The beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Sydney is definitely one of the must-see places in Australia. Sydney is often the first city in Australia many people visit and there’s so much to see and do here, from soaking up the natural beauty to exploring the exciting city.
If you’re planning a trip to this stunning Australian city here’s a quick list of some of the best places to visit and things to do in Sydney – including the most famous tourist attractions you can’t miss and some less well-known hidden gems and local spots.
10 Things Not To Miss In Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House
The number one destination for all tourists! It may be the most well-known part of Sydney, but its beauty is absolutely breath-taking. Take some time and go on one of their guided tours, and even better, try and book a show there. There is a huge mixture of events, and you will always find something that suits you!
Sydney Harbour Bridge
This one of the most well known and most photographed landmarks in Australia. Built in 1932, it is an architectural marvel.
Take a Dip at Bondi Beach
This is one of the most iconic beaches in Sydney, where you can find waves for the adventurers as well as place to swim. There is a great selection of cafés and restaurants for all as well!
Have a drink at the Zeta Bar
You can marvel at the spectacular view from the Zeta Bar, with the most adventurous cocktails you will find!
Murray Rose Pool
A beautiful location, perfect for those who like the calm and still waters without waves! It fills up fast, and it is a very popular location for the locals, so make sure you get there early!
Wattamola, Royal National Park
It’s a short drive away from Sydney but it is well worth it. It has a stunning lagoon, beach, waterfall and walking tracks. Spend the day there with you family and friends!
This should be moved to number one on your list if you have kids, and should definitely be on your list even without them! Divided into eight zoogeographic regions, the 28-hectare Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals of 350 species. An absolute must see!
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Just off Oxford Street you can find this little slice of heaven. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and soak in the beauty of this garden. You won’t be sorry!
St Mary’s Cathedral
Amazing architecture, beautiful ambience. If you get a chance to hear the choir, it will bring forth a sense of peace and ethereal beauty!
The Powerhouse museum
A must visit place! It is the major branch of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney, and it has regular exhibitions and a lot of hands on experiments for you to try for yourself!
Sydney, and the whole of Australia, is one of the best destinations for backpackers with so much adventure and natural beauty to enjoy. However Australia, and especially Sydney, can be an expensive to visit so check out my Backpacker’s Guide to Sydney and tips for saving money while backpacking Australia too.
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