The Ultimate Sydney Bucket List | Must- See’s and Do’s

The Ultimate Sydney Bucket List | Must- See’s and Do’s

Are you planning to travel to Sydney for the first time, but you are just unsure what to do? Then check out this cool bucket list written by two Sydney Siders.

Some cool hidden beaches to the harbour bridge walk and feeding a kangaroo, all is given in this ultimate Sydney Bucket List.

Sydney bucket list

Take a selfie with a koala | When you are visiting Australia for the first time, then checking out the local wildlife is a must. Koalas are one of those that you should visit when in Sydney. Unfortunately, you cannot hold a koala when you are in NSW, but you can still pet them and take pictures with them.

Catch the sunset or sunrise at the Royal Botanic Gardens. | Watching a sunset or rise form the gardens overlooking the harbour bridge and Opera House is simply an experience not to be missed.

where to see the best sunset in Sydney

Feed a Kangaroo | There are many places to hand-feed kangaroos around Sydney. A great option is Featherdale Wildlife Park. Too cute not to do!

Go snorkelling at Gordons Bay | This little hidden nugget is great for snorkelling, it also has loads of little fishing boats dominating the beach. There’s however not a lot of sand at Gordons Bay. But it’s also the least-crowded of all six beaches and feels somewhat secret.

Walk the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk|  It is one of the best coastal walks you can do! Stunning coastal views and 6 of Sydney’s best beaches.

Go Whale watching | See Humpback & Southern Right whales during the winter migration.

Whale watching in Sydney

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge |  The best view in town, especially during sunset!

Go on a day trip to the blue mountains | The stunning mountains are only a 2-hour train trip from Sydney CBD. From the tree Sisters to waterfalls and roughed cliffs, a must-see!

Explore Sydney Tower | Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Offers amazing views of Sydney.

Visit one of Australia’s most beautiful and haunted sites |  Take a ghost tour at Q Station in Manly, if you dare!

Spend a day at Bondi Beach |  Sydney and maybe even Australia’s most famous beach. Make sure to swim between the flags, otherwise, you might end up in an episode of Bondi Rescue.

Walk the Manly to Spit walk | Not the easiest walk out there, but pretty amazing. This 10K walk will take you along Sydney coast and shows you some amazing sights along the way.

Take a selfie during the blooming season of the Jacaranda tree |  #Selfy #Instagram #Goals

Check out Taronga Zoo | These lucky animals have some of the best city views! Also, the animals itself are pretty adorable.

Head to Jervis Bay for the whitest sand in the world | Hop in your car and drive to Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay National Park, home to the whitest sand in the world.

Spot wild kangaroos at Glenbrook National Park | Finding Skippy in the Blue Mountains is pretty easy when you know where to look. Check out where to find them exactly here.

Learn how to surf at Bondi | Many surf schools available to teach you how to surf.

Check out Sydney Opera House from the inside | Take a tour through the Opera House and learn all there is to know about this intriguing building.

Jump out of a plane | Get your adrenaline going by jumping out of a plane.

Go wine tasting at Hunter Valley | The wineries, cellar doors, and delicious food experiences are incredible in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

Visit the Rocks | The Oldest Neighbourhood in Sydney filled with historic buildings, restaurants, shops, bars.

Wander around Circular Quay | A gateway to many iconic attractions. Stroll along the harbour to the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Garden as well as the Sydney Harbour bridge.

Be a kid at Luna Park | A playground for young and old, on the other side of the harbour bridge.

Walk over the Harbour bridge. The bridge can be crossed for free on foot. You will see stunning harbour views and unique sight of the Opera House. It is also amazing to walk during sunset.

Visit Cockatoo island | Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO world-heritage-listed island in the middle of beautiful Sydney Harbour. Hop on a ferry and explore the island for the day.

Visit a museum or two | From the Museum of Contemporary Art to the mint museum, Sydney is not lacking in the museum department.

Check out Vaucluse House | One of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds.

Catch a footy game at the SCG | Australians are massive sports fans, with the football or ‘footy’ codes securing plenty of attention during the winter months. If you are coming in the summer months, then go watch a game of Cricket!

Wander around Darling Harbor | Darling Harbour has lots of bars and restaurants and was always packed. It is very pleasant to dine by the waterside.

Take the ferry to Manly | A comfortable and scenic trip.

Spend a day at the Royal National Park | Offers coastal cliffs, secluded beaches, and eucalyptus-rich bushland. Trails crisscross the park.

Catch some rays at Hyde Park | Hyde Park is a heritage-listed park located slap bang in the city centre.

Admire St Mary’s Cathedral | Australia’s tallest and largest church building.

Go shopping at the Queen Victoria Building | This stunning building is the perfect place for some shopping (She ain’t cheap though)

Go for a swim at Bondi Icebergs club | A pool with a view.

Check out Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair | Exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench, on a peninsula in Sydney Harbour. It was hand-carved by convicts in 1810, for Elizabeth Macquarie, the wife of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales.

Take a dip at Shelly Beach | Also, the perfect place for diving and snorkelling as it is home to many sea creatures.

Take a hike at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park |It encompasses coastline, rainforest, bushland and a portion of the Hawkesbury River. The park has significant Aboriginal sites, including ancient red ochre rock paintings and rock engravings.

Go souvenir shopping at Paddies Market | Everything you never wanted!

Do the Barrenjoey Lighthouse walk | Located in Palm Beach, this walk offers stunning views.

Enjoy a day at Palm Beach |  Palm Beach is the place where some of Sydney’s wealthiest and most famous people escape on their holidays. It’s isolated, tranquil, charming and absolutely beautiful. In Palmy you could walk right by someone like Mick Jagger and not even know it – well sorta haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you are heading to Sydney for the first time then have a look at my 2 days Sydney Itinerary or my 6 day Sydney itinerary for lots of handy sights, things to do, where to eat and stay.


What are you looking forward to checking out the most on this Sydney bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!



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  1. Ronald Daniel Sampson
    March 28, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    Wow, that was a good read. I hope to visit NSW someday.

    • bonditobasic
      March 28, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Ronald, I am glad you like this post ๐Ÿ™‚ NSW is amazing, so I hope you get to see it one day.

  2. May 16, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    I went to Sydney and I did some of these things, but I was only there for like 2-3 days so I definitely didn’t get this whole list done at all! I guess it’s just a reason for me to go back? haha

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • bonditobasic
      May 17, 2019 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you for the comment Julia ๐Ÿ™‚ You can see a lot in 2-3 days, but I think you should definitely come back to see a lot more ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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