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50 unique Sydney experiences to try

Sydney is a buzzing hub of activity with spectacular beaches, fantastic weather, unique attractions and let’s not forget - wonderful coffee. Located on Australia’s East coast, the metropolis is home to over 5 million residents which makes up approximately 65% of the state’s population. It’s ranked as tenth in the world for quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities in the world. The city attracts more than 32 million visitors a year and it’s not hard to see why. Its multicultural suburbs make Sydney an exciting blend of different cultures, food, traditions and experiences. We take a look at 50 unique Sydney experiences to try next time you’re in Sydney town.

1.      Be on top of the world and climb Sydney Harbour Bridge with Bridgeclimb

2.      Take a dip in Bondi’s Icebergs

3.      See a show at Sydney’s Opera House

4.      Take a ferry from Circular Quay and have brunch in Manly


5.      Visit some kangaroos at the Sydney Reptile Park

6.      Have avocado toast for breakfast at Bread and Circus in Alexandria

7.      Have a picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

8.      Enjoy glamping at the Cockatoo Island

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9.      Visit a secret garden - Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden is beautiful

10.    Pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables at Sydney Paddies markets

11.    Slurp a bowl of steaming hot, delicious pho at Pho An in Bankstown

12.    Watch some whales off the Harbour (May to November)

13.    Have a drink with killer views of the city at Blu Bar on level 36 of the Shangri La hotel

14.    Visit a secret, underground bar in the CBD at Door Knock

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15.    Line up for some delicious emperor cream puffs (like an Asian custard profiterole) at Emperor’s puff. 40c each or 3 for $1

16.    See some art at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney

17.    Soak in the sunshine on the Bondi to Coogee walk

18.    Breathe in some fresh air at the Blue Mountains

19.    Eat a meat pie at Harry’s Café de Wheels


20.    Enjoy a drink with your dog at the dog-friendly pub, The Welcome Hotel

21.    Get up early and have an amazing Sydney coffee at Artificer

22.    Get lost in the historic laneways of The Rocks and visit the weekend markets


23.    Take a breakfast picture for the gram at The Grounds of Alexandria

24.    Have an Australian farm experience - Crack a whip, throw a boomerang, muster some sheep and make some damper at Tobruk Sheep station

25.    Test your golf skills at Holy Moly putt-putt golf

26.    Make a day trip out to Cabramatta to eat some of Sydney’s best Vietnamese food and experience a new culture. Tip: Tan Viet do a crispy chicken with egg noodles like no other

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27.    Zen out at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

28.    Indulge in some ice-cream at Cow and The Moon in Enmore – their ‘Mandorla Affogato’ won the awards for the best gelato in the world

29.    Visit Hurricane’s Bar and Grill for steaks, BBQ ribs and views of the Harbour

30.    Visit a floating forest in the form of an abandoned ship that has been overrun with trees and foliage. It can be found by searching ‘Shipwreck Lookout, Homebush bay’ on Google

31.    Have rosé all day on the top level at The Palisade

32.    Visit a beautiful inlet dotted with boats and have a sunset beer at The Watsons Bay Boutique hotel

33.    Go for a run in Centennial park and enjoy the immaculate grounds, peaceful water views and flocks of Australian birds


34.    Have a picnic at Mrs Macquarie’s chair in their themed gardens with expansive views of Sydney Harbour

35.    Visit an old-school pub with rooftop harbor views at The Glenmore

36.    Take a stroll down King Street, Newtown, see some street art and find a cheap eat

37.    Enjoy an Open Air cinema and watch a movie under the stars with food and wine on the fleet steps at Mrs Macquarie’s chair (available in summer)

38.    Wind down with some sunset drinks at Opera Bar – literally on the steps of Sydney’s opera house

39.    Discover a secret beach like Milk beach

40.    Plan a trip to Vivid (late May to early June) as the city lights up with installations, music and festivals

41.    Visit Australia’s first floating, open-air beach bar at The Island – a summer hang-out with day beds, VIP cabanas and beach chairs


42.    Luxe it up with a seaplane flight along Sydney’s Northern beaches to Palm beach

43.    Take a moment to chill out from the hustle and bustle at Paddington Reservoir Gardens

44.    Have a seafood bonanza at the Sydney fish market

45.    Visit a living museum at the Rouse Hill House and Farm


46.    We’re not kitten around, Sydney has a cat café and you can even do yoga with them

47.    Try a silent disco in the street with Disco D Tours, you can dance your way around the historic Rocks area to grooves only you (and everyone else on your dance tour) can hear

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48.    Get lucky and spot Benny the seal – He’s wild so there’s no guarantee that he’ll be there but a New Zealand fur seal named Benny can be found lounging around on a set of steps just behind the Opera House. Look for the signs that say ‘don’t feed the seal’ and you’re in the right place

49.    Eat a kebab after a night out


50.    Get some fish and chips – Balmoral is one of Sydney’s hidden gem beaches and a perfect spot to soak up the sunshine while you’re at it

Monica Limanto