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Top Experiences in Sydney - Best Things to See and Do in Sydney

As one of Australia's top holiday hotspots, Sydney is a dream destination for active travellers in search of adventure and enjoyment. Here are some of the top activities to experience in Sydney.


Catch a Show at the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is not only synonymous with its home city but a landmark all visitors around the world identify as uniquely Australian. There's no better way to experience the beauty and awe-inspiring architecture of this venue than by purchasing tickets for a show at the opera house's many theatres. Whether it's a musical concert or a theatrical performance, the sheer variety of events on show at the venue offers visitors an exciting array of entertainment options.


Beach Day at Bondi Beach

Head down to the city's most famous beachfront to enjoy a beach getaway like no other in the bustling metropolis that is Sydney. As one of the country's top beaches, the white, sandy beach is not only a great place to work on one's tan and engage in water sports but also potentially hobnob with celebrities as the beach hotspot is a favourite among international stars. Featured on Australia's coveted Heritage List, the area near the beach also offers fantastic dining venues and shopping outlets.


Walk along Darling Harbour

Often regarded as one of the most romantic things to do in Sydney, a stroll along Darling Harbour is an activity that is not just reserved for couples and honeymooners. The Darling Harbour is located just a stone's throw away from the heart of the city centre and is a leisure compound like no other in Sydney. Some of the key attractions located along the stretch include the Carousel, the Dockside Pavilion and a quaint teahouse adjacent to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. The area is a hotbed of activity come night time as the Harbourside Shopping Centre and the local Madam Tussauds entertains hundreds of tourists.


Shop at Paddy's Markets

As Sydney's largest marketplace, the Paddy's Markets offers tourists the chance to experience a retail encounter akin to no other in Sydney. With a history that dates back 150 years, the markets are a veritable institution in Sydney and feature an impressive 1000 vendors and kiosks that set up shop between Flemington and Haymarket. Regarded as one of the best places to purchase tasteful souvenirs at affordable rates, other hot pick items in the market include many specialty food items.


Wine and Dine at Circular Quay

When it comes to gourmet meals and fine dining locations in Sydney, there are few that exude the effortless sophistication of the restaurants down Circular Quay. With captivating views of the Sydney Harbour, the area is lined with many five-star dining hubs including the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, ARIA, and Tapavino while Yayoi Garden is another high-end restaurant renowned for its extensive menu. Those in search of more affordable grub will also not be disappointed as Banh You Vietnamese Street Food and City Extra's budget joints are also found in this region. Visitors based at Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments or any other similar Sydney Darling harbour hotel in the area will be within close range of the quay.


Sign Up for a Free Tour

Offering tourists three tours daily, the "I'm Free" guided tours are a great way to uncover the city's best landmarks and highlights on a free excursion. Providing a deeper understanding of the culture and the evolution of the city over the centuries, the volunteer-led walks are the best way to gauge Sydney's best local stories.