Stuck for what to do in Sydney this weekend? Maybe you are here for a week and want to cram as much in as possible? We’ve got you covered!
Part of the thrill of living in Sydney is – there is always something new to discover. For the first time visitor on the other hand, seeing the bulk of Sydney’s biggest highlights in just one visit is a mind-boggling task.
After considering all the tantalizing options that can drain the decision making side of your brain, we’re here to guide you through the top 45 things to do in Sydney, including more than enough free or cheap fun things to do as well.
(If you are looking for something more food related, why not take a look at our top list on the best places for high tea in Sydney while you are here).
Our Ultimate Guide On What To Do In Sydney – Fun Free & Paid Experiences In The CBD &
Fun Things To Do Alone Or With Friends
If you don’t have a partner to go on long endless walks and frolic around with, then you should consider the following list of cool things you could either do alone or with a group of friends.
1. Put on your walking shoes to feed the foodi within you by indulging yourself in a decadently delicious and educational chocolate walking tour (hopefully you will focus on the tour rather than just stuffing yourself). For those who can shell out $39, the tour starts at 10AM every Saturday in the Sydney CBD. For more information about the tour check out : http://foodi.com.au/chocolate-walking-tour-sydney/
2. Those of you who prefer to drench yourself in sweat and the rush of adrenaline through your veins; you should check out Sydney’s largest indoor climbing and gymnasium facility. Conquer an 8.5m high wall or flex your abs in the gym at Climbfit (http://www.climbfit.com.au/) for just $26.
3. Some days are like reminders that push you to appreciate the better days. On such a day when everything seems to be ganged up against you, take a walk in the Royal national Park (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/royal-national-park). Get lost in the littoral rainforest gullies, over the dramatic windswept cliffs and down to the pristine beaches of the national park. It’s free if you decide to walk it out, but $11 for a vehicle.
4. For all the shutterbugs out there who would rather walk around browsing through a surreal collection of jaw-dropping images that depict the digital evolution in the realm of photography, the Australian Centre For Photography (https://acp.org.au/) in Paddington near the CBD is the place to be.
5. If it’s the heat that’s bothering you then you should head to the Macquarie Ice Rink in the Macquarie Shopping Centre (http://www.macquarieicerink.com.au/). Just don’t blame us for suggesting it, if you fall and dislocate your shoulder.
6. Catch a gig with your mates, drink some beer and sing along to a live band at the Oxford Art Factory (http://oxfordartfactory.com), a two roomed multi-functional venue that is the focal point for international and local artists. Trust us; it’s rad!
7. Jazz, cabaret, singer-songwriters, open mic nights and other quirky performances – are more your kinda scene, then you will fancy the El Rocco Jazz Cellar (http://www.bundyhost.com/elrocco/). Located underneath Bar Me, this underground jazz cellar is all about ‘Uptown Funk’.
8. As of March this year, the newly transformed Standard bowl (http://www.thestandardbowl.com.au/) will evolve into a fusion of live music, bowling alley and booze. Or if you are paranoid about showcasing your amateur bowling skills then you can always appease yourself by showing off your skills on the pool table or on the pin ball machine.
9. Lady luck is a whimsical aficionado of showering her pixy dust on the most random people. If you are one of these random people then you should take a stroll along the North head lookout (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/north-head/lookout), and you might catch a glimpse of a whale or two. If you are not one of those random people then you will have to suffice with the mesmerizing view of Sydney’s skyscrapers.
10. Are you one of those people who cherish a dream to become a sailor someday although you are stuck in a corporate job? Don’t fret; enjoy a day of sailing, good food and breathe in the fresh sea air on the James Craig tall ship (http://www.shf.org.au/whats-on/square-rig-sailing-adventure/). We’ll also disclose a secret – book your seat onboard for Dec 26th , if you want to enjoy the powerful extravaganza of boats competing for the Great race from Sydney to Hobart.
