10 Things That Should Be On Your Sydney Bucket List
Sydney is a truly wonderful city. From breathtaking views and sandy beaches to fine dining and world class coffee, there is definitely plenty to do and see. So what should be on your Sydney bucket list?
Brunch, brunch and more brunch
Three Blue Ducks
It’s a staple for any self-respecting Sydneysider. We take our coffee very seriously and brunch is a non-negotiable weekend activity. There are endless amazing brunch spots across the city’s various suburbs. Some great ones to try are the Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, The Boathouse in Balmoral Beach and Shuk in Bondi. But in all honesty, you really can’t go wrong!
Spend a night in Newtown
Newtown is the capital of Sydney’s Inner West. Full of quirky characters and cool bars, it’s a great place for a night out. There are plenty of great eateries to try from and some fun group activities like mini golfing at Holey Moley.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
This is a big item on many Sydney visitor’s bucket list. The view from the top of this iconic structure is wonderful but to do the official bridge climb is a bit pricey. If you want to enjoy the majesty of the view but don’t have the dollars for it, you can climb the towers of the bridge for free! You can also cross the bridge by foot for a similar experience. And there are plenty of bars and restaurants at the other end if you fancy a drink overlooking the Sydney Harbour.
This isn’t just a beach, it’s a whole suburb packed with bars, restaurants and fantastic brunch spots. Get down there early in summer to avoid the crowds. On Saturdays, you can browse the farmers market and grab some delicious delicacies from all over the world to eat at your leisure whilst overlooking the beach. For souvenirs, head over to the Aquabumps surf photography gallery. And if being near the beach is a serious priority for you, look for accommodation in Randwick to put you within close proximity to all of Sydney’s Eastern beaches.
Lunch at the Newport Arms
If you’re staying near the city, this is a bit difficult to get to by public transport so it’s best done as a lunch stop on a day when you have a car. The views are absolutely breathtaking and there are many different food options available.
Celeb-spotting at Palm Beach
Home to the world famous soap opera Home & Away, Palm Beach’s golden sands are definitely worth a visit. Schedule in some time to relax on the sand and take a dip in the sea, but also be sure to take the short (yet steep) hike up to the lighthouse for breathtaking views. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a spot of filming while you’re there.
Take a day-trip to the Blue Mountains
This is an absolute must for any Sydney visitor. The Three Sisters are a big tourist attraction but there are also endless hikes for various abilities to be done throughout this wonderful region. It’s a couple of hours West of the city but if you’re staying at accommodation near central station in Sydney, it’s an easy hop on the train.
Hike in the Royal National Park
Sydney has several wonderful national parks with endless beaches and amazing hikes in each one. The royal national park has a bit of everything. For those staying in Hotels near Central Station in Sydney or accommodation in Broadway, Sydney, you can hop on the train to Cronulla and catch a short ferry over to Bundeena. Here you can kayak, relax on the beach or take on a bit of a hike. This stretch of coast hosts several beaches along the way so you can make the walk as long or as short as you wish. For experienced hikers, you can do a multi day trip by hiking from Bundeena to Otford, camping overnight and then hiking back.
Have a drink at the Opera Bar
Of course no Sydney trip is complete without the obligatory photo in front of the Sydney Opera House. Nestled directly beneath the Opera House with spectacular views of the harbour and the wonderful royal botanic gardens nearby, the Opera Bar is a fantastic place to unwind with a sunset drink.
Surf in Manly
When visiting Sydney, you have to at least try and surf once! Make a day of it by catching a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, enjoy the local shops and restaurants and book yourself a surf lesson.