premium Lounge or SkyTeam Lounge at Sydney Airport (SYD). See the inspiration from the Australian landscape and way of life in the decor and atmosphere of these exclusive lounges. Kick back in Plaza Premium Lounge’s comfortable seating area with views of the runway and casual dining areas. Enjoy all-inclusive entry to the Aero Bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, barista coffee, made-to-order bar snacks, and freshly-prepared local and international dishes. Relax in 784 square meters of pure luxury at the SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge. Find everything you need to unwind with hot showers, snacks, and international news channels. Normally reserved for business-class travelers and SkyTeam Elite Plus members, now you can feel like a VIP too.

Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour

4. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour

The SCG Guided Walking Tour is fascinating journey behind the scenes of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and the SCG Museum. The precinct is Sydney’s home of sport where international sporting heroes play cricket, rugby union, rugby league, football/soccer, and Australian Football League (AFL). Her entertaining stories of players, spectators and events as you take in the sporting architecture and ambience of the SCG. Venture behind the scenes of the Sydney Cricket Ground and see the field of play, the player’s dressing rooms, the historic members reserve, the media centre, the Walk of Honour, and the SCG Museum. With exclusive entry to the SCG Museum, you can see sporting treasures such as prized bats, balls and other cricket memorabilia: rugby league, football and AFL sporting treasures: and various featured temporary museum exhibits.

Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

5. Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a choice of over 30 freshly-prepared dishes from a range of cuisines at Sydney Tower's famous rotating restaurant. Enjoy the spectacular rotating 360-degree views of the city that make Sydney Tower Buffet a unique dining experience for locals and visitors alike. Choose from a huge range of menu items, including the following: • A variety of dips, cheeses and condiments • A selection of hot and cold seafood • A large selection of salads, e.g. Greek salad, seafood salad, Asian salad, watermelon salad, and many more Sample menu: Seafood  Sydney rock oysters, fresh lemon (gf, df) Tiger prawns, cocktail sauce (gf, df) Black mussels, harissa & capsicum (gf, df) Antipasto Shaved plain mortadella (gf, df) Grilled zucchini, lemon olive oil (v, gf, df) Eggplant caponata (v, gf, df) Hommus (v, gf, df) Rosemary focaccia (v, df) Salads Dutch cream potato (v, gf, df) Chickpea & tomato (v, gf, df) Watermelon, feta, mint dressing (v, gf) Mains Baked barramundi, fennel, pink pepper slaw (gf, df) Tempura fish bites, tartare sauce Steak cut chips Lemon & thyme roast potatoes (v, gf) Stir-fried seafood Hokkien noodles (df) Truffled cauliflower, tarragon pangrattato (v) Grilled kangaroo, native thyme & red bean salsa (gf, df) Greek-style grilled chicken thigh, lemon & oregano (gf, df) Casarecce pasta, Italian sausage & rocket (df) Tofu & eggplant basil stir fry (v, df) Marrakesh-style lamb korma osso buco, raisin (gf) Cumin steamed rice (v, gf, df) Desserts Salted caramel & chocolate tart Khanom chan, thai steamed coconut & pandan slice (v, gf, df) Persian love cake, lemon icing, pistachio Black forest gateau Red velvet cake, raspberry glaze Mango panna cotta (v, gf, df) Cheese selection (v, gf) Lavosh (v) Apple & raisin chutney (v, gf, df) Dry fruit (v, gf, df) v = vegetarian, gf = gluten-free, df = dairy-free. Menu subject to change. This is a sample menu only and may be subject to change due to food seasonality and availability.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

6. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

7. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Taronga Zoo with access to Sky Safari Cable Car and meet hundreds of remarkable species of animals from around the world. Enjoy the benefit of a ferry return ticket from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, or Watsons Bay. Nestled on the shores of one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and is home to over 4,000 animals. Explore the Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. See tigers, elephants, exotic birds, and many other species of animals. Spend a fun-filled day out with your family in one of the most famous attractions of Sydney. 

Sydney Harbour: New Year's Eve Cruise on a Glass Boat

8. Sydney Harbour: New Year's Eve Cruise on a Glass Boat

Experience an unforgettable evening on the Bella Vista, a luxurious glass vessel. Celebrate the New Year on a 5-hour cruise with a dinner buffet, open bar, and DJ. Marvel at the Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display with 3m high glass wraparound windows. The specially designed Bella Vista integrates style with state-of-the-art technology. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Sydney Harbour fireworks from a 5-star venue with an open-top deck with 360-degree views of magnificent Sydney Harbor. The vessel is decked out in amazing lights and participates in the Harbor of Light Parade. Follow a route past Sydney Harbour’s famous icons and return to an exclusion zone by the Harbor Bridge. This is the closest you can get to the action!

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour

9. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour

Depart Sydney and journey in a comfortable coach to the heart of the Blue Mountains, named for the blue tinge the mountain range takes on when viewed from a distance. Enjoy a guided bushwalk off the beaten track to a spectacular lookout, before exploring a mountain village at lunchtime. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney's leading animal attraction, where you can see a koala, feed kangaroos, and see other indigenous creatures such as wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Black-Breasted Buzzards and many more. Then, explore the Blue Mountains National Park on a guided bushwalk. See amazing waterfalls and rainforest flora, and discover secluded lookouts. Go to the Three Sisters rock formation, towering across the Jamison Valley at Katoomba. Return to the city in the comfort of your tour vehicle after a great day exploring the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

10. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

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What people are saying about Sydney

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You want to do this tour if you love wildlife! Dave was such a great guide, from perfect instructions on where to meet, to having so many snacks, water, and intros to Aussie culture and wildlife and nature facts all day! He got to know everyone in the small group, stopped for a beautiful lookout over the ocean complete with biscuits and vegemite sammys, then off to the Pie Shop for delish pies! From there, two gorgeous waterfalls with short easy walks between them in stunning surroundings. The valley and drive are beautiful! Finishing the day surrounded by roos and wombats, along with Dave's quick and delish cooking was fantastic - beer and wine and cookies and so much more! Dave will show you how to get the best photos of the animals while respecting their space. It started to rain on our trip and he had big sturdy umbrellas as well as pop up canopies for us to dine under. You don't want to miss this experience!

Great day trip out of the city. Featherdale was a fun stop.. loved interacting with the animals. The park wasn’t crowded so 1.5 hours there felt adequate. Then it was on Leura..lots of great options for lunch and then scenic world. Could’ve spent a little more time there but had to factor in the wait for the rides (which wasn’t long but still a factor in determining how much actual time you had to explore the park) Barry was a very informative guide and driver giving us lots of fun info about the history of Australia as well every day Aussie life. Highly recommend!

This went above and beyond what I expected. It was magical! Antoine was a terrific guide and he brought 6 random strangers together for an awesome experience. We had so much fun! I don’t just recommend this excursion, I recommend anything Antoine offers. He’s a cool dude with a big heart and a big personality. This is a no miss outing! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire excursion. I love animals and personally would have liked to have been able to spend a little more time at the wildlife park. However, this was my first time visiting Australia and so I appreciate the day being packed with activities and things to see.

Absolutely loved our kayaking trip, our guide Ruth was absolutely fantastic and went out of her way to make our morning special. Thank you so much for making our morning so enjoyable :)