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Things to do in Sydney

Sydney is where most people fly into first when planning their Australian vacation. It is a great start to your adventure. It is a vibrant city, we compared it to Manhattan, but with a beautiful harbour, incredible landmarks, amazing history and some great day trips.

Things to do in Sydney


Make sure you spend at least 3 days here. One to tour the main part of the city, one to check out the beaches (Bondi or Manly beach) and maybe a suburb, and one to do a day trip to the Blue Mountains or the Wine Region.


Sydney is a city, and is not to be missed, however it is more like a western city than what you might picture Australia to be. So make sure you take in more of Australia than just this city when planning your holiday.



This is a great first look at of this vibrant and exciting city from National Geographic.



The Harbour and the Rocks Area

The morning after we arrived in Sydney, we set off to see the city. It was very cold that morning as it was August (their winter). We got a hot chocolate (or tea) and off we went.


We wandered down to the Opera House and the Harbour bridge area. This was Warren's first comments about the trip and some great shots of the Harbour bridge:



Things to do in the Sydney Opera House area:

  • Opera House tour
  • Take photos with the Harbour bridge in the background
  • Do the Harbour bridge climb

This is a great video showing the nightlife of the city, down by the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour.



More Things to do in Sydney

This is a great video of things to do in Sydney including:

  • Fish Market
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Macquaries Point
  • Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk


More things to do in Sydney:

  • Visit the beaches and Bondi Beach - we were there in the winter so didn't get to see or spend too much time at the Beaches
  • Darling Harbour - we loved having dinner here and watching the beautiful boats in the harbour
  • Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour - Spent a couple of hours here hanging out and enjoying the gardens - we were surprised how much we loved it!
Things to do in Sydney - Enjoy the beautiful Chinese Gardens
Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour
Things To Do in Syndey - Montana and Warren enjoying the Costume Rental in the Chinese Gardens
Warren and Montana enjoying the costumes we rented to take photos in in the Chinese Gardens
  • The Rocks - great pubs and shops
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise - great way to see the harbour and the city
  • Open air Cinema
  • The Casino - Warren won money here so of course he liked it!
  • Sydney Zoo
  • Hop on Hop off bus tour - best way to get a feel for the city when you arrive
  • Sydney Aquarium
  • Woolloomooloo Bay
  • Australian Museum
  • Take a Sydney Movie Tour - We asked to have ours catered to the Matrix as it is Warrens favorite movie! We had a blast!

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