40+ Fun Things to do in Sydney

Whether you are looking for things to do in Sydney for your next visit or a local looking for something different to do this weekend this list is a great starting point for finding fun and interesting things you can do in Sydney.

Get out on the water

Captain Cook Cruises

Harbour Cruises are not just for tourists! As locals, we really enjoy being out on the Harbour, and Captain Cook really looks after their guests.

Captain Cook offer a number of premium dining and adventure cruises.

  • Sunset Dinner 
  • Top Deck Lunch
  • 6-course Gold Dinners with the option of a paired wine
  • Rocket Sightseeing 

A night out on Sydney Harbour is always a good idea!

The Harbour Bar & Restaurant  – Sydney’s new floating bar ticks the box with live acoustic music, bespoke cocktails, comfy lounges and 360-degree waterfront views. Sittings are for a minimum of 90 minutes which is the option to stay on.

Why not try out Harbour Bar or Harbour Restaurant on your next date night?

Captain Cook Valentines
A night out on Sydney Harbour is always a good idea!

Oz Jetboating

Shark Attack Thrill Ride. Thrills, smiles and laughs all around on this exciting harbour jaunt. It’s a whole new perspective on the icons with fun commentary and plenty of excitement.

oz Jetboats Sydney Harbour
It’s so much fun

Sydney Harbour Tallships

Sydney Harbour Tallships have two majestic vessels and are one of the best ways to see Sydney Harbour for active travellers. It’s also a great family outing, you can even take a turn at the wheel or climb the mast! The crew entertain with stories of the ship and the harbour.

Sydney Tallship Cruise waiting to board
Jump aboard a tall ship

A sunset cruise on a tall ship is a memorable way to spend a couple of hours on the water. The Twilight Dinner Cruise is a two hour tour of Sydney Harbour complete with starters, salads, mains and desserts. You can also add a climb the mast experience or a 2 hr drinks package.

My Sydney Boat

Get some friends together for a sunset Champagne Cruisin Experience with My Sydney Boat. The vessel is a state-of-the-art 12-metre cruiser with 500 horsepower twin outboards and can seat ten guests.

My Sydney Boat on Sydney harbour

See the best of the harbour over a 90-minute tour that celeb guests like Tom Hanks and Anthony Robbins have enjoyed. Sip French Champagne and delight in the magic golden hour views. Various pick points around the harbour.

 

Take a walking tour

Local Sauce Tours

Local Sauce calls themselves Sydney’s “funniest” small group tours. Their tours focus on helping you see Sydney like a local, telling entertaining stories, mixing in some history and stopping at excellent, independently-owned bars, restaurants and cafes along the way.

I have done three of the tours on offer and enjoyed them. This is a great way to get to know your hometown a little better and find places to go back to next time you head out.

Sydney Secret Bar Tour – How long since you had a night out in the city? You will discover four small bars on these fun bar tours and learn about the city’s bar culture. Along the way, guides throw in some interesting history and more than a few laughs.

AussieYou Secret bar tour Sydney
Find new bars to visit with friends on this Secret Sydney Bar Tour

Explore either Darlinghurst or Surry Hills. We had a blast on the Darlinghurst tour and hope to book the Surry Hills one soon.

There is a new Chinatown tour “Chinatown – Stories, Snacks & Secrets” that will help you discover half a dozen new places to eat and teach you a little bit about the history of the area along the way.

Local Sauce also runs a Newtown food and street art tour if that’s more your thing.

Get a discount on any of their tours using the code “Sydneyexpert” or if you have a PARENTSNSW voucher you can use that (until October).

Taste Cultural Food Tours

Taste Cultural Food Tours is a social enterprise that provides training and opportunity to migrants and youth and is possibly the best way to “travel” overseas without leaving home.

The tours mix delicious bites with engaging stories of food, history, and culture. Perfect for foodies like us missing overseas food-based trips!

We recently joined a tour of Hurstville and found some great new places to dine and enjoyed learning more about the traditions and superstitions of Chinese New Year.

Chinese egg custard tart from Golden Bakery in Hurstville
The perfect egg tart
Chinese Chicken Feet from My Stonebowl in Hurstville
Delicious Chicken Feet

These suburban experiences allow you to enjoy some cuisines you love when you travel; Vietnamese in Cabramatta, Indian in Harris Park, or tours that combine a mix of cuisines found in multicultural hotspots like Liverpool, Bankstown and Merrylands.

