5 Things to See and Do in Sydney

Commanding a waterfront post on Sydney’s North Shore, Taronga Zoo provides a spectacular vantage point for viewing Sydney Harbour.

Sydney HarbourSydney Harbour  

Sydney Harbour is a breathtaking setting, renowned as the world’s most beautiful natural harbour.  Buy a ferry ticket, charter a private yacht, or take a cruise to discover its awe-inspiring splendour. Marvel at the palatial mansions of the North Shore and unspoilt nature reserves and calm inlets of the Eastern Suburbs. Learn about the cultural and historical significance of Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo islands. Take a photo with star attractions like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Circular Quay. 

Bondi to Coogee Coastal WalkCoastal Walk

Hugging the Eastern Suburbs’ coastline for six kilometres, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk exposes walkers to stunningly scenic outlooks of beaches, parks, bays, and rock pools. Passing through Bondi Beach, Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach, and Coogee Beach, the walk takes two hours to complete, and allows for swim, barbecue and cafe pit stops along the way. Bondi to Tamarama hosts the famous annual Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. Bondi to Bronte is the track’s most popular stretch. While rounding the headland from Bronte to Clovelly, the boardwalk winds past one of the world’s the most scenic burial grounds, Waverley Cemetery.

Taronga ZooTaronga Zoo 

Home to an impressive collection of native animals and a diverse array of exotic species, Taronga Zoo is Australia’s leading zoological garden. But, what makes Taronga truly special is its location. Commanding a waterfront post on Sydney’s North Shore, Taronga Zoo provides a spectacular vantage point for viewing Sydney Harbour. Meandering down the zoo’s zigzagging paths, guests enjoy close up animal encounters against stunning backdrops of Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.  Adding to the zoo’s unique appeal, guests can arrive and depart by boat, and ride the Sky Safari cable car for extra special vistas of the park and harbour. Photograph courtesy of Taronga Zoo. 

PaddingtonPaddington Markets

Paddington is regarded as Sydney’s hippest hub. Boutiques, art galleries, tailors, shoemakers and milliners line the fashionable inner-city neighbourhood, housed in pretty, heritage Victorian terraces. A long-time favourite locale for local designers, Paddington's Oxford Street has a reputation for championing Australian labels to international fame. At the corner of Glenmore Road and Oxford Street, The Intersection is renowned as “The home of Australian fashion”,  bringing together a collection of 24 edgy Australian retailers  such as Alice McCall, Ksubi, Sass & Bide and Zimmermann  in one destination.  

The Blue MountainsThree Sisters

Take a day trip, an hour and half’s drive west of Sydney’s CBD, to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. Comprising an ancient landscape, the Blue Mountains encompass a picturesque region of vast tablelands, valleys and escarpments. Among the dramatic and majestic scenery sits the famous Three Sisters  an unusual three-pronged rock formation steeped in Aboriginal legend. The iconic Sisters are best view from Echo Point, and change character and colour throughout the day and across the seasons as determined by the sunlight and shadows. Expansive and virtually unspoilt, the Blue Mountains carry a mythical appeal. 

Plan Your Sydney Sightseeing Holiday 

  • Flights to Sydney: Virgin Australia operates flights to Sydney daily, direct from all capital cities and major regional ports.
  • Sydney Holiday Packages: Plan your holiday with expert help, Virgin Australia Holidays offers a range of great Sydney holiday packages.
  • Sydney Hotels: Establish a great base from which to experience all the action of Sydney. Select from a wide choice of hotels deals from Agoda.
  • Sydney Car Hire: Discover the best of Sydney. Book a car for pick up at Sydney Airport, and receive great rates from our car hire partners. 
Words by Alice Nash - Published 3 February 2014
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 4.3 million
Area 4,000 km²
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 - 240v 50Hz
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