Things to do in Sydney

The following is a selection of activities and places of interest that visitors to Sydney may find useful. The official Sydney website, lists a full range of activities, destinations and events that Sydney has to offer.

Walking tours app

The City of Sydney has recently released a free app with 10 walking tours of

Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb

3 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Sydney

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's most well known and photographed landmarks. BridgeClimb equips you to scale to the breathtaking summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Nearly 3 million local and international people have climbed to the top of the Bridge. There are 4 different climbs to the top, the Bridge Climb, the Discovery Climb, the Express Climb and the new Mandarin Climb (with Mandarin speaking climb leaders).

Australian Museum

6 College St, Sydney

The Australian Museum is a leading cultural attraction located in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Underpinning the Museum's research is an irreplaceable collection of international standing - more than 18 million objects representing a timeline of the environmental and cultural histories of the Australian and Pacific regions. The Museum's collection holds many artefacts from Indigenous Australia and the Pacific, a record of human diversity and a living wellspring for regional cultural diversity.

The Museum contains irreplaceable fossils, minerals, meteorites and gemstones that provide a geological perspective of the planet. It houses representative specimens of native Australian mammals, birds, reptiles and fish that tell many stories about our unique wildlife, as well as countless invertebrates from a diversity of land and marine environments.

Powerhouse Museum

500 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney

The Powerhouse Museum is located in Ultimo near Darling Harbour, Sydney. Its unique and diverse collection spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. It is also home to the material heritage and stories of Australian culture, history and lifestyle, providing a comprehensive insight into this rich and diverse country. There is estimated to be well over 500,000 separate items in the Museum's collection.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney

Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is proud to present fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. Admission to the Gallery is free, as are the permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events.

Modern and contemporary works are displayed in expansive, light-filled spaces, offering stunning views of Sydney and the harbour, while the splendid Grand Courts are home to a distinguished collection of colonial and 19th-century Australian works and European old masters. There are also dedicated galleries celebrating the arts of Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney

Australia's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today's artists. In March 2012 a bold, new and significantly expanded Museum of Contemporary Art was unveiled to the public. The redevelopment transforms the Museum, with spacious new galleries including an entire floor dedicated to the MCA Collection, the National Centre for Creative Learning with state-of-the-art technology, public spaces that embrace one of the world's most famous locations and a series of site-specific artists' commissions.

The Rocks

The Rocks is Sydney's oldest preserved colonial district and the place where the first European settlers came ashore in 1788. Most activities in The Rocks centre around walking, looking and eating.

The Sydney Visitor Centre on the corner of Argyle and Playfair Streets is a great starting point. The Centre provides a comprehensive range of information about Sydney and regional New South Wales. Staff are available to assist visitors with a range of brochures, maps and other information about activities and events in and around Sydney.

Taronga Zoo

Bradley's Head Rd, Mosman

Sydney's Taronga Zoo, also known as the 'zoo with a view' has panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and a diverse range of Australian fauna and animals from around the world. Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry. There are many opportunities to get close to the animals and find out more about how they live. Whether you attend one of the free shows and keeper talks or treat yourself to a unique animal encounter, you are sure to have a memorable experience.

International visitors should pick up a copy of the Wild Australia Walk Map for a self-guided walk through the zoo. It is specifically designed for those who want to see animals found only in Australia. Taronga Zoo also offer a variety of guided tours.

Manly Beach

Manly is a popular seaside destination located on Sydney's northern beaches. The famous Manly Ferry from Circular Quay makes the scenic 30 minute journey across the harbour regularly both day and night. High speed fast ferry services, taking around 15 minutes are also available.

Manly is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, scenic walkways alongside harbour and ocean beaches and cultural events. The visitor information centre located at the forecourt of Manly Wharf provides information and advice on the many things to see and do in the area.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of the world's most famous beaches. It is 7km from the Sydney CBD and easily accessible by bus, taxi and car. As well as the beach, Bondi has a vibrant café and restaurant culture. The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a popular coastal walk taking in the beautiful coastline and beaches along the way.

Blue Mountains

Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains are one of the country's most spectacular icons. With picturesque villages, breathtaking views, great restaurants, a variety of accommodation and so much to see and do, the Blue Mountains are the perfect destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.

Darling Harbour