Taste also offers Barangaroo tours for those who want to get the lowdown on the best alternative places to eat in this new precinct.

 

The Sydney Connection

The Sydney Connection – Join Maree on one of her famous Dining Walks, where you will experience Sydney’s small bar culture and eat at three different inner-city Sydney restaurants in one night. Along the way, Maree will share her knowledge of these fabulous city locations or answer questions you have about Sydney.

The Sydney Connection Dinner Walks are an excellent way to use your Discover voucher!

Choose from Potts Point, Darlinghurst or Surry Hills. Learn more about the city and go home with a full belly; it sounds like the perfect night to us!

Sydney Photography walks

Alfonso Calero offers beginner and intermediate smartphone and digital photography walks in the city centre. Three-hour daytime, night courses and sunset classes are offered for $99.

EcoWalks Tours

How well do you know the bushland that surrounds Sydney Harbour? EcoWalks has a number of guided walks that provide a great introduction to bushwalking or just a wonderful way to learn more about the landscape.

Most walks are 3 hours and suitable for Choose from Q Station Wildlife Meanders, Middle Head Battery walk – exploring military relics, Georges Head Walk or Curlew Camp Sydney Walk. Walks are priced from $39.

The Rocks Ghost Tours

It does not have to be Halloween to get your spook on, join this Ghost Tour of the Rocks for a dark and spooky history of The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest precinct. Tours are offered at 7:45pm five nights a week.

Skirting Sydney

How much do you know about the women who shaped our city? On this 2-hour walking tour Simon, your incredibly knowledgeable guide will tell the story of some of the city’s amazing women, from a convict who went on to become governor’s wife, to those who fought for women’s suffrage and equality, and those who challenged the status quo in business breaking glass ceilings before it even had a name. I loved this tour and highly recommend it.

Sydney Architecture Walks

How much do you know about the buildings you walk past across the city? With seven tours on offer, the guides at Sydney Architecture Walks (SAW) will help you discover so much about this wonderful city we call home.

Tours include Utzon and the Sydney Opera House, Modern Sydney, The transformation and regeneration of Ultimo or Chippendale and even a bicycle tour. I want to do them all!

 

Enjoy the arts at Sydney Opera House

Opera Australia

Buy tickets to opera at the Sydney Opera House and enjoy the performance while taking a good look around the building itself.

Opera Australia will match your voucher

Operas you can book tickets to include La Bohème, Turandot, The Marriage of Figaro, Otello

There is a good range of tickets options in Premium, A, B, C and D Reserve. D Reserve tickets are usually $99 (excluding Saturday night performances)

Australian Ballet

Enjoy a performance of the Australian ballet at Sydney Opera House, this year they are performing

Bangara Dance

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs have 7 shows on their performance schedule this year. With tickets starting at $58

Outdoor Activities in Sydney

Make the most of your time outdoors this summer with these great offerings

Troll Tours – Jump on the back of a Harley or ride in style on a three-seater trike while you explore one of Troll Tours popular routes

  • The Three Bridge
  • Eastern Panoramas
  • City Viewer
Troll Trike and Bike Tours Sydney
Harley or Trike – which would you choose?

To book one of these or design your own day out (charges are by the hour), contact Troll Tours on 9568 3082, and they will apply your voucher to your booking.

Manly Kayak Centre

Hire a kayak or paddleboard and explore the north of the Harbour or paddle around to Store Beach for a swim. Manly Kayak Centre is right by the wharf and offers a range of options.

Collins Beach Manly
Paddle to a deserted harbour beach not far from Manly.

Manly Surf n Slide

Manly Surf n Slide is just a short walk from the ferry wharf and is a perfect school holiday option. There are three giant slides, and with heated water, it’s fun even when the weather cools down.

Manly Surf and Slide

There is an onsite cafe for breakfast, lunch or just a coffee. And remember, there is no age limit on having fun!

 

Eco Treasures

Eco Treasures offer paddleboard, kayak and snorkel hire and tours at both The Basin in Ku-ring-gai National Park and Manly.

The Basin paddlboarding
Paddleboard or kayak hire.

Things to do in Sydney when it rains

Strike Bowling

Strike Bowling Locations at King Street Wharf, Chatswood, Castle Hill and the Entertainment Quarter.

Climb Fit

Climb Fit indoor climbing centres. There are centres at Kirrawee, St Leonards and Macquarie.

