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Things you must do in Sydney
01. Surfing at Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is one of the world’s best destinations to learn to surf, with mesmerising views and waves that draw surfers from everywhere. Enrol in an accredited surf school and learn from experienced teachers who know the waves and will help you understand ocean conditions.
Bondi Beach Surfing Sydney Australia
Surfing at Bondi Beach Sydney Australia
02. Bondi Icebergs Club
The Bondi Icebergs Swimming Club is an Australian winter swimmers club, located at the southern end of Bondi Beach in Sydney, New South Wales. The swimming club was established in 1929 and has a small museum on the first floor.
Bondi Icebergs Club, Bondi Beach, Sydney
03. Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The coastal walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways.
Bondi Beach to Coogee Coastal Walk, Sydney, Australia
Coastal Walk Bondi to Coogee Beach
04. Bondi Surf Lifesavers
The Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club is Australia's oldest Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1907. The club claims to be the “world’s first life saving club”, it was officially established on February 21, 1907 at the Royal Hotel in Bondi.
North Bondi Warriors Surf Lifesaving Calendar
05. Speedos Cafe in North Bondi
Whether you have niggly dietary requirements, live the clean eats lifestyle or are looking for a full-blown foodie feast, this local institution has got all bases covered.
Speedos Cafe, Bondi Beach
Speedos Cafe Coffee Shop in Bondi, NSW
06. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings.
Sydney Opera House Facade Projection
Sydney Opera House
The Ship Song Project by Nick Cave
07. Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is the city zoo of Sydney, Australia and is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. It was officially opened on 7 October 1916.
Taronga Zoo Centenary Birthday Celebrations
Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia
08. The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region and a mountain range located in New South Wales, Australia. The region borders on Sydney's metropolitan area, its foothills starting about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of the state capital.
Beautiful Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia
Blue Mountains, Australia
09. Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.
Sydney Harbour Bridge 80th Anniversary
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House Sunrise
10. Whale Watching in Sydney
Whale watching is a popular pastime in Sydney in the winter and spring. There are a number of different migration and whale seasons.
Whale Watching Sydney 1
Whale Watching Sydney 2
11. Hunter Valley Wines
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's best known wine regions. Located in the state of New South Wales, the region has played a pivotal role in the history of Australian wine as one of the first wine regions planted in the early 19th century.
Come Play, Hunter Valley 1
Come Play, Hunter Valley 2
12. Sydney Tower Eye
Sydney Tower is Sydney's tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The tower stands 309 m (1,014 ft) above the Sydney central business district (CBD), located on Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets. The tower is open to the public, and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, being visible from a number of vantage points throughout town and from adjoining suburbs.
EYE LIVE and Sydney Tower Eye
The Sydney Tower Eye Views
Go shopping in the markets: Glebe, Paddington, The Rocks.
13. Glebe Markets
Glebe Markets is the showcase for the cutting edge of fashion and design. Clothing and Jewellery and accessories are a strong point too. Come meet and chat with the makers and be part of the scene. Explore...lose yourself at Glebe for a day.
The Glebe Markets
14. Paddington Markets
Started as a market to encourage local fashion designers, craftspeople, jewellery makers and artists, the market has over 150 unique stalls filled with creative fashion and accessories, beautiful smelling soaps and candles and pictures that inspire.
Paddington Markets Oxford Street
15. The Rocks Market
Situated at the northern end of George Street and in the surrounding side-streets, this is the major tourist market in Sydney. With the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and nestled within the historic Rocks area it's a perfect place for an enjoyable day browsing.
The Rocks Markets, Sydney 1
The Rocks Markets, Sydney 2
16. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding at the Spit
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Sydney
17. The Australian Heritage Hotel
On 12th August 1824, The Sydney Gazette announced that the Australian Heritage Hotel was officially opened for business. Almost 200 years on, the Australian Heritage Hotel remains, one of the most intact pubs in Sydney & locals favourite watering holes.
