13 Things To Do in Sydney for Young Adults & Adolescents (2023)

Finding things to do in Sydney with young adults can be difficult, but we've found the most adolescent friendly activities when visiting this beautiful harbour city! We've tried to keep costs minimised by including some free things to do, while also including some paid activities that we think are worth the money.

Harbour Bridge Audio+Puzzle Tour

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  • Outdoor 'escape-room' style puzzles
  • Audiobook quality commentary
  • Deep historical insight into the bridge and it's construction

Paid: $39 per tour kit, suitable for up to 3 people

Duration: Approx 2 hours

Location: Dawes Point and surrounds

Suitable for: Teenagers, Geocachers, Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Young Adults

This Sydney Harbour Bridge Tour has been put together by a former Bridgeclimb climb leader/guide, and offers detailed information and Sydney Harbour Bridge facts, as well as entertaining stories and facts about the bridge and it's construction. A great way to learn about the bridge and have some fun at the same time!

Visit a gaming arcade like Timezone

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  • Plenty of games to choose from
  • Suitable for all ages, and in all weather
  • See what prizes you can score from tickets

Paid: Games start from just $2

Duration: From 1 to a few hours

Location: Various locations accross Sydney (incl CBD)

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Young Professionals, Adults, Seniors, Young Adults

Tired of playing the same old video games at home? Why not up the ante with a trip to a Timezone arcade near you? It's video arcade games galore where you can smash some high scores! From arcade classics to next-level immersive virtual reality games, there’s something for everyone at Timezone.

Rent bikes and ride along Manly Beach

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  • Beautiful beachfront promenades
  • Both bay and surf side beaches
  • Plenty of flat areas to ride around

Paid: From $22 an hour for a cruiser, or $48 an hour for a tandem bike

Duration: From 1 to 3 hours

Location: Manly Corso, Beach, Wharf

Suitable for: Teenagers, Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Young Adults

Riding bikes in Manly Beach offers a perfect fusion of coastal beauty and active exploration, allowing riders to soak in the breathtaking ocean views while enjoying the freedom of cycling along picturesque trails and vibrant streets. It's an invigorating and immersive way to experience the charm of Manly, combining adventure with the serene coastal ambiance. Plus, it's fairly flat around the Manly area so it shouldn't be too strenuous either.

Visit the Sea Life Aquarium at Darling Harbour

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  • Explore underwater ecosystems and witness a diverse range of marine life
  • Interactive exhibits, touch pools, and immersive displays that allow for hands-on learning
  • Family-friendly destination with a meaningful message around conservation

Paid: About $51 for adults, $38 for children

Duration: 2 to 4 hours

Location: SEA Life Aquarium, Darling Harbour

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Adults, Couples, Young Adults

A mesmerizing underwater adventure, allowing visitors to come face-to-face with a stunning array of marine creatures and gain a deeper appreciation for ocean conservation. Its engaging exhibits, interactive experiences, and commitment to marine education make it a popular and educational attraction for all ages. See sharks, coral, fish, eels, octopus plus ots more up close and personal!

Go ten-pin bowling at somewhere like Strike

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  • Casual fun and competition while being active
  • Food and drinks available usually
  • Fun and relaxed setting for couples, families, and groups to enjoy each other's company

Paid: Games are typically $10-$15 per person

Duration: Normally 1 to 3 hours

Location: Various locations around Sydney

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Seniors, Young Adults

No fun was spared in the creation of bowling venues in Sydney. In addition to bowling, most places typically have a bar, restaurant, food options etc, as well as other activities on site like laser tag arenas, karaoke and escape rooms for when you need more thrills.

Do the Spit to Manly Walk

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  • See beautiful beaches and landscapes
  • Get in touch with nature walking through bushland
  • Easily accessible in the heart of Sydney

Free: All public land, no entry fees

Duration: Half day

Location: Starts at the Spit Bridge, Mosman/Seaforth

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Young Professionals, Young Adults

The Spit to Manly walk is a fantastic walk of about 3 hours. We recommend starting at the Spit and walking to Manly, and then you can enjoy something to eat or drink once you're finished.

