130 of the
best things to do in Sydney
What to do
in Sydney? Visit Sir Joseph Banks Park
121 (136) Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks Park attracts
people and wildlife from far and wide. Dotted around the park are life
sized animal sculptures, a great path that leads its way through the park,
attractive lakes and views of Botany Bay.
The park also has a maze which
can be a lot of fun, pergolas and some lovely gardens and formal terraces.
Added to this, Sydney Airport is close by providing a ringside seat on
the ups and downs of modern passenger jet aircraft.
122 (142) 1801 Fort - Middle
The 1801 fort was once lost
to Sydney but has been recently reclaimed from the bush. The fort is another
military installation built to defend Sydney from invaders that never
came. This time is was the French. To access this intriguing historic
sandstone fort you will need to get to Middle Head, there is car parking
available. For more information please follow the link below.
123 Hunters Hill / Woolwich
Drive or bus through Hunters
Hill towards Woolwich and admire the buildings along the way. Just how
do you get that rich? Head towards Woolwich Dock and then across to Clarke's
Point, one of the more extensive grassy slopes on Sydney Harbour, taking
in the view. A walk up to Kelly's Bush Reserve is also worthwhile.
Hunters Hill / Woolwich is
a relatively tourist free area currently under redevelopment so forgive
any fences that may remain and the decay of Woolwich Dock.
and Phillip Park Swimming Complex
Hidden beneath Hyde Park southern
section towards Oxford Street in Sydney's heartland is the Cook and Phillip
Swimming Complex. Cook and Phillip Park is a modern and interesting (the
art work) swimming complex complete with a fitness area. If you are staying
in the middle of town or work there an early morning dip beckons.
125 (89) Top Gun Flights
Top Gun Flights for the experience
of a life time - just how many of those would you like?
Top Gun Flights
Visit Newtown for an alternative
view of Sydney. It also has an endless supply of cafes and restaurants
and few interesting shops. A visit to Newtown is greatly enhanced if there
is a festival on nearby. Failing that,
just find an interesting looking play, a nice veggie cafe and, if it's
like you - be bohemian.
Victoria Building (QVB)
The QVB is a lovely old building
converted into a multilevel shopping mall. The QVB also functions as part
of a well-travelled pedestrian thoroughfare between Town Hall Train Station
on the south side of George Street to the heart of Pitt Street Mall. On
your way have a look at the clock on the top floor of the QVB particularly
on the hour.
The Strand Arcade
It has been suggested we add
the Strand Arcade to the list:
I would like to see the
Strand Arcade added to your 100 things to do in Sydney. It isn't as large
as the QVB, but has a much more interesting array of Australian designers,
and the building itself is charming. An excellent tour is run on some
Saturday mornings (I'm not sure of details, but it is probably on the
Strand Arcade website).
Thanks Victoria, if you have
any suggestions or comments please let Sydney100 know.
The Nut Shop and Strand Hatters
The Strand Arcade runs between
Pitt Street Mall and George Street. Shops include The Nut Shop, Elie's
leather Repair and Strand Hatters.
Sydney Town Hall
Sydney Town Hall is well worth
a quick look if you are close by as much public money has been spent sprucing
it up. Highlights include the stunning concert hall and a very large and
grand pipe organ. Guided tours are available if you want to see it and
it's not being used.
129 Marble Bar - Hilton Hotel
An attractive bar is the Marble
Bar. Bands cater for an ‘older’ clientele. The Marble Bar
is situated in the bowels of the Hilton Hotel in Pitt Street in the city.
130 (121) EQ - Entertainment
Quarter / Fox Studios - Moore Park
Get yourself a cold drink at
the Fox and Lion near the Hordern Pavilion at the Entertainment Quarter
and try to work out who and what is going on the other side of the plaza.
Sydney Cricket Ground
EQ and Fox Studios are fairly
glitzy and superficial so the kids will probably love it. One attraction
that looks like fun is the cross between trampolining and bungee - seems
to be for aimed at kids but don't let that stop you. Close to the Sydney
Football Stadium and Sydney
Cricket Ground so it's a good place to go before/after a match/tour.