In Sydney, visitors can enjoy some of the world’s best beaches, beautiful weather, incredible shopping, and exciting entertainment and activity options. And, beyond the city centre, national parks, mountains, golden beaches and dynamic regional centres provide an ideal setting for day tours.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a Bridge Climb experience, for a stunning 360-degree view of the harbour city. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design. The Bridge is the widest long-span bridge and tallest steel arch bridge in the world. Enjoy the view!
Sydney Opera House Tour
House for a behind-the-scenes look at this World Heritage-listed marvel or enjoy a star-studded performance. 15,500 light bulbs are changed every year at the Sydney Opera House. See if you can spot a burnt out one while you’re there. The Grand Organ in the Opera is the largest mechanical tracker-action pipe organ in the world with 10,154 pipes and took 10 years to build.
Stroll along the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, taking in the spectacular views of beaches, parks and carvings by the local Indigenous people. Sydney’s popular cliff top coastal Bondi to Coogee walk runs 6 kilometres and takes about 2 hours to complete. Bondi is also home to Australia’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibit, “Sculpture by the Sea”.
See Australia’s native animals as well as rare and endangered species from around the world at Taronga Zoo, positioned right on the harbour. Taronga Zoo ferry service from Circular Quay takes approximately 12 minutes. Of course our native wildlife will be on show too koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and frilled neck lizards.
Shop up a storm – from luxury labels and leading department stores in the CBD, to the beachside weekend markets for trinkets and emerging designers, the designer outlets or Paddy’s Markets for souvenirs and bargains, there’s something for everyone. The Queen Victoria Building, constructed between 1893 and 1898, was named to commemorate the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Take a seaplane flight to lunch and admire the city’s stunning harbour and the awe-inspiring sandstone cliffs along the coastline, from the air. Sydney has the deepest natural harbour in the world with 504,000 megalitres of water.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Experience a guided walking tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, where the original inhabitants of Sydney gathered ingredients for food and medicine. An abundance of birdlife, incredible artistic installations, beautifully manicured gardens and canopies of plant life. Sydney’s exquisitely landscaped gardens and parks represent the community of our magnificent city home.
Sydney's bounty of fresh produce markets are the backbone of the city's thriving food culture and many of our favourite stores and suppliers set up outposts at weekend markets across the country, as do the farmers themselves, of course. As an example, at Orange Grove Markets in Lilyfield, you can find bags of cheap avocados, seasonal flowers, strings of French-style saucisson and pots of pâté, cheese and seafood on ice. Read more.
You don't have to venture too far to find the right market in Sydney. Conveniently located in the CBD, The Rocks Markets, where carefully curated artisanal wares, gourmet street food and harbourside views come together upon the cobblestone streets.
Wherever you go, make sure you chat to the folks behind the counter at your favourite stalls – they know their produce better than anyone.
The COSPAR 2020 accommodation options include apartment style venues that will allow you to create your own creations and experiment with the famous Australian fresh food produce.
Alternatively you may prefer someone to cook for you during your staying so be sure to review our Dining in Sydney experiences.
The Rocks Friday Foodie Market
9am - 3pm, Fridays
Jack Mundey Place and Playfair Street
The Rocks Markets
10am – 5pm, Saturdays & Sundays
Jack Mundey Place, Playfair Street and George Street
Orange Grove Public School
8 am to 1 pm, Saturdays
Cnr Perry Street & Balmain Road, Leichhardt