What are the best tourist attractions in Sydney, which visitors should not miss?


There’s no denying Sydney’s status as a major tourist city, but as residents, we’re in a great position to give advice to tourists. Some attractions in Sydney are just tourist traps, some well-known spots are a must-see, and there’s also a number of hidden gems. In your opinion, what are the best tourist attractions in Sydney which visitors should definitely take the time to seek out?

We’re all clear on the fact that Bondi Beach, the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and the Opera House are worth checking out as some of the best tourist attractions in Sydney. The jury’s out on attractions like Darling Harbour and the Centrepoint (or “Sydney Tower” as it’s marketed to visitors) Skywalk. And of course, there’s some areas which locals don’t always think to visit: King Street in Newtown, the less touristy beaches of Manly and Vaucluse, and Glebe to name a few.

There’s also those hidden-away cocktail bars and pubs scattered throughout the CBD and inner suburbs which only locals probably know about – or those ferry rides to destinations like Watsons Bay which are local favourites. They’re all great tourist attractions in Sydney in their own right.

What do you consider to be the best tourist tourist attractions around Sydney which are truly unmissable, and which are best left avoided? Help our city’s visitors out!


  1. Forget Bondi & head to any one of the many more stunning and authentic Northern Beaches. Check out stunning Pittwater for kayaking/boating. Avalon for coffee/lunch/interesting & independent shops & Whale Beach rather than Palm Beach. Ku-ring-gai NP for bush-walks without the trip away to Blue Mountains (although also very worth a day or two or seven!) Glebe & Darlinghurst for coffee, shopping & a glimpse of community & architecture. Chinatown a fave for food.


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