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Don't Miss These Must-Do Activities in New South Wales

Don't Miss These Must-Do Activities in New South Wales

Though it's nearly impossible to see all of the natural and architectural beauty that New South Wales has to offer, there are some attractions that shouldn’t be missed. The capital city of Sydney, in particular, holds much for travelers. See below for our list of can’t-miss experiences in Australia’s most populous region.

 

See the Sydney Opera House

This cultural icon and UNESCO World Heritage Site has a prominent position, perched on Sydney Harbour. You’ll see it on a harbor cruise or while walking along the waterfront. However, to best experience the venue, book a ticket for a show. If you’re not an opera fan, don’t worry; Broadway musicals are usually part of the performance season, as well. 

 

Get Some Sun at Bondi Beach

On Sydney’s eastern edge, Bondi is the city’s most popular beach, attracting locals and visitors for swimming, surfing, and taking in the crowded yet laid-back beach scene. Grab your towel and hit the sand if you just want to relax, or take a surf lesson to experience a piece of the local lifestyle. Lessons typically start on land before heading into the water to practice your skills with an instructor.

 

Get Outdoors at Blue Mountains National Park

Head west of Sydney into the Blue Mountains for an outdoorsy break from the city bustle. Day trips to this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region typically highlight natural features like the Three Sisters rock formation, Katoomba Falls, and Jamison Valley, and some add rides on the Scenic World skyway, cableway, or railway for views of the mountain landscape.

 

Experience the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Connecting the Rocks district to the North Shore, Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s tallest steel arch bridge and is as integral to the Sydney skyline as the Opera House. Though you can walk or bike across it, or simply admire it on a harbor cruise, the ultimate way to experience the structure is the BridgeClimb, where you’ll ascend to the 440-foot (134-meter) summit for a panoramic view of the city.

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Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

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Cruise through Sydney Harbour in style on board a spacious flagship vessel that departs from Circular Quay and King Street Wharf. Glide by landmarks, including the floodlit Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, and watch the city change colors with the sunset. Then sit down for a 4-course dinner with an array of international dishes including fresh seafood. Enjoy the views from your table or the viewing deck, and live music on this 2-hour dinner cruise.
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  • 2 hours
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Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House

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Be sure to put a performance by Opera Australia at the iconic Sydney Opera House on your Sydney itinerary. See classic operas by composers like Mozart and Puccini, as well as iconic Broadway musicals, depending on the season. Take in stunning views of Sydney Harbour while enjoying drinks or a meal (own expense) at one of the Opera House's fine dining venues before or after the performance to top off this unforgettable experience.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Sydney Taronga Zoo's Australian Animals Tour

Sydney Taronga Zoo's Australian Animals Tour

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Enjoy an in-depth experience of Sydney Taronga Zoo on a guided tour with a zoo guide who introduces you to Australian native animals including koalas and kangaroos. Go behind the scenes with the zoo guide to meet the zoo’s hand-raised native animals and have your photo taken with some furry friends. Learn more than you could on your own and gain access to areas that are normally off-limits to the public. This small-group tour is limited to six people and includes admission tickets to Taronga Zoo including Sky Safari.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

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Enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and beyond during a scenic helicopter flight over Sydney. Take to the skies for a quick flight that provides stunning panoramic views of Sydney’s eastern coastline including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Cove, Sydney’s spectacular Harbor and city skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House. Learn about the city’s history from your knowledgeable pilot as you fly along the coast of the Pacific Ocean before your pilot whirs over Sydney Head marking the harbor’s entrance.
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  • 2 hours
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Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach

Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach

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Learn the art of surfing with a lesson from a qualified instructor at the world-famous Bondi Beach, just a short hop from central Sydney. Get an informative and fun surfing lesson with your expert instructor, who shows you the basics, including getting up on the board, reading the surf and catching waves. If you want advanced instruction, private lessons accommodate all levels of expertise. Add a great workout and some waterside excitement to your vacation with a private or small-group surfing lesson in the heart of Australia’s surf culture.
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  • 2 hours
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