Things to do in Sydney
If you find yourself down under, Sydney is the place to go. Vinnie Van GO loves Sydney – and he’s got the guide for you to prove it! Check out Vinnie's picks in Sydney for beaches, festivals, landmarks, and more.
This capital of New South Wales is one of Australia’s largest, and most fun! The arts and culture scene is top notch. Reserve a Sydney shuttle with GO to see it all, or read our guide for the best things to do while you’re visiting.
During the second week of January, locals and visitors alike gather for one of Australia’s premier arts festivals. This cultural celebration brings a wide variety of music, from jazz to indie rock – even Russian theatre! This festival has fun for the whole family, so kids of all ages are welcome.
Sydney Harbour Regatta
This annual yacht race is one of the biggest of its kind. Every March, the iconic event attracts massive crowds to view the over 300 yachts in Sydney’s Middle Harbour. Gather your friends and family to the harbour to see this magnificent race.
Sydney Cellar Door
The Sydney Cellar Door is an annual festival in Hyde Park where you can sample the best cheeses, wine and other local goods. New South Wales is known for its wineries, so this event is a must-visit. This annual event takes place in late February every year. Schedule your shuttle ride ahead of time so you can enjoy all that the festival has to offer.
Sydney Super Dome is Sydney’s main arena, and the largest in Australia. The multipurpose venue is located in Sydney Olympic Park, as it housed the 2000 Summer Olympics. Otherwise known as the Qudos Bank Arena, or “The Q”, there are a number of entertainment performances and sports events throughout the year.
Edwin Flack Ave & Olympic Blvd
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Sydney Opera House
Possible Sydney’s most famous landmark, the Sydney Opera House is an architectural wonder, and one of the 20th century’s most famous buildings. This multi-venue performing arts center hosts multiple musical and performing arts performances throughout the year, including ballets, theatre and symphony orchestra performances. Catch a show or just take in the UNESCO World Heritage Site from the outside.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
This steel arch bridge is one of the most notable aspects of Sydney’s skyline. This bridge has been operational since the 1930s, and is probably most famous for the Bridge Climb, where you and your family and friends can harness up and climb 134 meters into the air to take in 360 degree views of Sydney. This is a must-visit!
Scenic World Blue Mountains
The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are just a short shuttle ride away from Sydney city center. The mountains are also home to the world’s steepest train, Australia’s highest and steepest cable cars, and country’s longest elevated boardwalk, the Scenic Walkway. Take in the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
The classic hop-on hop-off double decker tour experience is available in Sydney. With 34 stops, this tour will get you comfortably around the city with views of Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach. These tours are the perfect way to see all the sites, and allowing you to get up close and personal with whichever you choose at your own pace.
VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise
There’s no better way to take Sydney’s famous harbor in than on the Lights Harbour Cruise. This one hour cruise gives you unobstructed views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, alight with more than 50 light creations by international artists.
Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Day Tour
This day tour leaves from Sydney and lasts approximately 10 hours. Bring friends along to explore the oldest wine-producing Australian region. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the vineyard and wineries, plus tastings and an informative guide. This tour comes along with a chef-prepared lunch, so everything is taken care of for you.
Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. This iconic beach is just a short shuttle ride from central Sydney. Popular for its lively surrounding shops and restaurants, this spot is popular for visitors and locals alike. But get there early! Bondi Beach is also one of Australia’s most crowded.
To visit this unpatrolled beach in the Royal National Park is to embark on a rugged adventure into Australia’s natural landscape. While swimming and surfing are not advised, this beach has it all… including sharks! There is even still the ruins of the S.S. Tuggerah, a ship from the early 20th century, whose wreckage has become a popular diving spot – but don’t attempt this yourself unless you are experienced!
Flat Rock Beach
If you’re looking to have a Sydney beach experience but get away from the crowds, look no further than Flat Rock Beach in Killarney Heights. A short shuttle ride away from the action, this beach has a secluded beauty you won’t find anywhere else in the world.