Flying Solo to Australia? Here Are 100 Cool, Must-Do Things While In Sydney

Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with a combination of modern structures, historical landmarks, green foliage, and pristine beaches. That’s why it’s called the Emerald City: you can always get lost and still end up somewhere great. 

If you’re a first-time solo traveller to Australia’s capital city, here the hottest 100 things you need to include in your travel bucket list, ‘STAT.

  • Take a 3-mile coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee and take a dip afterward. 
  • Do some sightseeing in Circular Quay, you’ll get a majestic view of the Sydney Opera House.
  • If you got a bit of budget on the side, see Sydney via helicopter and prepare to be amazed. 
  • Visit the Grounds of Alexandria during the weekend for good scenery. 
  • Getaway from the city in less than an hour and go to Sydney’s Royal National Park. 
  • Have some quiet, alone time at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • Stream around the magnificent art gallery of New South Wales.
  • And while you’re at it in the museums, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art too.
  • Another one: Sydney’s very own Madame Tussaud’s Museum and take selfies with “celebs”.
  • Here’s a classic: climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
  • Planning to travel to Manly? Take the ferry, it’s definitely worth the buck and experience.
  • Raving about the hipster and trendy scene? Surry Hills is your street. Start your day by drinking coffee from Single Origins.
  • Wander by at some of Sydney’s most beautiful yet underrated street arts in Inner West.
  • Visit the Hayden Orpheum Photo Centre if you’re a cinema buff. 
  • Don’t forget to catch a show at the Sydney Opera House because it ain’t a Sydney experience without being inside one of the most magnificent structures in the world. 
  • Travel and do a food trip in Cabramatta in New South Wales.
  • Live a little more adventure by going fishing with the local fishermen.
  • Feast on seafood goodness at the Sydney Fish Market.
  • Get a 360 view of Sydney and have a fancy dinner at the Sydney Tower.
  • Enjoy the sight of the Southern Hemisphere at night at the Sydney Observatory.
  • If you’re in for ride and adrenaline rush, visit the Luna Amusement Park.
  • Take the family out to the Taronga Zoo, where exotic wildlife and a zoo train awaits you.
  • Another park where you can interact with Australia’s native and endangered animals is Featherdale Wildlife Park.
  • Visit Sydney’s 150-year old market, Paddy’s, and find some great souvenirs.
  • Wanna find out the history of human diseases? Check out this museum
  • If you’re part of the LGBTQIA or an advocate, you must visit the Imperial Hotel and have a good time! (You might even catch some big musicians there!)
  • Visit the White Rabbit Museum for contemporary Chinese art or outrageous exhibitions, if you’re in for a quirky visual treat.
  • Chill down for some 100% quality gelatos at Ciccone and Sons Gelateria. 
  • Take the ferry and enjoy the sights while going to Cockatoo Island.
  • Or if you’re in for a more expensive yet fun ride, take the water taxi!
  • Sunbathe at the Lady Jane Beach. You can marvel at the sight of a beautiful waterfall for free and 24/7 accessible to visitors.
  • Ever seen a beautiful cemetery scenery? Behind a hospital lies a must-visit one named Gore Hill Cemetery, probably the greenest-looking cemetery one has ever seen.
  • Take kawaii pictures at Purikura Photoland, it’s actually fun to edit the photos afterward! 
  • If you’re an indie music enthusiast, never miss the local gigs at the Lansdowne Hotel. 
  • Drop by at Saint Peter, where they serve up sustainable seafood dishes — because sustainable is our future!
  • Planning to drink tonight? Dig your way in at Bulletin Place, the best-underrated bar that serves up great fruit cocktails in Sydney (100% truth, really.)
  • If you love everything and anything about buses, you should definitely visit the Sydney Bus Museum!
  • You’ll never need a lover when you reserve a bubble tent at Bubbletent Australia, all while seeing the stars and overlooking the biggest valley in the world, Capertee Valley, at night.
  • Looking for the cheapest and most delicious Vietnamese eats? Look no further and head-on at the Banh Xeo Bar
  • In the mood for Thai cuisine as well? Try Thai on Wok in Glebe, it’s a local favorite.
  • Visit The Rocks Discovery Museum, where you’ll get to know about the country’s rich aboriginal heritage. Admission is free!
  • Authentic Japanese cuisine day and night? Eat at Gaku Robata Grill. They only serve 40 bowls of ramen during the day and transforms into a smokey izakaya by night.
  • Never forget to try traditional Australian dishes at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, a legendary pie cart that’s been serving locals and tourists delicious tiger pie for 70 years. 
  • Do some people-watching at Hyde Park, the people’s go-to park during the day.
  • Visit St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s, two magnificently made churches found along Hyde Park.
  • If you’re a music connoisseur, you should miss Conservatorium Wednesdays at the University of Sydney’s Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Check out all show schedules here