Go-karting at an inner-city electric kart track

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  • Fast karts on an indoor track
  • Hyperkarting is suitable for rainy weather
  • Race against your friends or just your best time

Paid: Prices start from $19 up to $59 per session

Duration: Sessions are 15 minutes

Location: Level 5, EQ Carpark, Moore Park

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Young Professionals, Adults, Young Adults

Hyper Karting has Australia’s longest indoor electric go-kart track, with state-of-the-art fleet of electric go-karts that blast around the carpark track at a quick pace. With high tech time tracking available across the track broken into sectors 1, 2 and 3 (just like in F1), you can see where you're making up (or losing) time compared to your friends!

Visit the exciting Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

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  • Explore around a warship and into the captains quarters
  • Climb beneath the water in a submarine
  • Learn about Australian maritime history

Paid: $25 for adults, $15 for children under 15

Duration: Normally 2 to 3 hours

Location: National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Young Adults

The museum offers a fascinating exploration of the country's rich maritime history, showcasing an impressive collection of vessels and maritime artifacts. It's an engaging and educational experience that allows visitors to connect with Australia's seafaring heritage while admiring beautifully preserved ships and immersive exhibitions.

Fly a kite and feel the wind in your strings

  • Affordable to get started
  • Gets you outdoors and enjoying nature
  • Very calming and can take advantage of windy weather

Free: Entry level kites are $5 for single line, $30 for dual line

Duration: From 10min to couple of hours

Location: Any suitable local park or beach

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Seniors, Young Adults

Flying a kite is a fantastic way to spend some time in the outdoors for people of all ages. There is something so calming and soothing about having a kite just floating in the wind, and if you take a dual line kite (aka "stunt kite") then it can be quite exhilerating as well. There's no better way to make use of a windy day out in nature.

Walk over the Harbour Bridge

  • Look out over the stunning Sydney Harbour
  • Walk across the largest arch bridge in the world
  • For a high up look, climb the bridge pylon

Free: Free to walk over the bridge (no tolls required :) )

Duration: Approx 1 hour

Location: Start at Milsons Point bridge stairs

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Geocachers, Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Seniors, Young Adults

Walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a captivating experience that allows you to savor breathtaking views of Sydney's iconic skyline and the shimmering waters of the harbor below. As you stroll across this architectural marvel, you can't help but feel a sense of connection to the city's history and the vibrant energy of the bustling harbour beneath.

Visit Taronga Zoo, a zoo overlooking Sydney Harbour

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  • Get up close to a diverse range of exotic animals from Australia and worldwide
  • Picturesque vistas of the harbor, the Opera House, and the Sydney skyline
  • Learn about the zoos commitment to conservation efforts and its educational programs

Paid: Tickets are about $50 per adult, or $30 per child under 15

Duration: Typically 1 to 4 hoursPeople usually spend 1 to 4 hours

Location: Located on the waterfront in Mosman (bus or ferry from Sydney CBD)

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Seniors, Young Adults

Taronga Zoo captivates visitors with its diverse collection of animals, offering an exciting chance to get close to exotic species from around the globe. Its scenic location on the shores of Sydney Harbor provides not only a memorable wildlife encounter but also stunning views of the harbor and cityscape. Additionally, Taronga's commitment to conservation and educational initiatives adds depth to the experience, inspiring a sense of responsibility toward the protection of our planet's precious biodiversity.

Visit the Lego store @ Broadway

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  • Dedicated LEGO store
  • Plenty to see, touch and play with
  • Many rare LEGO kits that may be sold out elsewhere

Free: Free to enter

Duration: Approx 1 hour

Location: Broadway Shopping Centre

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Young Professionals, Adults, Seniors, Young Adults

Step into a world of imagination and creativity at the LEGO Store! Unleash your inner builder as you explore an array of vibrant LEGO sets, from iconic landmarks to epic movie scenes. Whether you're a master architect or just starting your LEGO journey, the store is a haven for all ages.

Swim in the harbour at Barangaroo

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  • One of the most unique experiences to Sydney
  • A brand new rock-pool has been opened in the harbour
  • A truly different experience for singles, groups, couples

Free: Completely free

Duration: As long as you want to swim (15min to a few hours)

Location: Barangaroo, Sydney CBD

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Geocachers, Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Young Adults

Swimming at Barangaroo in the heart of the Sydney CBD is a truly unique Sydney experience. This pool has only recently opened at the start of 2023, and is already showing itself to be one of the best pools to swim in the world. It is walking distance from the main part of Sydney, and offers a netted harbour pool, bathrooms, showers, and rocks to sunbake on. Be careful though, because the rocks can be a bit slippery getting in and out.

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