Travel: 9 Things to do in Sydney

Last 2016, we went to Australia to visit my relatives and tour around. I was supposed to write a blog in late 2016 about it, but I became very busy! But before that… here’s a short story about my “Australian dream.” 

Way back in 2000, when I was desperately crying and begging my parents & aunt to let me move to Australia instead of my elder sister. I have always wanted to live in Australia. I remember viewing the country and its places endlessly in our Britannica Computer Program back then. It was so clean, organized, serene… and, I should say, the perfect place to live!!!

Every girl’s dream is to live in New York, but not me! I have always wanted to live in Australia. I shifted course from Dentistry to Dental Hygiene so I can migrate to Oz (short for Australia) quickly and easily. Although, some things happened along the way and I decided to get back to study Dentistry. However, I’m not closing any doors… John knows that when the right time comes, I will still pursue my dreams of both living in Oz and practicing Dentistry. And good thing he loved Australia as much as I do after our first visit together!

Enough of the drama! So without further ado… I’ve listed a couple of To-Dos or To-Visits when in Sydney to help you plan your Sydney tour!


1. Chill at Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. We weren’t able to watch any scheduled performances at that time. However, we were able to roam around the opera house which is surrounded by substantial public spaces. Plus, there’s Bennelong Restaurant, a luxurious shell-like restaurant located at the heart of Opera House.

How to get there? 
Take a train or bus to Circular Quay, and from there, the Opera House is just a short walk. You can bookmark NSW Transport to check bus schedules.


2. Climb at the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge is a world-renowned symbol of Australia. It is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. In the 1950s, there were occasional newspaper reports of climbers who had made illegal arch traversals of the bridge. In 1998, BridgeClimb made it possible for tourists to legally climb the southern half of the bridge. Tours run throughout the day, from dawn to night.

Price ranges from $168-293/head, depending on time and type of climb. During our trip, we chose the BridgeClimb Day $591 for 2 adults which include a certificate, cap souvenir, and generic group picture. We paid an additional of $35 for 2 Personal 6×8″ photos. See more details here!

How to get there?
We usually use NSW Transport to input our current location (or Airbnb/hotel location) to our destination to see transportation options. But the nearest train stop is Wynyard Station, then from there, we had to walk to Cumberland St. where BridgClimb headquarters is located.

3. Relax with marine life at SEA Life Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium houses over 12,000 animals from 650 species, including sharks, dugongs, turtles, stingrays, penguins, tropical fish and much, much more. Walk underwater through over 100 meters of glass viewing tunnels and see Australia’s marine life like never before! Come within inches of huge sharks, rays, and turtles and see some of the remarkable marine and freshwater animals that Australia is famous for, such as barramundi and Little Penguins.

It’s $44 at the door, but you can save $9 when you purchase your tickets online for only $35. Or save $5 more ($30) if you purchase a ticket online for after 4pm entry. It closes at 6pm. However, you may miss some attractions done during the day and some in the morning. You can also save money from buying multiple attractions’ promo if you like to visit attractions like Madam Taussauds, Sydney Tower, etc.
Click here for tickets info.

Best time to visit?
It’s best to check their website for attraction schedules, so you don’t miss anything. They have scheduled attractions for Penguin experience, Shark Dive, and a lot more. And be sure to purchase attraction slots ahead of your visit because it has limited slots per day only.

How to get here?
It is walking distance from Wynyard Station or Pyrmont Station. Click here for more info on how to get to SEA Life Sydney.

4. SkyWalk at Sydney TowerSydney-Tower-Eye-city-skyline-2-1200x800

Sydney Tower Eye is an integral part of the famous Sydney skyline for the past 30 years. It is Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere with a height of 1,014 ft. It is ranked as one of the safest buildings in the world that is capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme wind conditions. It has restaurants, a coffee lounge, an Observation Deck, and the SkyWalk.

Tickets info?
You can enter Sydney Tower for free with several shops and restaurants located at the lower levels. On the other hand, if you want to go up to the Observation Deck, it costs $28 onsite and $19.60 online.

For the Skywalk, at the time we visited, it’s $70 onsite and $50 online (Observation Deck+SkyWalk) and an additional $50-100 for photo packages. Upon checking now, Skywalk is closed until further notice.

