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Top Sydney Tips - Your Unmissable Highlights of Sydney

    Lovely Sydney is a mecca for lovers of the beach, sunshine, and adventure...anything outdoors, really! But with so much on offer, what are the absolute must-see attractions there?

    We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top tips on what is unmissable in Sydney. Here's what you told us...





    Visit the Opera House

    Lisa Leukel says:

    Opera House

    Jariyachat Thongphak says:

    The Opera House because it's a symbol of Australia.

    Anie Chiu says:

    Get a last-minute ticket for an opera in the Opera House. Wonderful!

    Roi D'optique says:

    Opera House!



    Go on a free walking tour

    Kathi Henning says:

    The free tour! Because it’s one of the greatest guided tours and you just pay as much as you like.

    Anthea A. Magpantay says:

    Shouldn't miss the I'm Free walking tours of Sydney! Best way to get to know the city in a quick and cheap way.



    Enjoy the city's thriving nightlife

    Roy Taylor says:

    Oxford Street nightlife.

    Kim Heeramun says:

    Shady Pines Underground Bar.



    Catch the Harbourlife festival

    Jess Vanderputten says:

    One of my favorite events in the world is Harbourlife in Sydney. It's a small electronic disco festival held in the botanical gardens looking at the city, opera house and harbor bridge. Beautiful place/venue for a festival and locals post up on their boats and party too on floats. I travel a lot to festivals and it is one of my favourite ones.



    Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Chris Randall says:

    Climb the Sydney Bridge at night! It's a beautiful experience.

    Steven Wheatley says:

    Climb the bridge Its one of those memories you will never forget.

    Alexias Tam says:

    I walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge, very nice view up there to see both sides of the harbour.

    Asma' Razak says:

    Harbour Bridge climb! View at dusk is just amazing.

    David Browne says:

    Even though it's expensive, it's totally worth Climbing Sydney Harbour bridge. It's just one of my best memories from there.



    Dive with the sharks, kind of...

    Laura Delgado Ranalli says:

    You can dive with nurse sharks in the Manly Aquarium! Insane!



    Go beyond the CBD

    Sarah Sweeney says:

    Spit to Manly hike.... Beers at the end!

    Elina Mattila says:

    There are small parks and beaches in Rose Bay where you can see the city skyline. Looks amazing at night.

    Rob Young says:

    Visit Newtown, the student area of Sydney - and if you love jazz music in an alternative venue visit 505 in the Surrey Hills.

    Romain Clouet says:

    Shalley beach in Manly.

    Patrick Davis says:

    Shop/café-crawling along King Street in Newtown.

    Maura Fiona Kelly says:

    Balmoral Beach!

    Enita Robentrop says:

    Bondi Beach.

    Jacqueline Tow says:

    Observatory Hill - lie on the grass in the sunshine with views of the Opera House.

    Aimee Nicholls says:

    The great shops and cages on king st, Newtown. And the other beaches just out of the city like Cronulla.

    Jeames Hanley says:

    The Cremorne Point walk through the bush right next to the harbour opposite Mrs Macquaries Chair, Garden Point Naval Base and the Opera House. One of my home suburbs; best little walking tracks with views to die for.



    Take a day trip to Blue Mountains

    Nathan Leaven says:

    Take the train out to the Blue Mountains. Not technically in Sydney, but a must-see if you're in that area.

    Aurora Caicedo Castillo says:

    Blue Mountains - it's beautiful and it's got a lot of things to do.



    Ride the ferry

    Lennard Ramone says:

    I bought the Unlimited Travel ferry pass and spent a happy day jumping on random ferries, not knowing where they would take me. I don't think I've ever had so much fun sober. Well, almost sober.

    Ryanite Dunn Whitwell says:

    Manly Ferry. Good beach plus a bit of a sightseeing tour on the way.

    Evren Akbelen says:

    Manly ferry and Manly Beach. The views on Manly ferry will blow your mind and it doesn't cost that much!

    To Travel Too says:

    A visit to the northern beaches; take the Manly ferry from Circular Quay and enjoy spectacular harbour views and enjoy the restaurants and beach at Manly, followed by a walk to Shelley beach.

    Liz Hogan says:

    Take the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena and visit The Royal National Park.

    Helena Kelymanová says:

    Darling Harbour and ferry to Manly.

