Not sure what to do in Sydney? With Experience Oz you can choose from hundreds of things to do in Sydney! As Australia’s largest and most vibrant city, Sydney will captivate you whether you are simply staying overnight in a Sydney hotel, looking to experience Sydney in a day, travelling to enjoy the Sydney Australia Day festivities, or enjoying an extended stay - with clear skies or on rainy days.
Explore Sydney and its surrounds including the famous Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or be entertained with a trip to the theatre to enjoy a show and complete the night with a dinner cruise down the Darling Harbour followed by a visit to some great Sydney nightlife.
If sun, surf and sand is more your style, be sure to head to Bondi or Manly beach. Or for the adventurer there’s jet boating, skydiving or hot air ballooning in Sydney. And if you're visiting Sydney with kids there’s plenty to keep them occupied with a trip to the Sydney Tower and aquarium. If you're looking for what to do in Sydney, there are also plenty of reasonably priced options including cheap things to do - it’s hard to imagine why you would venture out of the city circle. Or, if you're having trouble choosing, simply access our Sydney attractions map to see the exact location of each must-visit attraction.
However with the natural wonder of the Blue Mountains the Jenolan Caves and the Hunter Valley wine region the temptation might be too hard to resist. In addition, if you're looking for more information on what to do in New South Wales, be sure to check out our state and suggested Sydney itineraries pages!
Useful information for visiting Sydney
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Sydney is one of Australia's most popular destinations, so finding cheap accommodation can sometimes be harder than you'd think. That's why Quickbeds.com have worked to provide exclusive deals and great rates at Sydney hotels. Check out their site for cheap hotel deals today.
Spring: September to November, 13-22C (55-72F)
Summer: December to February, 17-30C (62-86F)
Autumn: March to May, 14-25C (58-77F)
Winter: June to August, 5-18C (41-65F)
Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world so it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind. Always play it safe by swimming between the red and yellow flags in beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards. Protect your skin from sun damage by following the simple Slip, Slop and Slap rule - Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen and Slap on a hat.
Banks are open from 9am till 4.30pm Monday to Friday with selected banks open Saturday morning. There are ATMs on almost every corner throughout Sydney with 7 day currency exchange bureaus located at all airports and foreign exchange kiosks including the below:
Central Station (Coach Terminal, 9am-4pm) Circular Quay (Wharf 6, 8am to 9.30pm) Kings Cross (cnr Springfield Ane & Darlinghurst Rd, 8am till midnight)
A 10% Goods and Services Tax is added to most items that you purchase and is included in the display price. For visitors to Australia, the GST of goods over $300 purchased within 30 days of leaving Australia and packed into your hand luggage is refundable at the airport. 1300 363 263 www.customs.gov.au
Tipping is not expected in Australia. However, if you experience really good service and want to show your appreciation, 10% of the bill is an acceptable amount for a tip.
The Standard time zone in Sydney is GMT +10 hours (GMT + 11 hours during the Summer months for Daylight Savings)
The minimum age for the purchase and consumption of alcohol is 18. Minors will not be permitted to enter a bar if not accompanied by an adult.
Smoking is prohibited at indoor public places and cigarettes will not be sold to minors.
Kings Cross Travellers Clinic
02 9358 3066
13 Springfield Ave, Kings Cross. 9am till 1pm & 2-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am till noon Sat. Bookings recommended.
St Vincents Hospital
02 8382 7111 Cnr Victoria & Burton Sts, Darlinghurst.
24 hr emergency
Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital
02 9382 7111
8 Maquarie Street, Sydney
02 9221 7133 Level 7, 428 George St, Sydney. 9am till 5pm Mon-Wed & Fri, to 8pm Thurs and 9am till 12.30pm Sat.
Sydney Visitor Information Centres provide unbiased information on Sydney and its surrounds:
- 33 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour (behind IMAX Theatre)
- Cnr of Argyle and Playfair Streets, The Rocks. 1800 067 676
- Town Hall (cnr George and Bathurst Streets)
- Circular Quay (corner of Pitt & Alfred Streets)