While in Sydney a visitor has plenty of options for things to do. There are a lot of activities on or around the harbour, such as the Bridge Climb and the ferry to Manly, easy day trips to places like The Blue Mountains and Palm Beach, historical sites including The Rocks, and poplar landmarks such as The Opera House and the Sydney Tower. There are plenty of accommodation options in Sydney, where you can splurge and stay in a five star hotel or stay in more affordable accommodation. There are many Sydney hostels available that are comfortable and close to all the best attractions.

The Rocks

The Rocks is one of the oldest areas of Sydney and is rich with convict history. Just a short walk from Circular Quay you will find beautiful old sandstone buildings and a maze of old lanes and courtyards. There are weekend markets, lovely shops selling gifts and clothing, antique stores and art galleries. There are also many cafes to stop and have a meal and some of Sydney’s oldest pubs. You can even stay in The Rocks and enjoy a spectacular view of the harbour.

The Harbour

The harbour itself is one of Sydney’s main draw cards. Take a ferry across from Circular Quay to the North Shore, or take a trip right down to Manly. You could charter a yacht and enjoy the views of the city and the Opera House, or if you are feeling a little more energetic paddle from Rose Bay in a kayak. There are cruises that take you past gorgeous waterfront mansions and some of the small islands located within the harbour. Enjoy the view of the Botanic gardens that reaches the edge of the waterfront, or for a bit of adventure take a thrilling ride on a jet boat.


A visit to Sydney isn’t complete without a ferry trip to Manly for the day. Manly is located on the northern tip of the harbour, with views of the quiet inner harbour waters and the ocean surf. There is plenty to do, with great shops, cafes and bars. Take a walk through native bushland on the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk, hire a bike and ride to Fairy Bower, or hire a scooter. Take to the water and learn to scuba dive, or sail or kayak off Manly wharf.

Sydney Aquarium

The Sydney Aquarium is found in the heart of the city at Darling Harbour and is one of Sydney’s popular tourist destinations. It is also one of the largest aquariums in the world housing some of the most amazing aquatic life. There are over six hundred and fifty varieties of aquatic life found in the aquarium with over six thousand individual fish. There is a re-creation of the Great Barrier Reef, and sharks swim above visitors as they walk through glass tunnels. There is also a crocodile display.

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The Bridge Climb

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a popular tourist activity and an unforgettable experience. There are three guided climbs to choose from that take you one hundred and thirty four metres above the harbour. The Bridge Climb takes over three hours and the group of up to fourteen is lead by professional climb leaders.