Posted: 7 Aug 2017 Must do’s in Sydney, Australia

With many man-made and natural wonders to see, here's our list of ‘must-do’s’.


1. Sleep with the animals

taronga zoo

The Taronga Zoo houses 2,900 exotic and native species including gorillas, tigers, leopards, chimpanzees, giraffes, kangaroos and koalas and is a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. For the ultimate sleepover, book the Roar & Snore package, where guests camp overnight at the zoo. 



2. Go backstage

sydney opera house

With a varied and full program, the Opera House is one of the city’s busiest music, arts and performance venues. To learn about the inner workings of this icon, take a Backstage Tour. These tours are highly informative and available in several languages, including Japanese, Mandarin and French.



3. Don’t look down

sydney bridge climb

Opened in 1932, visitors to the Sydney Harbour Bridge are free to walk or cycle across this vast structure that spans Sydney Harbour. Better yet, book one of the many BridgeClimb expeditions which will take you high into the superstructure. Twilight and dawn climbs are available.



4. Bondi beach trail

bondi beach

To appreciate an amazing piece of coastline, join the Bondi to Coogee Walk which links all these beaches and showcases Sydney’s finest ocean views. There are also plenty of cafés en route, interesting landmarks and naturally, some great swimming spots.

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5. Eat things from the Rockpool

rockpool sydney

Syndey has some of the best restaurants in the world. One of the great ones is Rockpool, a fine-dining gem that blends sophisticated classics with Asian flavours.



6. Discover the Convict Past

the rocks sydney

Under the glossy exterior of Sydney lies a colourful history. The Rocks is an historic reminder of the colonial era. While visitors can wander the cobbled laneways, The Rocks Walking Tours provide an entertaining portrait of Australia’s first European settlement. Complete your history lesson by visiting Fort Denison, an island with its own mini fort and canons.

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7. A yacht? why not

sydney by sail

Taking a ferry ride to Manly remains one of Sydney’s signature travel experiences, but sailing your own yacht on the harbour is even better. A number of companies, including Sydney By Sail, offer yacht charters. Why not sign up for a sailing lesson on one of the world’s most dazzling waterways?



8. Explore Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens

sydney royal botanic garden

The beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens are extensive and a place of scientific research, running many educational programs. There are walking paths and scenic train rides for kids. Learn about the gardens through free guided walks through the 30-hectare site, plus special Aboriginal Heritage Tours and sample tasty bush foods.



9. Camp on Cockatoo Island

cockatoo island

Spend a night camping on Cockatoo Island, located in the Middle Harbour, behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Not only will you wake up to one of the world’s great views, but you’ll learn about the island’s history as a convict prison and later a shipyard. Bring your own tent or hire a pre-erected one on the island.



10. Go Wild in the Blue Mountains

blue mountain national park

Famous for its blue-tinged escarpment and Three Sisters rock formation —along with graceful hotels and quaint townships — the Blue Mountains National Park is just a few hours from Sydney. The mountains are a popular spot for walkers, mountain bikers, abseilers, climbers and all outdoor types. 



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