100 Different Ways To Enjoy Your Stay In Sydney If You’re Travelling Solo

Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with a combination of modern structures, historical landmarks, green foliage, and pristine beaches. That’s why it’s called the Emerald City: you can always get lost and still end up somewhere great. 

If you’re a first-time solo traveller to Australia’s capital city, here the hottest 100 things you need to include in your travel bucket list, ‘STAT.

  1. Take a 3-mile coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee and take a dip afterward. 
  2. Do some sightseeing in Circular Quay, you’ll get a majestic view of the Sydney Opera House.
  3. If you got a bit of budget on the side, see Sydney via helicopter and prepare to be amazed. 
  4. Visit the Grounds of Alexandria during the weekend for good scenery. 
  5. Getaway from the city in less than an hour and go to Sydney’s Royal National Park. 
  6. Have some quiet, alone time at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
  7. Roam around the magnificent art gallery of New South Wales.
  8. And while you’re at it in the museums, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art too.
  9. Another one: Sydney’s very own Madame Tussaud’s Museum and take selfies with “celebs”.
  10. Here’s a classic: climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
  11. Planning to travel to Manly? Take the ferry, it’s definitely worth the buck and experience.
  12. Raving about the hipster and trendy scene? Surry Hills is your street. Start your day by drinking coffee from Single Origins.
  13. Wander by at some of Sydney’s most beautiful yet underrated street arts in Inner West.
  14. Visit the Hayden Orpheum Photo Centre if you’re a cinema buff. 
  15. Don’t forget to catch a show at the Sydney Opera House because it ain’t a Sydney experience without being inside one of the most magnificent structures in the world. 
  16. Travel and do a food trip in Cabramatta in New South Wales.
  17. Live a little more adventure by going fishing with the local fishermen.
  18. Feast on seafood goodness at the Sydney Fish Market.
  19. Get a 360 view of Sydney and have a fancy dinner at the Sydney Tower.
  20. Enjoy the sight of the Southern Hemisphere at night at the Sydney Observatory.
  21. If you’re in for ride and adrenaline rush, visit the Luna Amusement Park.
  22. Take the family out to the Taronga Zoo, where exotic wildlife and a zoo train awaits you.
  23. Another park where you can interact with Australia’s native and endangered animals is Featherdale Wildlife Park.
  24. Visit Sydney’s 150-year old market, Paddy’s and find some great souvenirs.
  25. Wanna find out the history of human diseases? Check out this museum. 
  26. If you’re part of the LGBTQIA or an advocate, you must visit the Imperial Hotel and have a good time! (You might even catch some big musicians there!)
  27. Visit the White Rabbit Museum for contemporary Chinese art or outrageous exhibitions, if you’re in for a quirky visual treat.
  28. Chill down for some 100% quality gelatos at Ciccone and Sons Gelateria. 
  29. Take the ferry and enjoy the sights while going to Cockatoo Island.
  30. Or if you’re in for a more expensive yet fun ride, take the water taxi!
  31. Sunbathe at the Lady Jane Beach. You can marvel at the sight of a beautiful waterfall for free and 24/7 accessible to visitors.
  32. Ever seen a beautiful cemetery scenery? Behind a hospital lies a must-visit one named Gore Hill Cemetery, probably the greenest-looking cemetery one has ever seen.
  33. Take kawaii pictures at Purikura Photoland, it’s actually fun to edit the photos afterward! 
  34. If you’re an indie music enthusiast, never miss the local gigs at the Lansdowne Hotel. 
  35. Drop by at Saint Peter, where they serve up sustainable seafood dishes — because sustainable is our future!
  36. Planning to drink tonight? Dig your way in at Bulletin Place, the best-underrated bar that serves up great fruit cocktails in Sydney (100% truth, really.)
  37. If you love everything and anything about buses, you should definitely visit the Sydney Bus Museum!
  38. You’ll never need a lover when you reserve a bubble tent at Bubbletent Australia, all while seeing the stars and overlooking the biggest valley in the world, Capertee Valley, at night.
  39. Looking for the cheapest and most delicious Vietnamese eats? Look no further and head-on at the Banh Xeo Bar
  40. In the mood for Thai cuisine as well? Try Thai on Wok in Glebe, it’s a local favorite.
  41. Visit The Rocks Discovery Museum, where you’ll get to know about the country’s rich aboriginal heritage. Admission is free!
  42. Authentic Japanese cuisine day and night? Eat at Gaku Robata Grill. They only serve 40 bowls of ramen during the day and transforms into a smokey izakaya by night.
  43. Never forget to try traditional Australian dishes at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, a legendary pie cart that’s been serving locals and tourists delicious tiger pie for 70 years. 
  44. Do some people-watching at Hyde Park, the people’s go-to park during the day.
  45. Visit St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s, two magnificently made churches found along Hyde Park.
  46. If you’re a music connoisseur, you should miss Conservatorium Wednesdays at the University of Sydney’s Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Check out all show schedules here
