30 Things to do in Sydney
What to do
See the Sharks,
Dolphins and Cassowaries at the Sydney Aquarium, Port Stephens and the
Australian Reptile Park
The top things
to do in Sydney on this page have animal attraction with the creatures
of the deep, including sharks and dolphins, and the best of the Australian
Outback with the endangered, beautiful but ill-tempered Cassowary. You'll
find most of the wet stuff at Sydney's two aquariums, the Sea Life Sydney
Aquarium at Darling Harbour and the Sea Life Sanctuary at Manly. The Australian
land dwellers can be found at the Australian Reptile Park just outside
Royal National Parks and Moon Walking
As though that
wasn't enough, there is that little thing that Sydney appears designed
for, fireworks. Beyond all that, we present to you the Royal National
Park, and the opportunity to go 'Moon Walking'.
26 (32) Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary
A visit to the Manly Sea Life
Sanctuary or Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is a good lousy weather activity.
Having the sharks, manta rays and other large beasties swim so close up
is pretty 'cool'. The Sea Life Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour is the
larger of the two aquariums, but the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is none-the-less
impressive for its smaller size. If you're really adventurous it is possible,
at least at the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, to go for a dive in the tank
with the sharks! Rather you than me.
Swimming with the Sharks
have got to be joking!
There are many people that
recommend diving, and there are many that don't. You might associate
the possibility finding yourself face to face with a mouth full of razor
sharp teeth with the latter group. Still, we are all different, and
if you really want to put yourself in a confined space with numerous
things that swim, sting and bite, including one of the largest grey
nurse sharks in captivity in Australia, then be my guest.
Which is the best aquarium
Visit either Sea Life Sydney
Aquarium or the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, whichever is the most convenient
on the day. Just aim to be there during feeding times, but not if you're
planning a swim with the sharks!
Feeding time at the Manly
Sea Life Sanctuary is interesting as the giant Mantra Rays 'cuddle'
the divers handing out the fish. Click below for more information:
What's going on behind Sea
Life Sydney Aquarium?
Behind the Sydney Aquarium
you'll find some wild, wild life:
There used to be a jocular
myth about being able to see kangaroos hopping down George Street, Sydney's
main high street. The opening of Sydney's newest zoo, Wild Life Sydney,
has come close into turning this poor old joke into a reality.
Darling Harbour Zoo
Wild Life Sydney adds to
the cage (sorry, zones) vs. natural environment dilemma. By placing
Sydney's latest Zoo in Darling Harbour, walking distance from George
Street and the CBD, the wildlife really has come to town.
So should you go? Would
you be missing out if you didn't? I guess it depends upon how much time
do you have and how do you like your koala, nicely packaged or el natural.
Next door to the 'Wild Life'
we have 'No Life' in the waxy form of Madame Tussauds. It is a recent
addition to Darling Harbour's long list of attractions. It is squeezed
in between Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney.
Royal National Park
Visit Wattamolla for a beautiful
lagoon, cliffs and beach. There are walks a plenty. Garie Beach to Bundeena
is one of the best. There is a small entrance fee to get into the Royal
National Park but well worth it. The Royal National Park is a beautiful
slice of Australia. It has been decimated by bush fires in the past
but recovers amazingly quickly.
Royal National Park Tours
Kayak the Royal National
The Royal National Park kayak
tour starts on the beach but soon gets you into the 'wilds' of Sydney's
grandest National Park - the Royal National Park. You'll learn all about
the history of the park, and you will be in a great position to see
some of the wildlife, as you quietly paddle along under the supervision
of your local guide.
Moonwalk the Royal National
Walking the Royal National Park
A Moonwalk through the Royal
National Park is a
wonderful way to experience a wonderful place. This is truly special.
You will dine by candle light out in the wilds of the Royal National
Park. By the time most 'normal' people have departed the park for the
day you will strike out into the darkness with glow stick in hand on
yet another adventure you will never forget.
28 Sydney Harbour Fireworks
Get down to Sydney Harbour
at 'New Year's' for an amazing display - usually two – a short
one for the kids at around 9pm and a longer one for the party people
at midnight. If you miss that, don't worry, Sydney does it again on
Australia Day on the 26th January. All you need is a decent vantage
point around Sydney Harbour, some patience and maybe a little something
and/or someone to celebrate with.
29 Port Stephens Dolphins
Rather than go straight back
to Sydney from the Hunter Valley
why not say ‘G'day!’ to a Port Stephens dolphin? Numerous
boats have nets you can climb into to get a little closer (and potentially
a lot colder). Hanging off of the boat might just be what you need to
kill off your hangover. You could also get seriously lucky and spot a
whale. Most of the boats are run out of Nelson Bay. And as a bonus –
Port Stephens has small but beautiful white sandy beaches and is quite
Swim with Wild Dolphins
Nothing compares to being
close to a dolphin in its own environment. During this beautiful experience
you will get to "interact" with the friendly local dolphins
of Port Stephens. This is one of the few sanctioned dolphin swims allowed
Australian Reptile Park
The Australian Reptile Park
resides on, or at least close by, the site of the Old Sydney Town theme
park about an hour's drive north of Sydney. If you look closely on your
way out you should see some of the old buildings / facades and picnic
areas. The drive itself is a pleasure if you haven't done it before and
aren't stuck in a traffic jam. The road has been cut deep into the earth
and Hawkesbury River looks
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
The Australian Reptile Park
is sign posted from the freeway by a giant dinosaur billboard and there
is also a large frilly Priscilla Queen of the Desert Lizard (not a drag
queen) on top of the entrance.
More on the Australian Reptile
Reptile Park - Official
Reptile Park - Unofficial