Sydney Attractions: 30 Things to Do in Sydney

Thirty of Sydney’s top attractions, not just the Sydney Opera House or Sydney Habour Bridge Climb, but dinner cruises, Taronga Zoo and more. If you are in Sydney for a short period of time and want to fit in as much as you can, then check out #7 below, the Sydney Attractions Pass.

1. Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb – Yep, that’s me above when I did the Bridge Climb.

Reviews of Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb 1072 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $163.00AUD
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes


Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge for the ultimate Sydney experience! On a 3.5-hour guided Sydney Bridge Climb, your professional leader will take you along the outer arches of the bridge on catwalks and ladders up to the 440-foot (134-meter) summit, where you’ll admire amazing 360-degree views of the city, the Sydney Opera House and the majestic Blue Mountains. This is probably the most popular thing to do in Sydney for both tourists and locals alike. Click here for more information.

2. Guided Opera House Tour

Sydney Opera House Tour

Reviews of Sydney Opera House Walking Tour 804 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $37.00AUD
Duration: 60 minutes

Go behind the scenes at the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s “must-see” attractions. On your one-hour guided walking tour of the Sydney Opera House, you’ll see what goes on behind the world’s most recognizable sails. You’ll hear the controversial story of the building’s construction, as dramatic as any opera plot and brought alive by the tour’s new interactive audio-visual presentation. Click here for more information.

3. Sydney & Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Sydney Hop On Hop Off Tour

Reviews of Sydney Opera House Walking Tour 1413 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $50.00AUD
Duration: 60 minutes

Explore Sydney and Bondi Beach on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, which takes you by double-decker bus to 34 stops around the city including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and recorded commentary on board. Simply hop off to walk around and sightsee in depth. Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours, so you can experience Sydney and Bondi’s most noteworthy attractions, sights, and shopping and dining areas at your own pace. Click here for more information.

4. Sydney Tower Restaurant

Sydney Tower Restaurant

Reviews of Sydney Tower Restaurant 1205 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $60.00AUD
Duration: 90 minutes (approx)

Enjoy panoramic views and an incredible meal at the Sydney Tower Restaurant, perched atop the tallest building in Sydney. You’ll spot Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Blue Mountains and more – every time you glance out of the rotating restaurant’s windows, another sight comes into view! The buffet lunch or dinner includes a range of tasty dishes that is sure to please everyone in your party. Click here for more information.

5. Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Reviews of Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise 539 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $155.00AUD
Duration: 2 Hours (approx)

Book a table for a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000, the most prestigious dinner cruise in Sydney. The choice is yours whether you embark at Circular Quay or King Street Wharf on your 2.5-hour Sydney dinner cruise. Take your seat as you float past the floodlit Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, while a team of international chefs prepare a three-course dinner for you to enjoy. Click here for more information.

6. Blue Mountains Wildlife Day Tour

Blue Mountains Day Trip

Reviews of Blue Mountains Tour 1035 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $155.00AUD
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

Discover the beautiful wilderness on Sydney’s doorstep on a day trip to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views over the Megalong Valley from Echo Point, and see the Three Sisters rock formations at Katoomba. Experience Aboriginal culture at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, and meet kangaroos and koalas in the natural bush setting of Featherdale Wildlife Park. Click here for more information.

7. Sydney Attractions Pass

Sydney Attractions

Reviews of Sydney Attraction Pass 446 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $109.00AUD
Duration: Flexible

Want to see Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour and more? A Sydney attraction pass is the smart travel companion for every visitor to Sydney. With various options to choose from, your Sydney pass makes sightseeing a breeze with the Sydney Explorer Hop On Hop-Off 24-hour Bus, and up to 40% savings! Choose from six different passes to create your own sampling of Sydney’s top attractions. Gain unlimited access to 35 top attractions and enjoy free attraction guides to help you choose. Click here for more information.

