With such a huge variety of attractions, it can be difficult to find the very best things to do in Sydney. Historical sites intermingle with top-rate shopping centres, vibrant cultural landmarks and world renowned natural wonders. To ensure your next visit to the city is packed with great times we have created this list of our top things to do in Sydney.
Located in the famous harbour, Cockatoo Island has a unique history which has evolved with the city. First used as a fishing base and settlement, the island became an important dry dock in operation right up to 1991. After industry left Cockatoo Island it found new life as a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular cultural Sydney activities destination. The island regularly hosts musical, dramatic and comedy events which make it a top destination for a weekend in Sydney.
One of the best examples of varied history during holidays in Sydney can be found aboard the restored 1920's Wangi Queen Ferry with the Convicts, Castles and Champagne tour. The ferry takes passengers to famous Goat Island for a guided tour of intact buildings dating from the 1800's before exploring some of the most luxurious water-side "castles" of the rich and famous. Then it's back to the ferry for wondrous views of the harbour with lunch and champagne, and the perfect end to one of the best things to do in Sydney. The tour runs daily Thursday through Sunday for Sydney holidays.
Named after the original inhabitant's vigorous nature, Manly Beach has been one of the most popular destinations for holidays in Sydney since opening for swimming and surfing in 1903. Ferries take sand and surf fans regularly throughout the day from Circular Quay for a small charge. The beach has a range of cafe and restaurant choices alongside play areas, electric BBQs, ocean pools and more for quintessential Sydney holidays.
The Queen Victoria Building is a Romanesque building opened in 1893 within the central business district, designed as a shopping and business hub. After successful renovations in 2009 the QVB has taken on a fresh role as a high-end collection of boutiques while maintaining the marble statues, glass domes and columns which defined the original design. Shoppers looking for one of the top things to do in Sydney can visit the famous wishing well before strolling through the light and airy walkways.
Westfield Sydney is a newly developed collection of four previous shopping centres brought under the Westfield brand. After renovations were completed in 2012, the site became Sydney's largest shopping centre with over 350 individual stores including world renowned brands alongside architecture dating back to 1891 and popular Sydney activities. Westfield Sydney also contains the Centrepoint Tower, the city's tallest building. The tower is open to visitors for both observation and dining, offering an unparalleled experience above the whole city and a glamorous weekend in Sydney.
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