Best things to do in Sydney

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favourite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. The Bucket List
235local recommendations
Vanessa
Vanessa says “The ultimate beachside bar. Just minutes from the sand you will find yourself at The Bucket List, sm...” ·
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2. Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
273local recommendations
Maureen
Maureen says “There are a couple of ways to take in the views of the bridge. A walk along Cremorne Point has one...” ·
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3. Centennial Park
410local recommendations
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4. Coogee Pavilion
169 Dolphin St
218local recommendations
Bernadette
Bernadette says “Coogee Pavilion celebrates the good things in life – friendship, family, fun and food, all with a Co...” ·
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5. Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd
235local recommendations
Annabel
Annabel says “Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wa...” ·
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6. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
1 Notts Ave
207local recommendations
Vanessa
Vanessa says “Gracing the cliffs of South Bondi, embracing the panoramic views of the world’s most iconic beach, l...” ·
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7. Bourke Street Bakery Surry Hills
633 Bourke St
177local recommendations
Jeremy&Katie
Jeremy&Katie says “If you only visit one place during your stay this is the place! There is usually a queue but it move...” ·
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8. Harris Farm Markets Bondi Beach
61 Hall St
161local recommendations
Libby
Libby says “Best Grocery store This is known as the Bondi Hub area, lots of restaurants next to Harris Farm Mar...” ·
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9. Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs Macquaries Rd
290local recommendations
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10. Opera Bar
Macquarie St
160local recommendations
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11. The Grounds of Alexandria
2 Huntley St
178local recommendations
Ollie
Ollie says “First and foremost: this place is about coffee. There are two separate espresso stations – one for i...” ·
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12. Three Blue Ducks - Bronte
143 Macpherson St
127local recommendations
Cheryl
Cheryl says “Three Blue Ducks is a small licensed restaurant located up the hill from Bronte Beach in Sydney. Own...” ·
13. Beach Road Hotel
71 Beach Rd
135local recommendations
Calvin
Calvin says “Very popular pub in the heart of Bondi Beach. Wednesday night is still the biggest night. Live musi...” ·
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14. The Winery
285A Crown St
129local recommendations
Ollie
Ollie says “Laneway wine bar serving Modern Australian food. This quirky garden oasis in the heart of Surry Hill...” ·
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15. The Corner House
281 Bondi Rd
123local recommendations
Dan
Dan says “Delicious modern italian. Pizza bar out front, full restaurant in back, and cocktail bar upstairs. W...” ·
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16. Carriageworks
245 Wilson St
126local recommendations
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17. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George St
209local recommendations
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18. Manly Wharf Hotel
E Esplanade
120local recommendations
Veronica
Veronica says “Just a superb spot for live music, night life & great outdoor wharf deck. Hop off the ferry & grab ...” ·
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19. Hugos Manly
E Esplanade
120local recommendations
Anouk
Anouk says “On Manly wharf right in front of where the ferry docks. Recommend for dinner especially if the weath...” ·
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20. Westfield Bondi Junction
500 Oxford St
428local recommendations
Darren & Ralph
Darren & Ralph says “Westfield Bondi Junction is a large retail shopping centre located in the suburb of Bondi Junction i...” ·
21. Taronga Zoo Sydney
Bradleys Head Rd
286local recommendations
Abbey
Abbey says “A 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo has 75 hectares of bushy harbour hillside ful...” ·
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22. North Bondi RSL Club
118-120 Ramsgate Ave
110local recommendations
Maria
Maria says “Enjoy a drink at the terrace and enjoy the beach views. Best time to visit in the sunny morning or ...” ·
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23. The Boathouse Palm Beach
98local recommendations
Catherine
Catherine says “Great location overlooking Pittwater,great food.You can hire a boat or stand up paddle board here an...” ·
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24. Sydney Opera House
538local recommendations
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25. Gelato Messina Darlinghurst
241 Victoria St
175local recommendations
Karen
Karen says “Best gelato in the world! And I'm not even exaggerating. Best known for their Salted Caramel and Whi...” ·
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26. Darling Harbour
263local recommendations
Claire
Claire says “Great mix of bars restaurants, kids parks, street performers, events, fireworks every Saturday nig...” ·
27. Watsons Bay
115local recommendations
Yoko
Yoko says “Take 324, 325 bus from Kings Cross to the last stop, going through stunning views of Marinas, Sydney...” ·
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28. Mary's
6 Mary St
93local recommendations
Edwina
Edwina says “Good for: dark corners, juicy burgers and fried chicken, putting your credit card behind the bar to ...” ·
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29. The Beresford Hotel
53 Elmer Rd
113local recommendations
Ollie
Ollie says “Behind its polished green-tile exterior beats the heart of a casual neighbourhood pub with a modern ...” ·
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30. Shady Pines Saloon
256 Crown St
99local recommendations
Romy & Rupert
Romy & Rupert says “A low-lit, cowboy themed bar with specialty whiskeys, craft ales and great cocktails. Hidden and exc...” ·