1. Bondi to Coogee Walk

The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is one of the best ways to see Sydney's stunning beaches, and it doesn't cost a cent - it should definitely be at the top of your list of things to do in Sydney. The cliff top path stretches six kilometres along Sydney's eastern suburbs, presenting exquisite views of both beaches and houses of the rich and famous. Stroll past beaches, parks, bays and rock pools, stopping as you please to dip into the clear blue water. Pack a backpack full of picnic food and make use of the free barbecues at Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra beaches.

The walk is classed as medium grade, with staircases and some steep paths increasing the challenge. When you get tired, sit at one of the path's many rest stops and take in the spectacular surroundings. Surfers will love the break at Mackenzie's Point, while families should seek out the safe Bronte Beach. If snorkelling is your thing, definitely stop at Clovelly Beach.

2. Young Henrys Brewery

Young Henrys is the result of a beer-fueled idea that blossomed into an innovative craft beer brewery. Located in the middle of Newtown, the brewery is state of the art and driven by natural gas. It produces lagers, ales and ciders that you've got to taste to believe. Ingredients are sourced from Australia and elsewhere in the world, and the resulting ales are created by energetic, knowledgeable brewers and hospitality experts.

Head to the brewery to try a Hop Ale, which blends plenty of malt with hop flowers for a classic, English-style IPA that lingers on the palate. Take a growler bottle of your favourite brew away with you as a memento of your Sydney experience.

3. Art Gallery of NSW

Enjoy exceptional artwork at the Art Gallery of NSW. The popular gallery has a longstanding history, established in 1871, and presents local and international art in a stunning setting. This is another activity perfect for those with big ambition but small budgets, as admission to the gallery and most exhibitions and events is completely free.

Take in the modern works in expansive rooms which offer views across Sydney and the harbour. Move onto the Grand Courts to discover colonial and 19th-century Australian works alongside European old masters. Once you're done, enjoy a coffee or a meal at the in-house cafe and restaurant - what a fantastic way to cap off the day.

4. The Rocks

The Rocks is a historic area located a short walk away from the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. It stretches from the harbour in the north and east around to Grosvenor Street in the south, and Kent Street in the west. It's the site of Australia's first European settlement and still features many of its old elements, including cobbled laneways and charming shops. Venture to the Rocks Discovery Museum,Cadman's Cottage and take The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour, one of the only buildings in Sydney that remains from the first 30 years of the colony. 

The Rocks is usually near the top of any tourists plans in Sydney, and is rightly one of the must-see things to do in Sydney.

5. The Standard Bowl

Bourke Street's The Standard has been transformed into the Standard Bowl, which blends a bowling alley with a bar and gig venue all in one cool location. The iconic Darlinghurst gig location is now a ticketed live music venue with free bowling.

Designed to be reminiscent of the famous Brooklyn Bowl, the Standard Bowl features free live music and DJs, with late night bowling that doesn't cost anything at all. Simply pay for your drinks and enjoy the ride.

6. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Take the kids to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, located on Darling Harbour and open every day of the year. Aquatic enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice here, with sharks, dugongs and plenty more to enchant you. Take things a step further and try the Shark Reef Snorkel, which lets you come face to face with sawfish, reef sharks and beautiful tropical fish. This safe yet thrilling experience requires no previous diving experience, submerging you in a see-through enclosure for up close and personal insights into the world of sharks.

7. Madame Tussauds

Go celeb-spotting at Madame Tussauds, which has recently opened its doors in Sydney. Conveniently located on Darling Harbour, the famous waxwork museum features replicas of all your favourite celebrities, divided up into different categories. Take a photo with models of Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie in the A-List zone, or pay your respects to Michael Jackson in the Musaic Zone. Take part in interactive activities such as celebrity quizzes and a putting challenge.

8. Glebe Markets

Choosing between Sydney's many markets is tough, but the Glebe Markets are some of the best around. Located in the Sydney suburb of Glebe, the markets run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday, held in the ground of Glebe Public School. Enjoy live music and explore the many stalls, which include gypsy-inspired clothing, accessory experts Sappo Trading and sunglass stall Aloha Whanita. Pick up terrariums and succulents from Plantasaurus before purchasing some gourmet sauce from The Cheeky Tomato.

9. Iceberg's Dining Room

If exclusivity is your style, then Icebergs should be on the list of things to do in Sydney. Mingle with a who's who of Bondi Beach at Icebergs Dining Room, which is a fine dining restaurant with breathtaking views across the water. Fresh, locally sourced produce is used to create Italian dishes that are simply sumptuous. Look out over the waves as you enjoy dishes such as Spring Bay mussels with Pinot grigio natural wine, chilli and herbs, or aromatic fish soup with mussels, clams, king prawns, Coffin Bay octopus, gnocchi and herbs. Alternatively, go all out with the set Seafood Menu, which covers four truly mouth-watering courses.

10. The Baxter Inn

Top off your holiday with a nightcap at The Baxter Inn, which offers 360 premium whiskies alongside a thorough Australian wine list rich in Shiraz. Head down an alley off Clarence Street and go to the secret basement-level bar to sink back into a candle-lit and exposed-brick environment that feels charming and nostalgic. There are no bookings, functions or door lists here, but rather an 'everyone is welcome' mentality.

Image above (from left to right): 

- Bondi to Coogee walk

- The Art Gallery of NSW

- The Rocks, Sydney

- Glebe Markets, courtesy of Kay Adams via Flickr Creative Commons

 

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