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Before you book that trip to Sydney, make sure you spare enough time to cover all the events and experiences the city and its surrounding area have to offer. Think walking tours through old cobblestone districts, harbor cruises up and down the coast and bus tours of the city to get you started. Then, venture out and discover the Australian landscape.
We’ve rounded up the best things to do when visiting Sydney, including child-friendly options, so you won’t leave feeling you’ve missed out on anything. Here you go:
You won’t be doing a trip to Sydney justice unless you’ve seen the iconic Sydney Harbor from all angles. Stroll along the shoreline to take in the architectural genius of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge before exploring the historic Rocks district.Book the Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise here
Some say Sydney has the best beaches in the world. Ask an Aussie and they’ll probably agree.Book the Bondi Beach Half-Day Tour & Surfing Lesson here
With enviable harbors (Darling Harbour and Sydney Harbour for starters) and beachfronts (Bondi Beach, Manly Beach), Sydney is not short on opportunities for adventure on the water.Book the Port Stephens Dolphin Watching & Sandboarding Tour here
Climbing to the arms of the coathanger, aka the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments you’ll remember forever.Book the BridgeClimb Experience at Sydney Harbour Bridge here
Australia has some of the most unique animals in the world. We’re home to the only two monotremes in existence (the echidna and the platypus), and the best place to have a close encounter with either, or both, is in one of our wildlife zoos.Book the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Admission here
There’s one in every city, but Sydney’s best has got to be around The Rocks area. Many a murder has been committed in this historic area of Sydney. The ghost tours include historical commentary about the area and the people who lived there.Book Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour here
Located in Regional Sydney, the Blue Mountains is an icon of Australian bushland. It’s a rugged territory where you can enjoy bushwalks, Aboriginal tours and unique vistas like the The Sisters sandstone rock formation.Book Blue Mountains Wildlife Day Tour with River Cruise here
You’re so close, you might as well take a day trip to the capital of Australia. Canberra offers a wealth of educational experiences, including tours of Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the National Art Gallery.Book Canberra Full-Day Tour from Sydney here
Head further north from Sydney and you’ll discover the Central Coast. It’s a string of beautiful beaches that are a world away from the tourist beaches you’ll find closer to Sydney.
Head south past Wollongong and you’ll discover the coastal beauties of the south, including Jervis Bay. Its biggest claim to fame are its white sands, which some claim are the whitest in the world.
Learn a bit about Australia’s past through culture and art with a visit to one of Sydney’s museums, like the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum or the Art Gallery of New South Wales.Book the Australian Museum Admission here
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