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This is based on our experiences in and around Sydney. We visit Sydney regularly and play tourists, and we lived there for many years.

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20 Places

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20 Places

McDonalds

Restaurants

The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk

Hiking Trails

Bondi Beach

Beaches

Darling Harbour

Neighbourhoods

The Rocks

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

Circular Quay

Piers & Boardwalks

Manly Beach

Beaches

Sydney Ferries

Ferries

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

Sydney Olympic Park

Parks, Sports Complexes

Powerhouse Museum

Science Museums

Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

Hiking Trails

Manly Scenic Walkway

Hiking Trails

Government House

Government Buildings, Historic Sites

Marble Bar

Bars & Clubs

Tumbalong Park

Parks

Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour

Hotels

Watson's Bay

Bodies of Water

Palm Beach

Beaches

Sydney Ferries

Ferries

penwar's City Tips

  • There is the wonderful Hop on Hop off bus as usual, and there is a free bus for city sights also. Ask where you are staying or look it up on line.
  • The Opal card has made travelling much easier and quicker. It can be used on trains, buses ferries and light rail.
  • McDonalds
    Restaurants (Fast food)
    penwar Says:

    Kids love Maccas and so do parents as it is quck and clean. This is in the food court on the ground floor of Harbourside, Darling Harbour.

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Plenty of other food choices close by.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4,345 of 5,103 restaurants in Sydney
    • Quick, typical McDonald 01/11/2018
    • staff is rude and dont expect warm food either 11/10/2018
    • McDonalds
    Address:
    Harbourside, Darling Harbour
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9281 0461
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk
    Hiking Trails
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    penwar Says:

    Beautiful easy walk to see Sydney Harbour from the shore.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take your time, take some lunch, wear comfy sgoes
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • For a brief moment, I could enjoy the fresh air of this walk 15/12/2018
    • Beautiful Sydney, Australia 14/12/2018
    • The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk
    Address:
    Macquarie St.
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Australia
    Phone:
    83541044
    Other:
  • Bondi Beach
    Beaches
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    penwar Says:

    Iconic beach known world wide. A must see. Walk from one end to the other, and explore the shops and cafes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get the public bus from Sydney centre
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great place to sit and people watch 13/12/2018
    • Very good 13/12/2018
    • Bondi Beach
    Address:
    Queen Elizabeth Drive
    Sydney, New South Wales 2026
    Australia
  • Darling Harbour
    Neighbourhoods
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    penwar Says:

    So much to see and do. aquarium, Madam Toussards, bars , cafes, amusements for kids.just sit and watch the world go by. Picnic in Tumbalong Park. Kids love it. Always entertaining. Maritime museum is at end of Harbourside.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There are so many things here, you can spend a day here so easily. Take your own food and drinks to save money.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Young hip crowd blended with tourists 14/12/2018
    • Busy 14/12/2018
    • Darling Harbour
    Phone:
    +61 2 9240 8500
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Rocks
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    penwar Says:

    What a beautiful place to visit. The history is brilliant. Great eating venues, plenty of bars. Chocolate shops, patisseries all oh so yummy. They have markets, so check out times on line. You can buy many exclusive hand made products here. Plenty of Australiana goods .

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Venues are more expensive than other areas, but it is great to just walk around. Walk around the back lanes and explore the alleyways.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic and Interesting 14/12/2018
    • Interesting Area 14/12/2018
    • The Rocks
    Phone:
    +61 2 9240 8500
    Other:
  • Circular Quay
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    penwar Says:

    This is the hub of Sydney for the ferries. Catch the train or bus to here. You can base yourself here and see so much of the beautiful city. Ferries depart here for everywhere. Manly, Watsons Bay, Parramatta (River Cats) harbour cruises, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy an Opal card and use for all your transport. Makes it so much easier.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just walk and enjoy the views 14/12/2018
    • The heart of Sydney 13/12/2018
    • Circular Quay
    Other:
  • Manly Beach
    Beaches
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    penwar Says:

    Another iconic beach you must see. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay or from any wharf. Walk along the Corso, directly in front of wharf, and head straight ahead to the beach. Stacks of cafes, shops, hotels, surf shops, everything.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is a great spot to sit and watch. Buy lunch and just sit and observe. All types of people.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fun little beach town 14/12/2018
    • Quite impressive 14/12/2018
    • Manly Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    6:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Sydney Ferries
    Ferries
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    penwar Says:

    See the fabulous Sydney harbour from the water. Go over to Manly for the day. Brilliant views, especially if it is a lovely night. Watch the yachts on the harbour. So much to see from ferries. Use your Opal card again.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You must catch the Manly Ferry. It is great.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Classic Harbour cruising 14/12/2018
    • Very good 13/12/2018
    • Sydney Ferries
    Address:
    Circular Quay
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 8113 5400
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Other:
  • Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    penwar Says:

