Sydney–the oldest and largest city in Australia–has so much activities and sights in store for all types of visitors, and perhaps the only thing that would give anyone a difficult time here is deciding on what to do first. Aside from being known as one of the most livable cities in the world, this city is also known for impressive structures, beautiful beaches, a beaming and diverse art scene, and so much more.
To give you a place to start, we’ve thought of listing some of the best activities in this city. These are the things that we think would give you a grand time–In no particular order, here’s our top 10 things to do in this city.
Visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Before you explore the hole-in-the-wall cafes and clubs, you first must begin with visiting the most recognized attractions. One of the things that you must check out first is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This Sydney landmark is where some of the most important celebrations are held, including New Year’s Eve and other significant celebrations. The bridge is especially amazing at night, when it’s illuminating presence towers over the whole city.
Visit the Sydney Opera House.
This is another Sydney landmark that you must not miss. The Sydney Opera House is one of the most popular Sydney attractions (this is perhaps one of the first pictures you’ll see when you encounter any article about the city). A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this place is considered as one of the best and most famous performing arts center in the world.
Walk along the Darling Harbour.
Take a nice stroll along this beautiful precinct, where you’ll catch catch amazing views and see other great attractions such as the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, the LG IMAX Theatre, the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and the Harbourside Shopping Centre.
See The Rocks.
This is an urban locality in Sydney where you’ll be able to be immersed in interesting activities including The Rocks Market, were you’ll find more than a hundred great stalls; the famous Fortune of War, one of the city’s oldest surviving pubs; and the wide array of art galleries.
Go to museums.
Sydney is famous for the arts, and so devoting a day into exploring the its museums and galleries will sure be worth it. The ones that we highly recommend are the Art Gallery of NSW, where you can see remarkable aboriginal art; the Australian Museum, the oldest museum in the country; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, where you’ll find some of the best Australian and international contemporary art exhibitions.
Meet Animals at the Taronga Zoo.
This is a definite must-do when you’re traveling with kids. Home to more than 2,600 animals and more than 300 species, the Taronga Zoo is where both you and the kids will learn, have fun, and of course see beautiful animals.
Go Whale Watching.
Want to see the magical sight of migrating whales? It’s also possible in Sydney. There’s a cruise the departs from the Darling Harbour, and another one from Circular Quay–both will be able to to give you a glimpse of this beautiful thing that nature has to offer.
Chill at Manly Beach.
Ride a ferry from Circular Quay to get to this stunning beach (it will only take about 30 minutes). Lined with shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, this is an amazing place to spend a nice afternoon under the sun.
Go surfing at Bondi Beach.
Australia is known for its beaches, and Bondi has become a favorite among tourists and locals for so many decades now. The great thing about this beach is that it is very near the city centre, so you will not have to take a long trip to be able to experience one of Sydney‘s best spots for surfing, skating, swimming, or simply hanging out.
Learn about history at the Royal National Park.
This is an amazing place to immerse yourself in some of Sydney‘s most beautiful, natural settings. This is one of the world’s oldest national park after Yellowstone in the United States. Included in the Australian Heritage List, this is a place where you can learn about the city’s history as well as be enveloped by magical surroundings.
Have you been to this part of Australia? What other attractions and important landmarks would you recommend to first-time visitors to this place? Surely there are still so much activities to do in Sydney, and we’d love to hear about your ideas and recommendations!