Go to the Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is stunning from the outside and it’s a great view to take in as the sail-inspired silhouette towers over the water, but don’t forget the marvels inside too.
Each season, the Opera House hosts several performances that range from traditional operas to pop performances. Special tickets will even get you a behind-the-scenes tour of the building and a two-course dinner with wine pairings.
A night out to the opera is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and enjoy an evening in Sydney. There are also midday opera showings for those looking for a cultured daytime activity in Sydney.
Fly in a Hot Air Balloon
A gentle flight over the sights of the Sydney region gives you a bird’s eye view of the stunning scenery. There are other things to do in Sydney to give you a similar view (joy rides in planes and helicopters), but none as serene as a hot air balloon trip.
You can fly over the Hunter Valley wine region or the Mudgee wine region and take in the breathtaking views of the plains. Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the city! Most experiences will allow anyone over the age of seven to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, making it another option for families looking for things to do in Sydney.
Wander through the Chinese Garden of Friendship
Just at the southern end of Darling Harbour is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Three acres in size, the garden is modelled after the private gardens of the Ming Dynasty in China. Meandering around the gardens is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Throughout the gardens you’ll find water features, well-cultivated plant life, impressive structures, and classic-inspired architecture. The garden is just the thing for finding some tranquillity amidst the bustling CBD of Sydney.
Ride the ferry
The ferry is a part of regular transportation for Sydney’s locals, but the views you’ll find aboard one of these iconic ships are not something to be taken for granted. Just float around Darling Harbour on the ferry for a quick aquatic adventure. The trip takes roughly 20 minutes and gives you views of the harbour, the harbour bridge, and the opera house you just can’t get on land.
For a longer adventure, try a trip to Manly for the classic Sydney ferry experience. (And while you’re there, take in the sights of the gorgeous Manly beaches that some locals claim rival Bondi. There are plenty of Ferries leaving Circular Quay frequently so it’s easy to hop aboard and float away.
There are so many things to do in Sydney, and for a range of budgets, you’ll never be bored.