First Time to Emerald City? Here’s Our Top 9 Things to Do in Sydney!

As Australia’s largest city, lively Sydney boasts hundreds of wonderful activities. From beautiful parks and beaches to native wildlife and iconic Harbour views, the capital is guaranteed to keep travelers on their toes, far away from boredom. Since there are endless options, we’ve taken the time to narrow the list down to the most iconic activities for first and second-timers this 2019.

Here’s Our List of the Top 9 Things to Do in Sydney:

1. Climb the Harbour Bridge

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For iconic views of the city, challenge yourself by squeezing in a couple of hours for the iconic Harbour Bridge Climb. Strap on some safety gear and get instructions from your climb leader. Scale the Sydney Harbour bridge and reach heights up to 130 meters above ground. Be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the city from the summit. See the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour and Circular Quay, and the historic The Rocks neighborhood.

The BridgeClimb Sydney Sampler is great for those who are short on time (only 1.5 hours) and have a bit of acrophobia. Pro-tip: Choose the Twilight session for mesmerizing views under the orange glow of the sunset. It’s not only about what you’ll see up there; the climb itself is enjoyable as you weave your way through the cathedral-like shape of the bridge. To quote Miley Cyrus, “Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb!”

2. Snap a pic at the Opera House

Strike a pose right at the steps of this distinct arts center building. It might seem like it’s such a touristy thing to do, as dozens of other travelers are doing the same thing (unintentionally photobombing your IG snap), but the amazing architecture is worth it anyway. Once you’re done modeling, we recommend sipping on a beer or two inside at the Opera Bar, or take a guided tour to learn all about its history.

3. Visit a koala at Taronga Zoo

Of course, Australia is famous for its native animals—ones that you cannot find anywhere else in the world! Head to the non-profit Taronga Zoo and encounter echidnas, kangaroos, and platypus alongside elephants and monkeys in interactive areas.

4. Do the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi coastal walk (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Listing ‘Long walks by the beach’ sounds like an online dating cliche, but on our Sydney list, it’s truly charming. Stretching out for over 6 kilometers, the picturesque coastal walk features stunning beaches, craggy paths, parks, cliffs, and rock pools. Although there are lots of rest stops with toilets, parks, and stalls, prepare for a leisurely 2-hour walk under the sun by wearing comfy clothes and shoes, sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen—there’s nothing romantic about sunburn.

  • Cost: Free
  • Address: See Google map for your walking route

5. Watch cricket or rugby at Sydney Cricket Grounds

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Into sports? Then familiarize yourself with cricket or rugby at one of Australia’s oldest Test venues, dating all the way back to 1848! See first-hand the country’s rich sporting history and passionate rivalry with The Ashes Rivals of England.   

  • Official website here

6. Set off for the majestic Blue Mountains

So this one is outta town, but the Blue Mountains is just west of the city, we placed it here on our must-do list! Visit Sydney’s surrounding area and learn more about Australia’s natural and cultural heritage. Meander through Leura Village, a picturesque town famous for its fresh mountain air and tree-lined streets. Meanwhile, Katoomba features lovely heritage cottages from the late 1800s.

Get panoramic views of breathtaking cliffs and deep ravines by riding the Scenic Skyway. See the view from the top, overlooking the Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, and Katoomba Falls. Feel the thrill on the Scenic Railway Jungle Coaster, the world’s steepest incline at a 52-degree angle.

7. Visit Sydney Fish Market

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Dubbed the largest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney Fish Market boasts over 55 tonnes of—what else?—fish! Join the hustle of the working market as the vendors yell over the crowds to auction off their products. Taste succulent oysters, fresh prawns, sea urchin, crab, and even exotic ingredients such as bugs for a cheap price.

  • Opening Hours: 7:00am – 4:00pm
  • Address: Corner Pyrmont Bridge Road &, Bank St, Sydney NSW 2009, Australia

8. Hit the laid-back Bondi beach

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Bondi beach is one of the world’s most famous surfing spots, and for good reason(s): the powdery fine sands, charming crescent shape, and a prime location near CBD. Don’t know how to surf? First, learn how to catch a wave with the help of a pro and ensure your safety.

Bondi Iceberg is also located here (en route from the Coastal Walk) as the most famous IG-worthy pool location in Sydney. Its pool, sauna, and gym facilities have been known for nearly a century, and anyone can enter for a mere 7 dollars!

9. Sashay and party the night away

Vivid Sydney (image via Bahnfrend, Wikimedia Commons)

No visit to Sydney is ever complete without a taste of the amazing nightlife. From the spectacular Vivid Sydney festival and LGBT parties to luxurious Harbour dinner cruises and serene stargazing, we’ve got you covered with our detailed nightlife guide here.

Whatcha waiting for? Sydney is calling out for you to find it (just like Nemo and Dory did) and discover beauty by architecture, nature, and culture all at once. Grab your closest mates and plan your Aussie adventure with KKday today!

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