Whether its uni break, the weekend or just a nice afternoon, there is no shortage of incredible places to visit or things to do in Sydney!
Here are a few you’ll have to tick off the list while you’re here!
Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
These are a given as they are the icons of Sydney! Take the train to Milson’s Point and walk across the Harbour Bridge into the city and from the bridge it’s about a 20 minute walk to the Opera House. You can go into the Opera House or just view it from the steps and get that classic tourist photo you’ve seen a thousand times – but yours will be different! Or if you’re feeling adventurous and have the money, climb the bridge and you’ll see 360 degree views of the city – it’s touristy but definitely not something you’ll regret!
Bondi Beach and coastal walks
Another iconic Sydney location is Bondi Beach. In Summer it’s a great place for a swim as long as you stay safe. For spectacular views over the ocean and a bit of a work out, make sure you also do the Bondi to Coogee walk. You’ll walk from one beautiful beach to another along the coastal cliffs and if you’re lucky you may see dolphins or whales from one of the many vantage points along the way! It’s about 6 kilometres, so ensure you take some good footwear, sun-safe clothing/accessories and water!
Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
In the heart of the city is the QVB, spanning an entire city block and filled with retail stores and cafes that can keep you occupied for more than a day! Completed in 1898, the building is rich with history and the Romanesque architecture is truly beautiful. Get off the train or bus at Town Hall and shop til you drop or for $15 you can take a guided tour and learn about the building’s history and take in the architecture along with the central dome, stain glassed windows and more.
Darling Harbour has no shortage of things to do and all with stunning waterfront views! There is a huge range of restaurants along with a shopping centre, carousel and attractions including the Australian Maritime Museum, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum Chinese Friendship Garden, Sealife Aquarium and more. Jump on a ferry or a cruise and see the harbour from the water. As that cliche goes, there is something for everyone there!
Royal Botanic Garden
This is another area you can get beautiful views of the harbour, but that’s not all! In the heart of the CBD the botanic garden is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a perfect place to relax with a book under a tree, stroll around or catch up with friends. You can also take a free guided tour of Australia’s oldest botanic garden and learn about the plants and wildlife or take a self-guided tour on your phone through their app.
This picturesque beach is quite under-rated when it comes to Sydney’s raved about spots. The harbour beach in Mosman is calm and has two open Beaches and an enclosed swimming spot. There’s the historic pavilion and numerous places to have a bite to eat or you can lay out your own spread on the grass! You can also do a range of water activities including kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling and more.
Wendy’s Secret Garden
Roughly a 10 minute walk from North Sydney ACU Campus, this is a perfect spot to take an outdoor break from class and stroll around a little oasis! The Garden is among the Lavender Bay Parklands where you can set up a little outdoor study session or picnic lunch. Once you get to the garden, the easiest way to find the main entrance is to look for the massive Moreton Bay fig tree right outside Wendy’s 4-storey home with its distinctive white tower.
Art Galleries and Museums
When the weather isn’t beautiful and sunny there are still many places to visit in the city! Sydney is home to a lot of art galleries and museums with ever-changing shows and exhibitions all year round. The Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia hold diverse collections and host exhibitions and events by leading Australian and international artists. The Australian Museum is the nation’s oldest museum and holds one of the biggest collections. It hosts regular exhibitions from international partners and is right across from Hyde Park – another beautiful place to visit!