Click here for more info.

5. Shop at Darling Harbour

Darling harbour is a harbour adjacent to the city centre of Sydney. Take a leisurely sunset cruise or just transfer from Darling Harbour to other points like Circular Quay. Stroll through a museum, race around a playground, or shop at harbourside! This is our favorite hangout place! We can stay here up until late at night and just walk our way home to our place without worrying about our safety. PH needs some open spaces like this.

6. Watch at IMAX Sydney


IMAX Theatre Sydney is home to the WORLD’S BIGGEST SCREEN! John and I were able to watch the movie Sully at that time. According to their site, IMAX Sydney is currently closed and will reopen in 2019.

7. Dine at Sydney Fish Market 

This is John’s haven! We love eating here because of how fresh all the seafood are! Plus, this is so close to where we are staying at that time. It is similar to DAMPA here in the Philippines. But cleaner.

Here are some photos of the food we ate!

8. Shop at Queen Victoria Building

John and I were strolling around Darling Harbour and Sydney Centre when we decided to pass by Queen Victoria Building ––an iconic heritage building in Sydney. The building consists of four main shopping floors.

9. Swim/Relax at Bondi Beach

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Of course, I wouldn’t end my Sydney trip without visiting Bondi Beach. We have no plan to swim because it’s so cold at that time because the winter season has just ended ––it’s springtime!

Also, try the self-checkout counters at grocery stores! It’s so much fun!


I can’t really explain, but Australia has a very special place in my heart… the people are so friendly, the place is generally safe, and I love how efficient their transport system is. We could walk on the streets until midnight without the fear of getting robbed or killed or whatever!

Just remember to book your attractions ahead of time, plus you can save money by buying tickets online. Also, don’t forget to bookmark NSW Transport to help you roam around efficiently!

Here are some more snaps of our Sydney life! HAHA!

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BTW, I did plan everything from our daily attractions to booking everything. So if you need an example of how I plan our itinerary, feel free to comment down your email address or DM me (Instagram: @athleyyy). I have listed every single detail of each attraction and areas we can pass by like gardens, shops, or restaurants. Plus, we maximized using public transpo to fully feel like we’re locals and to not disturb my relatives from driving us around.


Up on my next blog is To-Do’s in Queensland, Australia ––where we had so much fun but got so tired the most! Don’t forget to subscribe, so you get updated on my next post. (Subscription form below for mobile users, while at the right side for desktop users)

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39 responses to “Travel: 9 Things to do in Sydney”

  1. Anne Belo Avatar

    I’d definitely check the fish markets and wet markets in Sydney! Besides traveling for the attractions, I really like exploring the cuisine and the food the country has to offer <3

  2. Adventures with Doc and Cah Avatar

    Yayy! Australia! how we wish we can visit this country now. 😍 We now have some reference on the thungs to do once we arrive. thanks for this!

  3. Danica Airelle Marasigan Avatar

    I’m happy for you! We have dreams that we keep in our hearts forever and when we finally fulfill it, we remember everything — the details, the excitement, the emotions!

    I’ll take note of the tips once I get the chance to visit Australia. After all, it also starts with a “dream”.

  4. May De Jesus-Palacpac Avatar
    May De Jesus-Palacpac

    Sidney isn’t exactly one of the places in Australia (I prefer the ones outside the cities) I have in my travel bucket list, but I wouldn’t mind the opportunity to see the opera house.

  5. blair villanueva Avatar
    blair villanueva

    Sydney is also my dream destination! This December, I will be in Australia for a month and I’m excited to explore Sydney and hope to catch some performances at the opera 😀

  6. Prado Arturo Navarro Bognot Avatar
    Prado Arturo Navarro Bognot

    I’ll probably try these 3 when I visit Sydney 🙂


    1. Shescapade Avatar

      Love your Sydney trip. sana mapuntahan ko din yan in the future. Seems na sobrang na enjoy mo talaga ang trip mo with your fiance.

  7. Christian Foremost Avatar
    Christian Foremost

    I always remember Finding Nemo when I think of Australia. Hope I can visit countries as far as that one in the future. Thanks for sharing your experience. May your Oz dream come true girl!! ❤️❤️

  8. Gel Jose Avatar

    Wow! You were able to squeeze all of those fun activities in your itinerary? Absolutely amazing!

