Top attractions in Sydney
Top sights 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.
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- 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 had such a great time on this tour! So much is packed in one day - blowholes, waterfalls, rainforest, coast, highlands - it's incredible how much you get to see and experience. My favourite part, however, was walking with wombats in Kangaroo Valley. This is literally what we did - walked among dozens of peacefully grazing wombats. These adorable marsupials were very nonchalant about presence among them. They were taking their first meal of the day very seriously and mostly just kept chewing grass as we walked by. Being literally surrounded by enthusiastically chewing wombats (and a few kangaroos) is one of the best wildlife experiences I’ve had in Australia. I will definitely be joining this tour again.
This was a birthday gift cruise for my cousin. When I arrived at the wharf she wasn`t there, she was at Circular Quay instead because of a misunderstanding. I panicked and was pset she was missing out. However the crew said not to worry, we can pick her up from the Opera Hose wharf. I was so relieved and we were both happy at the end which turned out to be a wondeful event afterall. So my sinccere thank you for being a great crew and making our day highly rememberable. The live Jazz was also wonderful.
It was the best Hunter Valley experience ever - it was very COVID-safe, our tour guide wore a mask, he made sure we never felt rushed and got us to each location on time. Sam, the amazing human he is, even picked us up from our accomodation even though it wasn’t a registered spot. Each of the wineries we went too were amazing!! So well run, so clean, and the wine was bloody delicious. Would definitely book again.
Really great group and day trip. Mark was a great driver and tour guide. All the stops were well timed, great food and wine tasting experiences at all the venues and everyone was so friendly. Loved the whole day!
It was an excellent trip with an awesome itinerary. Dave is a wonderful person to have as the guide and he kept us entertained with his knowledge and all the trivia.