Kangaroo, Emu, and Crocodile Pizzas at The Australian Heritage Hotel
The Australian Heritage Hotel
18. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life, displaying more than 700 species comprising more than 13,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures from most of Australia's water habitats.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
19. Ferry to Manly
Manly ferry services operate on Sydney Harbour connecting the Sydney suburb of Manly with Circular Quay in the CBD a journey of seven nautical miles. Services to Manly commenced in the 1850s.
Manly, Sydney, Ferry, Hurry
Sydney Harbour Manly Ferry and Opera House
20. Australian Rules Football
Australian rules football, or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field. The main way to score points is by kicking the oval-shaped ball between the two tall goal posts. The team with the highest score by the end of the match wins unless a draw is declared.
Biggest AFL Hits
What is Australian Rules Football
21. Royal National Park of New South Wales
The Royal National Park, colloquially the Nasho or the Royal, is a protected national park that is located in Sutherland Shire, south of Sydney, New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The 15,091-hectare (37,290-acre) national park is about 29 kilometres (18 mi) south of the Sydney central business district near the localities of Loftus, Otford, and Waterfall.
Royal National Park and Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia
Royal National Park, Sydney, New South Wales
22. Sydney Fish Market
The Sydney Fish Market is a fish market in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The market sits on the Blackwattle Bay foreshore in Pyrmont, 2 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district. It is the world's third largest fish market.
Sydney Fish Market 1
Sydney Fish Market 2
23. Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a major botanical garden located in the heart of Sydney, Australia. Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world. It is open every day of the year and access is free.
Celebrating 200 Years of The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia
24. Fish and Chips on Bondi Beach
For some it’s all about sitting on the sand with a newspaper-wrapped bundle of nourishment on their laps, for others it’s about the warm parcel of hot chips steaming with vinegar, keeping them warm in the car. Whichever way you like your fish and chips – chicken salt, vinegar, ketchup or au natural – there's a large selection eateries on Bondi Beach that serve some of the best Fish and Chips anywhere.
Best Fish-n-Chips in Bondi
The Bucket List: Live, Love, Bondi
25. Bohemian Newtown Sydney
Newtown, a suburb of Sydney's inner west is located approximately four kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district. King Street is the main street of Newtown and centre of commercial and entertainment activity. Newtown is chockfull of boutiques, bakeries and unique bars.
King Street, Newtown, Sydney
People Watching and Shop Window Gazing in Newtown, Sydney, Australia
26. Beach Volleyball in Manly
Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net.
Beach Volleyball, Manly
Manly Beach Volleyball
Sydney is the host of several festivals throughout the year.
27. Sydney Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival is one of the world's longest-running film festivals, and is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar. The 12-day Festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world.
Sydney Film Festival 2015
Sydney Film Festival 2016
28. Defqon.1 Music Festival
Defqon.1 Festival takes place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre and transforms this breathtaking venue into the ultimate party island.
Defqon.1 Australia 2015 Endshow
Defqon.1 Australia 2016 Endshow
29. Listen Out Sydney
Listen Out is the antidote to many of the things you don’t like about bigger music festivals. It is a carefully handcrafted party, with a killer lineup of the dance music that matters and a philosophy of best, not biggest. Say goodbye to endless timetable clashes, long hikes to the 12th stage and spending your day with several thousand people you can’t relate to.
Stereosonic 2014 Official Aftermovie
Stereosonic 2015 Official Aftermovie
30. Sydney Festival
Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque, cheeky cabaret and Canadian circus, to high energy jazz, indie rock and Russian theatre.
Sydney Festival Highlights 2016
Sydney Festival Highlights 2017
31. Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney is an annual outdoor lighting festival with immersive light installations and projections in Sydney. Part of the lighting festival also includes performances from local and international musicians and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers.
Vivid Sydney 2013
32. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, or locally Mardi Gras, is an annual LGBT pride parade and festival in Sydney, Australia attended by hundreds of thousands of people from around Australia and overseas. It is one of the largest such festivals in the world and includes a variety of events such as the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and Party, Bondi Beach Drag Races, Harbour Party, the academic discussion panel Queer Thinking, Mardi Gras Film Festival, as well as Fair Day, which attracts 70,000 people to Victoria Park, Sydney.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party 2016