The most populous city in the #1 expat destination, Sydney boasts good wages, a high standard of living and a laid back atmosphere. As well as being a great place to work and retire to, Sydney’s many tourist attractions make for some great experiences. Here’s our top suggestions for things to do in the Australian state capital:
Explore the Royal National Park
Step inside over 15,000 hectares of bushland lining the coast of Sydney. The beautiful Royal National Park is ideal for swimming, trekking, bike riding, picnics and a wealth of other activities for the whole family.
Spot the sea life at Gordon’s Bay
Sandwiched between Coogee Beach and Clovelly Beach in New South Wales, the secluded oasis of Gordon’s Bay is the perfect snorkelling spot, home to starfish, sea urchins, cuttlefish and blue gropers, all ready to discover along the 600-metre underwater trail.
Go wild at Taronga Zoo
Say hello to elephants, chimpanzees, pygmy hippos, Komodo dragons, koalas and platypus at the wonderful Taronga Zoo. In addition to meeting the diverse wildlife, the zoo boasts some of the best harbour views in the city, so be on the lookout for the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as you travel the winding paths through the various enclosures.
Take an Aboriginal tour
Discover 60,000 years of indigenous history on a Sydney Aboriginal tour. The culture of the first Australians is rich with inspiring art and fascinating stories. From art gallery and museum tours to coastal walks and mountain treks, there are many different ways to uncover the intriguing history of this incredible country.
Sip a Hacienda cocktail
Drink in the incredible harbour views over a cocktail or three at the Hacienda Sydney vista bar. Relax in their soft lounge furniture under lush foliage and gentle orb lighting, enjoying their classic Cuban food and drink menu.
Climb the Harbour Bridge
The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge sits at the heart of the harbour, giving you an uninterrupted panorama of the city and it’s surroundings, 134m above sea level at the summit.
Take a dive at Camp Cove
Whether you’re a keen snorkeler, paddleboarder, scuba diver, or simply a fan of serene ocean views, Camp Cove near Watsons Bay is the pinnacle of beautiful Aussie beaches.
Discover Wendy’s Secret Garden
Inspired by the late avant-garde artist Brett Whitely, Brett’s widow channelled her grief into creating an enchanting landscape that blends native and exotic flora, herbs, towering fig trees, flowers and berries. Wendy’s Secret Garden is a delight to explore, home to a menagerie of friendly parrots, kookaburras, owls and wagtails.
Get cultured at Art Gallery NSW
The Art Gallery of New South Wales boasts nearly 40 annual exhibitions of Australian, European and Asian art and holds workshops, talks and film screenings for the ultimate gallery experience.
Enjoy Aussie cuisine at Carriageworks
Enjoy organic, bio-dynamic and other seasonal produce at Carriageworks Farmers Market in Eveleigh, prepared and sold by farmers and artisan producers across the state.