Sydney is one of the most iconic cities in the world but outside of our spectacular harbour including bridge and the Opera house what are the top things to do in the harbour city for a stay of more than a day. Below is our top list
- Taronga Zoo
It’s not just the spectacular views looking back over the harbour toward the Sydney CBD, that locals and visitors alike love about Taronga, this zoo ranks up there with the worlds best like San Diego, London, Loro Praqe, Prague and Singapore Zoo.
As expected Taronga has a great range of Aussie animals from all over the country from the extremes of the tropics of the north through to the dry red centre of Australia. In total the zoo has over 300 different species of animals.
You can get to Taronga zoo by car, bus or ferry however for any first-time visitor we highly recommend catching the ferry from Circular Quay across the harbour over to Taronga. The 12-minute trip across the harbour is an attraction on its own allowing you to get closer to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House as the ferry crosses the harbour.
Tip from a local Sydneysider: If you are catching the ferry get there early so you are first on board the ferry and head straight to the open top deck but head to the front of the boat, the end of the boat that is facing the wharf to facing the water. If you do this you will have great views back toward the harbour bridge as the ferry travels toward the zoo.
- Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is Sydney’s and perhaps Australia’s most well-known beach with a great mixture of beach, restaurants/Cafes, shopping, markets and sightseeing.
- Manly Beach
For me Manly Beach is better than the more famous Bondi, as I find Bondi is too developed with lots of concrete and not much park land with trees. Manly has a lot more trees and park land and is much better for families.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
One of the best ways to see Sydney is with a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, not only will you get up close and personal with what local call the coat hanger but you will also have spectacular views over Sydney Harbour including the Opera house and Sydney CBD. The current price for the bridge climb is between $263 and $403 for adults (depending on the options you select) and between $183 and $293 for Children the pricing mostly depends on the time of the day and weekday or weekend day you will climb. Note you are not allow to bring personal cameras or phones due to OH&S safety regulations.
- The Sydney Tower Eye
If the thought of climbing the Sydney harbour bridge puts fear into you the best way to see Sydney from above without feeling sick is the Sydney Tower Eye. Officially the tallest building in Sydney towering at 250 meters above street level. The Sydney Eye provides 360 degree views over the Sydney CBD including out to the Sydney harbour bridge and opera house, General admission tickets start at $25 with additional cost for Skywalk tours. The tower is open from 9am until 9pm with last entry by 8pm.