Whether you’ve been called up last minute or you just totally forgot that you promised months ago that you’d play host, this one is for you.
Make your out-of-town friends feel like an absolute local with this list of 15 awesome things to do in Sydney— you know ones that show why this is the best god damn city in Australia.
No pressure, but we recommend ticking them all off your list.
If you’re keen to go on a bit of a hunt with your friends, an escape room is what you’ll need to accomplish. We can’t think of anything better than getting locked in a room full of clues and mystery. Whether you’re into being blindfolded and handcuffed (no judgements here) or literary-based puzzles, you’ll all need to work together because your detective skills are being put to the test. You’ll need to check out our list on Sydney’s best escape rooms.
In case you haven’t gotten the message but, bouldering is really in right now. Most Sydney climbing places offer this extreme step-up from rock-climbing. If you’re keen to bring out your inner Spiderman, then the Nomad Bouldering Gym should be on your list. And if you’re not feeling the wall, then relax with some table tennis and arcade games.
Barefoot bowls may just be the unofficial sport of Sydney and good news, there is a myriad of solid spots to bring your out-of-city mates. Whether you’re keen to bowl with a view of the coast (ie. kill two birds with one stone) or head to one of the more iconic venues around these parts, we’ve got a whole list for you to choose from.
It’s no shock that Sydney is home to all the rooftop bar because you know, we’re not a city short of a good view, sky-high feed or open-air drink. Maybe you’ve tried all the staples already but here are all the new rooftops you and your friends need to hit up.
Drive your out-of-towners to this little slice of paradise in Sydney’s north. There’s a ridiculous amount of awesome things to do like taking them on a boat trip, going fishing, visiting the beach, setting up a picnic and even hiking up to the Barrenjoey lighthouse to snap the incredible views of Sydney which is the prettiest city in the land.
Lunch At The Newport
Grab an epic feed at this local institution. The Newport is nestled on the stunning shores of Pittwater and this little hub is offering up beautiful gardens and al fresco dining, the perfect set-up for any feast.
Bondi To Bronte Beach Walk
If you didn’t do the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, did you even Sydney? Here’s a scenic way to show your friends some of Sydney’s finest beaches, all in the one hit! Tick of the famous Bondi Beach, Tamarama and Bronte, and bask in all of the summer vibes, awesome food and even better beaches (and bods).
Sydney Fish Markets
Scoot on down to the Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont, the stomping ground of all things fresh from the ocean. Explore the countless stalls of seafood, deli items, wine and baked goods (plus there’s handful of restaurants to dine at too).
Ride The Ferry
Let’s be honest, hosting people ain’t cheap. So, if you’re a little strapped for cash but have found yourself playing tour-guide for the day, ride a ferry around the harbour and pass the tour-guide duties over to the skipper (and hey, it’s an awesome way to view Sydney even as a local).
Picnic At Milk Beach
If you’re keen to take your friends somewhere a little more secluded, Milk Beach is a well-kept hidden gem in the heart of Sydney harbour. Tucked into Hermit Bay, there’s plenty to do at this isolated beach including fishing, snorkelling, picnicking (our favourite) and walks along the Hermitage Foreshore.
For seriously incredible views and cute Australian wildlife, Taronga Zoo is a must and not just because it has the cutest animals on the planet (though even we admit we go back just for them) but our favourite childhood hangout has a few more things on offer. Think awesome high-ropes courses with the Sydney skyline to calm those nerves or an overnight stay at Taronga’s glorified camping ground.
Craft Beer Tour
If you’re going to take your friends on a tour, make it a bloody good one. When you’ve crossed off the beaches and done your classic tourist snaps, hit up a craft beer tour. Dave’s Brewery Tours are for anyone who’s keen to take in the local beer scene (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), learn all about beer, brewing and the top beer companies in the city, Balmain and The Rocks.
Weekend Trip to the Blue Mountains
For when you’re hosting during the winter months, take your out-of-towners for a weekend trip to the Blue Mountains. There’s a heap of walks to do, valleys to see and caves to explore plus the Winter Magic Festival is a massive celebration of local artists, musicians, dancers, stalls and food.
Shop Like A Local At Carriageworks
Carriageworks is the holy grail for all things creative. And everybody knows then when you visit a foreign city, you need to take home a foreign piece of memorabilia. There are exhibitions, performances, and even a farmers market so you can pick up tasty food and beautiful trinkets (and while you’re there you’re obviously going to grab a few goodies for yourself too).
Kayak Coffee Tour
Living in Sydney, there’s not much we love more than our morning coffee. It should really be a national drink. So, it only makes sense to bring your friend to the coffee. And Sydney Harbour Kayaks Coffee Tour is the perfect way to do so. Paddle around Spit Bridge in Sydney and then take a break on one of Middle Harbours pristine beaches where you guys can kick up your heels and enjoy a nice cup (or two) of coffee.
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