11. Fly above water like the coolest super agent and pretend to shoot the villains escaping in their boat. Live your childhood dream of taking down a Bond villain by hiring a water jet pack to experience the newest thrill in town. The new Jetpack Flight centre in Sydney (http://www.jetpackadventures.com.au/sydney) allows you to live this experience, so pick up your phone to book the next available spot.
12. Pay your respect to all the brave Australians who served their country in the armed forces in wartime or on peacekeeping at the Anzac war memorial in Hyde Park (http://www.anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au/). Allow the history to sink in so you can cherish the moment of prosperity.
13. To party like a Latin American, you should learn to move your body like a Latin American. Take a class and learn Latin dancing at the Tropical Soul dance studio (http://www.tsdance.com.au/). Led by two of the most famous and sought-after Latin dance instructors in Australia; you will have to thank us for all those numbers you score.
14. Have you ever looked at a pilot with envy when they cruise past you during immigration? Well, it’s your turn to don a pilot’s hat, at-least for sixty minutes. At the Bankstown Airport in Sydney (http://www.vsjet.com.au), you can share flying time with up to four friends (even if you are a beginner) for one hour on their Boeing 737 NG-800 full motion flight simulator. This Boeing 737 NG-800 replica is the only full motion flight simulator in Sydney, so get there as soon as possible. And don’t forget to take your camera.
15. If you have a perfectly functioning heart and if you can promise to stay off the booze at-least the night before, then you should cross out the most exhilarating experience on your bucket list – skydiving. Make the ultimate jump of your life to endure the ultimate adrenalin rush with Skydive the Beach Sydney (http://www.skydivethebeach.com.au). Don’t forget to send us your photo.
16. Slip in to the skin of Maverick to live your Top Gun dream. Climb into a flight-suit and experience a jet fighter tactical mission in a Combat dragon. You’ll experience the true g-forces as your skilled fighter pilot performs aerobatic maneuvers and simulates a strike attack on the A37B which is the most powerful and exciting ex-military jet available for adventure flights in the country. The A in A37 stands for Attack and that’s just what you’ll get when you book an adventure flight in this baby. So save up some money for a lasting memory and a DVD with Red Baron (http://www.redbaron.com.au/red-baron-adventure-flights).
17. It’s a well-known fact that women are better than men at bargaining, so why not pair up with your partner or a lady friend to go shopping at one of the many street markets that pop up in Sydney. Choose your market wisely (http://www.sydney-australia.biz/shopping/sydney-markets.php).
Fun Things To Do In Sydney As A Couple
For those of you who have a significant other to walk in the rain and dance under the moonlight with, then you should consider our next list which lists out Sydney’s romantic flair.
18. Hold onto your lover’s hand and take a stroll on Camp Cove’s gorgeous golden sand (http://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/recreation/parks,_reserves_and_playgrounds/). North of Watson’s bay with the distant Sydney skyline in sight, Camp cove is a treasure of a beach for romantics, families and topless sunbathers.
19. Fancy a long walk through a beautiful garden with stunning views of the opera house and the harbor bridge? The Royal Botanic gardens (http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/) is worth a visit if you are looking for a tranquil, peace and quiet place to be with your partner.
20. Now you might be wondering how you could make the day more special for your partner after that long walk through the botanic gardens. We have the answer; how about a picnic especially catered for you and your lover? Sounds ridiculously romantic right. Sydney Picnic Company (http://www.sydneypicnic.com.au/) will take care of everything for you, and all you have to do is make a phone call. Even if you want to your picnic elsewhere yet you have no idea where, you can inquire with the Sydney Picnic Company for suggestions.
21. Treat your loved ones with an ideal escape into the horizon by flying on a seaplane from Sydney, over the scenic northern beaches, to a spa so you can spoil yourselves with a relaxing, tailored spa treatment (http://www.seaplanes.com.au). Now if that won’t impress you, then we have no idea what will.
22. If you like sleeping with the sound of animals and a postcard view as a backdrop then you should book a tent with Taronga Zoo’s (http://taronga.org.au/) ‘Roar & Snore’ which are nights catered only for adults.
