Five Things to Do with a Weekend in Sydney, Australia

Sydney, located on Australia’s eastern coast, is the most populous city in Australia. Famously, the city has a wealth of opportunities for outdoor and cultural activities, making it difficult to choose activities for a short trip.

First up you’ll need accommodations, so if you’re looking to find a bargain in a central part of town then you can have a look at Sydney hotels here, but now on to the attractions! Here are five things to do on a weekend in Sydney, Australia, perfect for a short itinerary.

Sydney Skyline

Flickr Creative Commons License 2.0 – Philipp Alexander


Participate in the active lifestyle of Sydney by taking a kayaking tour around Sydney Harbor, exploring Garigal National Park or the lighthouses and beaches on the east side of the harbor. Tours provide instruction on kayaking techniques for beginners, while experts can rent equipment and take their own tour around the harbour.

Ghost Tours at The Rocks

Experience the spooky side of Sydney with a guided walking tour provided by Ghost Tours. Visit the sites of the paranormal while learning about the personal history of Sydney’s former residents. Leave time before or after the tour to explore The Rocks, an infamous district filled with shops, restaurants, bars and parks.

Darling Harbour

Try one of the many activities at Darling Harbor, just south of Sydney Harbor. Catch the free Saturday night fireworks while eating at one of the many restaurants on Darling Harbor. During the day, explore the Chinese Garden of Friendship, one of the parks, shopping, Madame Tussauds wax museum or SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

The Pub at The East Sydney Hotel

Have a drink at a traditional Australian pub at The East Sydney Hotel’s pub. It features live music, traditional beer and an ambiance that includes working fireplaces and rustic décor. It is one of the last pubs in Sydney with this traditional style.

Sleepover at

Spend the night camping at Taronga Zoo. An adventure fit for children and adults alike, the Roar and Snore attraction at Taronga Zoo provides private tours of animals, allowing closer interactions with animals. Then, sleep under the stars in a stylish tent with a full view of Sydney Harbor.

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  1. says: Faye

    Kayaking and the other four activities are quite fun but Ghost Tours at the Rocks would be more interesting.

  2. This is one of those destinations that I am not so interested in right now. Perhaps in another time. Still the pictures look great.

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