8. Taronga Zoo & Wild Australia Experience

Sydney Taronga Zoo Advance Entry Ticket

Reviews of Sydney Taronga Zoo 423 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $129.00AUD
Duration: 2 Hours (approx)

Go behind-the-scenes at Sydney Taronga Zoo for an in-depth, interactive and close up encounter with Australian wildlife. Get close to a wallaby and take photos with a koala during this intimate small group tour which has a maximum of only eight participants. Led by a professional zoo keeper, you’ll learn all about Australian animals as you meet them face-to-face at Sydney Taronga Zoo. Click here for more information.

9. Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Day Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney

Reviews of Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Day Tour 229 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $195.00AUD
Duration: 10 hours

Leave the bustle of Sydney and spend a relaxing day in the beautiful Hunter Valley on a guided wine-tasting tour in Australia’s oldest wine producing region. Enjoy a delicious lunch paired with wine, take a private tour of a vineyard, and savor tastings at several wineries. Learn about the the winemaking process from your experienced guide and have the option to sample locally crafted beers. Wrap up your day with a visit to the elaborately landscaped gardens and boutique village at Hunter Valley Gardens. Click here for more information.

10. Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip with River Cruise

Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney

Reviews of Blue Mountains Day Trip with River Cruise 348 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $135.00AUD
Duration: 11 hours

Escape the city and enjoy the tranquility of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains on this day trip from Sydney. Enjoy a guided walk to Wentworth Falls and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation standing tall over Jamison Valley. Hand-feed kangaroos and have a photo taken with koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park and see Sydney’s Olympic Park, home to the 2000 Olympics. Finish your day with a leisurely cruise down the Parramatta River and into Sydney Harbour. Click here for more information.

11. Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

Reviews of Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter 167 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $220.00AUD
Duration: 2 hours

Fly over beautiful Sydney Harbour by helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of Sydney. Your expert pilot will provide informative commentary on all the sites as you soar through Sydney skies for approximately 20 minutes. You’ll have the best vantage point of Sydney and its sparkling blue harbor, 1,000 feet up in the air during your memorable helicopter flight. Click here for more information.

12. Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Reviews of Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour 127 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $165.00AUD
Duration: 2 hours

Go behind the scenes of the iconic Sydney Opera House on a backstage tour of one of the world’s most famous performing arts centers! You’ll gain exclusive access to areas of the Sydney Opera House that are normally reserved for staff and performers, including the stage and dressing rooms, while hearing from your expert guide about the real-life dramas that go on behind the curtain. To top off your morning, enjoy a full Australian breakfast in the Green Room. Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience. Click here for more information.

13. Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Day Tour

Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Day Tour

Reviews of Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Day Tour 184 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $175.00AUD
Duration: 11 hours

Enjoy a trip through the scenic Blue Mountains and admire the otherworldly beauty of the Jenolan Caves on a day tour from Sydney. Pass through the mountain township of Katoomba and take in panoramic views of the Three Sisters pinnacles at Echo Point. See the stalactites and dramatically lit chambers of the Jenolan Caves, and photograph the stunning waters of the Blue Lake. Alternatively, you can add the optional Plughole Tour to delve deeper into the subterranean world of the Jenolan Caves. Abseil into Elder Cave, squeeze through chambers and crawl through cavities on an adventure experience you’ll never forget! Click here for more information.

14. Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Reviews of Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House 182 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $69.00AUD
Duration: Varies

Spend an afternoon or evening at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Sydney Opera House for an amazing performance by Opera Australia. This 2018 season includes legendary operas by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi, as well as one Broadway musical by Cole Porter. Before or after the performance, enjoy drinks at the Opera House bar, where you can admire stunning views of Sydney Harbour (drinks at own expense). Click here for more information.

15. Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

Reviews of Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise 122 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $49.00AUD
Duration: Flexible

There’s no better way to see the sights of Sydney Harbour than on a hop-on hop-off harbour cruise. You can jump on and off at any number of stops, including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Manly and Luna Park. Simply disembark at any destination, stay as long as you like, then board another boat to reach your next sightseeing destination. Click here for more information.

16. Jervis Bay South Coast Day Trip

Jervis Bay South Coast Day Trip from Sydney

Reviews of Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise 2 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $119.00AUD
Duration: 1 Full Day

Discover Jervis Bay, the jewel of the NSW South Coast. Visit the nationally protected marine park which is home to dolphins and marine life and see spectacular views of the coast line. Click here for more information.

17. Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining

Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining

Reviews of Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining 254 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $55.00AUD
Duration: 1.5 hours

Take in views from one of Sydney’s best vantage points, the revolving restaurant at 360 Bar and Dining, which perches on top of Sydney Tower, 88 stories above the ground. Choose from an à la carte menu to customize your 2- or 3-course meal, enjoying an elegant meal while overlooking the stunning Sydney skyline. This sophisticated restaurant offers an intimate, stylish fine dining experience, with contemporary Australian-French fusion cuisine. Click here for more information.

18. Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket

Reviews of Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket 104 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $46.00AUD
Duration: Flexible

Located on shoreline of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Taronga Zoo is home to thousands of fascinating animals, including Australian natives such as the koala, kangaroo and platypus. With your admission ticket, you gain entrance to the zoo along with the Sky Safari cable car, which gives you the chance to look down into the animal enclosures and enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline. Check the schedule for daily keeper presentations, or book an animal encounter or guided tour (own expense) for a more in-depth experience. Click here for more information.

19. Sydney Bike Tours

Sydney Bike Tours

Reviews of Sydney Bike Tours 90 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $99.00AUD
Duration: Varies

Bicycling around Sydney is the perfect way to sightsee in this gorgeous harborside city. Join your expert guide for a fun and fascinating look at up to 30 top sights, including the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, along with many others. As you pedal around the city, learn about the history, culture and favorite local spots on your choice of four cycling routes. Tours cover the highlights in 2.5 hours if you have limited time, or take up to five hours and see the sunset in Manly. Click here for more information.

20. Shark Diving Xtreme in Sydney

Shark Diving Xtreme in Sydney

Reviews of Shark Diving Xtreme in Sydney 39 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $252.00AUD
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Experience the thrill of watching a shark swim past you during a scuba dive experience in Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary’s giant oceanarium. Your expert guide teaches scuba basics to prepare you and stays with you the entire time, providing a safe and amazing experience with some of the most misunderstood creatures of the sea. Swim with grey nurse sharks: large enough to be stunning, but entirely safe for nearby humans. You also watch stingrays, sea turtles and vibrantly colored fish glide around you in the tank during your 30-minute dive. Click here for more information.

21. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Entrance Ticket

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Entrance Ticket

Reviews of Skip the Line: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Entrance Ticket 157 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $42.00AUD
Duration: Flexible

Marvel at the diversity of Australia’s aquatic life at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. See more than 13,000 critters that swim in spacious state-of-the-art tanks, including the renowned Great Barrier Reef exhibit. Includes 14 themed areas such as the Tropical Bay of Rays, South Coast Shipwreck, Discovery Rockpool and Shark Walk. Click here for more information.

22. Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower Eye

Reviews of Sydney Tower Eye 66 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $26.50AUD
Duration: Flexible

Enjoy breathtaking views of Sydney and its surroundings from the tallest structure in the city, the Sydney Tower Eye. Standing on the Observation Deck, perched 250 meters (820 feet) above the ground, soak up 360-degree panoramic views across Sydney Harbour, the skyline and the Pacific Ocean. Complimentary use of high-powered binoculars and multilingual state-of-the-art touchscreens enhances your view with an interactive introduction to the city’s top sights. Includes admission to the 4D Cinema, which takes you on a 4D journey over Sydney landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House. Click here for more information.

23. Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour

Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour

Reviews of Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour 69 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $79.00AUD
Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy exclusive access to Goat Island on 3-hour excursion that includes a leisurely guided walking tour on Goat Island and a 1.5-hour Sydney Harbour cruise aboard a traditional vessel. Goat Island can only be visited with a tour in order to preserve its many historic sites, including some of Australia’s oldest convict-built structures. Get great photo ops of Sydney icons during your Goat Island excursion, which includes a 1.5-hour Sydney Harbour lunch cruise with complimentary sparkling wine and juice. Click here for more information.

