12 Fun and Exciting Things To Do in Sydney

We've compiled a list of fun things you can do in Sydney when visiting, or even if you're a local. Forget museums, boring tours and plain old sightseeing - we've found the best ways to experience the city and have a blast at the same time.


Visit Luna Park, a fun park with the worlds best location

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  • Luna Park Sydney offers a wide range of exhilarating rides
  • There's classic wooden roller coasters to modern high-speed attractions
  • Caters to visitors of all ages, offering family-friendly entertainment

Paid: Free to walk around, ride passes start from $44/adult, $34/child - but purchase in advance as possible early for the best price!

Duration: A few hours

Location: Luna Park, Milsons Point

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Geocachers, Adults, Couples, Seniors, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

From the moment you step through the iconic grinning face entrance, you're immersed in a world of thrilling rides, captivating performances, and the sound of sideshow games. With stunning harbor views as a backdrop, families and thrill-seekers will be able to enjoy a harbourside adventure in this vibrant amusement park. Easily accessed from Milsons Point train station or ferry wharf.


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, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

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!


Go to a local driving range to hit some golf balls

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  • Fun for everyone, experienced golfers or beginners
  • Low cost and time commitment compared to a full round of golf
  • Plenty of fun for singles, the whole family, kids, couples and groups

Paid: Can be as low as $18 for 55 golf balls

Duration: Normally 30 mins to a few hours

Location: Various driving ranges around the city

Suitable for: Teenagers, Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Seniors, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

The driving range is a versatile activity suitable for both novice golfers looking to learn the basics and experienced players eager to refine their skills. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned golfer, the range provides a fun activity to hit some golf balls, practice your swing or just get together as a social activity.


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, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

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.


Explore some of Australias oldest pubs in The Rocks

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  • Historical charm, offering a glimpse into Sydney's colonial past with their well-preserved architecture and rustic interior
  • Many pubs host live music, comedy nights, and cultural events, providing a vibrant and entertaining atmosphere
  • The Rocks' pubs often serve traditional Australian fare and craft beers, allowing patrons to savor the flavors of the region

Free: Free to explore and enter, beer/wine starts about $10, Meals start about $20

Duration: 1 hour to a couple of hours

Location: The Rocks, Sydney CBD

Suitable for: Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

Visiting a pub in The Rocks is like stepping into a living piece of Sydney's history. The charming cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and rustic interiors create a nostalgic atmosphere that immerses you in the city's colonial past. As you enjoy a pint of local craft beer or savor traditional Australian cuisine, you can't help but feel the warm and welcoming spirit of this iconic neighborhood, where locals and tourists come together to share stories and create memorable moments.


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, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

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.


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, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

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.


Do the Skywalk and walk on the edge of Sydney's tallest building

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  • The highest outdoor viewpoint (268m) in Sydney
  • The guides point out iconic landmarks in the area
  • Access to the indoor Observation Deck before and after your tour

Paid: $89 per adult, $64 per child

Duration: 60 minute tour, but allow a few hours

Location: Sydney Eye Tower, Pitt St Mall

Suitable for: Teenagers, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

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Embark on a thrilling SKYWALK tour, where you'll step out onto the highest outdoor viewpoint in Sydney, standing at an impressive 268 meters above the ground. With the city's bustling CBD directly beneath you, our knowledgeable guides will highlight iconic landmarks and share captivating stories of Sydney. Extend your experience by exploring the indoor Observation Deck before and after your tour, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking views at your own pace. Don't pass up this opportunity to check off Sydney's highest outdoor adventure from your bucket list!

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Find some Geocaching puzzles

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  • Challenge yours wits
  • Explore new areas
  • Easy to get started

Free: There is free caches, and can pay for premium for extra ones

Duration: From 30mins to 6 hours

Location: Available all over

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Geocachers, Young Professionals, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Seniors, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

Geocaching is like a maintained, worldwide, community scavenger hunt, where people have hidden "caches" at various locations, and then your job is to use the app to go and try and find them. Geocaching is a great way to explore a new city or area. One of our favourite things to do is to set out to find a number of caches in a new area, as it often helps us find hidden spots as well!


Visit a board game bar like Fortress

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  • Gaming on boardgames, consoles, computers
  • Bar and restaurant on site
  • Dedicated to gaming and fun

Free: Free to enter, pay for games/food/drinks etc

Duration: From one to a few hours

Location: Broadway, Sydney

Suitable for: Kids, Teenagers, Geocachers, Young Professionals, Adults, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

Fortress is the ultimate all-ages games culture and experiences venue, with heaps of different types to play - analog, digital and everything in between. The first venue of its kind, Fortress is a large complex spanning over 2,500 square metres. Home to 100s of playable devices and interactive experiences.


Get your frag on at a LAN cafe

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  • Almost unlimited games and options to choose from
  • Play old school classics like CS, Diablo, COD
  • Compete against both friends and strangers

Paid: Computer usage can start from $5 an hour

Duration: From 1 hour to all day

Location: Various locations around Sydney business districts

Suitable for: Teenagers, Young Professionals, Adults, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

LAN cafes offer an unparalleled gaming experience by providing gamers with high-performance computers, lightning-fast internet, and a vibrant social atmosphere. These hubs of digital entertainment allow players to dive into their favorite games without worrying about technical limitations, while also fostering connections with fellow enthusiasts through multiplayer matches and friendly competition.


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, Couples wanting to have fun, Familes, Locals

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!

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