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Sydney, NSW: The Best Outdoor Activities to Plan Your Visit!

Discover the natural beauty and family-friendly activities of New South Wales with this guide to exploring Sydney and its surrounds

Taronga Zoo. Image iStock
Taronga Zoo. Image: iStock


She’s ‘The Harbour City’ and ‘The Emerald City’, but whatever you want to call her – she’s a beauty! Sydney is an international must-visit destination and there’s no doubt that within the city centre and her harbour foreshore, there is SO much to see and do. But, Sydney’s surrounds are just as impressive! A quick ferry trip from Circular Quay will take you to the beaches and attractions of iconic Manly and to Luna Park and the world-renowned Taronga Zoo. Head west to Featherdale Wildlife Park and waterpark fun at Wet ‘n’ Wild, north to some of the most stunning Pacific Ocean beaches you’ll ever see, east to Bondi and the astonishing harbour vistas from Watson’s Bay and south to even more beaches! And all of this is surrounded by glorious national parks!

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Shelley Beach Manly. Image: James Pipino Destination NSW

Famous Sydney Suburbs

Manly, Mosman, Balmoral, Palm Beach, Newport, Coogee, Cronulla, Bundeena, Bondi, Bronte, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Balmain, Glebe, Newtown … and way too many more to mention!

Famous for...

Sydney itself is famous the world over for The Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and our iconic Sydney ferries! Our beaches are abundant and spectacular and range from harbour beaches like Balmoral, Bondi, and Manly to secluded ocean and surf beaches along the northern peninsula and in the south. Name an attraction, activity, or adventure and it’s a guarantee that somewhere in Sydney and her surrounds, you’ll find it!

Darling Harbour. Image iStock
Darling Harbour. Image: iStock

5 of the Best Family Attractions


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One of the unmissable and iconic features of Sydney Harbour – Sydney Ferries. Image iStock
One of the unmissable and iconic features of Sydney Harbour – Sydney Ferries. Image iStock

More Information

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