Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Bondi, Coogee & the Eastern Beaches

Bondi Beach

Definitively Sydney, Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches. It’s the closest ocean beach to the city centre (8km away), has consistently good (though crowded) waves, and is great for a rough-and-tumble swim (the…
Top Choice Bridge in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydneysiders love their giant 'coathanger', which opened in 1932. The best way to experience this majestic structure is on foot. Stairs climb up the bridge from both shores, leading to a footpath on the eastern side…
Top Choice Notable Building in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this World Heritage–listed building is Australia's most famous landmark. Visually referencing a yacht's sails, it's a soaring, commanding presence. The complex comprises five…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

The glamorous jewel at the heart of Australian performance, Sydney's famous Opera House has five main stages. Opera may have star billing, but it's also an important venue for theatre, dance and classical concerts, …
Top Choice Modern Australian in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Quay

What many consider to be Sydney's best restaurant matches a peerless Bridge view with brilliant food. Chef Peter Gilmore never rests on his laurels, consistently delivering exquisitely crafted, adventurous cuisine. …
Top Choice National Park in Sydney

West Head

This central section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a spectacular wilderness, with awe-inspiring vistas over Pittwater and Broken Bay, hidden beach communities, Aboriginal engravings and great walking tracks …
Top Choice Gallery in City Centre & Haymarket

Art Gallery of NSW

With its neoclassical Greek frontage and modern rear, this much-loved institution plays a prominent and gregarious role in Sydney society. Blockbuster international touring exhibitions arrive regularly and there's a…
Top Choice National Park in Sydney

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

This spectacular 14,928-hectare park, 20 to 30km from the city centre, forms Sydney’s northern boundary. It’s a classic mix of sandstone, bushland and water vistas, taking in over 100km of coastline along the southe…
Top Choice Zoo in Sydney Harbourside

Taronga Zoo Sydney

A 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, this bushy harbour hillside is full of kangaroos, koalas and similarly hirsute Australians, plus numerous imported guests. The zoo’s critters have million-dollar harbour vi…
Top Choice Area in City Centre & Haymarket

Chinatown

Dixon St is the heart of Chinatown: a narrow, shady pedestrian mall with a string of restaurants and insistent spruikers. The ornate dragon gates (paifang) at either end have fake bamboo tiles, golden Chinese callig…