Things to do in

Sydney

Urban comforts mix with sprawling mountains and beaches on one of the world’s most stunning harbors.

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Our most recommended things to do in Sydney

  • Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu

    1. Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu

    Experience a first-class dining experience aboard one of Sydney's premier vessels, the MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman II, as you sail around a dazzling night sky or a mesmerizing Sydney Harbour during sunset (summer). Enjoy the enchanting backdrop of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and savor the scrumptious choices of the 3-course a la carte meal Contemporary Australian menu and 5-star service. Once you have indulged in the fantasic cuisine on offer, enjoy the wonderful tunes provided by the live band and singer onboard from your seat or out on the dance floor! The Captains Dinner is truly the perfect choice for celebrating a special occasion or a night out for dinner in the city.

    Lovely meal with great views and very attentive waitress. Website shows meal choices which could be subject to change. However on arrival at the table it was a set menu with no choice so slightly disappointing. Fortunately after explaining I couldn’t eat the dessert I was offered an alternative. Great window table, professional and swift service.

  • Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

    2. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

    Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. Taronga Zoo is open daily, 365 days a year. Opening hours between October and March are 9:30 to 17:00; and between April and September from 9:30 to 16:30. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhi...

    unable to do the shows, but was able to try the Wild Ropes. It's a must try. a little bit scary of the height, and a little bit difficult. but fun

  • Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower with Window Table

    3. Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower with Window Table

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy a choice of over 30 freshly-prepared dishes from a range of cuisines at Sydney Tower's famous rotating restaurant. Enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views of the city that make Sydney Tower Buffet a unique dining experience for locals and visitors alike. The restaurant slowly rotates, allowing you to see the city from all sides while you eat.  Choose from a huge range of menu items, including the following: • A variety of dips, cheeses and condiments • A selection of hot and cold seafood • A large selection of salads, e.g. Greek salad, seafood salad, Asian salad, watermelon salad, and many more Sample menu: Seafood  Sydney rock oysters, fresh lemon (gf, df) Tiger prawns, cocktail sauce (gf, df) Black mussels, harissa & capsicum (gf, df) Antipasto Shaved plain mortadella (gf, df) Grilled zucchini, lemon olive oil (v, gf, df) Eggplant caponata (v, gf, df) H...

    Enjoyed my special occasion with partner. Wish we could take our left overs home, looked amazing. We would have liked to not have brought home dishes we could not finish, pity! Shame about the wastage, but we will love to come again.

  • Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

    4. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

    Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

    The GetYourGuide deal was great value for money. Our express ferry with captain cook cruises was prompt and the staff were very friendly. It was wonderful to hear a bit of history about the harbour through the boat staff on the way over to Taronga. The express ferry had numerous return trips running throughout the day as well which was wonderful. The sky safari at Taronga also saved us a lot of time getting into the zoo, which allowed us to have a full day exploring the zoo. This deal is definitely worth purchasing.

  • Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

    5. Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

    Head west from Sydney to the Blue Mountains on this small group full-day tour away from the large tour groups. Walk to a cliff lookout for panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its rust and pink sandstone cliffs and subtropical rainforest. Arrive to the Blue Mountains and escape the crowds. Visit Scenic World, and ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway. Your tickets are already bought for you so there is no waiting in line and you can head straight to the rides! Your guide even comes on the rides with you. Enjoy a guided rainforest board walk and hear all the commentary about this natural ecosystem. Following this, take time to walk down the road to Echo Point and admire beautiful views of the Three Sister's lookout. Spend 20 minutes to wander around, take photos and take in the stunning scenery. Enjoy a chef prepared lunch at the a historic hotel - a wonderful and warm b...

    It was great but our email gave us incorrect pick up details! When we found our pick up point things looked up

  • Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter flight

    6. Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter flight

    Climb aboard for a 20-minute helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour for an experience you'll remember for a lifetime. Get a safety briefing and pre-flight photos at the heliport before boarding. Enjoy time to relax, use the bathroom, grab some water and chill out in the beautiful lounge room area. Then it's liftoff time. Fly over sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Taronga Zoo in the company of a licensed pilot. Listen to a running commentary through the provided voice-activated headsets as you continue over Watson's Bay, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Upon take-off, enjoy full panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean and the historic port of Botany Bay. Within minutes of your departure, your experienced and skilled pilot will have you above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and heading north along the coast at 500 feet. You will fly along the ...

    Great views of the city, harbour bridge and opera house. Nice cruise along the coast line back to the airport as well.

  • Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

    7. Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

    Make your way to Circular Quay to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat. You have the choice of two options on this cruise which will allow you to enjoy the whales with ultimate comfort and a delicious meal! Every day the cruise with lunch is available and on the weekends whales with brekky is an option! Seeing these giant mammals of the sea has the ability to change your whole view on life. The gracefulness, the peacefulness, the playfulness, the curiosity, the showmanship and the awesome power of a humpback whale is something everyone should witness in their lifetime. Whale watching is an exhilarating adventure - seeing these incredible creatures frolicking and swimming in the ocean is an awe-inspiring treat that you will remember forever! Breaching, tail...

    I went with my wife and 4 kids (ages 3-12) and we had a great day. The food was great but you had to get in early before they shut service. The whale spotter/guide and captain were clearly experienced, giving lots of detail and finding us some humpbacks during the afternoon. There was lots of info about Sydney and its surrounds during the trips through the harbour too.

  • Hunter Valley: Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Tasting Tour

    8. Hunter Valley: Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Tasting Tour

    Taste some of the finest wines produced in Australia on an amazing tasting tour of the Hunter Valley. Sample the best of the region's produce including cheeses, chocolates and other culinary treats. Quench your thirst with a local beer and sample distilled spirits and liqueurs.

    Travel in a small group with a great music playlist for a relaxed style and pace. Get inside knowledge about the boutique wineries and other producers of this extraordinary region. Take part in 3 fun and educational wine tastings to sample both red and white varietals with local gurus.

    Enjoy some free time to unwind over lunch with a glass of wine or more. Try organic vodka, schnapps, gin and liqueurs served in test tubes along the way. Choose from different flavors, such as mango, chocolate mint, or chili if you are feeling brave.

    The day was an absolute awesome day with the other 4 people we had on the tour with us, but the driver Tom, I would never recommend again, he wasn’’t very sociable, drive like a lunatic reaching speeds of 104 km/h in 80 km/h zones and was very pushy with what we had to do. In fact if I knew I was going to have him as a driver again, I would consider cancelling the trip.

  • Sydney: Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, and Kanangra Lookout

    9. Sydney: Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, and Kanangra Lookout

    Take a full-day tour to discover the stunning landscape of the Blue Mountains and visit some of the region’s natural highlights. Your day begins with pickup at your hotel in Sydney in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Head towards the UNESCO-listed Blue Mountains, and relax during the drive there. Visit the incredible Jenolan Caves, the oldest discovered open caves in the world. Learn about and explore this outstanding limestone cave system, dating back 360 million years. Discover what the caves might have been used for throughout the ages. Next, enjoy a walking tour of the Blue Mountains to see the most scenic spots, including the Grand Arch. Admire stunning waterfalls and glistening blue pools as you learn about native flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide. Stop at the breathtaking Kanangra Lookout where you can appreciate the unforgettable views. As you walk through this unique land...

    We were unable to visit the Jenolan caves due to riad damage. Antoine still provided an amazing comprehensive and interesting tour.

  • Ultimate Pearl Farm Experience

    10. Ultimate Pearl Farm Experience

    Enjoy a private Ultimate Pearl Farm experience with all the extras to make for a unique and memorable day out. Cruise the Hawkesbury River with the pearling team who reveal the intricacies of pearl farming. Explore the incredible local marine wilderness where iconic pelicans and abundant fish are a living display of the thriving marine ecosystem and world-class pearls. Once back on land you’re invited to join the pearling team in a hands-on pearl grading session with the harvest. Learn how pearls are graded by the seven virtues that underpin the value of these farm-direct Pearls of Australia. Wander through the Shellar door which showcases beautiful pearl jewelry and indigenous artwork for sale. Select your own pearl to keep as a priceless souvenir of your day and enjoy a bespoke grazing platter featuring locally grown oysters.

Frequently asked questions about Sydney

What top attractions are a must-see in Sydney?

Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 10,252 reviews

I went with my wife and 4 kids (ages 3-12) and we had a great day. The food was great but you had to get in early before they shut service. The whale spotter/guide and captain were clearly experienced, giving lots of detail and finding us some humpbacks during the afternoon. There was lots of info about Sydney and its surrounds during the trips through the harbour too.

The whole experience was such a thrill - we loved the welcome aboard and humour of Jim-boy - he’s a natural to put people at ease ! We had a lovely day for it and saw the best of Sydney from the water ! Me & my grand daughter enjoyed it sooooo much !

Absolutely fantastic experience. Everything was amazing from the Steve., the guide, to every place we visited. We went there for a birthday celebration and it was absolutely amazing! Looking to book a tour again soon!

Great views of the city, harbour bridge and opera house. Nice cruise along the coast line back to the airport as well.

Wonderful day out with 3 boutique wine tastings and cheese and chocolate shopping. Highly recommended!!