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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 www.transportnsw.info.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Australian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
  • Country Code
    61
  • 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

discovered a totally different side to sydney

This was a fantastic and laid back tour, a perfect tuesday night activity. Our guide Kirsty was so friendly and informative and showed us many tiny and beautiful small bars hidden in various streets of Sydney. I am from Sydney and never even knew about any of them! We had some wine and also got to eat some delicious guac and pizza throughout the tour. I really liked the fact that we didn't go to touristy bars, that we actually went to amazing and well designed small bars with lots of character and appeal.
Sydney: Small Bars 3-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/05/2016

Amazing flight and really reliable company

We had an amazing flight on top of Sydney. At first, our flight was planned on Saturday but it was a really rainy day so they suggest to moved it for an other day, 2 days later. That was just amazing, the staff is great, trustfully. Thanks guys for this flight :)

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

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