Escape the winter in December for some spectacular sun in Sydney, Australia. I recently travelled to Sydney at Christmas and I had the best time! Couldn’t recommend it enough, it’s a unique Christmas experience for sure. In this post, I want to share the 12 best things to see in Sydney in December! So hop along 🙂
Best things to see in Sydney
1. Bondi Beach
First up is Bondi Beach. When you say Sydney you immediately hear about Bondi beach! It’s a beach with Sydney’s most famous beach with one the most photographed rock pools in the world – the pool at Bondi Iceberg. Go on google it! You can get in this pool for a nominal fee of $10. Don’t forget to bring your ID.
Now this is a busy beach so I would recommend coming early and securing your spot. But more so I absolutely loved the vibes here! Even if you just come for a stroll here it’s such a fantastic place to be!
2. Sydney opera house
I’m not even gonna say why this is on the list, but Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s Crown jewel! You gotta see it to experience it!
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge
Right across from the Sydney Opera House is the Harbour Bridge. You can also climb on top of the harbour Bridge to enjoy a very special kind of view! Obviously, it’s an adventure not everyone can take but it’s definitely worth a try!
4. Take the Manly Ferry
I have to say that this ferry experience is one of my favourite things to do in Sydney. Just note that this is also a mode of transport for the residents so people travel from Manly to central Sydney on the ferry for work and it’s quick and quite affordable. This is one of the best ways to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
5. Royal National Park
The Royal National Park is only a 45-minute drive from Sydney and definitely worth a visit and one of the best things to do in Sydney and around. Makes for a great day trip!
Check out my video below to see how beautiful the Royal National Park and Wattamola Beach are.
6. Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo in Sydney is such a lovely city zoo. There are so many animals to see and lots of walking. You also you get the best views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the opera house from some lookouts within the zoo.
7. Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are a stunning natural wonder renowned for their eucalyptus-covered slopes, deep valleys, and distinctive blue haze. This UNESCO World Heritage site is characterized by the rugged sandstone cliffs, dense eucalyptus forests, and cascading waterfalls.
The Three Sisters, an iconic rock formation, stands proudly, and visitors can explore the Jamison Valley for breathtaking vistas. This gives blue mountains a space on the list of one of the best things to see and do around Sydney.
8. Scenic World
Scenic World, nestled within Blue Mountains of Australia, is a popular destination for those seeking awe-inspiring views and thrilling experiences. Renowned for its iconic attractions, including the Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger railway in the world, and the Scenic Skyway, a cable car offering panoramic views, visitors are treated to a bird’s-eye perspective of the stunning landscapes below.
The Scenic Cableway provides a gentle descent into the Jamison Valley, unveiling the breathtaking Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls. With a great blend of natural beauty and innovative infrastructure, Scenic World provides an unforgettable journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Blue Mountains.
9. Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney, is a vibrant waterfront precinct offering a mix of entertainment, dining, and cultural experiences. You can explore popular attractions such as SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Darling Harbour is also a hub for waterfront dining and leisurely strolls along the picturesque promenades. The area comes alive with events and festivals, making it a dynamic destination for both locals and tourists seeking a lively atmosphere against the backdrop of Sydney’s skyline.
10. Dee Why Beach
Dee Why was a complete surprise and was such an enjoyable beach with its free to use public rock pools and amazing sandy and rocky beaches! There are lots of gorgeous food options along the beach front.
11. Manly beach
A fantastic way to spend a day in Sydney is to take the Manly ferry from circular quay and then walk to the beach at Manly! The one and only beach I found in Sydney that had Beach rentals ! And they were so affordable !
12. Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Sydney
Lastly don’t miss Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Sydney! I mean name something more iconic than celebrating New years with a bang and watching the NYE fireworks at Sydney.
These are some of the views you can get (if you get here and queue up in the morning!)
However here is the reality at 11:00 am in the morning at the vantage point called – Blues Point. Well if you are ready to brave it then get in! I know I’m not doing this ever again
Christmas in Sydney is spectacular too! This is Martin place in central Sydney who have the best Christmas tree ever!
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