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Things to do in Outside Sydney

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Outside Sydney. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Outside Sydney attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Outside Sydney to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Outside Sydney.

  • Abercrombie & Kent Australia Family Adventure

    Take a family-designed adventure to Australia with Abercrombie & Kent’s Family Holidays. With meals and excursions for children in mind, the Outbac... More
  • Bank Hotel

    With four bars and a Thai restaurant, this nightlife spot combines an Art Deco background with the vibe of a 21st-century dance club. Expect a dive... More
  • Cape Byron Lighthouse

    The dramatic coastline views along the winding path to the century-old Cape Byron Lighthouse are worth the hike. (Go early to catch the sunrise.) I... More
  • Collette Dinnigan

    She began her career working in costumes for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, but in 1990, Collette started out on her own with a lingerie l... More
  • Come As You Are

    This Paddington neighborhood shop is part of Edwards Imports, a company that works with international fashion brands to bring the latest trends to ... More
  • Coolangatta Estate

    Located on the site of the first European settlement on New South Wales’ coast, this former convict village now supports the largest and only five-... More
  • Eva Breuer Art Dealer

    Located in Woollahra, this gallery showcases the work of 20th- and 21st-century Australian artists. Breuer opened the gallery when she decided to s... More
  • Fo Guang Shan Nan Tien Temple

    The temple belongs to the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan sect. Said to be the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Buddhist shrine, it’s billed as an internation... More
  • Gertrude & Alice Café Bookstore

    Named for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, you can browse used books, settle into a comfy couch, or munch on “modern Australian cuisine” like mu... More
  • Grand Pacific Drive

    Officially christened in 2005, this stretch along the Tasman Sea is part of a government effort to redirect leisure travelers south of Sydney onto ... More
  • Hyams Beach

    According to Guinness World Records, this beach on the shores of Jervis Bay has the whitest sand in the world. Its natural beauty is further enhanc... More
  • Kangaroo Valley Fudge House & Ice Creamery

    Mick and Paula Woodney purchased the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery in 2011 with the goal of returning the old-timey candy shop to it... More
  • Kirrily Johnston

    Kirrily Johnston exemplifies the laid-back Down Under aesthetic with her earthy-urban, feminine clothes (think billowy red skirts with high cinched... More
  • Kit Cosmetics

  • Let's Go Surfing

    Grab your “cossie” (swimming “costume”) and take a surfing lesson with the experts at Let's Go Surfing.   Cost: $75 per person for a two-hour five-... More

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