To avoid looking like a tourist in Sydney, pack and travel accordingly. In many spots such as Bondi, flip-flops and a laidback vibe are standard, but if you’re lucky enough to see a performance at the Opera House (which we recommend booking), dress accordingly. For travel, skip the taxis—buses and trains are an easy way to get around. Sydney is a major global and metropolitan city and acting like a local is the truly the best way to experience it. Here’s a list of 12 places to visit in Sydney. But before that:-

Did You Know?

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is also lovingly nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.

Explore: Places to Visit in Sydney

12Bondi Beach to Coogee Coastal Walk

Walk around the ocean, Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
People walking from Bondi to Coogee, this is famed coastal walk which extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools.

For swimming, surfing and buzzy restaurants, bars and shops, head to Bondi Beach. Close to Sydney, this iconic spot has golden sands and a saltwater pool that is regularly splashed across Instagram. Stick to the pool as the ocean can be pretty rough, especially after the afternoon cocktail-scene happening. If you’re looking to explore, walk the six-kilometres from Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk to see whales, five beaches, bays and plenty of seaside cafes.

Take a swim break in Coogee at Wylie’s Baths, a large natural ocean tidal pool.

11Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera house, Australia
Beautiful Opera house view at twilight

We’d be remiss to share tips on Sydney and not mention the city’s symbol, the Opera House. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s free to check out this iconic spot and take a look inside. You’ll spot plenty of tourists but also those coming by for a concert or show. You don’t need to sacrifice food either; Bennelong is one of our favourite upscale spots for a pre-theatre bite or special night out with insane views of the harbour.

10Sydney Harbor Bridge

sydney harbour
Sydney Harbour

Of course the Harbor Bridge, or Coathanger as the locals call it, also has to get a mention. You can admire the beauty of Sydney by taking a bridge walk. Sydney Harbor Bridge is probably most famous around the world as the location of one of the world’s first New Years Eve fireworks displays each year.

9Darling Harbor

Darling Harbour and Sydney skyline at dusk, Australia
Darling Harbour and Sydney skyline at dusk, Australia

You’ll find many of the popular things to do in Sydney located in Darling Harbor. It’s nice to stroll around the city like a pedestrian and watch people doing different things. Also, you can find attractions here like the Australian National Maritime Museum, or the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

8Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Taronga Zoo

Giraffes with a fabulous view of Sydney
Giraffes in Sydney’s Zoo

Wildlife Sydney Zoo: You begin to get a sense that Darling Harbor might be slightly larger than you thought when you realize there’s a zoo here. Here, you will get the opportunity to meet the Koalas, Kangaroos, Crocodiles, Wombats and Platypusses. There are actually several different zones within the zoo for you to explore – The Kangaroo Walkabout, Devils Den, and Butterfly Tropics, Gumtree Valley, Wallaby Cliffs and Nightfall.

Taronga Zoo: Another popular destination in Sydney is Taronga Zoo. This is a not-for-profit zoo which supports wildlife conservation. Here, you get a chance to see the animals around the world and parallel enjoy the views of Sydney.

7Sydney Harbor Cruise

Cruise ship Pacific Explorer with a view of the Sydney Opera House.

This “City of Harbors” offers you the most scenic views of the Sydney water. And, thus there are many places where you can get out seeing water. Here, ferries are also cheap. You can get to see Opera House from some different angle, possibly see some marine life and just enjoy the blue Sydney water.

6The Queen Victoria Building

People wait on the corner of George Street and Park Street, opposite of Queen Victoria Building while vehicles pass by on Market Street.
People wait on the corner of George Street and Park Street, opposite of Queen Victoria Building

The beautiful Queen Victoria Building on George Street is a perfect getaway for shopping and architecture lovers. The building was completed in 1898 and renovated in the 1980’s. Here, you get to find some features such as an original staircase and stained glass windows.

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Indulge: Places to eat in Sydney

5The Apollo

Shared plates of Modern Greek food are the name of the game here. Set in the Potts Point section of Sydney, large groups are encouraged to dine together. The crowd is a total mix, with some patrons donning sports jackets while many young locals are in t-shirts and jeans.

Come with family and friends and order The Full Greek for the table. And don’t forget the ouzo.

4Bennelong

This restaurant at Sydney Opera House has four options for dining and drinking: the restaurant, the bar, the cured and cultured section, and the chef’s table in the kitchen. This chic place is famous for couples celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions. Be sure to be dressed best to this elegant place.

Reservation is must at the restaurant but, at the bar, you just enjoy the breathtaking view of Sydney without the reservation.

3Acme

This rustic, edgy spot is unconventional and on-trend. The food is Italian meets Asian with pasta as the star. A must try is the linguine with black garlic and burnt chilli or the BBQ broccoli with macadamia miso.

Those looking to sample creatively crafted food come to Acme, only to match the menu with the unconventional wine list.

Stay in Sydney

2Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbor

Following the trend of heritage buildings undergoing renovations to become boutique hotels made for the Instagram generation, this property appeals to those looking for modern, art-focused design and inimitable lifestyle spaces. Picture exposed brick and splashes of vibrant paint, suites with cocktail bars in tow, and walk-in rain showers.

Enjoy daily Happy Hour in the Lo Lounge.

1Park Hyatt Sydney

Bending its way around the harbour, this property is located in a prime spot across the water from the Sydney Opera house. Rather than intimidating its surroundings, the Park Hyatt is a low-rise luxury hotel with high-end and tasteful design, made for the jet set crowd. If you can peel yourself away from your chic apartment-style room with private balcony, make sure to visit the incredible rooftop pool and terrace, fit with aromatherapy steam rooms.

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