With its near-perfect climate, world famous architecture, stunning harbour and friendly people, Sydney is a perfect year-round holiday destination. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, with the kids or solo, you’ll find plenty of amazing attractions, events and things to see and do.
Sydney Opera House
When you first see this iconic building perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, you’ll see why it has become one the jewels of 20th century architecture. And the good news is: there are plenty of ways to experience its grandeur. Guided tours offer a look behind-the-scenes of one of the world’s busiest performance space while enjoying any performance – opera, drama, ballet and modern dance, music and more – is simply sensational. You can also eat and drink in some amazing locations by the harbour. Don’t miss the chance to go on a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to uncover the real-life dramas behind this World Heritage wonder.
Do what Sydneysiders love to do – interact with just about everything, whether that means climbing the Harbour Bridge, learning to surf at Bondi Beach or being a kid again at Luna Park.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
You can also climb on Sydney’s iconic landmarks. BridgeClimb Sydney provides a range of options to climb the inspiring Sydney Harbour Bridge for a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Sydney Harbour. For city views, go to the top of Sydney Tower Eye. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Sydney Opera House or book tickets to see a family-friendly show, such as The Lion King, showing from 5 December 2013.
The harbour is like a big blue playground for the city, alive with ferries, yachts, cruises and kayaks. There are plenty of ways to enjoy its blue hazed beauty - laze on the deck of a yacht or unwind on a harbour cruise as you dine on a seafood lunch. One of the best ways to travel around Sydney Harbour is by ferry, especially if you’re travelling with kids. For fantastic harbour views, jump onto a ferry departing Circular Quay for Manly, Watsons Bay or Taronga Zoo. Sydney Harbour National Park includes most of the harbour islands and large amounts of foreshore, perfect for harbourside walks.
A lively harbourside precinct, Darling Harbour is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. One of Sydney's largest dining, shopping and entertainment precincts, Darling Harbour also has a busy calendar of outdoor events. King Street Wharf is a prime nightspot, packed with sleek dining establishments and funky nightclubs. Cockle Bay Wharf offers waterfront promenades with alfresco cafes, bars and restaurants. Some of Sydney's most popular attractions are here; SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILDLIFE Sydney, Madame Tussauds and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Sydney in a seaplane
For a special treat, book a seat in a seaplane departing from Sydney Harbour. You’ll see just how beautiful this city is from above, with the harbour and the sparkling coastline laid out below. Enjoy a 30-minute flight or a leisurely lunch by the beach.
Sydney for kids
Sydney is a great city for kids of all ages, with attractions, tours and plenty of things to do. Keep the kids busy with cycling, horseriding, wildlife encounters, surf lessons and ferry rides.
Everyone loves Australia’s native animals and, in Sydney, there are plenty of places to see them up close. Choose from Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, all located by the harbour and just a few minutes travelling time from the city centre.