Backpackers and Student Accommodation Sydney

Top 100 things to do Sydney

If you are after some alternate things to do in Sydney that are too touristy and enjoyed by the locals, then see below!


Take a Sydney Harbour Cruise or catch the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay

Some people commute everyday to work like this - heaven!


Walk from Manly Ferry Terminal (Manly Wharf) to Shelly Beach and get some great Fish & Chips or bask in the sun!


Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the pedestrian walkway or take a Bridge Climb to the top and see the amazing views


See the cacti garden
at Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens - its amazing!


Take a ferry and visit Taronga Park Zoo, see some amazing Australian animals plus cute ferry things from around the world


In summer watch some great films, both classics and first releases at the Open Air Cinema and the Moonlight Cinema


Visit Mrs Macquarie’s' Chair and Point to view the Harbour and tuck into some great nosh at the mobile food van


Take a day trip or 2 day trip to Blue Mountains and visit The Three Sisters


Explore the Blue Mountains – After the Three Sisters

There is much to see and experience in the Blue Mountains. Wentworth Falls, Train ride down a cliff (the excellent Scenic Railway), Skyway Cable Car, Grand Canyon, Federal Pass and many other excellent walks and a lot of Blue Mountain lookouts to look out from. Worth it if you can stay overnight or two or three days to experience the true feel of what the blue mountains have to offer. Book your accommodation at our Blue mountains backpacker hostel, you won’t be disappointed!



In June and July go to Kurnell to the watch centre to Whale Watch or take a cruise to see them up close, this is a real treat!


Take a Sailing Trip on the Harbour with a group of friends


Or if speed is your thing, take a ride on Sydney's Fast Boats

See spectacular landmarks of Sydney Harbour such as the world famous Opera House, the awe inspiring Sydney Harbour Bridge and historical landmarks like Fort Denison, Point Piper, Rose Bay and much more. 


Walk from Bondi Beach to Sculpture by the Sea

Held annually in Oct-Nov. on the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama to enjoy site-specific sculptures by top artists and emerging talents from Australia and abroad. It's a wonderful location and walk.


Feel like Italian food?

visit Liechhardt, 5 minutes by bus from the CBD. Sydneys Italian quarter


Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or Cronulla Beach, both have surf schools


Visit Newtown

...and shop at some great clothing stores, visit a cafe or bar. Its a great night spot with 4 great pubs, a number of cocktail lounges and the famous Enmore Theatre with OS bands and comedy acts


Visit the Royal National Park - Sutherland

A 'must see'. A half hour drive from Sydney CBD or take the train - stunning bush scenery and endless sky... its worth the drive and there's a variety of walks to choose from.


Visit South Head and Watsons Bay. Get fish and Chips at the famous Dolyes Cafe

19 Visit Sydney Aquarium and Oceanworld at Manly

Sydney Harbour Fireworks

How could you not miss this one if you are
in Sydney for New Year!


Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach


Visit the trendy Paddington and shop till your drop!


Visit Doyle’s at Watsons Bay

Their premier fish and chips are a must!


Take a Sydney Scenic Flight

Fly over Sydney and b blown away by the beautiful Sydney Harbour - unforgettable experiences.


Visit the Hunter Valley

Spend a few days up in the Hunter tasting some great regional wines


Feel like eating Fish Balls?

Try a Cod Balls - its sounds weird but tastes great, made from white fish, crumbed and fried, a real health food!

Visit little Portugal! - Petersham just 15 minutes by bus from the CBD. Sydneys Portuguese community live here and the restaurants and cafes are very good.


Sydney Tower and Skywalk

Sky Walk provides an opportunity to walk around outside Sydney Tower. 


Do the Spit Bridge to Manly Walk


Climb the Pylon - Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon is the 'tower' to the side of the bridge – walk to top and see the amazing views!



See Government House - Royal Botanic Gardens


Sydney Harbour Islands - Visit Goat island

Go by Ferry in the middle of Sydney Harbour - take a Picnic


Sydney Harbour Islands - Camp the night
at Cockatoo Island

They can supply all the gear to - fancy camping in the middle of Sydney Harbour!


Visit Bradley Head

Bradley Head with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Just hop on the ferry


Have Lunch at Cottage Point Kiosk

You can seaplane, ferry cruise (from Palm Beach) or drive to Cottage Point. Lovely spot by the water surrounded by bush on the beautiful Hawkesbury River.


Ghost Tours

Take a Ghost tour at the Scary Rocks



Experience the Sydney Festival

The Sydney Festival is held every year in January and comprises of a huge selection of events from music, theatre, dance and the famous Spiegeltent tent.


Visit Hyde Park Barracks

The Hyde Park Barracks was built to house convict men and boys. An impressive brick building located at the top of Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street. In 1862, separate wards for destitute women were added upstairs and the Barracks became known as the Hyde Park Asylum. 


Visit Balmoral beach

...and if you are flush for cash, have lunch in the beautiful Balmoral beach restaurant, its a real treat!


Visit the Sydney Olympic Park

Where the famous 2000 Sydney Olympics were held. There is a fantastic aquatic centre here - fun for all the family on a hot day!


Sydney Harbour walks - Nielsen Park to Rose Bay

See impressive houses as well as the Hermitage Foreshore Reserve. A five kilometre hike can get muddy and is steep in places. Catch the 325 Bus back to the city.


Sydney Harbour Islands - Fort Denison

Only a couple of Sydney Harbour's islands are open to the public. Take a picnic / buy a hamper, explore then switch off. Alternatively, go on a organised tour such as Fort Denison and learn some more about Sydney Harbour


Visit the Jenolan Caves

About four hours west of Sydney Jenolan Caves is well worth journey if you like cool, dark and damp. Jenolan Caves are day trip able but realistically only if you’re staying in the Blue Mountains. 


Horse Riding

Horse Riding at Centennial Park


Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum is a science and design museum with interactive exhibits. The Powerhouse museum is family friendly, educational, interesting and potentially fun! Usually runs a number of different exhibitions. Technology and Space Exploration often feature. You'll find the Powerhouse at the edge of Darling Harbour in Harris Street, Ultimo.


Sydney Markets

Sydney has many markets including the historic Paddy’s Market is the largest non fish market in Sydney. Open Thursday to Sunday in the Visit The Rocks on a Sunday to see the latest art and craft markets.


Marrickville Organic Markets

Every Sunday in inner city Marrickville has great organic food and produce.


Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park

About hour west of the city you'll discover the compact Featherdale Wildlife Park. A common stop for tours heading out to or back from the Blue Mountains this is a great opportunity to shuffle up to a Koala (why do we do that) or pet and/or feed a Kangaroo or Emu.


Luna Park - Amusement park

Visiting Sydney would not be complete with enjoying all the fun at the historic Sydney Luna Park. Catch the train to McMahon's Point.

Scream your lungs out of a death deifying ride or have a romantic Ghost Train adventure.