With Summer in full swing, thousands of Aussies (and international travellers) have their sights set on the wonderful city that is Sydney. Few cities in the world can compete with its natural beauty, rich heritage and history that dates back thousands of years. Not to mention, all the incredible activities, experiences and world-class culinary offerings that are guaranteed to leave visitors wanting more. A city of iconic attractions and brilliant beaches, Sydney is a destination you’re bound to never forget.
Planning to visit the magical city of Sydney sometime in the near future? Today, we share 6 fun activities (that aren’t the standard Sydney Opera House or Harbour Bridge recommendations) to add to your travel itinerary for ultimate enjoyment in the Harbour City. Read on to find out more!
1. High Tea At The Langham
Known as one of the most luxurious Sydney hotels, the Langham is home to arguably the best high tea experience you’ll find in the entire city. For those who are looking for an afternoon filled with delights such as macarons, finger sandwiches, toasted meringue tarts, house made scones and much more, take your high tea to new heights at the Langham’s exclusive afternoon tea with Wedgwood. A luxurious sanctuary located in the heart of The Rocks district in metropolitan Sydney, the Langham is also the perfect destination to soak in dramatic harbour views as you indulge in some of the city’s most renowned afternoon delights. With numerous Afternoon Tea promotions throughout the year, there is certain to be something for everyone.
Location: The Langham, The Rocks
Hours: Every day, from 11am
Price: $98–$118 per person (from $108 for festive high tea)
2. Catch Your Favourite Flick At An Outdoor Cinema
If you’re a movie buff, you’ll certainly want to carve out some time to catch one of your favourite flicks at one of the many outdoor cinemas on offer in Sydney. One of the most popular outdoor cinemas in the city is the Westpac Open Air Cinema that celebrates film, food and summer in the city. This yearly warm weather pop-up set against the spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House features numerous bars, restaurants, and a 1600 seat outdoor cinema featuring a three-storey high screen that rises from water level. Catch some of the world’s most popular films including Fire Of Love, Emily, Titanic, and many others that will keep you entertained for hours.
Some other popular summertime outdoor cinemas in Sydney include Moonlight Cinema, Sunset Cinema, Laneway Cinema and Skyline Drive-In Blacktown. So if you’re ever wondering what to do in Sydney during the warmer months, look no further than a magical evening filled with your favourite movies, incredible food and even better company!
3. Get Up Close & Personal With Wildlife At Taronga Zoo
For anyone looking to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most magnificent wildlife, nothing beats a fun filled day at Taronga Zoo. This famous Sydney attraction is home to over 5,000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened. A perfect family-friendly activity for people of all ages, this incredible zoo provides visitors with the chance to connect with our animals and nature and enjoy time safely with family and friends. See a koala close up, feed a towering giraffe, perch a barking owl on your arm or go behind the scenes with the zoo’s elephant keepers — these are just a few of the many experiences and activities you can expect to treat yourself to at Taronga.
Location: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
Hours: Every day, 9:30am – 5pm
Price: $51 for Adults, $35.10 for Children 4-15 years old
4. Swim At The Bondi Icebergs Pool
Almost definitely one of the most Instagram-able pools in Australia, the Bondi Iceberg Pools are a great option for anyone who is looking for something fun to do in Sydney. This 50-metre saltwater pool located in Bondi (aka Sydneys’ most popular beach) is a favourite spot for swimmers, sunbathers and a bottleneck spot on the Bondi to Coogee walk. This massive pool offers all the luxury of a modern setup while still feeling like you’re one with the ocean as it sits right above the water’s surface. Open to the public all year round, this iconic destination features both a larger lap pool and smaller kid’s pool, with qualified lifeguards on patrol during opening hours. Not to mention, there is also an amazing bistro on-site where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal or cocktail after a splashing day in the sun. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Location: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Hours: Every day, 6am-6pm
Price: $9 for Adults, $6 for Children under 12
5. Embrace Your Inner Child At Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
If you’re on the lookout for the ultimate in fun destination to spoil your inner child, look no further than at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq located in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria. This amazingly colourful arcade for adults is a kaleidoscopic circus of cocktails, arcade and ticket games that give old fun a new life. Classic arcade games, bumper cars, VR, ten-pin bowling and lots of incredible prizes are all in a day’s play at Archie’s. Looking to treat yourself after a long day of fun? Fret not, there’s also a cocktail bar and food on offer to satisfy all of your cravings. Thanks to Archies, it’s never been so easy to run away with the circus!
Location: 75 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm, Friday – Saturday: 10am – Midnight
Price: Arcade games start at $2-$5, Other attractions start at $14
6. Sip A World Class Cocktail At Maybe Sammy
No holiday is complete without a relaxing evening of cocktail-sipping, I’m sure we can all agree on that. For the ultimate cocktail experience, look no further than Sydney’s very own Maybe Sammy. This award winning destination has been the highest-ranking Australian bar on the prestigious 50 Best Bars in the World list three years on the trot. Their signature cocktail menu is packed with fruit-forward crowd-pleasers such as the classic Negroni, Vesper Martini, The New York Sour and Bobby Burns that are sophisticated and complex but never challenging. We particularly love the Yuzu Paloma, an ethereal combination of Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Dry Sherry, Strangelove Yuzu and topped off with Rosemary Salt. If you’re feeling a little peckish, there is also a menu of small bites featuring toasties, olives, a cheese selection and much more to help line your belly for a night of some of the city’s most amazing hospitality.
Location: 115 Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 16:30 pm till 12:00 am, Friday – Saturday 16:30 pm till 1:00 am
And there you have it – 6 fun foiled activities to add to your travel itinerary on your next trip to Sydney. Whether you’re up for outdoor adventure or looking to indulge in some of the country’s best food and drink, there is always something for everyone in Australia’s incredible Harbour City. All the best, and safe travels!