Things to do in Sydney

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

235 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The ultimate beachside bar. Just minutes from the sand you will find yourself at The Bucket List, smack in the middle of Bondi Beach. Summer Sunday drinks are popular but it’s a great vibe any day/... read more

Bondi Beach is well serviced from the CBD by a number of Bus Routes, 333, 380 and 381. Go to www.sydneybuses.info to plan your route. Taxis are able to drop off and pick up directly from The Bucket... read more

273 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sydneysiders adore their giant 'coathanger'. Opened in 1932, this majestic structure spans the harbour at one of its narrowest points. The best way to experience the bridge is on foot – don't expec... read more

There are a couple of ways to take in the views of the bridge. A walk along Cremorne Point has one of the best vantage points in Sydney, or you can head to Kirribilli which also has great views. ... read more

218 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coogee Pavilion celebrates the good things in life – friendship, family, fun and food, all with a Coogee ocean view. The Ground Floor is the ideal location for family get-togethers, coffee dates o... read more

235 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and Sydney, and one of Australia's foremost cultural institutions. It holds significant colle... read more

207 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Gracing the cliffs of South Bondi, embracing the panoramic views of the world’s most iconic beach, lays a unique Australian dining experience. With an ever evolving menu focused on regional Italia... read more

177 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A perennial Sydney favourite, there is always a line but it moves fast! Pies, sausage rolls, fresh bread and ginger creme brulee tarts are the go. Great coffee. Come here to gear up for a walk alon... read more

The original Bourke St Bakery (or there is one closer to us in Potts Point). Bourke Street Bakery began as a little corner store bakery. Over the years Bourke Street Bakery has grown into a Sydney ... read more

If you only visit one place during your stay this is the place! There is usually a queue but it moves quick. Order: Lamb Sausage Roll, Pistachio ginger Cream Brûlée Tart (everything is great). Gra... read more

161 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Harris Farm Market is where we try to do most of food shopping, it has good quality food, especially fruit and vegetables. However it is easy to get carried away as the food always looks so inviting

Best Grocery store This is known as the Bondi Hub area, lots of restaurants next to Harris Farm Markets... including Da Orazio Pizza and Porcetta, China Diner, Messina Gelato and famous Bill's breaky

A smaller Harris Farm is on Hall St, free parking for one hour when you spend over $30 (access parking lot from O'Brien St).

160 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Situated right by the waters edge, Opera Bar is often described as the best beer garden in the world. Be swept away by the panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, CBD and beautif... read more

178 local Airbnb hosts recommend

First and foremost: this place is about coffee. There are two separate espresso stations – one for in-house and one for take-aways – which churn through huge bags of the beans that are roasted abou... read more

Opened in 2012, The Grounds of Alexandria is one of the new breed of inner city Sydney venues. Located in an old pie factory from the early 1900s, the café serves wholesome food and speciality c... read more

This is an iconic-Sydney eatery / market / everything amazing. It gets busy on weekends if you want a table, but it's still worth going and you can wander the market stalls for food instead as well... read more

127 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Three Blue Ducks is a small licensed restaurant located up the hill from Bronte Beach in Sydney. Owned by a friendly bunch of guys who take both food and fun seriously, Three Blue Ducks offers some... read more

A fantastic cafe with a cult following for good reason. Excellent for brunch, lunch and coffee and also dinners Wednesday to Saturday. At the moment we are crazy for the Kingfish Tostadas and their... read more

135 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Iconic band room, thriving saloon bar, two restaurants, family friendly beer garden & a newly refurbished cocktail lounge. Good place for a late night out dancing and to hear a local band in Bondi.

Very popular pub in the heart of Bondi Beach. Wednesday night is still the biggest night. Live music every night Cheap food menu Everyone knows Beach Road Hotel

Only a few minutes walk. Bondi's number one live music venue. Wednesday night from 9pm live bands and dj's. Also Saturday and Sunday attracts lots of music goers if thats your thing.

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Surry Hills’ favourite wine bar. Winner for the Best Wine List: Alia Awards 2015. A quirky urban garden oasis in the heart of Surry Hills, The Winery offers over 30 meticulously selected wines by t... read more

Laneway wine bar serving Modern Australian food. This quirky garden oasis in the heart of Surry Hills, offers over 30 meticulously selected wines by the glass and sophisticatd yet relaxed dining.

A true local experience. The decor is amazingly quirky, there are birds hanging upside down on the ceiling, cow print chairs, a large chess set, lots of flowers - it's a secret garden!

123 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Opening doors in Feb 2010. Anthony Kaplan, the man behind North Bondi’s The Shop & Wine Bar and Brent Mills from Brooklyn NYC’s Sweetwater Tavern have partnered up as the new guard at this historic... read more

Our local. Wonderful food, great wine list. A coffee bar by morning, restaurant & upstairs bar by night. Sunday arvo sessions with a DJ on the deck in the setting sun.

Delicious modern italian. Pizza bar out front, full restaurant in back, and cocktail bar upstairs. Well priced with good wine selection.

