10 Best Places to Visit in Sydney During Holidays

Holidays can be a great time to take a vacation and travel, and of those destinations can be Sydney. There are many events and places to visit in Sydney and experience, and spend quality time with your loved ones in Australia. Considering that December in Sydney is summertime, that means night barbecues on the beach, swimming, and festive activities.

Sydney has a nice chill weather during winter and fall is beautiful but in general is hot and sunny. An equally beautiful city but on the other end of the map to the USA, Sydney is famous for incredible buildings and monuments such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour. Can’t forget that it is a city in Australia, home to the kangaroo and koala!

Taking a walk, singing carols, shopping, those are just some of the activities you can do during the winter. Sydney is a car town. But in peak hour most people use the train. If you are on a budget get a train to the closest point to where you are going and then get an Uber. Nobody apart from tourists and business people in the CBD use Taxi’s in Sydney any more – they are rude, expensive and poor quality.

Avoid travel in Sydney at peak hours – it’s a nightmare. You MUST see the Great Barrier Reef while you are here. It is dying. It may not even exist in 15 years. So do not miss the Whitsunday’s (2 hours by air from Sydney) or Port Douglas (3 hours by air from Sydney)and get out there by any means necessary.

Best Things To Do In Sydney Australia

Below we will give you top places to visit in Sydney during the holidays.

1. Sydney Harbour Bridge

If you want to marvel at the most iconic sights of Sydney, such as the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, your best bet is taking a romantic cruise in the harbor. You can opt for a luxury cruise that will not only give you marvelous views of the Sydney skyline at night but will also serve you all kinds of delicious treats and drinks.

You will be able to sip sparkling wine with your significant other while enjoying the breeze of the warm night. It’s expensive and a bit over rated but it’s still amazing to be at the top of the coat hanger with the wind in your hair and Sydney stretching out below you. If that’s too much there is a little-known alternative – a short walk up the Pylon lookout and that’s free.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can fly over Sydney Harbour in a helicopter, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or enjoy some Luna Park rides. You can do the guided Bridge Climb to the top (costs around A$200) or walk across the bridge on a special pedestrian walkway. The latter is great because you can stop at any time and take in the spectacular views (and a few selfies).

You can also ride across the bridge on a train. You can drive it but you don’t get to see much while negotiating the traffic. On the northern side of the bridge there is a great lookout towards the famous Sydney Opera House, a nice park for a picnic, and the fun palace called Luna Park.

2. Bondi Beach

While there are plenty of stunning beaches in Australia, Bondi Beach is one of the most famous. With great waves for surfing, white sands, and bright blue sea, it is easy to see why it would make a great spot for Instagram.

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3. Sydney Opera House

One of the essential visits in Sydney is the Opera House, a building that has become the symbol of the entire continent. Among the instagram worthy places in Sydney the iconic Sydney Opera House building set in the Sydney harbor makes for a great picture. People will instantly know where you are, and it can look amazing set alongside the backdrop of stunning blue sky.

4. Royal Botanic Gardens

Another amazing day program would be visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, which is one of my personal favorite places in Sydney, especially during the Australian spring. It's an oasis in the middle of the metropolis with lots of greenery to relax you. So, if you want to spend a lazy day just strolling around, you will have a great time looking at all the different plant species this garden has.

5. Luna Park

Even if your teenage years are behind the two of you, you can feel like children once again if you visit Sydney’s much-loved Luna Park and spend an evening of fun there, trying all the rides. Visiting this amusement park at night will guarantee a marvelous sight of bright, colorful lights, so make sure you take a ferry from Circular Quay and incorporate this place into your itinerary. You can enjoy a romantic ride in the famous Ferris wheel and feel like you’re in the 80's movie!

6. Manly beach

The Harbour has always been an essential part of Sydney living and people use the ferries as day to day transport. Do not get on an expensive tour which will be boring and confining when you can do as the locals do and get the Ferry to Manly. Take the old Green and Yellow ferry and sit outside if you can. Smell the salt and get a bit wet it will be worth it.

Adventurous couples will probably find it boring to sit around all day and would rather try something exciting. Well, there is plenty of opportunity in Sydney to do exactly that, so if you find the idea of snorkeling enticing, you should definitely try it out. When you get to Manly walk through the Mall to the beach where you will find lots a great restaurants and locals sunning themselves. But also take the time to get a cocktail at one of the great restaurants on the wharf.

You can go for an organized tour in Manly, for instance, since this is one of the best spots in Sydney for seeing interesting underwater life, with Shelly Beach being at the top of the list. Manly beach in Sydney is only a 30 minute ride by ferry to get there from the city centre and it’s only one of 100+ surf and non surf beaches in the Sydney metropolitan area.

The beaches are soft white sand, have free entry, and most are accessible by public transport. In other words, anyone can access them. Most have volunteer lifesavers (lifeguards) and are safe if you swim between the safety flags. This is replicated all over Australia. That’s why Australian beaches are so highly rated. Nevertheless, you can also head to Gordon's Bay or Bare Island, too.

7. Sydney Observatory

Is there anything more romantic than looking at the night sky with your loved one? If this is something that you’ve always wanted to do, you can head to the Sydney Observatory in Millers Point and explore the universe through the lens of a telescope. You can join night tours from 8.30 p.m. and enjoy views of the Moon and Mars, not to mention a nebula and countless shining stars.

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8. Chinatown Sydney

For a completely different vibe, you can head to Chinatown in Sydney and soak in some of the buzz and energy from their amazing night markets. Organized every Friday, this evening market has everything you can imagine from delicious street food to clothes and accessories, so it can be a fun evening program for the both of you.

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9. Darling Harbour

Boasting the world's largest film screen, an array of shops and restaurants, and museums like the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Powerhouse Museum, Darling Harbour offers travelers plenty to see and do. If you really want to experience the Harbour like a local sign up for Wednesday afternoon sailing where you can join in on one of the “races” that happen every Wednesday afternoon as crew. Work as hard or as little as you like.

The crews take it semi seriously (after all there is a cheap plastic cup on the line) but it’s more an opportunity to have fun, meet new people and drink wine!

10. Artisans Market Glebe

We all like to give and receive presents, and some people take a lot into consideration when buying a gift for family or friends. Fashion, art, food, all of that can be found in Sydney's Christmas markets. You can actually find everything you need in just one visit, but the colors and many stalls will make you want to go back.

A fair trade Christmas market in Sydney is a perfect place for ethically sourced gifts like toys, homeware and jewellery. If you enjoy an occasional drink, the Craft Drinks market is the place for you. Unusual and new tastes can be found here, going perfectly with the holiday spirit. Artisans Market Glebe is about local and handmade products, like plants, toys and furniture.

Whether taking a walk, buying stocking stuffers or enjoying a drink, your holidays can be amazing and full of new experiences. Making people happy and bringing fun is what Sydney is all about at Christmas, and you can surely feel that way. Get out of the house and go exploring different markets in search of the perfect tree, gifts for your family or, if you have different plans, shopping for new clothes for New Year's Eve parties.

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Kalyan Panja