23. Take your date to the scenic Scarborough Hotel (http://www.thescarboroughhotel.com.au/), which is a pub perched on the edge of a cliff with an astounding view of the sea. This place is a gorgeous outdoor terrace about 30minutes south of Sutherland, but a heads-up; be ready to shell out some money for this special date.
24. Are you in for a rigorous workout with your partner? Then put on your lifejacket and book a personal kayak tour of Sidney (http://www.kayaksydney.com/). Just don’t try calling us when you are stuck in the middle of the sea.
25. Ride the steepest passenger railway in the world in a glass roofed red carriage or stroll along the tranquil ancient rainforest or click a panoramic selfie in front of the blue mountains or glide between cliff tops at the Scenic world (http://www.experiencesydneyaustralia.com/). The perfect spot for your wedding photo.
26. Sunsets and star gazing are often ridiculed as romantic clichés, but it is an activity that’s on every couple’s to-do list. So why not sit back, sip on some top grade sparkling wine, listen to jazz music and watch the night sky in style. You and your partner can do just this, at the Sydney Observatory (http://www.sydneyobservatory.com.au/) for $55 per person.
27. Not everybody has a whole day to sit back and relax. Some of us lead really busy life and to slip in a bit of romance in that frenzy, you can catch a foreign flick or just another romantic comedy at the Opera Quays before walking to the Opera house to end the night. With a slant towards art-house and foreign films, Opera Quays has hosted several film festivals. So keep an eye on their website for any updates. (http://www.dendy.com.au/Page/Dendy-Opera-Quays-Location)
28. Or you could spend an evening at the Blacktown Skyline Drive In (http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/cinema/drive-in-blacktown), for a night under the stars and an old romantic classic. You can also enjoy the latest movies with a hint of nostalgia in the air, a beverage in your hand and your sweetheart beside you.
29. Scale the heights of the Harbour Bridge and share that iconic kiss on top. Bridge climb Sydney (http://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-city/sydney-harbour/sydney-bridge-climb) offers that breathtaking view of the Sydney harbor and a photo of yourself on the bridge to make your friends on Facebook jealous.
30. Celebrate your Sunday morning with your significant other, watching the rest of Sydney slowly awakening while the sun blushes in the backdrop as you share that picturesque kiss. Cloud 9 Balloons (http://www.cloud9balloons.com.au) promises to deliver this romantic and safe experience for you as long as you are an early bird.
31. Visit the quirky yet delightful White Rabbit gallery (http://www.whiterabbitcollection.org) which has one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art. With an aromatic tea room downstairs and cheerful guides to explain the art, the White Rabbit gallery is worth a visit for those who are interested in the artistic and cultural visions of Chinese artists. Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, the visitors are expected to experience the surprise, delight and fascination that the White Rabbit Collection’s artists and their works have given the Neilson family.
Fun & Free Things To Do In Sydney With Kids Or As A Family
Our next list is dedicated for all the Mums and Dads who always run out of options to entertain their kids on a weekend.
32. If you have a houseful of kids to entertain, then punch in the coordinates for Sea Life Sydney Aquarium (http://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au/) on your GPS and head to the home of Australia’s most famed marine animals. At the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, you and your kids can shake hands with a gentle dugong (not literally) or discover 14 newly themed zones.
33. Ever wanted to look down at Sydney from its best vantage point? The Sydney Tower Eye takes you and your family to the highest point in Sydney and showcases the first Australian 4D Cinema. Also make sure you book your tickets online, if you want to save some money (http://www.sydneytowereye.com.au/tickets/).
34. Does your daughter or son have the Beiber fever? Then fulfill their desire to take a photo with Justin Beiber at Madame Tussauds Sydney (https://www.madametussauds.com/sydney/) (although you will have to explain why Justin Beiber doesn’t move). Meanwhile you can pose with Lady Gaga and Brad Pitt while your partner poses with Kylie Minogue and Leonardo Di Caprio.
