Sydney City Tour | Best places to visit in Sydney

Sydney City Tour | Best places to visit in Sydney: Sydney is not only the biggest city in Australia but also the oldest and most beautiful as well. There is nothing that Sydney cannot offer to its visitors. From sultry beaches to lush gardens, city downtown, and national parks, it is worth visiting this city at least once in your lifetime.

Here we have presented the top Sydney attractions that you shouldn’t miss if you want an enthralling travel experience. So, stick with us as we get you through the Sydney city tour itinerary – Things to do and the best things to do.

Broughton Street Lookout

Spend a day in the elevated Broughton Street Lookout that offers a splendid view of the Sydney harbor. If visited in the early morning, this place can be so tranquil that you would not hesitate to stand with closed eyes feeling the cool breeze passing through your hair strands.

Location: Milsons Point NSW

Things to do:

  • Take a better view of the surrounding areas
  • Night view of Sydney

Best time to visit: Early morning and during and after the sunset

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Broughton Street Lookout. Sydney City Tour | Best places to visit in Sydney

The historic Rocks area

Take a step back in time and get transported to the yesteryears of Sydney at the Rocks’. Located directly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is worth vising this former European colony. You can book your Sydney city tour to this place and witness the splendour of the bygone eras, including Meander cobblestone streets, sandstone buildings, and the Rocks market.

Location: Sydney CBD

Things to do:

  • Visit the Cadmans Cottage- Sydney’s oldest surviving residential building
  • Observe stars at the Sydney Observatory
  • Appreciate arts and culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Relive the history at the Rocks Discover Museum
  • Enjoy a drink at the Rocks pubs
  • Stroll across the Rocks Market every Saturday and Sunday

Best time to visit:

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm- the Rocks Market

Friday: 9 am to 3 pm- the Rocks Foodies Market

The Opera House

When we imagine Sydney, we imagine the grand Opera House!

This extravagant construction, sitting on Bennelong Point in Circular Quay, is not only an engineering marvel but possibly represents Sydney to the whole world. As soon as you reach this World Heritage Site, buy the tickets to the show available every half an hour. Apart from this, you can also participate in the Sydney Opera House guided walking tour, backstage tour, inside tour, tasting plate, and Dine at the Opera Bar.

It might intrigue you to learn that the Opera House attracts about 8 million visitors annually and is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.

Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney

Things to do:

  • Undertake guided tours
  • Attend a show in the Opera House theatre
  • Visit the Opera bar at sunset
  • The Bada Gili show at sunset
  • Stroll in and around the Opera House   

Best time to visit: 9 am – 5 pm

Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair

Your Sydney city tour would remain incomplete without visiting Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, carved out of a sandstone rock ledge in 1810. This place boasts panoramic views of the harbour, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visit this place early in the morning or during the twilight to experience a serene ambiance. Do not forget to take your camera along, as this is Sydney’s one of the most picture-perfect locations.

Location: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Things to do:

  • Undertake a stroll
  • Admire the splendid city view
  • Picnicking

Best time to visit: Early morning and during the sunset

St. Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral is a catholic church located at St Mary’s Cathedral College is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. The β€˜Gothic Revival’ style stands out from the rest of the surrounding buildings and is somewhat recognizable from a distance.

This brown-colored building under the blue sky and amidst a few trees across the street displays a beautiful scene meant to hold a permanent in the onlookers’ minds. Therefore, visiting this place is recommended if you want to spend some tranquility praying and reflecting on life.

Location: St Mary’s Cathedral College

Things to do:

  • Pray
  • Sit in tranquility
  • Take a relaxed stroll in and around the church

Best time to visit: Sunday- Free guided tours

The Royal Australian Naval Base – Garden Island

Located to the east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, the Garden Island is a must-visit if you want to get Sydney’s enormous 360-degree view from the top of the old signal station. In addition, you get a panoramic view of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison, and the Sydney skyline from the old signal station. Another highlight that this place boasts of is the country’s first lawn tennis court, which is still in use.

Note: Public access is only through the Public Access Area on the northern end of Garden Island. Public access is via private boat only.

Location: Sydney CBD

Things to do:

  • Walk to the old signal station to get a panoramic view of the city
  • Visit the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre
  • Explore the relics in the Public Access Area
  • Take a stroll on the white beaches and foreshores
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Sailing

Best time to visit: Sunrise to sunset

Shark beach

If you want to shake off your busy schedule for a day and enjoy your Sydney city tour from an oceanic perspective, visit Shark beach. Located only 20 minutes from Sydney’s CBD, this tranquil beach is ideal for spending some leisurely time with your family. And if you have kids along, they can enjoy swimming in its sheltered water

Location: Nielsen Park

Things to do:

Best time to visit: Any time of the day

The Gap at Watson Bay

The Gap at Watson Bay, facing the Tasmania Sea, is a place from where you can get some of the spectacular views of Sydney. Although it is a famous tourist destination, the Gap is also infamous for being a suicide point. Take the ferry to Watsons Bay and walk-through Robertson Park to the overlook, directly across from the ferry pier during your day tour from Sydney. And if you are ready to shed some sweat, undertake any scenic coastal walks that start from the Gap.

Location: Watsons Bay

Things to do:

  • Undertake coastal walks
  • Visit the nearby Gap Park
  • Unwind at the Gap Tavern

Best time to visit: Any day of the week

Bondi beach

What to spend a beachy day in Sydney? Think no more and head towards the famous Bondi beach. Here you can spend your day soaking under the bright sun or taking a dip in the ocean. But if you are not a swimming person, we suggest you undertake a stroll along the beach or go on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

And if you are an art lover, visit Bondu beach in October and November to witness the Sculpture by the Sea, an outdoor exhibition of artworks.

Location: Sydney CBD

Things to do:

  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Sunbath
  • Coastal walk
  • Whale watching

Best time to visit: Any time of the day

Paddington

Give a kickstart to your Sydney city day trip by visiting one of the most popular Sydney suburbs- Paddington or β€œPaddo.” But what is there so special in this suburb? Well, this otherwise usual-looking suburb boasts early Victorian residential flavour. Here, you can admire the architecture of the terraced streets or pop into any of its exquisite shops or cafΓ©. And if you want to witness the local flavour of this place, you should come here on any Saturday and check out the Paddington Markets.

Location: 395 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

Things to do:

  • Visit the Paddington Reservoir Gardens
  • Picnic at the Centennial Parklands
  • Take a step back in the history at Chauval
  • Shop till you drop at the nearby shops and boutiques
  • Unwind at a cafΓ© with a cup of hot coffee

Best time to visit: October: William Street Festival

Chinatown

Are you craving some delicious Asian cuisine? Do you want to witness a slice of the Asian community in Sydney? If yes, then head towards Chinatown.

This sprawling place is filled with stalls, eateries, cafes, and restaurants. Here you can shop till you drop and relax in any of its exquisite restaurants serving cuisines like Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, and so on.  However, the biggest attraction is the Paddy’s Markets, where you can buy local souvenirs for your loved ones.

Location: Dixon Street, Haymarket

Things to do:

  • Day and late-night shopping
  • Enjoy Asian cuisines
  • Visit Hay Street and the Golden Water Mouth sculpture.

Best time to visit: Wednesday and first Saturday: 10 am- 10 pm- Paddy’s Market

January and February: Chinese New Year festival

September – The Moon Festival, in mid-Autumn during the Equinox

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