Sydney

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.

With regular live music and stunning Harbour Bridge views, Opera Bar draws a steady crowd of opera and theater patrons and foot-weary tourists.

The boutique stocks block-printed tube and tunic dresses come in colors as bright as the Sydney sun.

Part of the mammoth Market City shopping complex, the Thai Kee IGA Supermarket is a one-stop shop for all things Asian. The store has aisles and aisles of Asian merchandise, including produce items and kitchen tools.

The Skywalk, part of the Sydney Tower, is the highest open-air attraction in the city. A viewing platform with a glass floor, the Skywalk extends off the Sydney Tower Eye, an observation deck located on level four of the tower.

This popular chain is known for its stylish—and affordable—clothes and accessories for women. Look for great shoes (especially summer sandals), oversize handbags, and flirty dresses and skirts.

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If it’s after midnight in Sydney you can often be left wondering where to eat.

Inside Kit Willow's chic, bi-level boutique, you'll find flirty draped frocks in organza and tulle.

The Sydney Fish Market is the largest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere and sells nearly 14,500 tons of fish each year.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit Sydney’s fantastic Aboriginal art galleries, there’s still time to see some great indigenous arts and crafts.

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

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

Specializing in homemade Middle Eastern desserts, this cash-only Lebanese pastry shop is located 30 minutes southwest of Sydney in the suburb of Bankstown. Set in a small shopping center, the no-frills space contains glass cases lined with baklava, ladyfingers, and coconut waffles.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables you to claim a tax refund on goods purchased in Australia.  

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Part fresh produce retailer, part dry goods warehouse, and part café, this is the store Sydney foodies flock to for superbly fresh gourmet ingredients.