35. Groom your little ones into glamorous actors and actresses by exposing them to a world beyond the silver screen. Grab a quick beverage before attending a professional production with your family at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre (http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/recreation/places_of_interest/bondi_pavilion/).
36. Located north of Sydney the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nationalparks/parkhome.aspx?id=N0019) is the perfect spot if your kids love an adventure. Pack a tent to camp at the Basin and wander around exploring the wonders of nature.
37. Take your kids to the Monster Skate (http://www.monsterpark.com.au) park this weekend. Boasting the only international ramp facility in Australia with both indoor and outdoor ramps, your kids will have a spectacular time skating on the well planned out courses.
38. Treat your kids with an entire day of fun at the Sydney Entertainment Quarter (http://www.eqmoorepark.com.au). With filmmaking courses, a choo choo train, trampolines and other fun stuff the Entertainment Quarter has plenty to keep your children occupied for a few hours.
39. Pack your beach umbrellas, plenty of sunscreen, snacks and your swimming gear for a fun day at the beach. Hidden behind the Rosherville Reserve in Sydney’s Middle Harbour, Chinaman’s beach (http://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-north/mosman/attractions/chinamans-beach) is a tranquil place to be with low tides and the perfect ambiance for snorkeling and teaching your little ones to swim.
40. Let your kids loose by letting them get wet and wild at WetnWild Sydney (https://wetnwildsydney.com.au). WetnWild, Australia’s biggest water theme park takes fun to a whole new level with their amazing water rides and interactive ride technology.
41. Take your kids for a trip down the rabbit hole or throw a birthday party for your child or host a gala for thousands at the Luna Park Sydney (http://www.lunaparksydney.com). It is a precinct for pure fun and entertainment but make sure you keep an eye on this tiny tots because it’s easy to get lost in a rabbit hole.
42. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies or pat a Koala at the Featherdale Wildlife Park (http://www.featherdale.com.au). Let your kids get close and personal with the animals while you and your partner sip on a delicious cappuccino at the cafe. Invite the grandparents as well because there’s tons of stuff for both the younger and older generations.
43. Discover the lifestyle and treasures of village life with the help of the locals. The Summer and Spring Garden Festivals (http://www.oberonfestivals.com.au) allow visitors to discover the secrets of the villages that support the urban reality. The Oberon community and its circle of villages are dedicated to support this inter-connectivity by spreading awareness and linking the town folk with the villages.
44. Every nine year old grows up nourishing a dream of becoming an astronaut someday. Allow your child to fulfil his or her dream by exposing them at an early age to what it feels like to live in a zero gravity space station. Help them realize the answers for all their questions about the weightless environment. The Space Lab is the highlight of the ‘Living and working in space’ section where Australian astronaut Dr. Andy Thomas and his wife and fellow astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker will guide your family through a visit to the International Space Station at the Powerhouse Museum (http://play.powerhousemuseum.com/whats-on/zero-gravity-space-lab).
45. Prepare your kid for his or her future tandem skydiving experience in an indoor skydiving facility under your careful grip. Experience the same adrenalin rush and mold the super hero in your child by allowing them to don the Superman cape inside the iFLY indoor skydiving facility (https://downunder.iflyworld.com). Let your kid master the flying skills of an expert skydiver at an early age in their state-of-the-art, fully-controlled, ultra-safe environment.
Phew! what a comprehensive list of the top things to do in Sydney. Seriously, if you can’t find something to do this weekend or on your trip to Sydney in this list of best things to do and places to visit, well there is just no pleasing you!
Whether you are by yourself, with a loved one or with your kids, there are tons of free and cheap things to do in Sydney. Sydney doesn’t have to be an overly expensive place to visit, you just have to know where to look.
We would love to hear from Sydney-siders on what they think are the must do attractions in Sydney. If you have a suggestion for a fun or free thing to do, let us know in the comments below and we will be sure to add it to our ever growing list!
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