Sydney is an absolutely perfect place to visit! There is SO much to do. It’s definitely been one of my favorite places that I have been to…it’s a great place for a peaceful getaway, while still having the “busy, city” feel to it. In this post I’ll tell you everything there is to know about Sydney…transportation, attractions, food, and more!
sydney opera house
Ok, I know what you’re probably thinking…Opera House?! What’s so special?! Well you’re not alone…because I thought the exact same thing when my parents announced we were going to visit an Opera House. I literally just stared at them before strongly declaring I would under no circumstances waste a day in Sydney to visit an Opera House. Ohhh I was wrong. Sydney is actually very well-known for the Opera House, and visiting is a MUST…(even if you don’t want to take a tour to go inside, at least visiting the building and area is mandatory!!).
But first…can we just take a look at the architecture of this building?! And the location is perfect. You’re probably wondering…what exactly is the Opera House? The Opera House still runs as a regular Opera House, besides being a tourist attraction. There are over 40 shows a WEEK…but the area surrounding the building is absolutely alive with food, games, shows, live music, etc. Located directly on the water, the Opera House is a great place to actually just go to hang out. You’ll definitely want to snag some pictures in front of the glass windows and picturesque scenery. ***you can also see the Sydney Harbor Bridge from the Opera House***!
Going Inside: Soooo…if you want to actually go inside the Opera House (we did!), and maybe even have the chance to see some rehearsals (you probs will, we did!), then you have to go with a tour. You are not allowed to go inside the Opera House without a tour guide. Tours are generally open from 7:00am – 5:00pm. Visit their website HERE to book your tickets and find out more!
My Suggestion: I would definitely recommend going inside the Opera House with a tour if you want to. You not only get a tour of the huge monument, you also get to learn more about how the Opera House was originally designed. Fun Fact: The original architect who designed the Opera House actually ended up running away after the building was complete…he had borrowed a huge sum of money to fund the Opera House and couldn’t pay it back!
sydney harbor bridge
Just like the Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Bridge is also very well-known. You get a gorgeous view of the Harbor Bridge in the distance from the Opera House, and they aren’t very far apart (so visiting both on the same day is very doable). The Harbor Bridge is the highest point you can get to in Sydney. Climbing the bridge is an experience (if you have a fear of heights, be cautious about climbing). The Sunset Climb is absolutely beautiful.
Note: You are only allowed to climb the bridge if you are 10 years or older.
Just behind the bridge is the Sydney Harbor, right next to the water with all kinds of different restaurants…literally everything!
I’m gonna be honest…I don’t actually like zoos. At all. Coming from someone who doesn’t like zoos, I absolutely LOVED Toronga Zoo! It remains to be the only zoo that I actually have loved. The zoo treats their animals very well, which is important, and their animals are clean and unique. They have amazing animals, and all of the incredible animals unique to Australia: koalas, tree kangaroos, emus, kookaburras, wombats, wallabies.
There are many different ways to get to the zoo. Based on where you’re staying depends on how you will get to the zoo. Most people have to take the ferry from Circular Quay (you can buy your tickets for the zoo as well as the ferry there ). The ferry ride is around 10-15 minutes to the zoo. When you get to the zoo, you have to take the Sky-Safari (cable-car) to get up to the zoo. The view is beautiful!
There are endless things to do at the zoo…it is huge, so if you want to do everything, you’ll probably need a couple of days there. We spent a day at the zoo, and did what we were interested in. Something I highly recommend is doing the Animal Encounters. These are moments you can have with the animals up-close with a zoo-keeper!
In addition to the encounters and numerous other things to do at the zoo, there are also animal shows. The timings on these will vary, so I recommend checking the times for that day as soon as you get to the zoo.
The zoo is designed as a circle with numerous ups and down. Strollers and wheel-chairs are allowed. The zoo also has over-night lodging, so if you wants to see the zoo on multiple days, you could stay there overnight!
Timings: the zoo is usually open from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Get 20% off your tickets!: You can visit the zoo’s website HERE if you want to find out more about the zoo…they also usually have 20% off ticket prices if you buy them online!
open-top, double-decker hop-on-hop-off!
The hop-on-hop-off bus is a great way to go around Sydney and see the city! Yo should be able to get a pass from your hotel! (Keep in mind, the bus has around 21 stops, so it takes a lot longer to get from place-to-place).