Travel + Leisure Staff

Even the most overrated things to do in Sydney are well worth your time—you can’t possibly visit without enjoying a ferry ride around the harbor (head from Circular Quay to the beach town of Manly or Taronga Zoo, or float over to Watsons Bay for fish, chips, and an Aperol spritz from the Beach Club and an afternoon swim at Camp Cove). And the Sydney Opera House must be at the top of your list, whether you enjoy aerial views of the landmark from the Museum of Contemporary Arts’ rooftop café or the neighboring Opera Bar.

And it should come as no surprise that a day at Bondi Beach, playing in the surf or swimming in the oceanfront Icebergs pool, is a requisite “what to do in Sydney” recommendation.  You can even stroll along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, with its quiet beaches and coves. Avalon and Curl Curl (yes, that's the actual name), however, are less touristy, and boast natural rock pools.

Sydney also has a number of underrated attractions. Head to the completely transformed inner-city neighborhood of Chippendale for cutting-edge Chinese art at White Rabbit (snack on dumplings in the tearoom after), or emerging local talent at Ambush gallery. Meanwhile, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has a riveting collection of Aboriginal and Australian art.

Dine like a true Sydneysider by perusing seasonal produce at Carriageworks Farmers Market on Saturday mornings—if you're lucky, you’ll see a theatrical performance or musical act on in the historic Carriageworks rail yards—or book a table at Porteño if only for the fried Brussels sprouts with lentils and mint. Feeling lucky? Put yourself on the waitlist for the sizzling Noma pop-up. At last count, it was almost 30,000-people long. 

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