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

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

1. 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.

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.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

3. 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.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Guide Tour, Scenic World & Lunch

4. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Guide Tour, Scenic World & Lunch

Join a guided day trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. Gaze at the rainforest in Scenic World, see the iconic Three Sisters from Echo Point, savor a lunch, meet animals native to Australia at Featherdale Wildlife Park, and enjoy a cruise back to Sydney. Begin the tour with pickup at select hotels in Syndey, then set off on your adventure. Arrive at Scenic World amusement park in the Blue Mountains. Ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway, and Cableway. Skip the queues and head straight to the rides. Take a stroll on a boardwalk through the rainforest and hear all about its ecosystem. Then, follow your guide to a cliff lookout and soak in panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its pink sandstone cliffs and eucalyptus-bound forests. Next, walk down the road to Echo Point and admire sweeping views of the Three Sisters rock formation from the lookout. Learn about its cultural significance from your guide. Then, enjoy some time on your own to wander around and take photos. After working up an appetite, tuck into lunch at a bistro-style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains. After your meal, continue to Featherdale Wildlife Park to spend some time close to some of Australia's natives. Get a hands-on experience with native animals, including hand-feeding a kangaroo. After spending the day connecting with nature in the World Heritage-listed area of the Blue Mountains, Take a ferry back to Sydney along the Parramatta River. Glide past landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, ending the trip at Circular Quay. 

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: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

6. 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: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

7. Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

Join a walking tour to explore the halls and foyer spaces of the Sydney Opera House with your entrance ticket. Learn what makes this building a World Heritage-listed masterpiece from your guide. You might catch a rehearsal in action or the crew working on a set. Discover the stories, history, and magic of the Sydney Opera House as you follow your guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. Explore some of the 1,000 rooms, 300 corridors, and hundreds of tales and secrets.  Step inside the inspired theatres where more than 1800 performances come to life each year and learn how the Danish architect Jorn Utzon's groundbreaking design and vision for world-class performing art came into existence.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

8. 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 Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour

9. 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.

Bondi Beach: 2-Hour Surf Lesson Experience for Any Level

10. Bondi Beach: 2-Hour Surf Lesson Experience for Any Level

If you've always wanted to try surfing but never have, there is perhaps no better setting than the famous Bondi Beach. This popular 2-hour beginners surf lesson will give you an authentic taste of the world of surfing, important safety information about waves and the beach, and bragging rights about having conquered this cool and amazing sport! You will be taught how to safely go out and catch your first wave in a small group setting of 5 students or less. This personalized attention is the best way to build your surf knowledge and confidence while cultivating your surf technique. You will really be amazed at how easy, safe, and enjoyable it is to learn to surf. This 2-hour lesson is great for first-time surfers and also those who wish to refresh or refine their basic surf technique. Your instructors are fully-qualified and very friendly. Photo packages are available after your lesson!

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What people are saying about Sydney

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Great activity! The staff was welcoming and helpful. Our guide, Ruth, was knowledgeable and nice. My son is autistic and he was a bit anxious. Both Nicola and Ruth made him feel more secure and answered our questions. They recommended that we share a kayak. We really enjoyed ourselves. I highly recommend this activity.

Tour guide John was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining in his delivery of history of the Rocks area.

Really friendly and happy guide, great tour Jess! Easy walking tour taking in the local sites.

Excellent food and drinks, great atmosphere and service. Plenty of good picture opportunities.

Awesome night. Great crew! Great food! Lovely Harbour cruise.