A walkable city with an extensive network of trains, subways and buses, the main attractions in Sydney can be seen in a mere few days. Australia’s oldest and biggest city (4.5 million people) offers sun, sand, surf, sailing and skyscrapers. Like many large cities, Sydney is extremely diverse and offers great food, art, nightlife, parks, beaches and any activity you crave, so you can easily spend weeks here. Some highlights from our trip include:

Darling Harbor / Circular Quay: Street performers occupy every corner of this touristy area, but most are professional and worth watching! You can also catch an IMAX flick here, snack on some fish and chips and just hang out and watch the sailboats flapping in the breeze.

Darling Harbor

Circular Quay

Sydney Opera House: The iconic symbol of Sydney is worth seeing from the outside and even better if you can catch a performance there.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge (View from Botanical Gardens)

Royal Botanic Gardens / Macquaries Point: Picturesque view of the harbour bridge and opera house from this wonderful, lush park. Perfect for a picnic or stroll to feed the “wild” cockatoos!

Manali In Sydney Botanical Gardens

Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge (View from Macquarie's Point)

Sydney Fish Market: Although not as large as the Tsujiki Market in Tokyo, this is the second largest fish market and auctions take place everyday at 5am. The freshly fished seafood (clams, lobster, shrimp, fish filets) are worth the long lines for a quick fresh lunch!

Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market

Taronga Zoo: Although we didn’t go to the zoo (we were waiting for the wildlife in Tasmania), we heard that the Taronga Zoo is amazing and worth visiting, especially if you have children and aren’t traveling to other parts of the country. Where else would you be able to see koalas, kangaroos, dingos and wombats all together?!

Taronga Zoo - Sydney, Australia

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk: A spectacular walk with breathtaking cliff views of the eastern coast of Australia. Some parts are newly paved which makes the walk painless for all. You can also take a dip in the cool ocean or the plethora of public pools along the way! Bronte Beach was our favorite. For last minute getaways, check out golfing at Costa Del Sol!

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bronte Beach - Sydney, Australia

Hyde Park: Similar to central park in New York, this park is well located and used by all to lounge in the sun, enjoy some lunch during their work break. Also, check out the impressive ANZAC war memorial and catch some of the free concerts during the summers.

Hyde Park - Sydney, Australia

Hyde Park - Sydney, Australia

Paddy’s Market: A great place to buy cheap souvenirs and fresh produce! It felt like we were back in the markets of Thailand with all the hustle and bustle!

Paddy's Market