    David Sabino says:

    Manly ferry.



    But, really...who can pick just one?!

    Semia Merrich says:

    Have a beer at one of the oldest pubs with a bizarre history: the hero of Waterloo, in the Rocks; take the bus from the city to Coogee and then walk along the coast back to Bondi; take the ferry to Manly and enjoy the view, and just enjoy being in the best city there is.

    Harper Willoughby says:

    The Duck in Mosman is a great place to eat and have drinks. Chinatown is a trip. If you can, catch a major concert or sports event at Sydney Olympic Park. Mona Vale hotel is a great nightclub on the northern beaches. Surf Rock in Collaroy. Any pub/venue in Manly! Geat local bands! Spice Bazaar is an amazing little Indian Food joint in Narrabeen.

    Nick Roberts says:

    A beer in a pub in the Rocks, a pie at Harry’s Café de Wheels, a ferry ride across the harbour to Manly, some Tapas at Capitan Torres in Liverpool St... oh wait, you said one thing!

    Diana Lopez Higareda says:

    Eat breakfast pancakes (for dinner) at The Rocks, enjoy nature (and get lost) at Blue Mountains, walk around (and play with the seagulls) in Darling Harbour, learn to surf (at least try to...) at Bondi, and of course listen to an opera (crying because of the emotion) at the Opera House...wow! I want to be there now!

    Michael Berndt says:

    Climp up the the bridge, get drunk in King's Cross and surf on Manly Beach.

    Estelle Maraya says:

    Bondi beach, 3 Sisters and the beautiful Darling Harbour!

    Laoise Nic Samhrain says:

    Harbour Bridge climb, Manly ferry, Manly beach, Quays area, Jewish Museum!



    Marvel at the NYE spectacle

    The Backpacker Report says:

    The New Year's Eve fireworks on the harbour.

    Harper Willoughby says:

    I listed a lot of things in my other posts but I really gotta say New Years Eve is the one thing you should never miss in Sydney! Seriously - the best fireworks, the best food, best drinks and the best party I've ever experienced in my life!

    Don't Stop Living says:

    Dont miss New Years Eve - one of the best fireworks displays in the world.



    That's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Sydney.



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    Lovely Sydney is a mecca for lovers of the beach, sunshine, and adventure...anything outdoors, really! But with so much on offer, what are the absolute must-see attractions there?

    We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top tips on what is unmissable in Sydney. Here's what you told us...





    Visit the Opera House

    Lisa Leukel says:

    Opera House

    Jariyachat Thongphak says:

    The Opera House because it's a symbol of Australia.

    Anie Chiu says:

    Get a last-minute ticket for an opera in the Opera House. Wonderful!

    Roi D'optique says:

    Opera House!



    Go on a free walking tour

    Kathi Henning says:

    The free tour! Because it’s one of the greatest guided tours and you just pay as much as you like.

    Anthea A. Magpantay says:

    Shouldn't miss the I'm Free walking tours of Sydney! Best way to get to know the city in a quick and cheap way.



    Enjoy the city's thriving nightlife

    Roy Taylor says:

    Oxford Street nightlife.

    Kim Heeramun says:

    Shady Pines Underground Bar.



    Catch the Harbourlife festival

    Jess Vanderputten says:

    One of my favorite events in the world is Harbourlife in Sydney. It's a small electronic disco festival held in the botanical gardens looking at the city, opera house and harbor bridge. Beautiful place/venue for a festival and locals post up on their boats and party too on floats. I travel a lot to festivals and it is one of my favourite ones.



    Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Chris Randall says:

    Climb the Sydney Bridge at night! It's a beautiful experience.

    Steven Wheatley says:

    Climb the bridge Its one of those memories you will never forget.

    Alexias Tam says:

    I walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge, very nice view up there to see both sides of the harbour.

    Asma' Razak says:

    Harbour Bridge climb! View at dusk is just amazing.

    David Browne says:

    Even though it's expensive, it's totally worth Climbing Sydney Harbour bridge. It's just one of my best memories from there.



    Dive with the sharks, kind of...

    Laura Delgado Ranalli says:

    You can dive with nurse sharks in the Manly Aquarium! Insane!



    Go beyond the CBD

    Sarah Sweeney says:

    Spit to Manly hike.... Beers at the end!

