Top 7 Sydney Tourist Attractions You Shouldn’t Miss

Planning a trip to Sydney? Prepare to have the time of your life. There are so many things to see and do in Sydney, particularly if you intend on taking a tourist style vacation. If you aren’t going just to get some rest and relaxation and you actually plan to stay up and moving, then there are plenty of Sydney tourist attractions that will keep you on your toes.

Sydney Tourist Attractions
Sydney Opera House

Top 7 Sydney Tourist Attractions

1. Visit the Museums and Galleries

Sydney has a lot of museums and art galleries, and many of them are free. Some of the exhibitions are culturally important, many featuring aboriginal art and artisanal crafts. Whether you’re a history buff, or you simply love beautiful pictures, Sydney is bound to have a museum for you. Keep an eye on what’s being exhibited, because these showcases often rotate. You might be able to go to a museum twice in the same week and have a completely different experience each time.

Australian Museum at night. Sydney Tourist Attractions
Australian Museum at night. Flickr: Matthew Perkins / CC BY-NC 2.0

2. See The Islands

There are tons of islands worth visiting while you’re in Sydney, but most people don’t think about them when they’re enjoying the mainland. You’re not going to be able to swim all the way out there, but who would want to when you can take an island cruise? For example, you can take a 3 day cruise from Sydney to Melbourne and hit every stop along the way. You’ll be able to enjoy the islands and enjoy yourself on the ride there. It’s a great experience all around.

Cruising. Sydney Tourist Attractions
Cruising. Flickr: roger smith / CC BY-NC 2.0

3. Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Yes, you’ll have to share the space with a lot of other tourists, but the beach itself is big enough for everyone. Every visitor manages to find a spot to lay in the sand with their group, without crowding out other groups. If you’d like to, you can always chat with friendly locals on the beach. It’s a great venue for meeting people.

Bondi Beach. Sydney Tourist Attractions
Bondi Beach. Flickr: Matthew and Heather / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

4. Experience Nature

One of the last things you’re probably thinking about is hiking in Sydney – most people don’t even realize that it’s a possibility. Just outside of all of the hustle and bustle in the heart of the city, there are plenty of places to hike and explore. If you’re one of those people who worries about packing on a few pounds during a trip, you won’t have to worry if you get a great hike in. You’ll be seeing Sydney’s natural splendor while keeping yourself in motion.

Burning Palms in Royal National Park, Sydney. Sydney Tourist Attractions
Burning Palms in Royal National Park, Sydney. Flickr: sydneydawg2006 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

5. See the Local Flora and Fauna

Chill out for a little while in the Royal Botanical Gardens. When you enter, it’s like time stops for a few brief moments at this one of the most beautiful Sydney tourist attractions. It’s a tranquil place to clear your head while observing area native plant species. Who can’t appreciate the beauty of blooming flowers and lush greenery? When you want to take an easy day on your trip, you won’t find a better environment in which to spend your time.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney. Sydney Tourist Attractions
Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney. Flickr: Jeff Turner / CC BY 2.0

6. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Pub crawls, local restaurants, and food festivals are plentiful in Sydney. Australian wine and coffee are a pretty big deal, as a result it’s easy to find an opportunity to sample the best of the best. Australian chefs really take pride in the food that they make, particularly because many of the ingredients are local. Sydney is more than just nice to look at – it’s really tasty, too.

A Glass by the Darling Harbour. Sydney Tourist Attractions
A Glass by the Darling Harbour. Flickr: Jason Tong / CC BY 2.0

7. The Opera House

Of course, no trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to one of the top Sydney tourist attractions, the Opera House. It’s practically the eighth wonder of the world. People from all corners of the planet are able to recognize the unique shape and striking architecture. It’s much like the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State building of its area.

Don’t forget to take some time to venture off into unexplored areas of Sydney. You might find some quiet hideaways with charming ambiances, that will give you a true perspective of what the city is like to the locals, and nothing is more fulfilling than an authentic experience.

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