  47. Visit the Barrenjoey Lighthouse to have a stunning view of the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. You might even catch whales migrating when you travel around winter (May-October).
  48. Go hiking at the Blue Mountains with other tourists and get to see “The 3 Sisters”. 
  49. Experience a different side of wildlife at the recently opened Dharawal National Park.
  50. Unleash your adventurous side at Treetops Adventure Park in Western Sydney. 
  51. Stroll around at Wendy’s Secret Garden for that well-deserved “me time”.
  52. Watch a movie at an open-air cinema on weekends. 
  53. Hire a horse to ride on as you tour along Centennial Parklands.
  54. Explore the famous Jenolan Caves, book a tour now!
  55. Visit New South Wales’ most famous blowhole or marine geyser, Kiama Blowhole
  56. Don’t miss out on Sydney’s Chinatown for scrumptious Asian delicacies.
  57. Travel to Darlinghurst for the best mini bars and late-night restaurants.
  58. Go to King’s Cross and have a taste of Sydney’s thriving city nightlife.
  59. Swim at Bronte Baths, a saltwater pool where the best sunrise view is. 
  60. Take a dip at Shelly Beach, one of the most Instagrammable beaches in Sydney.
  61. Have a snorkel tour at Fairlight Beach and be one with Australia’s diverse, rich marine life.
  62. If you’re looking for anything crafty and bargain, Paddington Market is your market haven.
  63. Science or sci-fi fan? Visit the Powerhouse Museum, also known as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. (There’s an exhibit dedicated for Star Wars!)
  64. Visit Sydney’s most premier winery region, Hunter Valley, which produces one of the world’s best red wine.
  65. Check out another city with one of the best emerging wineries at Orange, New South Wales.
  66. Exclusively for women: Take a relaxing dip at Coogee Women’s Baths. It’s got a private, pristine view of the ocean, and of course, new female friends! 
  67. Have a weekend swim at Bondi Icebergs Pool, the most Instagrammable ocean pool in Australia.
  68. Go bird seeing at the Lane Cove National Park which is 30 minutes away from CBD. 
  69. Wander in solitude through the bamboo forests at the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
  70. Go on a pub crawl tour with Dave’s Tours. They’re the best in Sydney (and a bit pricey.)
  71. Feeling a bit fancy flying above the clouds? Try online booking for a parachute tour throughout Sydney in Camden Valley.
  72. Heads up for meat lovers: LP’s Quality Meats is your newest paradise when in Sydney. 
  73. Any fan of retro fashion should definitely check out SWOP Clothing Exchange, a pre-loved and sustainable fashion store that is near…
  74. The Art Deco-inspired building, Enmore Theatre! Check out their website for upcoming events while you’re in town.
  75. The best things in life come for a price. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has the best view of the sea, freshest seafood, finest wines… there’s nothing bad you can say about it.
  76. Hit the Norton St. in Leichhardt a.k.a. “Little Italy ” if you’re hungry for something Italian.
  77. Looking for a rooftop bar in CBD? Old Mate’s Place got you tonight. 
  78. Make some noise and belt your heart out through the entire night at Dynasty Karaoke!
  79. But if karaoke’s not your thing, The Cipher Room is another option for people who love mystery and solving problems.
  80. Looking for something sweet? Try out some of Sydney’s best cakes at Black Star Pastry located in the CBD (they have the best watermelon cake, guaranteed).
  81. If cake’s not your main choice, head-on at Edition Coffee Roasters Haymarket instead. 
  82. Celebrating New Year’s Eve in CBD? Check out parties where you can crash with the locals.
  83. Or check out these places where you can watch free fireworks during New Year’s Eve.
  84. Have a picnic and perhaps, an arvo bevvie at Robertson Park. 
  85. A Sydney trip is incomplete without eating fish and chips. Go to Bottom of the Harbour for the best ones in town.
  86. Join a free running group in Sydney Park and meet other locals or even tourists as well. 
  87. Looking for KKBQ first thing in the morning or even late at night? Dae Jang Kum is open from 11 AM to 6 AM.
  88. Indulge on some freshly caught and shucked oysters at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room.
  89. Feast on high-end Chinese cuisine at Queens Hotel (Don’t forget their specialty, mud crabs.)
  90. Visit PS40, one of the best bars in town that serves your classic cocktails… with a twist. 
  91. Have you ever heard of vermouth? Now’s the perfect time to taste the best ones at Banksii.
  92. Drink the best cocktails at KittyHawk, which sounds like how badass the bar’s name is.
  93. Feeling like a rockstar who could use a drink and a pizza? Fret not, Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice is rockin’ and open all week. 
  94. Grandma doesn’t only have cookies. She’s got a bar too, check it out when you’re in town.
  95. Head straight to the basement, eat, drink, and get jazzy at Mary’s Underground.
  96. Craving for some Greek eats with a rustic vibe? Dine-in at The Apollo
  97. Looking for the best sushi restaurant in Sydney? Sokyo in Pyrmont is the place-to-be.
  98. But if you’re craving for the best of Chinese and Japanese smokehouse, eat at Yan instead.
  99. Wishing for a smoked barbecue? Here’s the answer: FireDoor! Ta-da, you’re safe. 
  100. If you’re into shopping, visit the Queen Victoria Building before you go home.

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