Sydney

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Top attractions in Sydney

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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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 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!

Sightseeing in Sydney

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What people are saying about Sydney

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We had such a great time on this tour! So much is packed in one day - blowholes, waterfalls, rainforest, coast, highlands - it's incredible how much you get to see and experience. My favourite part, however, was walking with wombats in Kangaroo Valley. This is literally what we did - walked among dozens of peacefully grazing wombats. These adorable marsupials were very nonchalant about presence among them. They were taking their first meal of the day very seriously and mostly just kept chewing grass as we walked by. Being literally surrounded by enthusiastically chewing wombats (and a few kangaroos) is one of the best wildlife experiences I’ve had in Australia. I will definitely be joining this tour again.

As explained by Jed the driver - the whole day was a bit of a taster of what the area(s) had to offer - and as it was a day tour incorporating various places it meant a limited amount of time at each location. However, I felt, apart from lunch at Leura, we had enough time to take in some of the sights and activities. Still managed to find an old type sweet shop in Leura though to pick up some strawberry bonbons (made in France - found that amusing as I'm learning French as well). I'd been to the Blue Mountains before but hadn't been fully down into the Rain forest or at Scenic World - so enjoyed that as well as the Zoo as it gave the opportunity to feed some of the animals.

Weather was perfect so we could see beautiful blue mountain. This is great tour to enjoy everything during the day. And our tour guide he is the best! He is knowledgeable,good story teller also has sense of humor. It was great time to know about aborigine culture too. Highly recommend this tour. One of my Best tour I’ve ever joined!

Really great group and day trip. Mark was a great driver and tour guide. All the stops were well timed, great food and wine tasting experiences at all the venues and everyone was so friendly. Loved the whole day!

The tour guide from wildscape adventures was exceptional, so knowledgeable and well mannered, I can’t speak highly enough of him, will definitely recommend friends and family to do the glow worm tour with him