Sometimes it might be a bit overwhelming trying to find things to do in Sydney that don’t just revolve around the beach. If you’re visiting Sydney or if you live here and you’re looking for some inspiration, this post is for you!
Well well well, we’ve found 365 things to do in Sydney in 2020 for every single day of the year. This means you’ll never be lost in knowing what to do in Sydney 🙂
We’re listing our favourite places to visit in Sydney such as; the best hikes in Sydney, the best beaches in Sydney, the best free things to do in Sydney and obviously the best restaurants in Sydney too!
Make sure you bookmark this post as you’ll be coming back to visit it time and time again when you’re looking for the best Sydney attractions to visit!
We’ve broken this post up into sections so it’s easier to read. Here’s what you’ll find in this post about our favourite 365 things to do in Sydney!
Table of Contents
The Best Sydney Attractions
There are so many Sydney Attractions to visit that all of the below easily make it into our best fun things to do in Sydney list! There’s a mixture of places to visit for tourists as well as for locals in the below!
146. Check out Bare Fort Island in La Perouse where Mission Impossible 2 was filmed.
147. Wonder around Newtown’s awesome vintage shops on King St.
148. And the vintage shops in Surry Hills.
149. Window shop all of the Australian designer shops along Oxford St in Paddington.
150. Hike up to the top of the lighthouse at Palm Beach and get THAT Instagram photo!
Image via thegrounds.com.au
There’s so many places to eat and drink in Sydney that we could literally go on for ages. Here’s some of our tips below, including our favourite 85 restaurants and bars in Sydney.
If you’re looking for Sydney Harbour view restaurants without the price tag, head over the bridge to Kirribilli and you’ll find cheaper restaurants than in Circular Quay. One thing to note is you’ll going to have to book ahead when going out for dinner. Some Sydney restaurants book up months in advance.
Even when going out for breakfast, Sydney cafes can have massive lines and you could be waiting up to an hour.
If you’re in Sydney CBD at lunch time and need to grab something quick, head up to the top of Westfield to Level 5 in Pitt St Mall and you’ll find loads of places to eat.
We tend to go to Bondi for breakfast and then head over to Newtown, Surry Hills and Barangaroo for dinner.
Here’s a map with all of the restaurants mentioned in this post so you can find them easily!
151. Take in the awesome views at Cafe Sydney – our favourite Sydney Harbour view restaurant (without the ridiculous price tag).
162. Try out Mr Wong, one of Sydney’s best Asian restaurants.
163. Bourke Street Bakery is a legendary small cafe loved by locals as a go to brekkie spot in Sydney.
164. Check out Chin Chin, a Surry Hills Asian restaurant serving up on the more pricier side.
165. Speedos Cafe in Bondi is always our go to cafe when it’s after 3pm. It stays open til 5pm, serves up amazing food and has an awesome view overlooking Bondi Beach. Oh and it’s been voted the world’s most Instagrammable cafe!
166. Bread & Circus is a legendary healthy food cafe in Alexandria. We have been going to this place for years
173. f you’re looking for Sydney cheap eats, head over to Spice Alley to find some of Sydney’s best asian food. We loved Kyoto’s ramen in particular.
174. Dinner at The Potting Shed is an absolute must as it’s a beautiful Sydney restaurant within the famous Grounds of Alexandria. This is a gorgeous place for the Instagrammer within and of course a beautiful Sydney date restaurant.
198. Go to Yayoi, one of our favourite Japanese restaurants in Sydney!
199. If you’re strapped for cash and looking for somewhere cheap to eat in Sydney, head of to Lentil As Anything in Newtown. It’s a pay what you feel vegan restaurant and welcomes absolutely anyone in. They just had a donation box you can pay whatever you like for your two course meal (plus copious amounts of chai) by the door. We go there regularly.
