Things to See and Do

Taking the opportunity to do a little sightseeing while you're here? Visit the icons of Sydney, many of which are minutes away by public transport from the University.

Sydney combines the downtown feel of a busy metropolis with a relaxed lifestyle. With its famous harbour, sandy beaches, national parks, and suburbs with their own unique identity, the city is within easy reach of places to explore.

UTS’s central location means delegates can easily access Sydney attractions, entertainment and essential services from the conference location on campus.

With an eclectic mix of cultures, Sydney offers a variety of international cuisines. From trendy cafes, waterfront dining, pub food, late-night eateries and dessert bars, you are sure to find the food you like, and that suits your religious and cultural requirements.

Sydney also has a vibrant creative community with art galleries, museums, live music and performance venues such as the iconic Sydney Opera House. There are also free events and festivals throughout the year.

A mild climate allows Sydneysiders to enjoy the natural environment. Sydney’s beaches are renowned worldwide and many are within easy reach of the city centre, including Manly, Bondi and Coogee beaches.

There are also plenty of green spaces, with central parks, coastal walks and bushwalking trails close to the city. Sydney’s outer suburbs are also close to national parks and the nearby Blue Mountains, which cater for a range of outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.

Sydney's top 10 things to do:

  1. Cruise on Sydney Harbour – catch a ferry to Manly for fish and chips.
  2. Visit the Sydney Opera House for a performance or just enjoy the spectacular view. Note: you usually need to book well in advance to attend a show.
  3. Enjoy the restaurants, activities and fabulous fireworks displays at Darling Harbour and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.
  4. Explore the buzzing markets in and around Sydney – from gourmet food to fashion.
  5. Wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens and marvel at the view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.
  6. Catch a wave at the famous Bondi Beach (remember to swim between the flags!) or walk along the coastal track from Bondi to Coogee.
  7. Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and admire the breathtaking view, or climb the pylon or the arch.
  8. Encounter unique Australian animals and enjoy the views from Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
  9. Watch a game of cricket or tennis, rugby league, AFL or soccer – for the best atmosphere, go with a fan.
  10. Venture to the Blue Mountains for bushwalking and spectacular scenery.

There are also many museums, including NSW Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary ArtThe Australian Museum and the Powerhouse Museum (8 minutes from UTS).

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