The Manly ferry passes the Sydney Opera House on a bright, sunny day.

Sydney Day Trip Ideas: Manly and the Manly Ferry

The Manly Ferry is a perfect way to get out on the water, see the islands, appreciate the view across the opera house and the bridge from the water, take in the mind-blowingly beautiful real estate along the coast, and sit back and enjoy being out on the harbor for a fraction of the price of a harbor cruise. And as a bonus, you get to go to Manly.

Zebra sculptures look out over the ocean in Sydney, Australia.

Bondi Beach to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi Beach hardly needs an introduction—its fame has spread beyond Australia’s shores. But one thing that is a must-do, even if it will take you away from the beach, is the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.

A tour guide answers questions for the women in his tour group.

Take a Walking Tour of Sydney

Taking a walking tour of Sydney is an excellent way to see the sights relevant to your interests and learn about the city and its history. Here are some recommended tours, both self-guided and with a group, that are among the most interesting, unique, and downright fun options offered.

A pair of bicycles resting against a barrier in Sydney's Centennial Park.

Biking Around Sydney

Take in Sydney’s historic sights and cycle across the Sydney Harbour Bridge with an experienced guide, head to the mountains, or simply enjoy a casual ride on your own. Here are tours, guides, and popular biking areas, along with rental shops.

People silhouetted against a blue sky climbing Sydney's Harbour Bridge.

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The best way to really appreciate the Sydney Harbour Bridge is to climb it. There are about 200 steps to get to the top, but the views are some of the best in Sydney. Here are all the ins and outs of BridgeClimb, including types of tours offered and a brief summary of what to expect from the experience.

A stunning Koroit Boulder Inlay Gem Opal Pendant of brilliant fire and color.

Unique Shopping in Sydney

Shopping in Sydney for a unique gift or treat for yourself runs the gamut from fine jewelry to bargain-store trinkets to discovering a true hidden bookstore treasure. If you’d like a shopping experience as much about the hunt as the find, read on for some of Sydney’s best independent and specialty shops.

Looking back towards the Oxford Street entrance to the Paddington Reservoir Gardens through the Victorian fern garden.

Gardens and Parks to Visit in Sydney

Whether you’re looking for a great walking park, stunning vistas, somewhere to spend an active day with the family or simply a pleasant place to sit alone with a coffee and a good book, one of these gardens and parks in Sydney will definitely do the trick.

Get superb photo opportunities with a walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Free Activities in Sydney

Sydney is expensive—there is no doubt about that. Yet there are a few excellent things to do that don’t cost a thing. From museums and galleries to history, architecture, and even getting around, here are the best free activities in Sydney.