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If it’s warm and sunny but the nor-easterly wind is blowing straight in, then head over here for an afternoon drink because this (harbour) side of Manly peninsula will be wind still and beautiful. ... read more

Just a superb spot for live music, night life & great outdoor wharf deck. Hop off the ferry & grab a cool drink. Children eat for free before 6pm, suits Mum & Dad's to a T.

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For more than 20 years, the Hugos Group has owned and operated some of Australia’s most recognised and awarded venues. Hugos Lounge & Hugos Bar Pizza in Kings Cross, Hugos Manly, Hugos Bondi and Br... read more

On Manly wharf right in front of where the ferry docks. Recommend for dinner especially if the weather’s nice as it’s the best place to watch the sunset. A modern Italian influenced menu with excel... read more

428 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Westfield Bondi Junction is a large retail shopping centre located in the suburb of Bondi Junction in Sydney's eastern suburbs. There are over 400 specialty stores and services including department... read more

Bondi Junction is the closest large Westfields shopping Centre & train station. You can catch the bus just outside the door at the bus shelter on Campbell Parade. You can see the bus shelter from... read more

The eastern suburbs largest shopping centre set within the busy hub of Bondi Junction. Everything you can find from supermarkets, designer fashion, restaurants, doctors, bus and train stations.

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Taronga Zoo

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286 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo has 75 hectares of bushy harbour hillside full of kangaroos, koalas and similarly hirsute Australians, and imported guests. The zoo’s 4000 cri... read more

Awesome zoo with amazing views of the Harbour. Great for kids and adults alike. Don't miss the Seal Show, The bird Show and the Elephants getting bathed. Get a Ferry from Manly Wharf to Circular Qu... read more

110 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great Aussie pub atmosphere, with reasonably priced and good food balcony tables to watch the passing parade. Friday night meat trays galore to be won and Sunday night is the Seafood trays raffle.

Cheap and cheeful drinks right on Bondi beach. Get in early to secure some balcony space and head downstairs for a meal. Its a club, so take your ID and casual clothing (no flip flops) are req'd

Enjoy a drink at the terrace and enjoy the beach views. Best time to visit in the sunny morning or at sunset. Affordable meals available as well, specially on Wednesdays night, steaks at $7.

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Enjoy flavoursome meals all using the freshest local produce and seafood whilst relaxing on the original boatshed deck overlooking Pittwater. The Boathouse offers breathtaking water views from ever... read more

Great location overlooking Pittwater,great food.You can hire a boat or stand up paddle board here and explore Pittwater (Barrenjoey boat hire).

175 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best gelato in the world! And I'm not even exaggerating. Best known for their Salted Caramel and White Chocolate flavour and also their eye popping specials (think Peanut Pretzel Brownie or Pina Co... read more

Gelato Messina sets the benchmark for gelato in Australia, with over 40 unique gelato flavours, bespoke gelato cakes & daily specials. Distance: 10 minute walk

It's Sydney's famous and flagship gelato shop - and for a reason. Go between meal times to an empty shop so you can spend a while trying the unique flavours. It's just a 5 minute walk from our plac... read more

263 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best place to take the kids in Sydney is by far Darling Harbour. While there are many constructions going on here at the moment this is the prime location for Sydney’s best established museums ... read more

Darling Harbour is a harbour adjacent to the city centre of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is also a large recreational and pedestrian precinct that is situated on western outskirts of the ... read more

Great mix of bars restaurants, kids parks, street performers, events, fireworks every Saturday night...it's just round the corner. Don't miss the Maritime Museum, and the Aquarium. King St Wharf... read more

115 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Catch a ferry to/from Circular Quay to Watson's Bay to see the waterfront mansions and views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and city. Whilst at Watson's Bay, walk up to the Blow H... read more

Take 324, 325 bus from Kings Cross to the last stop, going through stunning views of Marinas, Sydney harbour, iconic Eastern surburb scene, then you will reach to Watsons bay. There are bush walk t... read more

If you are looking for a relaxed activity with children take the ferry from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay. At Watsons Bay there is a big park, and you can eat fish and chips and splash around in the wat... read more

93 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good for: dark corners, juicy burgers and fried chicken, putting your credit card behind the bar to drink whisky all night and forgetting about the consequences Why we love it: This is a grungy ba... read more

The burgers at Mary's are famous, but this is no restaurant. Its definitely a bar, a loud, dirty bar full of Slayer tattoos. Its probably one of the coolest joints in town so expect a line up if it... read more

113 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Behind its polished green-tile exterior beats the heart of a casual neighbourhood pub with a modern italian trattoria. Lots of different areas to enjoy including the front bar, dining section, upst... read more

Popular and stylish bar serving wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta and cocktails in a vibrant pub with a leafy, lantern-lit patio. Very busy with locals and suburbanites on weekends. Sunday crowd ch... read more

99 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A low-lit, cowboy themed bar with specialty whiskeys, craft ales and great cocktails. Hidden and exclusive, yet warm and welcoming. Known for their 'boilermakers' we go for the special 'tinny' of... read more

If you’re looking for a bar to lean on and slug of shot of bourbon, then you’ve come to the right place. The trick at Shady Pines is finding it. The entrance is a nondescript alley door with no sig... read more