Places to See

Sydney is an amazing city and we can’t wait to share it with you in 2023! With gorgeous beaches, buzzing streets, delicious food and happy people, we’re sure you’re going to love it just as much as us! To make your time here as fabulous as possible, take a look at our recommendations of things to do while you’re in our pretty harbour city.

Top things to do in Sydney

Giraffes overlooking the harbour at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Go wild at Taronga Zoo

Whilst zoos might seem like an obvious tourist activity, Taronga is arguably the best of them all. Giraffes overlooking the Opera House? What’s not iconic about that! To maximise your photo opportunities, take the ferry from Circular Quay and get ready for the commute of your life.

The view from Barrenjoey Lighthouse in Palm Beach

Take a day trip to Palm Beach

Fans of Aussie classic Home & Away might recognise this spot, but there’s so much more to Palm Beach than meets the eye. Escape the city for a day and head north for some kayaking or paddleboarding. You might even spot a whale while on the iconic lighthouse walk!

Ferries sailing past the Sydney Opera House into Circular Quay.

Visit the Sydney Opera House

Nothing says ‘Sydney’ like the iconic sails of the Opera House and it’s our picture-perfect landmark for a reason! For the ultimate experience why not make a night of it – see a show and sip on cocktails at Opera Bar beforehand.

The best arts & culture in Sydney

Drag queens look at the outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia

MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art is home to the city’s best selection of work by contemporary Australian artists. With a frequently-changing program of exhibitions and an enviable location right on the harbour, any art aficionado’s trip to Sydney would be incomplete without paying the MCA a visit. To take your trip to the next level, we recommend heading to one of their ‘Up Late’ Fridays, where live music at the rooftop cafe truly brings the museum to life.

A drag queen gives people a tour of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Located in the heart of Sydney in the beautiful grounds of the Domain, The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Showcasing upwards of 40 exhibitions each year, it holds a broad collection of Australian, Asian and European art, so you’re guaranteed to find something you can appreciate. Visit on Wednesdays for Art After Hours, where the gallery stays open until 9pm for workshops, live music and more.

two men admire a blue light installation at the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney

White Rabbit Gallery

Opened in 2009, The White Rabbit Gallery showcases one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art. It is independently-funded and fully refitted to accomodate new exhibitions twice a year, so you can be assured the art takes pride of place throughout the space. Be sure to visit the Tea House while you’re there for an authentic taste of Chinese and Taiwanese teas and dumplings.

Sydney’s most beautiful beaches

Aerial overlooking beachgoers on Bondi Beach, Sydney.

Bondi Beach

No list of Sydney’s ‘must-sees’ would be complete without Bondi. One of the city’s largest beaches, it’s as loved for its lifestyle as its crystal blue waters. If you’re feeling active, start at Coogee or Bronte and do the coastal walk all the way around – trust us, it’s worth the sweat.

Adults enjoying a learn to surf experience with Manly Surf School at Freshwater Beach.

Manly Beach

Located a short (but beautiful) ferry ride away from Circular Quay, life just seems to move at a slower pace in Manly. Its shores played host to the world’s first ever surfing contest in 1964, so why not make like a local and try taking to the waves while you’re here?!

Boats moored at Gordons Bay, Coogee.

Gordon’s Bay

If you hate the feeling of getting sand where it shouldn’t be, then Gordon’s Bay is the beach for you. Accessible only by foot, the offshore reef and surrounding rock pools make for great diving. It’s an exciting little adventure that’ll make you feel miles from the city.

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.