Backpackers and Student Accommodation Sydney

Top 100 things to do Sydney

When visiting Sydney, there are some great places to visit, just don't visit the tourist spots, do our top 100 things to do Sydney!

1

Catch the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour to Manly

2

Take a Sydney Harbour Cruise 

3

Catch a Sydney Ferry from Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour to Darling    Harbour and return

4

Walk from Manly Ferry Terminal (Manly Wharf) to Shelly Beach

5

Take a trip to North Head, Manly

6

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge (and maybe take a Bridge Climb)

7

Experience the Open Air Cinema (and Moonlight Cinema)

8

Take a trip to Palm Beach, Whale and Bilgola Beach

9

See the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

10

Visit Mrs Macquarie’s' Chair and Point

11

Visit The Three Sisters in Sydney's Blue Mountains

12

Explore the Blue Mountains – After the Three Sisters

There is much to see and experience in the Blue Mountains. Wentworth Falls, Train ride down a cliff (the excellent Scenic Railway), Skyway Cable Car, Grand Canyon, Federal Pass and many other excellent walks and a lot of Blue Mountain lookouts to look out from. Worth it if you can stay overnight or two or three days to experience the true feel of what the blue mountains have to offer. Book your accommodation at our Blue mountains backpacker hostel, you won’t be disappointed!

13

Experience a Sailing Trip

14

Visit Taronga Zoo - Sydney's premier Zoo

15

Go to Bondi Beach

16

Experience Sydney Whale Watching

17

West Head - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

West Head is yet another 'must see'. A half hour drive through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park will take you to West Head for sensational views out to Lion Island, Pittwater, Broken Bay and Palm beach - stunning blues, and greens against the canopy of an endless sky...yeah its worth the drive and there's a variety of walks to choose from.

18

Visit South Head and Watsons Bay

19

Visit Church Point and see Scotland 

20

See the Australian Wildlife - Koala and Kangaroos

21

Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach

22

Visit the trendy Coogee Beach

23

Visit Doyle’s at Watsons Bay

Their premier fish and chips are a must!

24

Sydney Scenic Flights

Get over Sydney and see her in all her glory - Be blown away by a scenic flight over Sydney Harbour Up there with life's unforgettable experiences. Don't forget your camera.

25

Visit the Hunter Valley 

26

Visit Sydney Aquarium and Oceanworld at Manly

27

Visit the Royal National Park

28

Sydney Harbour Fireworks

29

Port Stephens Dolphins

30

Visit the Australian Reptile Park

31

Sydney Harbour Sea Planes 

32

Go on a Quad Bike Adventure

33

Take a ride on Sydney's Fast Boats

Hold on tight and brace yourself for this “Rush Hour” ride. You'll be taken on an exciting and unforgettable journey on a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) taking in the spectacular landmarks of Sydney Harbour such as the world famous Opera House, the awe inspiring Sydney Harbour Bridge and historical landmarks like Fort Denison, Point Piper, Rose Bay and much more. 

34

Sydney Tower and Skywalk

Sky Walk provides an opportunity to walk around outside Sydney Tower. 

35

Do the Spit Bridge to Manly Walk

36

Pylon - Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon is the 'tower' to the side of the bridge – walk to top and see the amazing views!

37

Have Lunch at Cottage Point Kiosk

You can seaplane, ferry cruise (from Palm Beach) or drive to Cottage Point. Lovely spot by the water surrounded by bush. A chill out affair with the option of a bush walk or a visit to West Head if you so desire (Cottage Point sounds like Church Point? – well it is but different).Lunch at Cottage Point By Seaplane 

38

See Government House - Royal Botanic Gardens

39

Experience a Helicopter Flights - Sydney Helicopters - Sydney by chopper

40

Visit Bradley Head

Bradley Head with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

41

Visit Hyde Park Barracks

The Hyde Park Barracks was built in 1819 to house, clothe and feed convict men and boys. This impressive brick building and walled compound, located at the head of Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street, was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway. After 1848 the main dormitory held newly arrived female immigrants while a handful of government agencies made use of surrounding buildings. In 1862, separate wards for destitute women were added upstairs and the Barracks became known as the Hyde Park Asylum. 

