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10 exciting things to do in Sydney, and how to get the best travel deals

Fun activities you should definitely put on your list when visiting Sydney!

Welcome to the Go City travel content series, where we highlight fun activities at your favourite destinations around the world.

Wide scenic cityscape view of Sydney city waterfront on Harbour near Harbour bridge.
Wide aerial cityscape view of Sydney city waterfront near Harbour bridge (Photo: Gettyimages)

There's something about Sydney, where it's always bright, sunny, fun and happening. If you haven't heard, 2023 is going to be the biggest year for Vivid Sydney, an annual festival that completely transforms the city with light projections over 23 days and nights. A range of performances and talks will also be happening and this year, Jennifer Coolidge (*screams*) is headlining. Being the savvy deal hunter that you are, it's a good time to look at city passes if you're considering a trip to Sydney.

If you're unfamiliar with city passes – it's a way to save money if you have more than two attractions you'd like to visit in any city. Go City, a city passes platform, is often used for savings when one is visiting multiple attractions.

You can check out their example itinerary to see how much you can save as you choose from two to seven of Sydney's top attractions to visit. The company even helps to calculate savings by comparing the Go City price to the combined normal ticket values, which are updated regularly (the last update is on April 1, 2023.)

1. Light up your world at Vivid Sydney

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Vivid Sydney Dark Spectrum (Photo: Destination New South Wales)
Vivid Sydney Dark Spectrum (Photo: Destination New South Wales)

Every year, Sydney lights up for almost a month – not just with art installations, but also ideas, culture, performances and more. Expect art, great food and an exciting lineup of performances during Vivid Sydney across festival locations such as Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter, Darling Square, The Goods Line, Central Station, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Carriageworks, Taronga Zoo and more. The festival ends 17 June this year, so don't miss it!

2. Majestic Cruise

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Magistic Cruisemart: 1-Hour Harbour Sightseeing Cruise
Magistic Cruisemart: 1-Hour Harbour Sightseeing Cruise (Photo: Magistic Cruisemart)

Another way to see the city would be on the waters, of course! All you need to do it to sit back, relax, and let the gentle motion of a cruise introduce you to Sydney.

3. Sydney Opera House Tour

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– August 16, 2018: The historical unique Sydney Opera House in the City of South Sydney, Australia
The historical unique Sydney Opera House in the City of South Sydney, Australia (Photo: Gettyimages)

Speaking of another way to see popular attractions, the Sydney Opera House tour will let you know the ins and outs of this landmark through an intimate 60-min tour with a guide.

4. Australian Maritime Museum

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: Australian Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. The museum is framed from the left by the bow of tall ship the James Craig.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: Australian Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. The museum is framed from the left by the bow of tall ship the James Craig.

As you explore the Australian National Maritime Museum, step onto historic ships and submarines, and gt a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous vessels! Until 31 October 2023, your ticket will also include entry to Brickwrecks (Sunken Ships in LEGO® Bricks) and Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023.

5. Sydney Harbour Jet Thrill Ride

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Sydney Jet Thrill Ride
Sydney Jet Thrill Ride (Photo: OZ Jet Boating)

I've been on one the last time I went to Sydney, and boy – despite all of my misgivings and not exactly being an adrenaline junkie – it's one of the most unforgettable boat rides I've ever been on, not to mention exciting.

6. Urban Winery Sydney: Wine Tasting with Cheese and Charcuterie

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Wine Tasting with Cheese and Charcuterie
Wine Tasting with Cheese and Charcuterie (Photo: Urban Winery Sydney)

You know what you're getting into at a winery, and the bonus is that you don't even need to travel far from the city!

7. Escape Hunt Sydney

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Fancy yourself the smartest in your group? Find out for sure in this physical Escape Room experience!

8. Bondi Surf: 2-Hour Surfboard & Wetsuit Rental

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Bondi Surf: 2-Hour Surfboard & Wetsuit Rental
Bondi Surf: 2-Hour Surfboard & Wetsuit Rental (Photo: Go City)

Learn how to surf in a safe and fun way at one of Australia's most-known beaches!

9. 4-Hour Bike Rental by Bonza Bike Tours

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4-Hour Bike Rental by Bonza Bike Tours
4-Hour Bike Rental by Bonza Bike Tours (Photo: Bonza Bike Tours)

See Sydney from the ground, all four hours of it, on a bike to truly get an intimate feel of the bustling city.

10. Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour (Photo: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour)

What's a visit to Sydney without checking out Blue Mountains? On the hop-on hop-off tour, you can visit up to 37 stops, including Katoomba Falls, Scenic World, and Echo Point.

Types of Go City passes

Sydney passes are easy to purchase and utilise. With the Explorer Pass, you can select how many attractions you wish to visit, and you'll have 60 days to do so. There's no need to decide which ones you'll visit before purchasing, so you can keep your plans flexible, though do note that some attractions require advanced reservations, so do read the deets carefully on the Go City website!

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Get your Explorer Pass here!

  • 2-choice Explorer Pass: adult AU80 / child AU50

  • 3-choice Explorer Pass: adult AU101 / child AU71

  • 4-choice Explorer Pass: adult AU131 / child AU91

  • 5-choice Explorer Pass: adult AU161 / child AU111

  • 7-choice Explorer Pass: adult AU211 / child AU141

Plus, with the Go City app, you'll have all the information you need at your fingertips, such as attraction deets, further information, suggested itineraries, a handy map, and more!

How to start using the pass

First, choose the amount of attractions you'd like to visit and make your purchase. The confirmation email will be sent to you. Download the Go City app. You can then use your order confirmation number to add the pass to your phone. Not fond of technology? You can also print your pass at home using the link in your confirmation email.

This content was produced in partnership with Go City.

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