200. Marigold is equally as popular for yum cha in Sydney.
Yum Cha is insanely popular in Sydney – Marigold Restaurant Sydney
201. The Eight is one of Sydney’s poshest yum cha restaurants in China Town.
202. Din Tai Fung is hugely popular, there are various locations around Sydney!
203. Palace Restaurant located in Piccadilly Tower in Sydney CBD is an award winning yum cha you need to check out!
205. And for vegan options go to the beautiful Bodhi Restaurant just behind St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney CBD.
206. Looking for food delivery? The best healthy fast food out there is Fast Fuel. We found them in Newcastle but they deliver to the Sydney area. You can choose between their muscle fuel meals, vegan, gluten free and more. Just wait til they open some cafes in Sydney and you won’t buy lunch from anywhere else.
The Baxter Inn is a popular choice for city workers.
If you’re looking for decent bars in Sydney, there’s a few hidden gems right in the middle of Sydney CBD (they seem to mostly be underground bars), Surry Hills, Newtown and Redfern.
207. Not sure where to drink in Sydney? Go on a secret bar tour with Aussie You Tours. This small tour will show you all of the awesome hip bars in the city. Oh and you can get 10% off just by mentioning LONDONERINSYDNEY.
208. Hotel Sweeney is one of the awesome Sydney rooftop bars right in the middle of Sydney CBD you need to know about.
209. Get your haircut, then walk through the back door to the hidden bar at The Barber Shop.
210. Go for a drink at The Lord Dudley in Woollahra and actually feel like you’re back in England at a proper pub. You can even stand OUTSIDE with a pint. I know!
211. Coogee Pavilion is a huge Sydney beach bar ran by the Merivale Group. It’s the sort of dress up to be seen type of place serving up quite pricey drinks but it caters for everyone – even complete with a kids play area. It’s got a great rooftop over looking Coogee Beach and definitely worth a visit.
212. Shady Pines is another secret Sydney bar which is one of the most popular small bars in Sydney.
226. Misfits is another excellent pub in Redfern which plays awesome tunes and had a great vibe.
227. If you’re looking for a good beer garden then The Oaks in Neutral Bay is the go to pub. The beautiful big Oak tree is filled up with fairy lights and will make you feel like you’ve entered a Christmas scene in a good way.
228. Frankie’s Pizza is a classic late night venue open until 3am. They have live music plus $5 pizza slices so you don’t get too sloshed.
230. Lazy Bones to hang out with the hipsters and watch live music in Marickville.
Check out the awesome live music venue at Lazy Bones in Marrickville.
231. Courthouse Hotel is an excellent Aussie pub, complete with a beer garden and pin ball machines!
232. The Cricketers Arms is a favourite pub of ours. It’s got a English pub vibe which we wouldn’t think twice about!
233. The Soda Factory is a fun hidden bar in Sydney. Just walk through the hotdog stand at the front to get in. The line outside might giveaway the hidden factor though!
234. Friend in Hand in Glebe is one of the best pubs in Sydney. The character is like no other considering they have a talking parrot at the bar! Go check it out!
235. Mojo Record Bar is another hidden bar in Sydney CBD which is also a record store as well.
There are so many beaches in Sydney, so we’re going to share with you the best of the best – actually 65 to be precise!
The beaches in this post range from Sydney CBD to as north as Seal Rocks and as South as Jervis Bay. Both of these locations are about a three hour drive of Sydney.
236. Starting off with the world’s most beautiful swimming pool is North Sydney Olympic Pool. It overlooks Sydney Harbour and is worth just paying the spectator fee just to go in a take your camera. They technically don’t allow DSLRs inside so snap away on your iPhone.
237. Bondi Icebergs is one of the world’s most photographed ocean pools and there’s reason why. For anyone coming to Sydney, it’s a must visit whilst you’re on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Anyone can use this pool but there is a small entrance fee. Also, go visit Bondi Icebergs during sunrise, it’s spectacular.
