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Best Things To Do in Sydney

You should make time for the beach; Bondi and Coogee are favorites. And you should also carve out some moments for gazing at, climbing up or walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. When it comes to neighborhoods, we recommend penciling in The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Seeing the fish at the Sydney Aquarium or stopping to smell the flowers at the Royal Botanic Gardens are a few other popular pastimes. But Sydney is loaded with much, much more.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
Sydney Harbour Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Many visitors say that the Sydney Harbour is the most beautiful natural harbor in the world, and they just might ... read more»

#2
Sydney Opera House
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Concierge.com asks a completely valid question about this landmark's architecture: "Are those soaring roof peaks more like giant ... read more»

#3
Sydney Harbour Bridge Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Sydney Harbour Bridge stands next to the Opera House as one of the city's most iconic landmarks. But ... read more»

#4
The Royal Botanic Gardens Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Founded in 1816, the 74-acre Royal Botanic Gardens abound with bright and colorful flora and fauna. The park is broken ... read more»

#5
Coogee Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With its soft, manilla-colored sands and gentle waves, Coogee Beach is a nice spot for sunning and swimming. Plus, the ... read more»

#6
The Rocks Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Earning its name from the sandstone rocks that line Sydney Harbour, this neighborhood is as quaint as it is cool ... read more»

#7
Darling Harbour Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Darling Harbour is a pedestrian district filled with a number of entertaining things to do. For instance, you'll find ... read more»

#8
Sydney Fish Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: At the Sydney Fish Market, you can (of course) buy fresh fish, take it home, and prepare it. However, many ... read more»

#9
Bondi Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Bondi is best known for its gnarly waves, perfect for surfing. But it's also nice for strolling, sunbathing and ... read more»

#10
Pylon Lookout
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The landmark Sydney Harbour Bridge is anchored by four pylons (or supports). The southeast one is open to the public ... read more»

#11
Sydney Harbour National Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sydney Harbour National Park's 958 acres spread across a few islands and shorelines. You'll find these located mostly ... read more»

#12
Mrs. Macquarie's Chair Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In 1810, Governor Macquarie commissioned a bench for his wife, and the city's convicts obliged him by carving Mrs ... read more»

#13
Sydney Aquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Sydney Aquarium's two best features are its replica of the Great Barrier Reef and its underwater glass tunnel ... read more»

#14
Susannah Place Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: One Sydney's more unique attractions, the Susannah Place Museum hosts four terrace houses. Built in 1844 by Irish immigrants ... read more»

#15
Australian National Maritime Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: No harbor city would be complete without a maritime museum, and Sydney's is one of the best. Why, you ... read more»

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