13 Must Visit Places in Sydney
Let’s face it. Sydney’s is one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Here at Sydney Urban Adventures, we reckon we’re pretty much the experts when it comes to what to see and do in Sydney. Some like the Bridgeclimb incorporate some of Sydney’s well-known sites, while others are things only a local would know. So whether you’re here for a few days or have lived here all your life, there’s always something to explore in this great city of ours. Read on for some of our must-see places in Sydney.
- Bridge Climb
You’ve photographed it. You’ve ridden a ferry under it. You may have even stood under it on your way to the Hero of Waterloo pub. So why not climb it? Bridgeclimb offers the ultimate Sydney Harbour Bridge experience. Feel on top of the world as you take in the views of the city. Safety equipment and guide are included.
- On the Rocks
The Rocks are Sydney’s old city and were home to early convicts, street gangs, and opium dens. It’s also home to Sydney’s oldest pubs (The Hero of Waterloo and The Fortune of War), as well as Sydney’s first Irish pub. This is a great place for an afternoon beverage, or learn all about the rum rebellion with a Rocks tour.
- Hit the swimming pool
Sydney may be famous for its beaches, but just over the bridge in Milson’s Point is one of Sydney’s oldest swimming baths. You’ll still have the harbour views but without all the Circular Quay or Bondi Beach tourist crowds. It’s a fantastic place to relax on a hot summer’s day.
- Contemporary art
The Museum of Contemporary Art on Circular Quay – across the road from the Fortune of War Hotel is free and has great exhibitions focussing on modern Australian, indigenous and international artists. There’s also a great café and restaurant. Click here
- Art for all
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is Sydney’s original art gallery and houses more than 33,000 works from artists from around the world. The indigenous art is a must see as well as Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly collection. The annual Archibald portrait prize also happens in June, which is probably the biggest special exhibition hosted by the gallery. For whats on – click here
- Opera House tour
The Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Don’t be content with photographing it from the outside. Go in and take the ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour, and learn all about how it almost never got completed, and why the designer stormed off half-way through. Tours are around $40, and there’s a terrific bar that attracts a young hip crowd on Friday nights. More info- click here
- Aboriginal tours
Australia’s aboriginal population is the oldest civilisation in the world, and there’s plenty to know and learn from them. There are tours run by 100% indigenous-owned businesses like Dreamtime Southern X offering interesting 90-minute tours of aboriginal people’s history in Sydney Harbour. Get more info here. There’s also the aboriginal tour of the Botanic Gardens, where you can learn about bush foods on this link.
- Take in a show
The State Theatre is a gothic/art deco style building on Market Street in the city centre, which is host to glittering musicals, fun shows, and the Sydney Film Festival. Plus it’s a real treat for the eyes with its stately three-tiered seating arrangement and opulent gold and red velvet décor. statetheatre.com.au
- Visit the Bondi Icebergs
Sydney has more than 40 seawater pools, but by far the most famous is the saltwater pools right next to Bondi Beach. You don’t to wait until summer to take in the pool, as it has been the home of winter swimming since 1929. It also has a great restaurant upstairs. For more info – click here
- Super seafood
Seafood aficionados will love cruising the Sydney Fish market in Pyrmont, where you’ll find all things fish including specialty shops selling the freshest seafood from around Sydney, fine wine shops, and fish cafes, where you can sample the goods. There’s a tour of the markets for those who are serious about seafood and even cooking classes where you can learn the fine art of grilling, battering and frying. Click here for more info
- Street art
Sydney has a burgeoning street art scene and the best places to catch it are at the southern end of Bondi Beach where there’s an open-air gallery of Aboriginal works, and Newtown, where many of the backstreets are covered on street art that changes on a daily basis. Want to know more? Click Here
- Bondi to Coogee Walk
If you have a couple of spare hours, do the Bondi to Coogee beach walk and take in some magnificent ocean views along the way. This is a four-mile walk and passes the spectacular Bronte Beach, where you can take advantage of the free outdoor gas barbecues.
- Rock ’n’ pizza
This is actually a pizza place that has other offerings like loud rock karaoke, obscure rock bands and beer, beer, and more beer. It’s a strange but fun night out in Hunter Street. For the latest news – click here