X-Golf

If the rain has you off the course you can still get your fix at X-Golf Indoor Golf Entertainment Centre. Suitable for golfers of all levels this could be a perfect time to see if you are a golfing natural. Casual play, comps, coaching & heaps of fun!

Holey Moley

mini-golf Venues at Wollongong, Newtown, Darlinghurst, Castle Towers and more.

Australian Maritime Museum

Trade your voucher for a Big Ticket at the Australian Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.

 

Meet the animals

Taronga Zoo

Taronga is accepting vouchers at Mosman or Dubbo for in-person or online tickets or annual memberships.

Symbio Wildlife Park

Symbio Wildlife Park is offering $25 off adult entry or donate your voucher to the Starlight Foundation

Sea Life Aquarium

Explore the Sea Life Aquarium with your using your Dine and Discover

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale is upping the value of your discover voucher – trade it for an adult entry worth $35. You can also use your second voucher for animal encounters or annual passes. Dine vouchers are also accepted.

Wildlife Zoo Sydney

Planning a day in Darling Harbour? Wildlife Zoo is accepting vouchers against their most popular tickets.

Sydney Zoo

Sydney Zoo – An adult ticket will be just $14.99 when you use your discover voucher here. They also accept dine vouchers.

Check out our detailed guide to animal and wildlife experiences in Sydney to help you decide which one to visit.

Lions in the Africa exhibit at Sydney Zoo, Bungarribee in Western Sydney.
 

Day tours from Sydney

Local Travel Planner

Sip n Savour – Premium wine tasting tour in the Southern Highlands, their full-day tour includes lunch, tastings at three award-winning boutique wineries, and a choice of a bottle of wine up.

Sip and Savor Dine and Discover
Grab some friends and spend the day discovering the Southern Highlands

Go beyond the big-name stops and explore some Hunters small producers. You will visit 3 wineries with tastings and enjoy a grazing board for lunch. Make a stop at the sensational Binnorie Dairy, where I guarantee you will want to buy almost everything you taste and visit Hunter’s only locally operated distillery.

AEA Luxury Day Tour of Mudgee – Well known for their high-quality multi-day tours of NSW, AAE also offer a range of fabulous day tours. One for wine lovers is their day tour of Mudgee that includes two winery visits, a superb lunch at Guneemooroo Estate and a tasting at Mudgee Honey Haven.

Dining in Mudgee with AEA tours
A feast in Mudgee on an AEA day tour

AEA tours offer a little bit of luxury and really fantastic service. If you are staying in Mudgee, add this tour to your list of things to do.

 

Regional NSW Tours and Activities

The next group of suggestions is perfect for anyone heading away for their summer holidays.

While our regional areas have been busier lately than the city centres, some operators are still struggling with a lack of international visitors; these visitors consistently rate them highly, so isn’t it about time we locals found out what all the five-star ratings are about?

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

Kids ride free on all Blue Mountains Explorer bus tours making this is an affordable day out for the family.

Discover the Blue Mountains
Ride the Blue Mountains Explorer on a circuit or a hop on hop off route

Scenic World

Scenic World entry pass.

Blue Mountains Picnics

Grab your special person and head to the Blue Mountains for a romantic picnic. This local company has discovered all the best spots and will make sure you can create special memories.

Picnic site in the Blue Mountains
You, delicious food and wine and that view!

It’s a perfect way to propose too (just sayin)!

Blue Mountains Stargazing

Join Astrophysicist Dimitri, PhD and his partner Caroline for a fun and interactive 90-minute astronomy tour. These Leura locals will share their love and knowledge of the stars, skies, and the Blue Mountains.

Blue Mountains Astronomy Tour is a fabulous night activity for the mountains

The tour begins with a Jamison Valley sunset. It includes telescope viewing of the moon, planets, stars and deep space objects, naked-eye astronomy, constellation storytelling and hot chocolate, all with the sounds of Wentworth Falls in the background.

 

Elixir Journeys, Central Coast

These tours on the NSW Central Coast just north of Sydney include bush walks, sailing and kayaking trips and some great foodie options.

Mount Bouddi walking track, Bouddi National Park
Mount Bouddi walking track Credit: John Spencer DPIE

Guaranteed to make you fall in love with this beautiful part of the coast, one of their short walks, either the Nature Therapy or the Sunset Stroll in Bouddi National Park, are affordable ways to put your Discover voucher to good use. For a special treat, selected tours include lunch at Bells in Killcare!

