Unique Things To Do in Sydney, Australia

Take in the unbeatable views of Sydney from the top of the harbour bridge |
Take in the unbeatable views of Sydney from the top of the harbour bridge | | © cbphoto / Alamy Stock Photo
Other than Sydney’s main attractions like the harbour bridge and Sydney Opera House, there’s plenty of lesser-known areas and things to explore in this city. Culture Trip has compiled a number of unique recommendations that allow you to discover a different side to the New South Wales capital.

Tourists flock to see Sydney Harbour Bridge, but this doesn’t mean you have to avoid seeing it all together; there’s an alternative way to see it, one that involves unparalleled views and a bridge climb up 130 metres (440 feet). Along with this popular downtown spot, there’s so much culture to discover in other pockets of the city, including the neighbourhoods of Ultimo, Glebe and Newton, which you can discover on a day tour in a group of eight. Another option is to join on shorter trips, like visiting the bohemian neighbourhood of Chippendale and browsing for bargains or joining on a photography tour in The Rocks, right in the centre of the city.

If you like a bit of adventure and a challenge, you can also swim, trek and go canyoning around the waterfalls of the Illawarra Escarpment. Meanwhile, if you like to take things slow and you enjoy a drink, you can sign up for a beer and brewery tour, in which you’ll learn all about numerous breweries and their inner-workings.

ToursSydney Beer and Brewery Tour
From $95 per person
6 to 7 hours
4.5 (2)
Sample your way through Sydney’s thriving craft beer scene with a guide who takes you behind the scenes at the city’s best local breweries. You get to taste craft beers at every stop, learn about brewery operations firsthand, and meet the masterminds who create these fantastic brews. The three-hour tour offers a great option if time is limited; meanwhile, the six-hour tours highlight more breweries and include an excellent lunch.
ToursSydney Food Tour: A Taste of Chinatown
From $85 per person
3 hours
4.3 (2)
Taste your way through Sydney’s bustling Chinatown as your guide shares personal stories of migration and settlement through the eyes of culturally diverse Australians. Savour the neighbourhood’s colourful history through its delicious food and real tales of migration.
ToursManly Self-Guided Bike Tour
From $30 per person
1 day
3 (1)
Hire a bike and discover Manly in a few hours. Discover secluded coves, deserted beaches and breathtaking coastal views at your own pace on a self-guided bike tour. With over 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) of dedicated bike paths and off-road trails, Manly caters for all levels of riders.
ActivitiesSydney BridgeClimb
From $125 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
4.9 (10)
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with an expert guide for the ultimate Sydney experience. Get amazing views and learn all about the iconic structure during your climb to the 134-metre (440-foot) summit. You have several options for your climb, including a BridgeClimb Sampler that goes halfway up, or a BridgeClimb Summit Express for a rigorous ascent at a faster pace. No matter which option you choose, ascending this famous landmark gives you a spectacular perspective on Sydney and an exhilarating sense of achievement. Each BridgeClimb is limited to a maximum of 14 participants to ensure personalised attention in a small group.
ToursSydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat
From $86 per person
2 hours
4.9 (10)
Board a speed boat for one of the most exciting and most personal whale-watching experiences in Sydney. You will blast out of Sydney Harbour and offshore into the Tasman Sea on your search for these magnificent creatures. Once located you will have plenty of photo opportunities as you travel alongside the migrating pod.Aboard the the fastest commercial vessel in Sydney, you’ll get to the whales quicker than ever before. The completely open design of the vessel, along with its low position in the water, offers the only unparalleled, unobstructed and up close whale-watching experience.

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ToursChippendale and Redfern Walking Tour Including Coffee
From $71 per person
3 hours
Join us as we take you to the city-meets-suburbia jungle of Chippendale and Redfern. Starting among the newly renovated Old Clare Hotel and recently completed Central Park, the tour snakes away from the main Parramatta Road into a host of quirky art galleries and shops. With a caffeine stop at a rustic café/bakery in between.The tour eventually phases from Chippendale into the Redfern leg of the tour into poignant walks among the Aboriginal street murals to reflect on the historical course of Australia’s Indigenous affairs in urban communities. There are also hidden-away businesses to be discovered, including the infinitely-entertaining interior design shops, and an authentically-homely gelateria.Ticket price includes a coffee.
ToursFull Day Sub-Tropical Rainforest Canyoning Adventure From Sydney
From $147 per person
9 hours
Located approximately an hour from Sydney, in one of Australia’s most southerly subtropical rainforests, this canyon features great views of the Illawarra Escarpment, the Pacific Ocean, and local wildlife including lyrebirds, swamp wallabies, wombats, echidnas and water dragons. This tour includes swimming through rock pools, abseiling through and around cascading waterfalls, rock jumps from heights up to eight meters (26 feet) and natural water slides. See the area’s many natural features including towering cliffs, dense rainforest vegetation, and pristine pools.
ToursSydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area
From $77 per person
3 hours
5 (2)
Learn how to best use your digital camera in manual modes and master composition. If you need a local professional photographer to show you the best spots at the best time, then this is the best way to explore and discover. This will be a unique learning adventure sure to inspire and spark your passion for photography. Smartphone Tours also available fortnightly.