24. Sydney Guided Walking Tour

Sydney Guided Walking Tour

Reviews of Sydney Guided Walking Tour 54 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $45.00AUD
Duration: 2 hours

See Sydney’s most iconic sights on a 2-hour walking tour from Circular Quay. Take in the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Rocks and Hyde Park as you trace a route along the Tank Stream, the source of freshwater for aboriginal peoples and Australia’s first British settlement. Your informative guide shares fascinating details about the city’s past and present during your 2-hour tour, which is limited to a small group of up to 12 people — the perfect introduction to Sydney. Click here for more information.

25. Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride

Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride

Reviews of Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride 40 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $85.00AUD
Duration: 30 minutes

Blast off from Circular Quay on a jet boat ride that provides a super-fun 30-minute adrenaline-fueled ride along with a new perspective on Sydney’s most iconic waterside sights. Your expert captain slows down to give you a close up look at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and other landmarks, then before zooming off again. Hang on as your jet boat executes 270-degree spins, power slides and other breathtaking maneuvers at high speed. Tours depart throughout the day, every hour. Click here for more information.

26. Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney

Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney

Reviews of Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney 73 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $139.00AUD
Duration: 11 hours

Sample lots of great wine, cheese and other gourmet treats on a full-day tour to the Hunter Valley. Known for its great growing climate and fine wines, the Hunter Valley also boasts fantastic food producers who make the most of the fresh local ingredients. Your guide takes your small group to boutique wineries and cheese producers to sample the goods. Learn more about the winemakers and foodies who have given the Hunter Valley a reputation for excellence. It’s worth the trip from Sydney! Click here for more information.

27. Surfing Lessons on Sydney’s Bondi Beach

Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach

Reviews of Surfing Lessons Bondi Beach 47 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $82.22AUD
Duration: 2 hours

Learn the art of surfing with a lesson from a qualified instructor at world famous Bondi Beach, just a short hop from central Sydney. Get an informative and fun surfing lesson with your expert instructor, who shows you the basics, including getting up on the board, reading the surf and catching waves. If you want advanced instruction, private lessons accommodate all levels of expertise. Add a great workout and some waterside excitement to your vacation with a private or small-group surfing lesson in the heart of Australia’s surf culture. Click here for more information.

28. Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise

Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise

Reviews of Sydney Whale Watching Small Group Cruise 35 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $135.00AUD
Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy an awe-inspiring experience of the natural world on this whale-watching cruise from Sydney. For several months every year, large numbers of humpback and southern right whales migrate along the Australian coastline, swimming close to Sydney as they make their way between Antarctica and their breeding grounds in Queensland. See the majestic creatures up close during a 4-hour small-group cruise aboard a deluxe yacht that departs in the morning or afternoon to encounter whales in the Pacific Ocean just offshore from Sydney. Click here for more information.

29. Sydney Twilight Tour by Helicopter

Sydney Twilight Tour by Helicopter

Reviews of Sydney Twilight Tour by Helicopter 15 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $300.00AUD
Duration: 3 hours

Bathed in the glow of the afternoons setting sun, this twilight scenic flight takes you past Sydney’s Eastern beaches including Coogee and Bondi Beach before heading for the magnificent north and south headlands, gateway to the world’s most beautiful harbor. After flying over Manly Beach you will continue towards Sydney Harbour just as the city lights come to life with the darkening hues of the setting sun providing a picturesque backdrop. Get a bird’s eye view of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as your pilot takes advantage of the last light of the day. This 25-minute deluxe helicopter tour includes pickup and drop-off from hotels central Sydney. Click here for more information.

30. Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour

Private Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour

Reviews of Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour 8 Customer Reviews
Price Starting At: $352.37AUD
Duration: 6 hours

Discover the hidden gems of Sydney Harbour National Park on a leisurely private walking tour with an expert local guide. Take a private boat from Circular Quay across Rose Bay then stroll along the Hermitage Foreshore track to Watsons Bay. When exploring this lesser-known side of Sydney, enjoy fabulous photo ops of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and gorgeous coastal scenery, including Strickland House, Parsley Bay, Nielsen Park and Shark Beach. Refuel with morning tea, lunch and other refreshments on this personalized 6-hour tour. Click here for more information.

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