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What to see and do in Sydney

Located on one of the world's largest natural harbors, Sydney offers urban comfort with beautiful beaches and sprawling mountains on your doorstep. Here are some of the best attractions in Australia's largest city.

Sydney Opera House

Despite its name, the Sydney Opera House is actually comprised of multiple venues for performances of all types. Be sure to catch one at Australia's most recognizable landmark!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Nicknamed "The Coathanger", the Sydney Harbour Bridge isn't just for ticking off your Sydney sightseeing checklist. You can climb it too! Book early to do a Bridge Climb tour at sunset.

Taronga Zoo

The not-for-profit Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney's top attractions, with barless enclosures, regular talks, and stunning views of the harbor if, you can take your eyes off the animals!

The Rocks

It doesn't sound like the most promising place for tours in Sydney but Australia's first European settlement called "The Rocks" is actually named for its historic sandstone buildings.

Sydney Tower

Climb to Sydney's highest point to marvel at breathtaking views that stretch as far as the Blue Mountains. Then hunt for some fantastic deals at the shopping center beneath the Sydney Tower!

Wild Life Sydney

Built as an extension of the city's aquarium to imitate the habitats of Australia's most iconic creatures, Wild Life Sydney is now one of the best things to do for families in Sydney!

Darling Harbour

The bold skyline of Darling Harbour crowns a lively recreational and tourism district, boasting everything from the Chinese Garden of Friendship to the world's largest IMAX screen!

Planning your Sydney visit

When to go?

Though some escaping the Northern Hemisphere's coldest months may enjoy the high temperatures of January and February, most will find the heat more bearable come March when fall rolls along. It's nonetheless perfect for checking out Sydney's best beaches! For those seeking lower-budget tourism, the cooler weather and low hotel prices make May the best time to visit.

How many days?

Of course it depends on what you want to do, but the must-see sights can be covered in a couple of days. Consider adding a day-trip to the Blue Mountains to your itinerary though, and if you've already booked a longer trip, don't worry! Sydney has enough going on to keep even the pickiest tourist satisfied for weeks.

How to get around?

Most of Sydney's attractions lie within the central business district or along the harbor. If you really don't want to walk between them, the City Circle train and the Monorail will take you to and from most points of interest. There is also an inexpensive ferry service that offers fantastic views of Sydney from the water. If you have reason to venture further out, you can check train times and routes at

Good to Know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Australian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    For milder temperatures, visit in March, but for budget-friendly deals and cooler weather, make sure you go in May!

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What people are saying about Sydney

We were transferred to the Tall Ship's lunch cruise & it was excellent

As the dock was non functional at Goat Island we did the Tall Ships lunch cruise, so pleased we did. Enjoyed it immensely.

Safe, enjoyable, really exhilarating with fantastic views

Overall this was a fantastic experience and one that I can go back home to England and tell my friends a about-- would recommend this to everyone
BridgeClimb Sydney Reviewed by DELIA, 02/18/2016

It was a good trip with loads of fantastic views along the way.

An action packed trip with lots of information about the area as well as about the soap. Paul and TAnya certainly new their stuff and were very pleasant hosts.
Official Home and Away Tour to Summer Bay Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/09/2016

Very informative & Well worth the money for any home & away fan

We had a very informative tour guide , we were taken to all of the outside locations. Unfortunately they were not filming , but that meant we were able to access everywhere . We Got to take photos at alfs bait shop , pier diner and the surf club . We Walked along the beach and got to see the iconic sand paths that lead you down to the sandy beach . Had a choice of merchandise shops with alfs bait shop and the surf club as options , they were sensible prices to , our t shirt cost $25 . We also saw some homes they use in the show , Marilyn's and lea's to name a few . Palm beach is a very nice beach in its own right . After we were dropped off in manly , which is a very nice place of its own . We got the ferry back at a cost of $ 7.40 and was well worth the money as we got to see the opera house and harbour bridge all lit up in all there glory . Overall , the tour was very interesting and informative and if your a fan of the show , you will defiantly enjoy an afternoon at summer bay .
Official Home and Away Tour to Summer Bay Reviewed by Richard, 08/14/2015

The knowledge of the tour guide was the excellent factor

The tour guides knowledge, passion for the tour and customers made this an excellent day . The size group 13 people was also a large factor in the excellence of this tour
Blue Mountains Small Group Tour with Meals & Cruise Reviewed by Maurice, 05/04/2015

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