What to do in Sydney

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Sydney Attractions

Thinking about a visit to the Land Down Under? Expedia is at the ready, your go-to site and trip planner for a journey to Sydney, Australia. You'll find there are so many things to do in Sydney that you'll be hard-pressed to pack them all into a single visit. Let us help you ensure your Sydney tours take you to all of the must see tourist spots and local favorites on the map.

New South Wales is a glory of a place. As you venture into the unknown, you'll want to make sure you don't miss the wonders this beautiful city has to offer.

Sydney is an amazing city with all of the modern conveniences and breathtaking attractions. Whether your Sydney excursions take you indoors or out, be sure to make a trip to the top picks for any visitor passing through. This may be a once in a lifetime journey. Be sure to make every minute count as you choose Sydney activities. Bondi Beach is one of the most popular attractions in Sydney, not to mention Port Jackson, and Darling Harbour. Take in the view from one of Sydney's best spots, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you enjoy a show, then you must go to the Sydney Opera House, an amazing example of architecture gracing the water.

If you're in the mood to slow life down for a little while, take a stroll through one of the many parks in Sydney. The Rocks is one of the best places to sit on a bench, have a picnic, or watch the world go by. Other favorites include Observatory Hill, the Hickson Road Reserve, and Foundation Park. Need a taste of wild life? Don't forget the Taronga Zoo and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. If an amusement park is your cup of tea, look no further than Luna Park.

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What to do in Sydney

Free Things to Do in Sydney

Leave your purse in the hotel room. It's possible to amuse yourself in Sydney without surrendering a cent.

Art Gallery of New South Wales - Talk to the staff and discover more about the interesting collections on display here.

Carriageworks - Spend some time here and discover the arts and culture of the region.

Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk - If you'd love to ramp up the fun factor during your getaway, this is a great place to do it.

Ben Buckler Point - Put on your swimsuit and enjoy a bit of exercise at this refreshing swimming spot.

Chifley Plaza - If you enjoy modern design and architecture, add this landmark to your schedule.

The Cenotaph - Feel like you've gone back in time while ambling around this historic site.

GPO Sydney - This is a vibrant location where you can soak up the atmosphere and appreciate local life.

Wedding Cake Island - Take things at a slower pace and treat yourself to a little time out near the water.

Sydney Hospital - Strike up a conversation with a few locals and discover why many travelers stop by this place.

St. James Church - Whatever your beliefs, this place is sure to inspire a sense of reverence in you.

Walsh Bay - Take a stroll by the water and perhaps even stick a toe in.

The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre - Get out of the concrete jungle and get back to nature at this stunning attraction.

Wynyard Park - If you enjoy working in your garden, this attraction will excite your green thumb.

Things to Do in Sydney with Kids

There's fun for all the family in Sydney. Here are some family friendly experiences to try together that are certain to make your vacation unforgettable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Sydney on a sunny day?
Soak up the nice weather (and get a little exercise too) with one or two of these top outdoor activities:

What to do in Sydney on a rainy day?
There’s no need to splish, splash and splosh your way through a rainy day when there are fantastic indoor activities on offer:

What is Sydney famous for?
Pack comfortable shoes because there are loads of well-known attractions that simply beg to be explored:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Bondi Beach
  • Sydney Showground

What should I not miss in Sydney?
If you can only explore one sight here, make sure it’s Circular Quay.
Are there cheap things to do in Sydney?
What can you do in Sydney for free?
You’ll barely have time to fetch your wallet out of your backpack with so many incredible free things to do:

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Bondi Beach
  • Circular Quay
  • Manly Beach

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