What can you do in Sydney for half a day?

Sydney is Australia’s favourite tourist city, with stunning architecture, gorgeous beaches and a vibrant gastronomical scene just a few of the things that make this metropolis a spectacular place to visit!

Sydney Harbour Bridge at Night

You could easily spend days in Sydney, beach hopping and checking out the city’s unique neighbourhoods, but if you only have half a day’s worth of adventuring, these are some pretty awesome short Sydney experiences.

  • 1. Go inside the Sydney Opera House

    Sure, the Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, and is a must-see from the outside. But not many people know that they can actually tour the inside of the Opera House, taking in the backstages and theatres of this most hallowed cultural centre.

    You meet at the stage door before sneaking backstage to the Opera House’s halls and theatres. Along the way, you will be told the secrets and stories that, along with its stunning architecture, make the Opera House such an iconic Australian landmark.

  • 2. Swim somewhere, anywhere!

    Sydney is a swimmer’s paradise, proudly boasting some of the country’s best metropolitan beaches and ocean pools. Sydney truly holds the crown when it comes to being the ultimate Australian seaside city, with the world famous Bondi, Manly and Shelly beaches all dotting the coastline. If you’re looking to snap up an awesome pic for the gram, head on down for a dip at the Bondi Icebergs Pool – one of the world’s most famous ocean pools.

  • 3. Hop aboard the Manly Ferry

    It may be a standard commuter route for busy Sydneysiders, but for everyone else the Manly Ferry is an awesome adventure filled with gorgeous harbour views. Along the journey you will take in views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and stunning beaches before ending up in the uber cool Manly.

  • 4. Do the Harbour Bridge climb

    This may be one of the more touristy things to do in Sydney, but hey, it’s a pretty cool thing to do if you’re short on time and want to take in the city for all its expansive glory. The Sydney Harbour Bridge climb operates 364 days of the year and offers different experiences and ways to climb. There is even an express climb that is perfect for people that don’t have much time to take on the bridge’s full arch – perfect for you!

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