Things to do in Sydney

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Things to Do in Sydney


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  • NomTumYum
    Singapore, Singapore242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I came here to watch a play - beautiful architecture. The weather was really nice, and the lights reflecting off the building was magnificent. It was a few minutes walk from my hotel- and the walk along the harbour was pleasant to say the least. The inside of the building was just as amazing. Completely breath taking.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Naomi C
    Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took photos on the side of the Gardens that is on the way to the Mrs. macquaries's Chair.
    That was an ideal spot! But you can also do the other side as it is less crowded there. Anyway this spot is iconic for a Sydney trip so don't miss it.
    Written March 28, 2024
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  • vickiebypass
    Stamford, CT256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    These are so easy to use, relatively inexpensive and an unusual way to see Sydney and surrounding towns. Why take the train to Parramatta when you can see the scenery on the ferry? Or take the ferry to Milsons Point and wander the marina, visit a secret garden, check out an old amusement park, etc.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, MD2,419 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can actually take tours to walk up hundreds of feet above if your so inclined, otherwise very nice bridge to take photo ops of.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • vickiebypass
    Stamford, CT256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gardens are great. I walked around on my own discovering the flowers, plants and trees from all over the world that are showcased with an emphasis on Australian and south Pacific greenery. There are so many areas to see that focus on a certain type of garden (rock, cactus, palms, rose, etc). I also enjoyed the harbor front area so sat on a bench and was content people watching and listening to the water and the birds. A helpful hint: there are plenty of toilets throughout the gardens and two restaurants.

    Word of warning: I was looking forward to the free 90 minute walking tour of the gardens but unfortunately it was not great. Led by volunteers, the route and quality of the tour very much depends on who is leading it. The leader this morning was a very nice older man who was quite a talker and went so deep into the naming of plants and the history of each plant that in 50 minutes we had only moved about 20 meters; there were about 12 people on the tour and several kept asking him questions that took him onto tangents. I like a balance of walking while talking and since there are so many interesting areas to see in these gardens I was very frustrated by the glacial pace, so I abandoned it after 50 minutes (it’s a 90 minute tour), as did a few other people. You won't know until you're on the tour and I would recommend taking the tour (you sign up in advance) and then you can decide to leave mid-tour if it's not to your liking.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Yun
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I stayed here for three days. Despite some rainy weather, the town's atmosphere was still worth experiencing. On sunny days, the beach is stunning, with fewer tourists compared to Bondi Beach, making it much more relaxing!
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • Betty C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We liked the area around the harbor -- museums, restaurants and views. It is where you can take the ferry to Circular Quay, the hub for all ferries and rail/train connections. Walk across the Pyrmont Bridge for many more restaurants, bars and scenery. Loved the fireworks on Saturday night but go early for a good place to view them.
    Written April 2, 2024
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  • NomTumYum
    Singapore, Singapore242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Talk about “shopping at the next level” - this is definitely it! The mix of shops and brands, F&B experience, architecture, history and street performers. QVB is unassuming on the outside but takes the shopping experience to another level altogether
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, MD2,419 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful old buildings line several blocks of this quaint area, along the way to the famous Sydney harbor Bridge, tons to see & do, including museums, shops and tons of eateries.
    Easy walk from Circular Quay and opera house
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • NomTumYum
    Singapore, Singapore242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The building architecture is amazing and so well maintained. There is a grandness to the whole experience and the art pieces are beautifully curated - this should be the "National Gallery of Sydney". Great walk and definitely a nice tour - I'd advice that you cater at least 2-3 hours. There is a lot to see and experience. This is also near the botanic gardens - so it's a very nice walk!
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • leuveen
    United Kingdom1,291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a fantastic walk for anyone who wants to see the top attractions but also have a lovely walk. Lots of toilets/cafes/food kiosks on the way. And plenty of benches to rest on.
    Written February 29, 2024
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  • Paul Legate
    United Kingdom20,408 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bondi Beach is always worth a visit, it is very touristy and there are many other notable beaches but it is still an iconic place that is definately worth a visit whilst in the Sydney area. On our most recent stay we visited quite often in the early mornings before first light when it was busy with joggers doing the Bondi circuit. There have been some changes since the pandemic but it is still a beach that has great appeal.
    Written April 1, 2024
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