Country Food Trails, Orange

There is plenty of variety on offer at Country Food Trails. With everything from walking and heritage tours of Orange and Millthorpe to tours focusing on particular specialties like ale, wine and even saffron!

Orange Country Food trails
Discover the best produce Orange NSW has to offer with Country Food Trails

Nicole offers down-to-earth food and wine tours of Orange, helping you discover one of NSW’s best regions.

Wine Knot Tours

Shoalhaven-based, the team at Wine Knot has a range of food and beverage tours designed to show off the region’s best products.

If you have a holiday planned for Mollymook/Ulladulla or Jervis Bay, really consider adding one of their great days out to your visit.

Discover Cupitt tasting plate on Wine Knot tour
Wine and cheese tasting at Cupitt on a Wine Knott tour

I love a pun, so their aptly named “Let The Tour BEER-GIN” immediately appealed. This Distillery/ Brewery Tour between Mollymook and Jervis Bay is a fabulous day out and includes plenty to eat and drink, including lunch at Harvest Bar in Milton. The guides are passionate about the region and love what they do, ensuring you have a top day out.

Dolphin Watch Cruises

Jervis Bay is one of the best spots in NSW to see dolphins year-round and Dolphin Watch Cruises. They have a number of other options.

 

South Bound Escapes

Operating out of Narooma on the far south coast, South Bound Escapes have a great range of affordable tours and activities on offer that is perfect for your next holiday. Discover this beautiful part of the coast and the popular Tilba Valley.

Narooma Bike Tour Discover
Take an e-bike tour along the coast from Narooma to Dalmeny.

A few suggestions:

  • 2.5 Hour E-Bike Hire
  • Big Niles Brewery Beer Tasting Paddle with Grazing Box Picnic for Two
  • Winery Tour to Tilba Valley Winery including return transport and lunch
  • 3 Hours e-bike hire with a picnic
  • Pop Up Picnic for 6 people including grazing box

Discover the Narooma to Dalmeny Coastal Trail on an e-bike & enjoy a delicious local produce picnic. If you are making your way north, then check out these offerings

Tasting Plate Tours

These gourmet food tours showcase the Northern Rivers of NSW, helping you to discover the best farms, restaurants and growers. Their tailored tours operate small groups of 8 or fewer and offer to pick up from Byron, Tweed Valley and even the Gold Coast.

A stand out for us is the Back Roads of Byron tour, which explores the Hinterland’s small communities. It operates daily, and the itinerary changes based on which markets and restaurants are open.

Husk Distillers Byron
Husk Distillers home of Ink! Gin and Husk Rum

Alternatively tour two of the regions most popular Distilleries, Husk and Cape Byron Distillery with a trip to Stone and Wood. Gin, Rum, Beer and Cider oh and some fab local food, a day you won’t easily forget.

Between last year’s bushfires and covid-19, our zoos, wildlife parks, amusement parks, water parks, and cultural institutions could all use the extra money and patronage this stimulus package offers. Whether it’s a day in Sydney’s CBD or Byron Bay, or the Bega Valley, this boost offers NSW venues the chance to get back on their feet!

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19 thoughts on “40+ Fun Things to do in Sydney”

  1. With the lockdown is there anything online I can use the discover vouchers for. I was hoping some art supplies on line or craft things

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  2. Where can we use our Discover vouchers in & around the NSW Central Coast, have been to the Reptile Park,await a reply. Thanks John Keppie.

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  3. Hi
    Can i but one combo 4 attractions ticket using the discover voucher on day 1?
    and another combo 4 attractions ticket using the discover voucher for my son on day 2?
    and we both visit on day 3?

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  4. Great to have this kind of vouchers offered by the government. I want to experience this sydney boat and Sunset Dinner from $49 – $99, not bad offer. Thank you for sharing a lot of opportunities where we can save 🙂

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  5. All Rashays Stores accept the Dine and Discover vouchers and even offer meal deals including a meal, dessert and soft drink. Definitely look into your local Rashays restaurant as they’re all across Australia.

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  6. WE are looking for ways to use our Discover NSW Port Stephens North. Can someone steer us in the right direction ??

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  7. we would like to use our vouchers in the Shoalhaven Area and would like to know what business accept them?

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  8. Great post Paula, I really didn’t know much about them, now popping online to see if we can get ours now. Fan ideas for how to use them to best effect.

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