If you're looking for outdoor activities in Sydney, take a walk along one of the 16 harbour foreshores.
Photo: Anson Smart, Tourism Australia

Outdoor things to do in Sydney

Are you looking for outdoor things to do in Sydney? Here's the thing, Sydney is the perfect outdoor playground for every age group and any time of year. There are beaches, national parks and gardens, hiking and walking, sky-diving and so much more. Australia Trip Planner can help you find the perfect adventurous things to do in Sydney.

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Beach and water activities in Sydney

Family enjoying a picnic on Balmoral Beach in Sydney
Balmoral beach - one of Sydney's beautiful harbour beaches.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia
  • Sydney harbour beaches have calm waters and grassy parks, making them perfect for a swim, walk or picnic. My favourite is Balmoral Beach which has great cafes and restaurants, plus offers windsurfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. 
  • Sydney's beaches are perfect for swimming, body surfing, or just lying on the sand and relaxing. Grab some goggles and go snorkelling or even diving.
  • If you're looking for super cool things to do in Sydney, head to Clovelly Beach for an underwater scooter tour. You'll see the local marine life at Gordons Bay as you're pulled along through the water.
  • Sydney beaches are a great place to learn to surf! There are plenty of surf schools to choose from and you’ll be standing up in no time!
  • Fancy a nice beach walk. Combine some celebrity spotting, people watching and walking at the famous Bondi, Bronte and Manly beaches.
  • Otherwise, enjoy one of 16 harbour foreshore walks, including the very popular Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, the Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay or the Spit Bridge to Manly walk.

Playing in Sydney's parks and gardens

If you're looking for cool outdoor things to do in Sydney, you can't go past the many national parks and gardens. They are free to visit perfect for walking, hiking, bike-riding, picnics, or anything in between. Your only decision is how active you want to be.

A couple enjoying a picnic in Sydney's Hyde Park

Enjoy a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.
Photo courtesy of Destination New South Wales

  • Hyde Park is right in the middle of the city. It has fountains, monuments and walking paths, plus plenty of grass so you can just relax. This much loved park is a regular lunch-time hangout for office workers, sunbakers, and is  a popular spot for tourists to take a seat and enjoy watching Sydney in action.‚Äč
  • Centennial Park is only five kilometres from the city, and has plenty of things to keep everyone entertained including:
    • enjoying a picnic or a BBQ using the eight free BBQs throughout the park
    • some of Sydney’s best playgrounds to keep the kids entertained.
    • the 3.6 kilometre Grand Drive circuit which is popular among walkers, cyclists, joggers and rollerbladers
    • a wide range of activities and events, and outdoor concerts
    • several self guided walking tours
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens has stunning panoramic views of Sydney harbour and is the perfect city picnic spot. Take a run, a walk, join one of the free guided tours or walks through the gardens. In summer, book tickets to the Openair Cinema where you get to watch blockbuster movies outdoors with Sydney harbour as your backdrop.
  • Sydney has some great FREE self-guided walking tours. The walking themes include Aboriginal history and culture, the infamous Kings Cross and Oxford Street, the historic Rocks, rock and roll walks of shame, celebrity stories, and so much more. Maps show points of interest, detours and museum stops along the way. Each tour takes 1 to 2 hours. 
People walking around Campbell Cove, The Rocks, Sydney

Explore Sydney's Campbell's Cove in the Rocks.
Photo: Tourism Australia

  • Wander through the Rocks and soak up Sydney's history; or head to Cockle Bay or Darling Harbour which are both great parklands and entertainment precincts.
  • Explore the city's streets and laneways, or visit the many markets dotted throughout Sydney.