  9. Jean Ricamata Avatar
    Jean Ricamata

    Wow! You are so great in planning! And you were able to visit all the good place in Sydney. I really dreamed of going to the Sydney opera house one day. I really have to save a lot for me to go there. But with this article I feel that I was able to visit Sydney. Thanks for this great article.

  10. kapampangantraveller Avatar

    I am really wishing to set foot in Sydney, specially on its two iconic structures, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. This article led me to memories from my Aussie employers years ago. Thank you for sharing how to commute in these spots. Really a helpful article for Sydney-bound tourists.

  11. Paola Mae Avatar
    Paola Mae

    I want to
    Try skywalking and eat at the seafood market after 🤗

  12. blogitwithyosh Avatar

    Dreaming of my own sydney getaway someday 😍

  13. Gel Jose Avatar

    Seems like a packed itinerary. Will keep in mind should the travel winds ever blow me towards Sydney. (Well, I won’t do the skywalk though. I have a strong fear of heights). 🙂

  14. TheSuperMomLife Avatar

    I have always wanted to go to Sydney. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to!

    1. Athley Avatar

      You surely can! 🤞🏻

  15. Heather Barber McMechan Avatar
    Heather Barber McMechan

    I hear Sydney is beautiful during this time of the year. Would love to see it sometime.

    1. Athley Avatar

      It is! Went there September as well. The weather was so cool but not freezing cold.

  16. Holly Hood Avatar

    This is great for those planning to visit Australia.I would love to visit there myself. It sounds like lots of fun with so much to do.

  17. The Beauty Flicks Avatar
    The Beauty Flicks

    Thanks for sharing this article. Australia is always my dream place to visit and I will surely go to Sydney…

  18. Lauren Russell Avatar

    I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and new Zealand!

    1. Athley Avatar

      Hope you can one day! It’s an amazing country!

  19. OnlybrightNess Avatar

    I dreeeeam to visit Sydney one day !! I’m so far ! Hope to have the opportunity ! 😀

    1. Athley Avatar

      Cross fingers! 🤞🏻

  20. Beautiful Mind Blog Avatar
    Beautiful Mind Blog

    I didn’t know you could do a bridge coming
    Climb! That sounds like a cool experience. I’m definately trying it when I go top Sidney

    1. Athley Avatar

      You should definitely check it out! 😉

  21. GiGi Eats Celebrities Avatar

    Sydney’s seafood market IS TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ate the best seafood I have ever eaten in my ENTIRE LIFE there! OMG – I want to go back just for that octopus, SOOOOO badly!

    1. Athley Avatar

      I couldn’t agree more! The seafood are definitely fresh & very tasty! 😍

  22. Vaibhav Mehta Avatar

    I have Australia in my list of countries I want to visit in the future so this list definitely helps. Is there a Bungee from the Sydney Harbour bridge like there is in Auckland? I’d love to try that since I am an adventure Junkie

    1. Athley Avatar

      There’s no Bungee in Sydney Harbour Bridge. That would be awesome, though! 🙂

  23. Mae Magtibay Avatar
    Mae Magtibay

    Thank you so much for this tips! I had always wanted to visit Sydney too so this will definitely be my go to tips once I had the chance to fly to OZ.

    1. Mae Magtibay Avatar
      Mae Magtibay


    2. Athley Avatar

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  24. iamraediant Avatar

    Nice post! Will keep this in mind, but you know what? I also wonder how I can live there too 🙁

    1. Athley Avatar

      It’s so much easier if you have family or relatives living in Oz already. Also, if you’re skills/job is under “Skilled Category”.

  25. zzzisle Avatar

    Well done. u conqueror the bridge.

    1. Athley Avatar

      I did! Best feeling ever to be at the top of the bridge! 🇦🇺☺️

  26. とうふ Tofu Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this! My sister wants to visit Sydney in the future and this is a good example for her to look at and plan the trip ❤️

    1. Athley Avatar

      That’s awesome! It will surely be the best country she’ll ever visit. ☺️

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