SYDNEY Just like many other cities in the world is a hub of activity and as such you’ll find there are plenty of things to do for adults and children of all ages that will both keep them occupied and make your trip to Sydney as memorable as possible.
To help out, below we have put together a comprehensive list together of where to go with links directly to the activities, venues and locations. Some you may have seen before and hopefully some fresh unique ideas of what to do in Sydney!
1. Tourist Attractions
Recommended for the children:
- PowerHouse Museum – Science and design museum has so much to offer including workshops and activities there is certainly lots to see and do here.
- Australian Museum – History museum currently exhibiting Alexander the Great artifacts … look for the Giant T-Rex hanging out of the building window!
- Sydney Olympic Park – Play and watch sports and check out the 20km of cycle ways where you can hire bikes and ride along the Parramatta River
- Taronga Zoo – Australia’s leading zoological garden, featuring the nation’s finest collection of native animals and exotic species + ferry transfer.
- Luna Park – Sydney’s best loved theme park, right near the Harbour Bridge and a real hoot for some good old fashion theme park rides. You will also find Luna Park in Melbourne where they have very recently celebrated their Centenary.
- Royal Botanic Gardens – Mixed fun for children and adults, see a mixed horticultural environment with native flowers and wildlife
- Hayden Orpheum Cinema – Located in Mosman this old Art Deco style cinema is fantastic fun, book the right screen and you will see a man pop out of the floor playing an old Wurlitzer prior to the start of your movie. They show all current movies also in 3D as well as some unique old movies, most recently they screen the Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, ET. They also screen live broadcasts of plays from around the world and have special mums and bubs days where tickets are discounted. Highly Recommended.
- Take a trip out to Adriano Zumbo’s little restaurant in Pyrmont at the Star Hotel and pick up some ludicrously tasty Macarons. The children will love this mini Willy Wonka experience and you can see the chefs making the hundreds of Macarons in the background.
Recommended for the adults:
- The Sydney Bridge Climb you always hear people talking about it, so get on up there and enjoy the spectacular view. Also available is a Sydney night-time Bridge climb.
- Take an early morning trip to the Fish Markets to soak up the fantastic atmosphere and check out some amazing seafood
- Visit some of the amazing coffee houses, Double Roasters brew in house and is highly recommended, many of the smaller suburbs outside of the CBD (Central Business District) are home to some of the best coffee houses in Sydney.
- Pub-crawl through the Rocks. The Rocks is home to some great pubs and what a location
- Visit the Museum of Comptemporary Art – A special collection of art pieces from around the world
2. Ferry trip in the Harbour
Take a Ferry across the Harbour, it costs very little and you get to see Sydney from a different angle, some gorgeous waterside houses close up, plus the kids will love it, sit up top to get the best view. It has been known for Whales to venture in to the harbour so keep your eyes peeled and hold on to your hat!
3. Book a table at one of Sydney’s many fine dining restaurants.
If you are on a romantic holiday there is no better view in a restaurant in Sydney’s CBD than looking out at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge whilst eating at a multi-hat restaurant. Peter Gilmore’s Quay and his famous ‘Snow Egg’ certainly will not disappoint!
Amongst Quay there are many other great top restaurants including Est. , Nobu, Momofuku Seiobo, Tetsuyas, Rockpool, Sails
If you want to go for an alternative but equally amazing view, check out Ripples at Milsons Point which sits almost beneath the Harbour Bridge on the north side of the Harbour.
4. Take a short trip to Newtown for some great food and Surry Hills for some amazing galleries, boutique shops and awesome coffee houses!
5. Book an evening at the Opera House
Sydney’s famous Opera House is best known for its outstanding architecture, acoustics and atmosphere. See whats on when you are here if you book in you won’t be disappointed. Alternatively during the day time book in to one of their 1 hour tours.