238. Wylie’s Pool has to be one of my favourite ocean pools in Sydney. Located in South Coogee, it’s a fantastic pool, especially for families as there’s toilet facilities, a cafe and even a massage parlour on site. Read more about it here.
239. Ivor Rowe Rockpool is also one of my favourite rockpools just down the road from Wylie’s Baths. Although there’s no facilities here at all, it’s one of the quietest spots for a swim in Sydney!
240. Bronte Pool is another one of the most popular rockpools in Sydney because it’s so beautiful. Make the effort to stop there on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.
241. Gordon’s Bay is so beautiful, it offers up a different kind of beach in Sydney. What looks like it could have been taken from a beach scene in Italy with the boats washed up, it’s a great snorkelling spot with less crowds.
242. Visit the local’s favourite swimming pool at McCallum Pool – one of our personal favourites. It also makes a good Instagram photo!
243. Snorkel at Shelly Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Sydney. But get there early as it gets packed.
244. Obviously stop off at Tamarama Beach in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. They usually have some excellent sculptures here during Sculpture By The Sea.
245. And find the hidden Mackenzies Bay next door when it appears once in a blue moon!
260. Find the perfect Resolute Beach, a hidden paradise next to Palm Beach
Resolute Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sydney!
261. Swim at Freshwater Beach (Freshie as it’s known to the locals!).
262. Check out Curl Curl rock pool.
263. And the every drone lovers Mona Vale rock pool!
264. Get nude on Washaway Beach – one of the hidden beaches we found right in the middle of Sydney!
265. Or swim in the nude at Obelisk Beach – a gorgeous secluded beach in Sydney.
266. Cobblers Beach next door to Balmoral is a popular nudist beach and was a bit of an eyeful for the reserved Brit within me!
267. Lady Bay is also another option for the nudists, located next door to Camp Cove.
268. Discover the flat and uncrowded Chinaman’s Beach in the Lower North Shore.
269. Take the kids to the shallow and flat Clontarf Beach.
270. Swim at the very family friendly Balmoral Beach, a postcard perfect beach with a gorgeous bridge leading to a grassy area.
271. Find the family favourite Clifton Gardens
272. Family friendly Greenwich Baths and look out for the open air cinema nights.
273. Visit the dog friendly Sirius Cove next door to Taronga Zoo.
274. Looking for somewhere to swim in Sydney CBD? Check out Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, near to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair!
275. Frazer Beach is another awesome beach up in the Central Coast that’s worth a drive. Here you’ll find loads of rockpools surrounded by the Aussie bush.
276. Bongon Beach sits next door to Frazer Beach and although it’s smaller, there’s something really lovely about this one.
277. Wattamolla Beach is a popular family beach in Sydney with a lagoon on one side and beach on the other.
278. The Garie Beach is a awesome Aussie beach in The Royal National Park. There’s some great walking tracks from here but the beach itself is gorgeous and popular with surfers.
279. Maitland Bay is another one of our absolute favourite beaches in Sydney. The perfect horseshoe shape beach with the flat calm waters is a sight to be seen. Welcome to paradise.
280. Ghosties Beach is about 1h30m drive north of Sydney but oh so worth it. They have some awesome walk through caves on the beach as well.
281. Further south of Sydney and you’ll come to Jervis Bay. Although it’s a bit of a drive being around three hours, it’s totally worth it. This absolute gem of an area is home to multiple stunning beaches that I can only describe as being comparable to the Maldives. The turquoise waters combined with the whitest sand beaches in the world are just incredible. Our top pick is Chinaman’s Beach – you could spend all day, everyday here.
282. Great Mackerel Beach is one of our favourite beaches near to Palm Beach. Just jump on the ferry for 10 minutes at Palm Beach to escape the crowds 🙂
283. Avalon Beach is a gorgeous beach on the way up to Palm Beach and a must stop off.
284. Whale Beach is also a stunning beach next door to Palm Beach but not as busy as it’s neighbour. Make sure you stop by Whale Beach Deli before you head down to the beach.
