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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

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

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

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

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 Eye

Sydney Tower Eye

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!

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

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!

Darling Harbour

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

The idea of a relaxing high tea was great but it was very noisy

We loved this, but you need to book a window seat which we didn't realise at time of booking, so we were placed in the middle of all these other tables on the outside of the room, big party which meant big noise. We asked could we be moved to the back of the cruise where another 2 people were sitting, and for an extra $15.00 each we were moved, then it became what it was suppose to be relaxing! The only problem we had was that the sun was in the wrong spot so the windows of the cruise were very dirty so sometimes you couldn't make out some things on the land that the commentary was talking about.

Sydney Harbour Relaxing 1.5-Hour High Tea Cruise Reviewed by Daryll, 07/23/2019

Spectacular views; uneven, slippery, wet walking needed

The views are wonderful; the tour guide’s accent was not easy for a non-Australian. The rows on the bus were very close, so it was cramped seating. No overhead bin for backpacks, that had to be tucked between our legs. Lots of walking in uneven, steep, slippery, often wet surfaces. My wife who is 67 and quite fit couldn’t go down to Wentworth Falls. I am wondering how we would have coped in a wet day. We went on a glorious and sunny day. We were not advised about how cold it world get at the Three Sisters viewing gallery at sunset.

Blue Mountains and Three Sisters Sunset Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/09/2019

Good but not amazing. Worth the amount we paid for.

We had Rod as our guide. He was knowledgeable but he made some jokes about people’s country of origin. While good at taking us to various locations, we found that we were a bit rushed in the Blue Mountains and in Scenic World. Overall great experience in seeing the Blue Mountains as that was once in a lifetime.

Blue Mountain Luxury Personalised Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/23/2019

Highly recommended, it was a fantastic day trip

It was a fantastic trip, Dave is great guide with good sense of humour! I actually prefer this awesome day trip than blue mountain trip. Great value for money, good food, highly recommended. (The advertising photos do not do the trip justice - more beautiful in person) don’t miss it :)

Sydney: Walking with Wombats Experience Reviewed by Jue, 09/01/2019

Excellent guide. Great experience. Good history of the Rocks

We like to find out a bit about the history of places we visit. My wife booked this tour as quite close to our hotel near Circular Quay. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide who clears knew a lot about the area. Lots of interesting information. Would thoroughly recommend.

The Rocks Walking Tour Reviewed by Paul, 08/16/2019