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Best things to do in Sydney

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Pool
“It’s the most photographed ocean pool in Australia – at Sydney’s most famous beach – which makes the 50-metre saltwater pool a popular spot for sunbathers and a bottleneck spot on the Bondi to Coogee walk. The baths have been a landmark of Bondi for 100 years, and if you want to become a member of the oldest winter swimming club in Australia you must swim three Sundays a month for a period of five years. Luckily, for those who just want a slice of the active lifestyle synonymous with the suburb, it’s only $6.50 for casual entry – giving you access to the pool, the sauna and the gym. For the ultimate experience, book into a Yoga by the Sea class ($25, Tue-Sat during summer months).”
220 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Larger scale shopping centre with big department stores & individual boutiques. Big name & designer brands in a great indoor/outdoor environment.”
135 locals recommend
Beach
“Along the path from Manly's main beach is the sheltered and delightful Shelly Beach. It has sand, trees, people and a divine small cove that is magnificent for swimming, snorkeling and diving. There is no major rip here and some may play upon the rocks whilst others traverse the ocean waters to swim from the main beach to this small cove, in what seems to be blissful waters. Past the Manly Lifesaving Club and its iconic clock, down the path entering Cabbage Tree Eco Foreshore Walk is a leisurely 1.3 km. All the time being able to see views across Manly main beach and towards Shelly Beach, with spots to sit on the rocks and around the ocean pool. ”
171 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“All the new releases as well as digitally remastered classics. Ritz Bar upstairs for alcohol and cocktails. 8 cinema screens gives you lots of options for your night out.”
162 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“At 309-metres high, Sydney Tower Eye is Sydney’s tallest building and has been an iconic feature of the city skyline for over 30 years. View the city from behind the wrap-around windows or step out onto the 268-metre high Skywalk for an uninterrupted view of the city. The famous landmark houses restaurants and an observation deck and can hold as many as 960 at capacity. Let us know prior to your stay if you'd like to book the entrance fee for a discounted price. *Subject to availability”
64 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“We make real gelato with real ingredients. Its pretty nice. Made fresh on the premises daily, offering over 40 flavours, gelato cakes and weekly specials”
168 locals recommend
Beach
“Most beautiful beach on the northern side of Sydney, wonderful beach walks and great brunch and lunch at bathers pavillion.”
166 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great vibe, pizzas are yum and great place to have a few cocktails n watch the sun go down”
170 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“This is the original store that opened in 2002 and still carries a dizzying array of Gelato flavours - Marian always has pistachio and I love the rum and raisin. On warm summer nights prepare to line up!”
167 locals recommend
Aquarium
“SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life, displaying more than 700 species comprising more than 13,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures from most of Australia's water habitats. ”
45 locals recommend
Pub
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“Beach Road Hotel - head down on a sunny afternoon and grab a spot in the beer garden. Kid friendly..”
153 locals recommend
Cinema
“You can see an artsy movie and then have a coffee or gelato along the vibrant King Street. The cafe attached to Dendy is surprisingly good.”
126 locals recommend
Travel Lounge
“This place is vital to our community. We recommend you visit this park during your stay, as we live across the road and it will take you 1 minute to enter the park! ”
146 locals recommend
Pier
“Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Buses to Circular Quay run very regularly from any stop on Oxford Street. The bus runs through the CBD and terminates at Circular Quay. From the Ferry there are great Views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, and out past North Head and South Head out to the sea. Once at Manly you can walk along the harbour beach, or walk through the shops to the very famous long main beach, which looks out to the sea. There are walks that you can take through some bushland as well. Catch a return Ferry to Circular Quay.”
163 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Very popular and famous ice-creams and gelatos with a large selection of ingenious flavours that change regularly. Made from natural ingredients. Popular even in winter. Expect queues in Summer. Ask for a 'taste' of a flavour before you decide. Cone, cup or take home pack.”
147 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This chic restaurant-cum-bar has commanded the corner of Denham Street and Bondi Road for a couple of years now and shows no sign of losing its charm, friendly atmosphere and service. Freshen up with a Venetian Spritzer or a Bulldog gin and tonic and then settle into a bottle of the 2007 Luigi Bosca Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza Argentina.”
143 locals recommend