Sydney Sightseeing: The Best Places for Your Australian Vacation

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time lover of Australia, Sydney sightseeing has something for everyone to enjoy. Not only does it have some of the most popular beaches such as Bondi, but the city also has a variety of museums, gardens, and other landmarks to explore. Adventure-seekers can climb the Harbour Bridge while those who love to relax can sunbathe on the sand. From beautiful beaches to towering bridges, these are some of the best places to see during your Sydney vacation.

Bondi Beach


Bondi Beach Sydney sightseeing
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White sand stretches in all directions and cliffs line the water’s edge at Bondi Beach. Not only is it the most famous beach in Australia, but it’s also one of the most popular Sydney sightseeing locales. Whether you’re in the mood for a surf or a dip in the waves, Bondi has a little something for everyone. Don’t feel like doing anything at all? Relax and sunbathe on the sand while listening to the sounds of the waves. You’ll also find yourself within walking distance from some great local restaurants and beachside cafes. There’s even a variety of hotels lining Bondi Beach should you wish to stay near the waves while sightseeing around Sydney. We recommend Hotel Ravesis for perfect views of the beach, wrap-around terraces, a late night club, and more.

Sydney Harbour Bridge


Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney vacation
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Stretching across the Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge measures nearly 1,200 meters across the water. The steel arch bridge carries vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles while boasting views of the Opera House and surrounding city. Also known as “The Coathanger” because of its arching architecture, the Harbour Bridge first opened in 1932. The bridge is a popular sight in movies as well as a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. Looking for a little more adventure on your Sydney vacation? BridgeClimb allows you to climb to the top of the bridge and take in one of the most breathtaking views in the whole city. You can climb during both day and night – or even host a climb for a celebratory event such as a marriage or birthday!

Royal Botanic Gardens


Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney sightseeing
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Escape the bustling city life by taking a stroll and Sydney sightseeing through the Royal Botanic Gardens. After opening in 1816, the gardens broke into multiple areas with various flowers and plants throughout. With beautiful views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge, the gardens are open 365 days a year with various events happening nearly every day. Need to stop for a food break during your visit? The Royal Botanic Gardens also feature two cafes and two restaurants for its visitors to refuel during the day. The Gardens have also partnered with The Domain to offer 40 “smart-nodes” throughout their digitally connected spaces to provide free wifi for its visitors. Admission is free, however, you will need to reserve a spot if you’d like to book a tour or experience.

Coogee Beach


Coogee Beach Sydney vacation
Photo Courtesy of Emjeii Beattie


If you’re looking for something a little less touristy than Bondi Beach but still craving the sand, Coogee Beach is the perfect place to get away. Located farther north up the coast, Coogee is great for families and couples alike. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters since the beach is protected by an arch-like stretch of sand. Coogee Beach also boasts on-duty lifeguards, beach volleyball, restaurants, and free parking. You can even go for a swim in one of its beachfront baths – McIver’s Ladies Baths and Wylie’s Baths. Want to see more of the beaches from a different perspective? Take a helicopter tour during your Sydney vacation to see Coogee Beach and more from above. The flight lasts 2.5 hours with expert commentary from your pilot full of fun facts!

Sydney sightseeing provides some of the most spectacular views in the world. Be sure to give some of our recommendations a try on your next trip. Want to experience even more of the country during your Sydney vacation? Don’t forget to check out our top 5 places to visit in Australia!

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