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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

Despite the weather, this tour was FANTASTIC!

Pros: - David (our guide) was very knowledgable and was one of the best tour guides, I've ever had! His explanation of everything was wonderful and he was very witty, funny and entertaining! - The small group of 10 made it easy to move quickly from place to place and it felt like we were on a private tour with David. - Featherdale was a great place to see all the indigenous animals! - The Blue Mountains were BEAUTIFUL! Cons: - The tour company did not pick us up from our hotel in Bondi (less than 15 min drive from other hotels near downtown) Overall the tour was great and if you can get David as your guide then you'll be lucky! Thanks for a great tour!

Excellent tour with a superb driver guide- Zed

Perfect pickup and drop with a superb driver guide-Zed, as he called himself. Pretty long itinerary with well planned breaks and activities. Lovely sight seeing in a comfortable coach. Fitting finale with the river cruise into circular quay. Worth every dollar spent.

A Shining Example of Persistence and Brilliant Vision

Kat was our tour guide. She was excellent in her story telling, directing us efficiently, and leading us to appreciate the Sydney Opera House on an intellectual and emotional level. Thank you, Kat

The Sydney Opera House Tour Reviewed by Martha, 11/11/2018

A great way to show your houseguests around Sydney.

We had elderly visitors coming and I got a brainwave that this would be a good way for them to sightsee. They could do the loop without getting off, do one bus change for the alternate tour, or get off as many times as they wanted. Perfect. They LOVED it! They were even able to get up and down from the top deck. If your guests are physically able, it's a much better view from the top of the open bus. Thank you Big Bus Tours.

Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 07/11/2018

Fantastic evening a must do when in Sydney

Fantastic evening with great views and fabulous food and wine! Our children bought this experience for our birthdays and we had a magical evening starting on the top deck with champagne as we cruised out past the Opera House. It would have been nice to have a visual to know where you are. Each dish was served with s fabulous wine and the staff had good knowledge of the wines they were serving.