  • Visit the Barrenjoey Lighthouse to have a stunning view of the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. You might even catch whales migrating when you travel around winter (May-October).
  • Go hiking at the Blue Mountains with other tourists and get to see “The 3 Sisters”. 
  • Experience a different side of wildlife at the recently opened Dharawal National Park.
  • Unleash your adventurous side at TreeTops Adventure Park in Western Sydney. 
  • Stroll around at Wendy’s Secret Garden for that well-deserved “me time”.
  • Watch a movie at an open-air cinema on weekends. 
  • Hire a horse to ride on as you tour along Centennial Parklands.
  • Explore the famous Jenolan Caves, book a tour now!
  • Visit New South Wales’ most famous blowhole or marine geyser, Kiama Blowhole
  • Don’t miss out on Sydney’s Chinatown for scrumptious Asian delicacies.
  • Travel to Darlinghurst for the best mini bars and late-night restaurants.
  • Go to King’s Cross and have a taste of Sydney’s thriving city nightlife.
  • Swim at Bronte Baths, a saltwater pool where the best sunrise view is. 
  • Take a dip at Shelly Beach, one of the most Instagrammable beaches in Sydney.
  • Have a snorkel tour at Fairlight Beach and be one with Australia’s diverse, rich marine life.
  • If you’re looking for anything crafty and bargain, Paddington Market is your market haven.
  • Science or sci-fi fan? Visit the Powerhouse Museum, also known as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. (There’s an exhibit dedicated for Star Wars!)
  • Visit Sydney’s most premier winery region, Hunter Valley, which produces one of the world’s best red wine.
  • Check out another city with one of the best emerging wineries in Orange, New South Wales.
  • Exclusively for women: Take a relaxing dip at Coogee Women’s Baths. It’s a private, pristine view of the ocean, and of course, new female friends! 
  • Have a weekend swim at Bondi Icebergs Pool, the most Instagrammable ocean pool in Australia.
  • Go bird seeing at the Lane Cove National Park which is 30 minutes away from CBD. 
  • Wander in solitude through the bamboo forests at the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
  • Go on a pub crawl tour with Dave’s Tours. They’re the best in Sydney (and a bit pricey.)
  • Feeling a bit fancy flying above the clouds? Try online booking for a parachute tour throughout Sydney in Camden Valley.
  • Heads up for meat lovers: LP’s Quality Meats is your newest paradise when in Sydney. 
  • Any fan of retro fashion should definitely check out SWOP Clothing Exchange, a pre-loved and sustainable fashion store which is near…
  • The Art Deco building, Enmore Theatre! Check out their website for upcoming events while you’re in town.
  • The best things in life come for a price. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has the best view of the sea, freshest seafood, finest wines… there’s nothing bad you can say about it.
  • Hit the Norton St. in Leichhardt a.k.a. “Little Italy ”if you’re hungry for something Italian
  • Looking for a rooftop bar in CBD? Old Mate’s Place got you tonight. 
  • Make some noise and belt your heart out through the entire night at Dynasty Karaoke!
  • But if karaoke’s not your thing, The Cipher Room is another option for people who love mystery and solving problems.
  • Looking for something sweet? Try out some of Sydney’s best cakes at Black Star Pastry located in the CBD (they have the best watermelon cake, guaranteed).
  • If cake’s not your main choice, head-on at Edition Coffee Roasters Haymarket instead. 
  • Celebrating New Year’s Eve in CBD? Check out parties where you can crash with the locals.
  • Or check out these places where you can watch free fireworks during New Year’s Eve.
  • Have a picnic and perhaps, an arvo bevvie at Robertson Park. 
  • A Sydney trip is incomplete without eating fish and chips. Go to Bottom of the Harbour for the best ones in town.
  • Join a free running group in Sydney Park and meet other locals or even tourists as well. 
  • Looking for KKBQ first thing in the morning or even late at night? Dae Jang Kum is open from 11 AM to 6 AM.
  • Indulge on some freshly caught and shucked oysters at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room.
  • Feast on high-end Chinese cuisine at Queens Hotel (Don’t forget their specialty, mud crabs.)
  • Visit PS40, one of the best bars in town that serves your classic cocktails… with a twist. 
  • Have you ever heard of vermouth? Now’s the perfect time to taste the best ones at Banksii.
  • Drink the best cocktails at KittyHawk, which sounds like how badass the bar’s name is.
  • Feeling like a rockstar who could use a drink and a pizza? Fret not, Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice is rockin’ and open all week. 
  • Grandma doesn’t only have cookies. She’s got a bar too, check it out when you’re in town.
  • Head straight to the basement, eat, drink, and get jazzy at Mary’s Underground.
  • Craving for some Greek eats with a rustic vibe? Dine-in at The Apollo
  • Looking for the best sushi restaurant in Sydney? Sokyo in Pyrmont is the place-to-be.
  • But if you’re craving for the best of Chinese and Japanese smokehouse, eat at Yan instead.
  • Wishing for a smoked barbecue? Here’s the answer: FireDoor! Ta-da, you’re safe. 
  • If you’re into shopping, visit the Queen Victoria Building before you go home.

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