Are you based within Sydney, or planning to travel to Sydney anytime soon? If you’re looking for something unusual to do in Sydney that’s apart from the usual, here are 15 unusual activities that might interest you. Have fun!
1. Take A Gourmet Safari
Sydney has many distinct regions where people of different nationalities have settled. Check out Italian cuisine in Haberfield, Turkish in Auburn, Lebanese in Punchbowl, Greek in Marrickville and Vietnamese in Cabramatta. Each village reflects the unique culture and traditional aspect of its settlers.
2. Spend a night at Taronga Zoo
Getting to the zoo itself is an adventure – first, you board a short ferry ride at Circular Quay and then take a royal cable car ride that takes you right over the zoo. Take up the ‘Roar and Snore’ experience with food, board and breakfast in a beautiful tent within the zoo.
3. Explore Convict Barracks
Explore Sydney’s convict history at the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks. You can even put on their leg-irons and sleep in a convict hammock too. Look up your ancestors in the convict database and explore the streets of then-Sydney on a map.
4. Take A Karaoke Shopping Tour
How about a shopping tour on a karaoke bus? You get to visit some of the best shopping spots in Sydney, and also scream loud to your heart’s content and dance to your favorite tunes on karaoke. So basically it’s a karaoke party disguised as a shopping tour.
5. Take Up An Extreme Flight Experience
Here are some great ways to see fabulous air views of Sydney. You can take a helicopter tour, a fighter jet flight, or try tandem jumping from a hang glider or a small Cessna. If you really dare to, try the extreme tandem military style High Altitude Low Opening (HALO).
6. Attend A Special Deep Ocean Exhibition
Visit the deep ocean exhibition at the Australian Museum. You’ll see some of the strangest creatures that live in the deep depths and learn their habitats. Imagine Giant Anglerfish with long teeth and huge jaws and colorful glow-in-the-dark creatures that survive where light doesn’t penetrate.
7. Go Kayaking Among The Mangroves
Hire a kayak from the Sydney Harbor Kayaks on the side of the spit bridge on the way to Manly. Go kayaking on the many waterways of Sydney around high tide. Head to the fantastic mangrove forests and forget you’re actually still in the middle of the city.
8. Get The Best Views From The Harbor Bridge Museum
Ignore the expensive Harbor Bridge, and get even better views from the Harbor Bridge museum near the Opera House. It’s cheap to access and is open from 10 to 5 on weekdays. As an added interest, there are fascinating pictures of the original bridge building on the pylon.
9. Have A Drink At The Orbit Bar
The Summit Orbit bar is located on the 42nd floor of Australia Square. Grab a decent seat by the window at sunset, and you have the best all-round views of Sydney. What’s more, every 45 minutes, the entire floor rotates, so your views keep changing.
10. Check Out The Sydney Observatory At Night
For a beautiful night view of the lit harbor bridge and the whole of North Sydney, take a night tour of the Sydney Observatory. The observatory has two telescopes – a 40-inch modern reflecting telescope through which you can see nebula. There’s a large refracting telescope, through which you can see a local clock tower or the moon.
11. Enjoy Artistic Food At The Quay Restaurant
Book a table at the Quay Restaurant to enjoy dishes that are nothing less than fine works of art. Take your camera along. The dishes are presented in the most artistic manner possible, graced with tiny flowers, sculptures and so on. There are magnificent views of the harbor to enjoy with the flawless food.
12. Visit the Harbor Islands
Check out the famous Sydney Harbor islands such as Shark Island, Cockatoo Island and Fort Denison. Shark Island is terrific for a day picnic, especially if you’re into shark-watching. Fort Denison has a very interesting convict and Aboriginal history, but is now is a great place to relax and watch the river traffic.