42

Ghost Tours

Take a Ghost tour at the Scary Rocks

43

Sydney Harbour Island

Only a couple of Sydney Harbour's islands aren’t open to the public. Take a picnic / buy a hamper, explore then switch off. Alternatively, go on a organised tour such as Fort Denison and learn some more about Sydney Harbour

44

Visit the Jenolan Caves

About four hours west of Sydney Jenolan Caves is well worth journey if you like cool, dark and damp. Jenolan Caves are day trip able but realistically only if you’re staying in the Blue Mountains. 

45

Experience the Sydney Festival

The 2011 Sydney Festival will comprise of 109 events and 338 performances across a broad range of art forms including dance, theatre, music and visual arts. Festival First Night will once again be a highlight of the program.

46

See the Sculptures by the Sea - Bondi Beach

47

Visit Balmoral beach

48

Visit the Sydney Olympic Park

site of the Sydney Olympics

49

Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park

About hour west of the city you'll discover the compact Featherdale Wildlife Park. A common stop for tours heading out to or back from the Blue Mountains this is a great opportunity to shuffle up to a Koala (why do we do that) or pet and/or feed a Kangaroo or Emu.

50

Nielsen Park / Shark Beach

51

Nielsen Park to Rose Bay

Sydney Harbour views and expensive houses as well as the hidden Hermitage Foreshore Reserve. This five kilometre hike can get muddy and is steep in places. The 325 should take you to the city if you finish the walk at Nielsen Park or catch a Sydney ferry if you finish at Rose Bay.

52

Lane Cove National Park

The attractive Lane Cove National Park follows the Lane Cove river running through the heart of the North West of Sydney. It is amazing a National Park like this one exists so close to the centre of Sydney. 

53

Horse Riding

Horse Riding at Centennial Park

54

Milsons and McMahons Points

Alight at Milsons Point train station or much better still, catch a Sydney ferry from Circular Quay. A stroll under the Sydney Harbour Bridge makes for some interesting camera angles as the Sydney Bridge rears up before you. 

55

Luna Park - Amusement park

Luna Park is close to McMahon's Point. Luna Park is free to get in but the rides and amusements are not. Loved by many but the locals of McMahon's Point are far from amused so please scream quietly.

56

Ballooning

Ballooning over the Hunter Valley

57

Cremorne Point Walk

There are ice views across the Sydney Harbour from the Cremorne Point on the north side of Sydney Harbour. 

58

Parasailing Sydney Harbour

If getting thrown around behind the back of a boat or flying high up above one sounds like fun then go for it. Manly wharf is the place to start. If they have banned water skiing in Sydney Harbour (along with Jet Skis) try Manly Damn or Narrabeen.

59

Coogee Beach to Maroubra Beach

'No one' walks from Coogee Beach to Maroubra Beach so it's all the more enjoyable for it

60

Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum is a science and design museum with interactive exhibits. The Powerhouse museum is family friendly, educational, interesting and potentially fun! Usually runs a number of different exhibitions. Technology and Space Exploration often feature. You'll find the Powerhouse at the edge of Darling Harbour in Harris Street, Ultimo.

61

Visit Brooklyn and the Hawkesbury River

62

Riverboat Postman - Hawkesbury River

Hitch a ride on a boat that delivers mail and supplies to isolated residents along the Hawkesbury River. 

63

Sydney and Eastern Suburbs Explorer Buses

Sydney sight seeing

64

Sydney Diving

Diving At Shelly Beach (North Side of Sydney Harbour), Diving at Shelly Beach is very popular.  Diving at Gordon's Bay and Bare Island (South Side of Sydney Harbour), Gordon's bay (near Coogee) has a course of things to look at. Bare Island may (near La Perouse) have some Sea Horses left. Sadly their numbers are on the decline - 6 females to every male and no Viagra in sight.

65

Harbour View Hotel - Sydney.

The Harbour View Hotel is a pub with a Sydney Harbour view.

66

Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge  

67

Sydney Swans (Aussie Rules Football).

The Sydney Swans roost in the Sydney Football Stadium east of the city. 

68

The FOOT

Captain Cooks Landing Place, Kurnell Peninsula, Captain to be, James Cook first set foot on Australian soil at Kurnell Peninsula Headland in Botany Bay on 29 April 1770.. This was the moon landing of the 1700s. History was in the making, a new nation was born. 

