Top Tours & Activities 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 Eye!
Built as an extension of the city's aquarium to imitate the habitats of Australia's most iconic creatures, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is now one of the best things to do for families in Sydney!
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!
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyAustralian Dollar ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (+10:00)
- Country Code61
- Best time to visitFor milder temperatures, visit in March, but for budget-friendly deals and cooler weather, make sure you go in May!
Things to Do in Sydney
Top Attractions in Sydney
- 1Sydney Harbour Bridge
- 2Sydney Opera House
- 3Circular Quay
- 4Darling Harbour
- 5Featherdale Wildlife Park
- 6Taronga Zoo
- 7Central Business District
- 8Sydney Aquarium
- 10Coogee Beach
- 11Sydney Tower Eye
- 12Manly Beach
- 13The Rocks
- 14Palm Beach, Sydney
- 15WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
- 16Madame Tussauds Sydney
- 17Parliament House, Sydney
- 18Fort Denison
- 19Royal Mint
- 20Luna Park Sydney
Other Sightseeing Options in Sydney
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What People Are Saying About Sydney
High regards to our guide, Greg. He offered us an evening full of entertaining tales and information about the history of Sydney and the Rocks! Highly recommended.
Our driver and guide - John - made the day for us. He was cheerful, humorous, knowledgeable and thoughtful. We booked at the last minute and all the staff involved were helpful in getting the arrangements sorted. The destinations were very crowded, but this was inevitable given the time of year and the fine weather. We were given some choice as a group in where to spend more or less time and this was appreciated. Leura in particular was an unexpected little gem, we knew roughly what to expect from Featherdale and Scenic World, but Leura surprised us very pleasantly. Going on a Sunday also meant that the cost of the river cruise back to Circular Quay was only $2.50, leaving $7.50 on the Opal card provided. All in all, a worthwhile and rewarding day.
A wonderful experience from start to finish..... no complaints for this experience
The cruise itself was very good. We would have rated it as excellent how're we has to wait 25 mins for a large group of people to arrive. This delayed departure resulted in cruise only lasting 2.5 hours not 3. Disappointing since we were advised passengers must be at wharf 20 mins prior to departure.
Stop asking for reviews. There was a questionnaire immediately after the activity and this is the second or third request. It pisses people off and they won't use you again.