From the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House, every bit of this picturesque city is iconic. But what are the best things to do in Sydney?

Here is our condensed list of things you simply must do and places you have to visit.

If you have lots of time to spend here you can quite easily just wander around and find new and amazing things everywhere you go. We love this city and are sure you will too.

Sydney Fish Market

One for the foodies. Sydney Fish Market is the third largest fish market in the world and is fantastic to take a look around. The rich oceans provide a huge variety of seafood that is sold fresh every day and exported around the country and the world.

Have a wander around the markets and sample some of the fresh fish that is served up here daily. From high-grade sushi to grilled coral trout or even rock oysters which are some of the best in the world.

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Seafood selection at Sydney Fish Market

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Drink at Opera Bar

The ever-famous Opera House is, of course, the first image that comes to mind when you think of Sydney. Seeing this incredible structure up close is incredible. But what better way to take it in that to grab a glass of fizz or a nice cold drink right up close at the “Opera Bar”. The venue sits right next to the harbour with views of the bridge and a closeup view of the opera house itself. The drinks in Sydney can be quite expensive so bear that in mind.

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Opera Bar, Sydney

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a modernised pedestrian area that is home to numerous restaurants and bars. A great place to come and grab a bite to eat in the evening. The harbour is beautiful at night with water and light shows over the water. If not for some food, it is worth a walk around at least.

It is worth having a look at what the variety of eateries have on offer each evening. You will likely come across an array of competitive dining deals, put on to steal the passing tourist trade.

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Darling Harbour at Sunset

Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

Arguably one of the most pleasant coastal walks along the whole of the Australian East coast. You can start from either end depending on where you wish to end up. Its not too strenuous a walk but is packed full of incredible views! Even if you’re not into hiking, this walk is for everyone.

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Taronga Zoo

Located on the north side of the harbour in Clifton Gardens. Taronga zoo is a popular tourist attraction. The zoo is famous for its incredible city backdrop. Whilst walking around and seeing the elephants and chimpanzees you can take in views of Sydney harbour and the opera house. A great day out especially if you have kids with you.

Gorillas at Taronga Zoo
Family of Gorillas at Taronga Zoo

Walk over Syndey Harbour Bridge

Probably the second most iconic structure in Australia, the harbour bridge is a beautiful steel arch linking together the north and the south of the city. The Bridge is used by cars and trams but is also accessible to pedestrians. Walk along the public walkway to take in views over the harbour and the opera house.

There is also the option to take part in a “bridge walk” where you will be allowed to climb over the steel arch itself. Maybe not for those on a budget, but a once in a lifetime experience to consider.

View from Harbour Bridge
View of the Opera House from the free Harbour Bridge walkway

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Mrs Macquarie’s chair is one of the best locations to view the Opera House. So if you are after that perfect photo, this is the spot to get to.

The chair itself is actually a sandstone rock carved into the shape of a bench. It was thought to be the spot where the wife of the Governor of New South Wales used to sit and watch for ships coming in from England.

Bondi Beach

Just outside of the city lies Bondi Beach. The most famous beach in Australia. A beautiful crescent of golden sand with waves fit for surfing as well as a saltwater swimming pool just along the side. Bondi is a great place for a day trip, with loads of great places to eat and drink. Get your swimmers on and hit the beach.

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Bondi Beach

The Royal Botanic Garden

The botanical gardens are beautiful to take a walk around during the morning in Sydney. Located right in the centre of the city adjacent to the water in between the Opera House and Mrs Macquarie’s chair.

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Day trip to Manly

Manly is a gorgeous seaside suburb in the North East of Sydney. An ideal spot to spend the day getting out of the busy city and experiencing more relaxed beach vibes. The best way to get to Manly is via ferry which cruises along the harbour all the way to the mouth of the river. There are lots of walks and beaches to explore, as well as plenty of restaurants to keep you well-fed.

Ferry port in Sydney harbour

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Hi, we're Matt & Lorna. Two travellers on one path hoping to share some of our experiences with you.

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