Sydney's harbour is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Australia
Sydney harbour has so many cool things to see and so. Fall in love with with this beautiful harbour city. 
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Sydney's harbour

Sydney harbour is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Australia. It is a magical playground for children of all ages, whether you are 5, 45 or 105 years old. There are so many things to do in Sydney. Why not do the free Sydney harbour bridge walk to Milsons Point. There's a pedestrian walkway and it takes about 20 minutes.

We recommend doing  a Sydney harbour bridge climb where you really do climb to the very top of the bridge for the best views ever. Other must-do things include a Sydney harbour cruise or jumping on the many Sydney ferries; and walking or cycling around the Sydney Opera House and other points of interest.

Create your itinerary The bottom line, if you're looking for places to visit in Australia, Sydney needs to be on your itinerary.
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A family enjoying a day of sailing on Sydney Harbour
Enjoy a day of sailing on Sydney Harbour.
Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Book a Sydney harbour cruise so you can really get to know this great city. There are so many great Sydney cruise tours, so choose one that best suits your time and budget. (Maybe you want a a sunset cruise rather than a lunch or dinner cruise.)
  • Want a little more adventure, go sailing on Sydney harbour. Pinch yourself, can life get any better?
  • Still looking for more Sydney harbour activities, try a Sydney harbour kayak tour or jet boat ride.
  • Jump on a Hop On Hop Off cruise and go island hopping. You'll visit Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Goat and Cockatoo Islands, which are a unique part of Sydney's history.
  • Be sure to add a Bridge Climb to your Sydney bucket list. This is one of the coolest things to do in Sydney, and it's completely safe. You wear a grey jumpsuit so that you blend in with the bridge and don't cause any car accidents, and you're attached to a safety harness before setting off on your Sydney bridge climb adventure. 
People at the top of the Harbour Bridge on their BridgeClimb
Enjoy the best view of Sydney. Photo: BridgeClimb
 
Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour
Visit the historic Fort Denison. Photo: Tourism Australia
 
  • Fort Denison is in the middle of Sydney harbour, and has the most complete Martello Tower in the world. It was originally built as a jail for second offender convicts. This prison was not worth escaping from because there were many sharks circling around Sydney Harbour back in the day. Fort Denison was also famously known as pinchgut because the hungry convicts were forced to survive on rations of bread and water. NOTE: Fort Denison is closed for maintenance and conservation works and will reopen in late 2019. 
  • Cockatoo Island is the largest harbour island. It was originally a convict jail, guardhouse and convict workshop. It later housed young offenders before becoming one of Australia's biggest shipyards. These days, there are so many things to do on Cockatoo Island including ghost tours, convict tours, self guided tours, camping, kayaking, and enjoying a harbour picnic while overlooking million dollar homes. Get there by catching a Cockatoo island ferry.
Go glamping on Cockatoo Island
Fancy glamping on Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island
camping is a must-do. Photo: Tourism Australia 

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Cool & cheap things to do in Sydney

Take a stroll around the Sydney Opera House foreshoreTake a stroll around the Sydney Opera House foreshore. Photo: Tourism Australia

  • Take a walk along the Opera House foreshore and into the Royal Botanic Gardens. Entry is free. Why not grab a snack or sandwich and enjoy an afternoon lazing in the Gardens overlooking the harbour. You'll also get a chance to do some serious people watching.
  • Check out the local buskers at work along Circular Quay, or grab a cappuccino at one of the funky cafes or pubs along the harbour.
  • Catch a Sydney Ferry from Circular Quay in the city to Manly, Parramatta, Balmain, Watsons Bay or Taronga Zoo. 
  • Head to Barangaroo Reserve - Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park - for a walk, play or a picnic.
  • Take a free self guided walking tour around Sydney, and learn about Aboriginal history and culture, the infamous Kings Cross, the historic Rocks, celebrity stories, and so much more.
  • There are heaps of things to do in Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay - which are just across the pedestrian footbridge from Town Hall Station. These are Sydney's inner city leisure spot, with gardens and parks, playgrounds and amusement rides, museums, restaurants, cafes, shopping, and a casino!

Take a free self guided tour around the RocksDiscover Sydney at your own pace. Take a self guided
walking tour of Sydney. Photo: Tourism Australia