69

Sydney Opera House

Some buildings look more impressive from the outside. Still, worth a visit if only for the tortured story of its birth and after all, the Sydney Opera House is the building in Australia to visit. It is just a shame the government of the day were too short sighted to realise it. 

70

Green Point Reserve. Great picnic site

This grassy cliff-top has sweeping 180-degree views across Sydney Harbour.

71

Big Top - Circus in Sydney

72

Monorail, Darling Harbour

The Monorail will take you to Sydney Tower, Sydney Aquarium, Harbour Jet, Powerhouse Museum and Imax Theatre among others ports of call.

73

Middle Harbour

74

Visit Alpine Way, Snowy Mountains, Overnight trip from Sydney

75

Experience a day At Royal Randwick Racecourse and Rosehill Races.

Royal Randwick Racecourse and Rosehill Racecourse. If you happen to be here on the first Tuesday in November then its Melbourne Cup day. Melbourne has a holiday (yes to celebrate a horse race.)

76

Imax Theatre 3D Movies.

Located at Darling Harbour the Imax Theatre has the worlds largest screen (apparently) so I wouldn't advise sitting too close to the front

77

Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales

78

The Rocks, Sydney

Visit the rocks for history, market, old buildings (that's no more than 200 years old). The Rocks towards the end of George Street home of the Mercantile 'The Merc’, with Guinness, sweat and live music.

79

Puppet Theatre

Visit the puppet theatre with a cast of over 950 puppet characters

80

Blues Point Reserve

Visit Blues Point Reserve for nice spot for a photo of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the City as a backdrop

81

Balls Head Reserve

82

Sydney Comedy and Fun Karaoke

Sydney Comedy Festival Mostly based in Parramatta the 7 year old festival is growing with the Sydney Theatre, Seymour Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company hosting performances

83

Pearl Beach, Wagstaff and Ettalong

84

Australian Museum 

85

Cycling

Sydney has some good cycle ways including one across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Another option is to take your bike on the ferry or train to Olympic Park

86

National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour

Located on the water's edge at Darling Harbour, the National Maritime Museum hosts temporary exhibitions and a fleet of historic craft at its wharves. 

87

La Perouse

Sydney’s French connection. History La bounds at Perouse but sadly so does the container terminal on the other side of the bay. Still well worth a visit. 

88

Bare Island

89

Visit Balmain Markets

90

Centennial Park

Centennial Park for cycling, rollerblading and even horse riding away from serious Sydney traffic - you could do far worse than Centennial Park. Lovely place so take some time out from whizzing around it to stroll about the lakes and count the number of different birds. Centennial Park has a cafe / restaurant, a kiosk (at weekends) and is home to the outdoor Moonlight Cinema during the summer. 

91

Cronulla

Cronulla is a fun place to be. Trains run to/from city but be warned the line is not highly regarded.

92

(139) Parsley Bay - Vaucluse

Being only 10 km from the City Parsley Bay is one of Sydney's hidden treasures.

93

Dee Why, Northern Beaches or God's Country

94

Play a round of Golf

You can play golf in most cities but Sydney and its surrounds has a large number of courses and arguably some of the best in the world.

95

St Mary's Cathedral

If you like your buildings Gothic. The Pope obviously does as St Mary's was a focus of his Youth Day visit. Free tour of St Mary's Cathedral at noon on Sundays. Commences at the main entrance.

96

Clovelly Beach, Eastern Suburbs

Clovelly is a small family friendly ocean beach in the Eastern Suburbs half an hours walk from Coogee.

97

Sawmillers Reserve

98

Sydney Markets

There are lots of markets around Sydney. Paddy’s Market is the largest non fish market in Sydney. Open Thursday to Sunday in the Haymarket area in the heart of town. The Rocks markets below are on every Sunday.

99

Minskys Sing-along

For the party animals that like a sing-along there's the piano bar at Minskys at the Metropole Hotel in Cremorne.

100

Walk around Lane Cove

Shortish three kilometre walk around Tambourine Bay in Lane Cove. Walk along sandstone cliffs into mangrove swamps, see odd rock formations, wild flowers (when in season) and even a cheese tree.