Firstly, you've chosen well! A trip to Sydney is a must and there are so many Sydney attractions that it is hard to fit them all in. This page is designed for you if you only have a few days to visit Sydney. The Aquarium and Wildlife Centre at Darling Harbour - Good on a rainy day and if you have kids. Prices are fairly steep though.
If you want to see animals on the cheap head towards the Blue Mountains where you can see them for free and in the wild. Snorkel off Shelly Beach in Manly or Clovelly nearer the city if you want to see some great fish up close and personal.
What To See And Do in Sydney
Circular Quay and the RocksThis takes in the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the oldest part of Sydney with some interesting colonial buildings. There is a nice market in the rocks at the weekend too which is worth a visit.
I'd strongly recommend seeing a performance in the opera house in the main CONCERT HALL. If this is too pricey, go for the tour that costs approx $30.
The Sydney Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. is pretty spectacular but it's not cheap at $250 and is not for the faint hearted. There are lots of steps to climb so a degree of fitness is required. They also test to check you have no alcohol in your system.
That said, get a clear day and the view is spectacular. You need to book ahead for this one but unless you come in the peak of summer, you can usually book it when you are here. That way you can pick the day with the best weather forecast.
Take a stroll through the Domain
The domain is a park on the edge of the city behind the opera house and is home to the Botannical Gardens. It is also home to the flying foxes - a bat like creature that has a face like a fox. Worth looking in the trees for.
Ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour
A short ferry ride but it is worth seeing the bridge and Opera House from the water - particularly on the way back to Circular Quay. Here you get to see some of the best Sydney attractions.
Darling Harbour has the Aquarium and Wildlife Centre which are great if the weather is not particularly good. Or you can soak up the atmosphere at one of the many bars and restaurants. My favourite it Bungalow 8 at the end of Kings Street Warf. It's good in the day or evening. Also good for people watching or deciding which of the Sydney attractions you will do next!
Explore the centre and shops
If shopping is more your thing then take a stroll down George Street, Pitt Street and Market Street.
The Queen Victoria Buidling at the end of George Street (opposite end to the Rocks) is a beautiful building with a good mix of boutique and chain stores.
Admire the view from the Orbit Bar
At Australia Square on George street there is, what looks like, an office block with brightly coloured mosaics. Take the lift to the 48th floor and enjoy an drink with a view to die for. The bar and restaurant actually rotate giving you a 360 degree view of all that the sydney attractions have to offer. This is one of my favourite sydney attractions.
The drinks aren't cheap but it's worth it. It takes about an hour and a quarter to go once round. Open day and night. Nice at sunset.
Getting out of the City
To truly experience sydney attractions, you need to visit a few of the suburbs. Here are my favourites:-
Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay is a small harbour beach suburb and is most famous for Doyles Fish and Chip takeaway and restaurant. It's great to buy some fish and chips, sit in the park and admire the city skyline from afar.
Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly
This is another seaside suburb and a nice ferry ride. The main concourse is a bit tacky but the beaches are beautiful. This is one for a nice day only.
Take the 380 or 333 bus to Paddington
Paddington is one of the most expensive suburbs in travel Sydney Australia and it has some beautiful side streets where there are ornate houses with lace balconies.
Every Saturday the place comes to life with a fab market (good one for the women, but not much on offer for the men) There is also some nice cafes where you can watch the world go by.
Take the 380 or 333 bus to Bondi Beach
I'm sure you've heard of Bondi Beach and its definitely worth the visit and is one of the most famous of the Sydney attractions. It's good for people watching, surfing and has a lively atmosphere in the evenings.
The best thing to do however is to take the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. The walk will probably take you an hour. It is hilly in places and there are a few steps. It's totally spectacular.
Take plenty of water if you intend to do this walk on a hot day. Stop off at one of Bronte's cafes for a rest and a chance to watch the world go by.
Take the ferry to Balmain East
A nice suburb with a few shops and cafes. When you get off the ferry, get the bus to the top of the hill (Gladstone Park) and take a leisurely stroll. There is also a small market here on a Saturday.
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