285. Check out Avoca Beach, a little version of Byron Bay right near Sydney!
286. Toowoon Bay is a gorgeous stretch of sand that breaks off into two beaches.
287. Catherine Hill Bay is another stunning beach near to Newcastle. It’s got usually flat water and an old pier which is loved by Instagrammers.
288. Bar Beach is our favourite Newcastle beach. It’s a great spot for early morning yoga followed by a swim in it’s rockpool. A must visit when in Newcastle!
289. Redhead Beach is a Newcastle favourite. The long beach is so big, you can drive on it with your 4×4.
290. Anna Bay is a popular beach in Port Stephens, known for having the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. You can do loads of really fun activities here like go quad biking and sandboarding.
291. Merewether Beach is Newcastle’s version to Bondi Beach. They have an iconic ocean pool and and awesome beach you want to make the effort to visit.
292. The Bogey Hole is another iconic rockpool. The heritage listed pool is one of the oldest in NSW, having been built in 1819. It’s also hidden in Newcastle, but you can find it here.
293. Dudley Beach is another cracking Aussie beach which is pretty quiet and untouched. It still blows my mind to find awesome beaches like this!
294. Caves Beach is a beach full of some beautiful caves to visit near Newcastle. Make sure you pop into the newly refurbished Caves Coastal Bar for lunch!
295. Zenith Beach is one of our favourite untouched beaches in Port Stephens. I’d be surprised to meet anyone who didn’t agree.
296. Further up the coast you’ll come to Seal Rocks, one of our favourite hidden gems. The beaches around here are absolutely magical. It’s a three hour drive up here but we’re including our following favourites because they really are incredible.
297. Further along from Seal Rocks is Bluey’s Beach, an awesome Sydney getaway which is popular for surfers and holiday makers. The beach is gorgeous!
298. Shelly Beach in Pacific Palms might be half nudist beach (it honestly feels like there’s a line down the middle of the beach) but it’s absolutely beautiful. And we’ve named it our favourite beach near Sydney. The crystal clear waters, combined with the views out over to Elizabeth Beach and Seven Mile Beach makes you feel like you’re in New Zealand. It’s a sight to be seen!
299. Elizabeth Beach is located next door to Shelley Beach and is more of a family favourite beach in Pacific Palms. This beach is absolutely amazing, and it’s one of those places where I pinch myself that I’m actually living in paradise.
300. Boomerang Beach is somewhere we’ve spent a lot of time on. The long stretch of sand literally feels like you’ve reached paradise.
Boomerang Beach in Pacific Palms is absolutely incredible!
Places to visit (within 3 hours)
Port Stephens is a hugely popular weekend getaway from Sydney for families.
There are some fantastic things to do near Sydney which make for an awesome day trip out of the city. Here’s some of our favourites you need to know about.
And you’ll be please to know i’ts our final 65 things to do in Sydney. 🙂
301. River Boat Postman is a brilliant day trip from Sydney. It’s easy to get to by public transport – just jump on the train from Central and it’s a cheap boat cruise around the Hawkesbury.
325. Make the effort to complete the Grand Canyon Walk in Blue Mountains. The circuit takes around 3 hours but it’s definitely worth it! You’ll walk right into the Gondwana Rainforest which is over 1 million years old!
337. Go check out Long Jetty in the Central Coast. This hip little town has great places to eat, awesome shops and vintage stores you’ll want to spend the day at.
338. If you’re visiting Newcastle, make sure you go to The Regal Cinema. It’s the best community led cinema we’ve ever been to. Expect free food, wine, tea and port for just $8 which also includes the ticket to the movie! Doesn’t get much better right?
339. Cycle the Fernleigh Track in Newcastle. The old railway line has been transformed into a brilliant cycleway from Adamstown to Belmont. It’s a must do when visiting Newcastle!