    Elina Mattila says:

    There are small parks and beaches in Rose Bay where you can see the city skyline. Looks amazing at night.

    Rob Young says:

    Visit Newtown, the student area of Sydney - and if you love jazz music in an alternative venue visit 505 in the Surrey Hills.

    Romain Clouet says:

    Shalley beach in Manly.

    Patrick Davis says:

    Shop/café-crawling along King Street in Newtown.

    Maura Fiona Kelly says:

    Balmoral Beach!

    Enita Robentrop says:

    Bondi Beach.

    Jacqueline Tow says:

    Observatory Hill - lie on the grass in the sunshine with views of the Opera House.

    Aimee Nicholls says:

    The great shops and cages on king st, Newtown. And the other beaches just out of the city like Cronulla.

    Jeames Hanley says:

    The Cremorne Point walk through the bush right next to the harbour opposite Mrs Macquaries Chair, Garden Point Naval Base and the Opera House. One of my home suburbs; best little walking tracks with views to die for.



    Take a day trip to Blue Mountains

    Nathan Leaven says:

    Take the train out to the Blue Mountains. Not technically in Sydney, but a must-see if you're in that area.

    Aurora Caicedo Castillo says:

    Blue Mountains - it's beautiful and it's got a lot of things to do.



    Ride the ferry

    Lennard Ramone says:

    I bought the Unlimited Travel ferry pass and spent a happy day jumping on random ferries, not knowing where they would take me. I don't think I've ever had so much fun sober. Well, almost sober.

    Ryanite Dunn Whitwell says:

    Manly Ferry. Good beach plus a bit of a sightseeing tour on the way.

    Evren Akbelen says:

    Manly ferry and Manly Beach. The views on Manly ferry will blow your mind and it doesn't cost that much!

    To Travel Too says:

    A visit to the northern beaches; take the Manly ferry from Circular Quay and enjoy spectacular harbour views and enjoy the restaurants and beach at Manly, followed by a walk to Shelley beach.

    Liz Hogan says:

    Take the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena and visit The Royal National Park.

    Helena Kelymanová says:

    Darling Harbour and ferry to Manly.

    David Sabino says:

    Manly ferry.



    But, really...who can pick just one?!

    Semia Merrich says:

    Have a beer at one of the oldest pubs with a bizarre history: the hero of Waterloo, in the Rocks; take the bus from the city to Coogee and then walk along the coast back to Bondi; take the ferry to Manly and enjoy the view, and just enjoy being in the best city there is.

    Harper Willoughby says:

    The Duck in Mosman is a great place to eat and have drinks. Chinatown is a trip. If you can, catch a major concert or sports event at Sydney Olympic Park. Mona Vale hotel is a great nightclub on the northern beaches. Surf Rock in Collaroy. Any pub/venue in Manly! Geat local bands! Spice Bazaar is an amazing little Indian Food joint in Narrabeen.

    Nick Roberts says:

    A beer in a pub in the Rocks, a pie at Harry’s Café de Wheels, a ferry ride across the harbour to Manly, some Tapas at Capitan Torres in Liverpool St... oh wait, you said one thing!

    Diana Lopez Higareda says:

    Eat breakfast pancakes (for dinner) at The Rocks, enjoy nature (and get lost) at Blue Mountains, walk around (and play with the seagulls) in Darling Harbour, learn to surf (at least try to...) at Bondi, and of course listen to an opera (crying because of the emotion) at the Opera House...wow! I want to be there now!

    Michael Berndt says:

    Climp up the the bridge, get drunk in King's Cross and surf on Manly Beach.

    Estelle Maraya says:

    Bondi beach, 3 Sisters and the beautiful Darling Harbour!

    Laoise Nic Samhrain says:

    Harbour Bridge climb, Manly ferry, Manly beach, Quays area, Jewish Museum!



    Marvel at the NYE spectacle

    The Backpacker Report says:

    The New Year's Eve fireworks on the harbour.

    Harper Willoughby says:

    I listed a lot of things in my other posts but I really gotta say New Years Eve is the one thing you should never miss in Sydney! Seriously - the best fireworks, the best food, best drinks and the best party I've ever experienced in my life!

    Don't Stop Living says:

    Dont miss New Years Eve - one of the best fireworks displays in the world.



    That's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Sydney.



    Book hostels in Sydney | Sydney videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more




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