Sydney is Australia’s largest city and often labelled as one of the most beautiful cities in the World, making it an essential part of any Australian holiday. With its iconic landmarks, beautiful beaches, natural harbour and impressive skyline there is an endless list of things to see and do. To help you, we have narrowed the list down and put together our top 10 things to do in Sydney. If these whet your appetite we can also help plan your Australian tour from the UK.

Sydney Opera House

A stunning piece of modern architecture, this beautiful white structure is one of Australia’s most iconic features and definitely one of the top 10 places to visit in Sydney. Standing on the edge of Sydney Harbour the white sails stand proud. The opera house hosts over 1500 performances and draws in 1.2million people each year. When visiting Sydney it is well worth seeing if you can get tickets to a performance or book onto a backstage tour, where you have the chance to learn all about the under workings of the venue. For further information click here.

Sydney Tower

Another of Sydney’s famous landmarks which adds to an already impressive skyline. The Sydney Tower is a fantastic starting to point for any first time visitor to Sydney. From here, you can really get your bearings with breathtaking 360 degree views stretching out as far as the harbour and the Blue Mountains beyond. Admission to the tower also includes entry to a 4D show providing a simulation of an amazing flight through the city and taking in its sights and sounds.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of the most recognisable sights and one of the best things to do in Sydney, nothing quite prepares you for the size and beauty of the bridge. Built in 1932 this imposing structure allows visitors to freely walk or cycle across. However if you are feeling a little more adventurous then why not consider the Sydney Bridge Climb. You are aided by an expert guide and get the most amazing views across the city whilst learning all about the bridge during your climb. There are several different climbs available including a sampler tour that goes to the halfway point. There are no special climbing skills required and no matter which tour you decide to complete, you will undoubtedly have an exhilarating sense of achievement by the end of it.

Sydney Botanic Gardens

Sydney Botanic Garndens provide a cavalcade of natural floral beauty right in the heart of the city with close proximity to Sydney’s CBD. The gardens are filled with bird-life such as cockatoos and flying foxes. It’s the kind of place you can pop into for half an hour or spend a good half-day without feeling like you’ve seen it all. There are beautiful views of the harbour which you can enjoy whilst walking through the immaculately maintained greenery. For further information visit the site here.

Bondi Beach

The Beaches of Sydney are world class and it is easy to make a full day at one of the many beaches. Bondi Beach is of course the most famous and owes its popularity not only to its location but also to its great surf, its great sand and clean waters.

Manly Beach

Like Bondi, this popular beach is clean, and great for surfers and swimmers alike. Yet it has a seemingly more laid-back feel. Set amongst a lovely back drop of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants its well worth taking the 30minute ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf.

Government House

Sydneys Government House has been home to 27 Governors since its construction in 1846 and is one of the city’s true ‘hidden gems’. You can catch a guided tour around the building which you will find located close to the entrance to the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Queen Victoria Building

The Queen Victoria Building is a beautiful building where you can enjoy a high-end, elegant and gracious shopping experience. A great place to marvel at the architecture whilst enjoying some great cafes and restaurants. Even if you are not a keen shopper, it is well worth investing some of your time whilst visiting Sydney.

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum holds so many sensational displays and exhibits that it will uphold its impressive reputation to people of all persuasions who will likely find it very worth while. The museum is brimming with atmosphere that embraces all things maritime. You can find much more information by visiting their website here.

Sealife – Sydney Aquarium

A well thought out and great aquatic attraction, featuring five separate habitat exhibitions. Such animal highlights include Giant Stingrays, a variety of sharks and Giant Sea-Turtles.

Our top 10 things to do in Sydney are a combination of beaches, beautiful gardens, the harbour and rich architecture but Sydney has much more amazing places to visit, that’s what makes Sydney one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating cities.


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