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Things to do in Sydney

It's all about the water in Australia's most popular city. There's the harbor, of course, but also sunbathing on the beach. Other notable things to do in Sydney include checking out the burgeoning art scene, taking advantage of the great shopping, taking part in the lively gay subculture, or joining in on some of the city's cultural festivals. Every January for the last 40 years or so, for example, there is a massive cultural celebration known as the Sydney Festival, which lasts three weeks and features almost every artistic and musical genre you could imagine.

Each mid-November, the cliffs along Bondi Beach are transformed into a sculpture garden with works by Australian artists; it's free and makes for a great walk along the shore. Another point of interest is St. Patrick's Church, which may be the first Catholic chapel in Australia. The church is still used as a site of worship, but you can also take a guided tour to learn more about its history. Tip: The courtyard chapel has been turned into a coffee shop.

  • Aperitif

    If it’s after midnight in Sydney you can often be left wondering where to eat. This wine bar near Kings Cross keeps the kitchen open until the wee ... More
  • Australian Heritage Hotel

    The archetypal Aussie hotel (really just a pub with a few rooms to stagger upstairs to), the Australian has a charming brick exterior, terrific bee... More
  • Australian Museum

    Established in 1827, this natural history and environmental sciences museum is a favorite for family outings. The institution also has an excellent... More
  • Bambini Trust Restaurant and Wine Room

    The Woolloomooloo neighborhood location of Bambino Trust Restaurant has an old-world interior with ornate, wrought-iron chandeliers and stone floor... More
  • Bambini Wine Room

    Popular with the business crowd, this intimate wine bar is part of the Bambini Trust Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the 1923 St. James ... More
  • Beachculture

    Sure they’re Brazilian, but comfy Havaianas flip-flops may very well be Australia’s signature footwear. Pick up a pair, along with items from the c... More
  • Bondi Beach

    What to Expect: The curve of the bay and the rocky outcroppings called Ben Buckler and Mackenzies Point make the waves just right for surfing here ... More
  • Brent Wilson

    Men shouldn't miss this downtown boutique with its updated classics, including easygoing suits, shirts, and sweaters. More
  • BridgeClimb Sydney

    At practically any hour of the day, you can look at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and see what looks like a procession of ants moving slowly along its ... More
  • Bronte to Bondi Coastal Walk

    This lovely coastal walk begins at Ben Buckler Point, on the northern end of Bondi Bay, and winds south for two miles along sandstone cliffs and wh... More
  • Campos Coffee

    The bionic baristas at this java mecca in Newtown can turn out over 200 perfect coffees an hour without missing a beat. And how can you not love a ... More
  • Chehade El Bahsa & Sons

    Specializing in homemade Middle Eastern desserts, this cash-only Lebanese pastry shop is located 30 minutes southwest of Sydney in the suburb of Ba... More
  • Corner Shop

    A Sydney stalwart known for its tightly edited international collections (Marc Jacobs, Isabel Marant, and Benah). More
  • Danks Street Galleries

    A converted factory housing 10 independent art galleries, this complex is one-stop shopping (or at least hopping) for the contemporary art-walk set... More
  • Eau de Vie

    Join the New Cocktailians at this 2010-opened bar, already a legend for its speakeasy vibe, vintage bar paraphernalia, and killer Dark & Stormies (... More

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