    This is a very popular place to visit. Many Chimes restaurants, and a great atmosphere. There is The Covent Garden Hotel at Paddys Market end, sit and watch all that passes. We always have a drink or 2 here before we eat. Opposite the hotel is a Chinese patisserie and there is a window onto laneway, and they sell got cream puffs. Mmmmmmmm they are delicious, and very cheap. We buy them and sit at front of hotel, and devour them. So yummy!! They are a donut type pastry filled with got custard...just delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Stroll around and look around. The light rail has a stop nearby. Paddys market is over the rail tracks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    • Busy Busy Busy 09/12/2018
    • You can be transported from Sydney to China in the space of five minutes 25/11/2018
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    George St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Sydney Olympic Park
    Parks, Sports Complexes
    See more photos
    penwar Says:

    Great to see where we hosted a large amount of the Olympic events, including the opening ceremony.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Catch the train from all over Sydney
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Sydney Olympic Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Genea Netball Centre 11/12/2018
    • Participated in an Exhibition 11/12/2018
    • Sydney Olympic Park
    Address:
    Australia Ave
    Sydney Olympic Park, Auburn, New South Wales 2127
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9714 7300
    Other:
  • Powerhouse Museum
    Science Museums
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    penwar Says:

    Wonderful place to visit for unusual displays. There is always a very special display and it is all very contempory. We spent hours here and should have spent much longer. Very interesting. Kids and adults love it here

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Catch the light rail from Central Rail station.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Place For Everyone. 12/12/2018
    • Human development exhibit using Star Wars 11/12/2018
    • Powerhouse Museum
    Address:
    500 Harris St Ultimo
    Haymarket
    Sydney, New South Wales 1238
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9217 0111
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
    Hiking Trails
    See more photos
    penwar Says:

    This is a must do if you love nature and the water. Brilliant views. You can catch the public bus from Sydney CBD, do the walk, and catch the bus back to Sydney. A great day out. See Bondi and many beaches on your walk. Wear comfy shoes and take a drink.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take time to sit and watch the ocean.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Scenic Walk 15/12/2018
    • Coastal heaven 14/12/2018
    • Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
    Address:
    Arden Street
    Coogee Beach
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 406 333 665
    Other:
  • Manly Scenic Walkway
    Hiking Trails
    See more photos
    penwar Says:

    A beautiful walk along the ocean side. Stroll and enjoy.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy during a day at Manly
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Walk 12/12/2018
    • Great for a day 11/12/2018
    • Manly Scenic Walkway
    Other:
  • Government House
    Government Buildings, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    penwar Says:

    Another fascinating place to visit. May be more interesting to locals thank tourists. The history and antiques are wonderful. Go on the tour.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Walk from city centre. Gardens are historic, and views of harbour are beautiful.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sneak peak into Government House Sydney 08/11/2018
    • Worth at least a photoshop 25/10/2018
    • Government House
    Address:
    Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9931 5222
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sun
    10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Marble Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    penwar Says:

    This is a wonderful place to see great architecture

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take your camera with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 251 Nightlife in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden Gem in the heart of the City 30/11/2018
    • Must go just for the atmosphere 24/11/2018
    • Marble Bar
    Address:
    488 George St
    Level B1
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9266 2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    3:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Fri - Sat
    3:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Tumbalong Park
    Parks
    penwar Says:

    Wonderful place to take the kids and tire them out. Parks for the kids and cafes and coffee shops for the parents. Plenty to amuse all.

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Just relax while kids are happy
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    • Play area for kids 26/11/2018
    • Great place to relax and lots to do 10/11/2018
    • Tumbalong Park
    Address:
    Darling Harbour
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Australia
  • Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour
    Hotels
    See more photos
    penwar Says:

    I have done a detailed review on Ibis. It is a great place to stay, and very central to all the attractions you will want to see.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Best travel is by light train to and from central station, buses and ferries
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #106 of 190 Hotels in Sydney
    • Great Location 11/12/2018
    • Amazing place to stay 09/12/2018
    • Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour
    Address:
    70 Murray St
    Darling Harbour
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
  • Watson's Bay
    Bodies of Water
    See more photos
    penwar Says:

    This is a great place to visit. Best way to get there is one way by ferry and other by public bus. Use your Opal card. You see the expensive Eastern Suburbs and the great Sydney Harbour.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Doyles Seafood Restaurant is here,but they have a fish and chip take away on the wharf which is great.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • end of the bus ride 12/12/2018
    • Beautiful, tropical part of Sydney! 10/12/2018
    • Watson's Bay
    Address:
    Watson's Bay, Sydney
    New South Wales, Australia
    Sydney, New South Wales 2030
    Australia
    Other:
  • Palm Beach
    Beaches
    See more photos
    penwar Says:

    Best way to see Palm Beaxh is to catch the bus from Sydney. It is a great day out. See where they film Home and Away. Have lunch in the park on the beach.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy the bus trip and see how we live in residential areas and see some beautiful beaches
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Palm Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beach day! 14/12/2018
    • Great beach! 10/12/2018
    • Palm Beach
    Address:
    Ocean Rd
    Palm Beach, Pittwater, New South Wales 2108
    Australia
    Other:
  • Sydney Ferries
    Ferries
    See more photos
    penwar Says:

    Use the ferries to see all the waterways and especially the Harbour. Enjoy enjoy enjoy. See it all.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Use your Opal card food and drink on board or take your own and have a picnic when you get off.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 500 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Classic Harbour cruising 14/12/2018
    • Very good 13/12/2018
    • Sydney Ferries
    Address:
    Circular Quay
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 8113 5400
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Other:
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