One can simply NOT visit Sydney and not go to Bondi beach or see the Sydney harbour. There are just certain things one must do. Certain things to put on the bucket list. These are the top must-do items to include on your Sydney bucket list whilst you are here.
Sydney Harbour on your Sydney Bucket List
Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge for the best views of Sydney. You may only get a chance to do this once in your lifetime – because bravery can be rare! So do it! do it now! Remember, how many times do you find yourself in Sydney!
Ride the Sydney to Manly Ferry
This iconic trip is a must. Not only is it a cheaper way to get on the harbour but it gives you some great views! Also, it is a lot of fun and gets you to the iconic beaches of Manly. The Sydney to Manly ferry has been around for years. Every Sydney sider grows up loving the waves and bumps this ferry creates. It would be a shame to miss it. You can get the ferry from Circular Quay, which comes regularly.
Kayak in the harbour
We recommend renting a kayak from Rosebay and paddling your way to the many coves in the area. This will give you a whole new viewing point of Sydney Harbour.
Discover Sydneys many beaches. Enjoy ice cream in Sydneys fine weather, whilst enjoying the beach vibes. Sydney has many great beaches, explore them all and pick your favourite the best beach Sydney has many to offer.
Learn to Surf
While you’re at manly, why not try learning to surf at the manly surf school.
Swim at Icebergs
If waves are not your thing, take a swim at the iconic Bondi Icebergs. It will set you back $6.50 but you won’t have to deal with sand and you have access to the gym and sauna. Afterwards, relax upstairs in the bar with the best view of the sunset.
Royal National Park
Sydney’s Royal National Park is simply beautiful. Featuring many beautiful walks such as the wedding cake walk or the iconic figure eight pools. If walking isn’t your thing chill out at the beach or jump off the rock or just sit in the Wattamolla bay and watch as bay turns into the ocean. A great place for a bbq and a swim that will make you feel like you are getting out of Sydney.
Day Trip to the Blue mountains
Whilst I’m not sure if I can put this on the “Sydney bucket list” I do feel like it needs to stay on here. The blue mountains in stunning! The views over the rugged landscape are worth a trip. The Blue mountains being an easy day trip from Sydney both with a car or public transport mean it’s a must do.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The beautiful and peaceful Royal Botanic Gardens has so much to offer. With views over Sydneys iconic landmarks and large enough to make you feel like you’re away from the hussle and bussle. It’s easy to get to and certainly worth a day out! So, pack a picnic and enjoy the views.
Food and Drink in Sydney
Find the best ice cream
Aussies LOVE their icecream. Perhaps its the weather or the holiday like feel of Sydney that makes icecream the perfect summer treat. Walking around the pier of Manly or down the street in Bondi wouldn’t be right without Copenhagen icecream or Messina gelato.
Waterside dining at Darling Harbour
Sydney’s darling harbour is a waterfront pedestrian precinct. With so many beautiful waterfronts restaurants, not to mention the 9pm fireworks over the sparkling harbour, this makes for an amazing and memorable night out.
Visit Farmers Markets
Enjoy Sydneys wide range of farmers markets with organic and local produce. Check out Carriageworks Farmers Market on Saturdays, The Pyrmont Growers Market on the fourth Saturday of the month or perhaps the Tramsheds Growers Market on a Sunday. These are not your only options so pick your market depending on your day.
If there any better place to cool down with a refreshing drink after a long day of exploring, than in the OPERA HOUSE! Enjoy a beverage whilst in an iconic Sydney landmark, whilst staring at another iconic Sydney landmark.
A splice of culture
There is no way this Sydney bucketlist would be complete without the mention of Taronga Zoo. Not only does this make a great day out for both families, solo travellers and groups but it also has some great views over the Sydney harbour…. Oh! And all those cute animals!!!
See a show at the Sydney Opera House
You’re only here once! The Sydney Opera House is an iconic building that I’m sure you will see the outside of, but how far can you see of the inside! Infact, can you say you’ve seena show in the Sydney Opera House? Watch the Australian Ballet or the Sydney orchesta! You won’t be disappointed by the quality of shows. Nor will you be disapointed by the archietecture inside this magnificent building.
Museum of Contemporary art
Located in the heart of Sydney is the MCA. Not only a stunning building and a rooftop bar but also holding some of Australias leading museum in contemporary art. The MCa store also is a great unique shopping opportunity. Great your creative on at the MCA!
The Rocks Ghost Walking Tour
The rocks was Sydneys poorest area when the British Colony settled. With Sydneys poorest areas came drunks, gangs, murders and more! Explore Sydneys dark side, learn some history and hear the haunted tales of Sydneys darkest past.
The craft beer tour
Australia has come a long way from VB and Tooheys. Visit some of Sydney’s oldest pubs and sample everything from a refreshing XPA or an aromatic porter. With a knowledgable guide on your side they will not only entertain you but school you in the art of craft beer.