10 Places to Visit in Sydney (Aside from the Sydney Opera House)

When you first think of Sydney, the Opera House must be the first image that comes to mind. You might wonder, is there any other attraction in Sydney and the answer is YES! In fact, if you love the sun, excitement, and life in general—this is the place for you. The city is filled with delightful surprises that will keep you on your toes. Hence, we’ve picked the top destinations that will make your trip worth it. A small warning, you may never want to leave after the experience!

1. The Harbour Bridge

Also known as “The Coat Hanger” due to its distinct structure, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a staple sight to tourists. You might hesitate to think whether this station deserves a visit because like the Opera House, it’s impossible to miss it. But that’s the point—we’d like you to go to the Sydney Bridge not to contemplate your life decisions as you stare down the blue waters, but we want you to climb it! Feel the adrenaline kick in when you make your way up (440 feet!!!) the famous bridge and check an item off your bucket list.

2. Manly Ferry

After climbing the bridge, you can take the ferry as a means of transportation to avoid the flock of people in the city. Prepare your camera because you’ll be able to take lots of pictures of the city from the ride. Cap off your journey with Manly Beach’s great food. You can check the Manly timetables & maps online to plan your trip in advance. 

3. Art Gallery of New South Wales

Unlike other galleries of art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has something new happening every season. For the month of August, they have an exhibit on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Other days, they have film showings of rare cinema classics and a discussion on art and other interesting topics in their special “Art After Hours” program. You can also dine in the “garden-to-plate” restaurant at the gallery. 

4. Royal Botanical Gardens

Located near the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens is a dreamy place to spend a laid back afternoon. Other than taking a visual journey through 78,000 unique plants, you can visit the gardens for the Jindii Eco Spa and have a cuppa in the Floresco in the Gardens cafe. If you can’t get enough of birdwatching, you can always visit the Botanical Bookshop to purchase their featured publications on birds and plants. 

5. The Rocks

For souvenirs, yummy food, and street markets, The Rocks is the place to be! Besides the things you can buy, drink, and eat, the place itself is a remarkable sight. The buildings you see in the photo are all original, having been erected since the early settlement days. Another fun activity you can do in The Rocks is a Pub Walking Tour. If you’re a biker, check out the Barcycle Cafe and Store. One thing’s for sure: You can’t say you’ve enjoyed Sydney unless you’ve been to the Rocks! 

6. Bondi Beach

In case you didn’t know, Sydney is a city of beaches, and Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous. On sunny days, you can do the 4S: Swim, Surf, Sunbake, and Shop! You will love all the food choices there—from Italian, seafood, cakes to cafes. You can view Bondi’s calendar of events so you can schedule your visit during the Kite Flying Festival or be mesmerised by the Sculpture by the Sea exhibit. 

7. Coco Chocolate

Because everything is better with chocolate, you cannot miss visiting the Coco Chocolate store at Broughton St, Kirribilli. You will love graphic-designer-turned-chocolatier Rebecca Kerswell’s stunning pieces of hand-painted chocolate. They’re so pretty that you might find it difficult to eat a piece. For a sweeter day, you can book a reservation with a couple of friends for an informal High Tea experience. Eat pastries, sandwiches, and drink fine tea on the harbour of Sydney Harbour National Park.

8. Taronga Zoo

Mornings are a great time to go to the zoo so you can spend the entire day maximising your adventures within Taronga. You can visit the Lemur Forest or get a real, close animal encounter with a koala, giraffe, penguin, or owl. The zoo also gives you the opportunity to be a keeper for a day! If that excitement isn’t enough, you can always kick it up a notch and try their sky-high Wild Ropes adventure course.

9. Luna Park at Night

If you’re longing for an unforgettable night in the city, you should experience Sydney’s theme park after 6pm during the weekends. Get two Unlimited Rides Pass for the price of one (costs around $50) by booking online. It’s “fun for fun” in this park, so you shouldn’t miss out on this place and let your inner child come out and play! Like any other public attraction, be sure to check their opening hours first before visiting.

10. Archie Rose Distilling Co.

After a long day of exploring the city, it’s the only time that you take a break and relax. A great place to unwind, have a date or just have one of your favourite vodka drinks, is this distillery / bar in Rosebery, Sydney. This award-winning bar is the city’s first independent distillery in over a century and a half. So it’s definitely a must-visit!

When your trip is over, Sydney will definitely be your favourite place in the world! Our list may be done, but it’s always more fun to discover the city yourself.

Did any of these activities catch your eye? Or have you already been to Sydney and know where the best places are? Tell us your recommendations or your dream Sydney destination in the comments!

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