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Visiting Sydney for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do


Visiting Sydney for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do

With so much to see and do, Sydney can be both thrilling and overwhelming for first-time visitors. And it can be tough to choose where to start when you arrive, so we’ve compiled a list of must-dos and must-sees for first-timers. See below for your options.


Get acquainted with the city

And see the top sights.

Get acquainted with the city and see all its top attractions on a comprehensive Sydney sightseeing tour. You'll cover the Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, Bondi Beach, and more in a single day. Choose a coach tour, a walking tour, or a biking tour, and enjoy everything that makes Sydney such a popular destination.

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Take a hop-on hop-off tour

And get around with ease.

Skip public transit and opt for a hop-on hop-off tour to see all the sights from a double-decker bus, plus benefit from unobstructed views and recorded commentary on board. Such tours typically make multiple stops at top sites around the city, from the Opera House to Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach.

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Bondi Beach is a popular spot on most Sydney city tours. Photo: Alana Dimou / Viator

Get on the water with a cruise

And admire the city from a new perspective.

Cruise options range from quick 10-minute ferry rides across the harbor and hop-on hop-off boat services to luxury dinner cruises. Choose the cruise that's right for you, but know that no matter what, you're guaranteed an amazing view.

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Get wild at Taronga Zoo

And enjoy a family-friendly day out.

Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney’s top attractions, loved by locals, travelers, and especially kids. Jump on the ferry and experience the best of the zoo with a guided behind-the-scenes tour with a zoo keeper or simply book tickets in advance.

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Cute animal sightings are guaranteed at Taronga Zoo. Photo: Alana Dimou / Viator

Go inside the Opera House

And enjoy a spot of singing.

If going inside the Sydney Opera House isn't on your bucket list, it should be. While most city tours pass by the landmark building, make time to go inside, whether you're an opera aficionado or just looking to add something special to your Sydney vacation. After all, a performance at the this world-class opera house isn't just any old night on the town.

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Grab an attractions pass

And make the most of your stay.

An attractions pass will save you money on entry to multiple top attractions in Sydney, including the SEA LIFE® Aquarium, the Sydney Tower, Madame Tussauds, and the Museum of Sydney. Passes are valid for multiple days and add up to big savings, especially for first-time visitors.

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A Sydney attractions pass will get you access to many top sights, including the Sydney Tower. Photo: Alana Dimou / Viator

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