Sydney is my home town, born and raised. There is a wealth of things to do in Sydney from iconic beaches, to famous cityscapes and delicious cuisine. Sydney is a melting pot of different cultures and people, if you’re expecting the ‘Neighbours’ or ‘Home and Away’ experience, think again. Sydney is inhabited by every nation, and though the nightlife has a lot to catch up with, it is an international city.

Bronte Beach

My favourite places to eat in Sydney

  • Mary’s Burger, Newtown (photo to the left)
  • Yum cha in Haymarket, China Town
  • Pho Gia Hoi – best pho in Sydney
  • Opera Bar for views of Sydney Harbour and drinks
  • Ichi Ban Boshi – a ramen place that’s for quick and delicious food
  • Golden Lotus, Newtown (vegan)
  • Gong Cha for bubble tea
  • Pattiserria Papa (for Italian cakes and coffee)
  • Trattoria, Bondi (an Italian restaurant with views of South Bondi beach)

Top things to do!

  • Beaches – Sydney has a huge list of beaches to see. I’ll list a few of my personal faves below
    • Bronte Beach – for waves, rock pool, sand and seaside pool
    • Gordons Bay – a trendy place where you can tan on rocks around clear water. Also perfect for snorkelling
    • Redleaf Beach – a calm places to tan, swim and see beautiful people. No waves here, and there is a wooden jetty to walk out on around the water
    • Clovelly – sand, concrete and beautiful people. This beach just works.
    • Northern Beaches – a whole conglomerate of beaches available for surfing and relaxing. Things are more quiet up this end
    • Bondi – of course, last but not least. Bondi is Sydney’s most famous beach. Try get here before 10am to miss the crowds and enjoy the crystal clear water and clean waves. Surrounded by trendy bars, cafes and restaurants for when you get hungry
  • Ocean Pools – my all time favourite. See my post all about them here.
  • Botanic Gardens – beautiful oasis of nature in the middle of the city. Free entry, and a perfect place for a picnic. There are views of the harbour from here and many places to explore
  • Circular Quay and the historic Rocks – if you’re interested in the occult, you can do a ghost tour in the Rocks at night and get seriously spooked
  • NSW Art Gallery – there are a few levels open to public access displaying Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne to name a few. Check out their website to see what’s on as they always have a great exhibit organised every year
  • Darling Harbour – every Saturday they do 9pm fireworks, it’s a great place for families and couples. There are many bars, restaurants and activities to do. There is the maritime museum, aquarium, and wildlife zoo
  • Queen Victoria Building – a historic building with a very ornate clock. Full of designer shops. I love it during Christmas where they have a new fantastic Christmas tree display every year
  • Taronga Zoo – a zoo where the giraffes have the best view in Sydney
  • Cockatoo Island – one of my favourite places in Sydney. Get a ferry here and enjoy the different weird buildings. It was once a place for convicts, then became a shipping yard. Currently it has many events, overnight camping and a bar during summer

Top Activities

  • Boat ride around Sydney Harbour
  • Whale watching during winter months (see video)
  • Vivid – May-June
  • Biennale – Mar-June every year, next one in 2024
  • Mardi Gras – usually first Saturday of every month
  • Easter Show – the month of April
  • Bridge Climb
  • For the kids – Luna Park, Raging Waters, Taronga Zoo