Sydney is a rare one. There are so few cities that can be a global financial centre, play the Hollywood power game, and offer nature fit for a king at the same time.

With Australia's biggest city it's not a matter of if but when, so let us get you off to a head start on that holiday down under.

Here are 15 things to do in Sydney.

See the Harbour

This sparkling waterway is one of the most recognised in the world and famous for landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The best way to explore is by taking any of the ferry routes from Manly, Watsons Bay, or Taronga Zoo.

an aerial view of sydney harbour with the city skyline
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Do the Bondi to Coogee Walk

This 6 kilometer urban coastal walk in Sydney's eastern suburbs offers stunning clifftop views, rock pools, parks, surf spots, and some great takeaways. Another highlight is Bronte Pool (pictured). Leave at least two hours.

an aerial view of bronte pool sydney
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The Opera House

This iconic art centre with its distinctive roof shells is easily Australia's most famous building and home to world-leading performances and events. Check the events calendar for anything from opera to ballet to theater and symphony orchestra.

a view of the opera house from sydney harbour
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Take a Ride at Luna Park

This retro amusement park which is Australia's answer to Coney Island is as charming as it is fun. Take advantage of the great harbour view here and breathe a little fresh air: entry is free!

rides at luna park in sydney
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Swim in Peace at Camp Cove

The most intimate beach in the city offers calmer waters for those looking to just bob around in the sea. An open minded beach famous for its topless sunbathers but it's just as good for families.

a look over swimmers at camp cove sydney
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The Rocks Discovery Museum

A free family oriented museum that tells the tale of thousands of years of history from pre-European to present day Sydney. Hold archaeological artifacts in your own hands or get involved in the interactive touch screen exhibits.

an old sewing machine at sydney rocks discovery museum
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Climb the Harbour Bridge

For an unforgettable experience and a premium photography opportunity look no further than BridgeClimb Sydney. Latch in and ascend to the upper arch for one of the most breathtaking panoramic views anywhere.

tourists see the city of sydney from the top of harbour bridge
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Hang Out in Newtown

This bohemian neighbourhood famous for its street art murals and many local art galleries is a piece of real Sydney outside of the tourist hustle and bustle.

street art on the side of a house newtown sydney
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Explore Darling Harbour

This pedestrian-friendly harbour community is loaded with shops, cafes, and restaurants. Check out the Maritime Museum, the Harbourside Shopping Centre, or the world's biggest film screen at the LG IMAX Theater Sydney.

margaritas at a ritzy bar in darling harbour sydney
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Have a BBQ at Bronte Park

Live an afternoon like a true Sydneysider. You won't be able to resist putting another shrimp on the barbie at one of the many free of charge BBQ pits in this pleasant family park.

a view over bronte park sydney
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Watch the Whales Migrate

This popular Sydney pastime that takes place in winter and spring is best seen from nearby Cape Solander, Magic Point, or Ben Buckler. The tail slapping and lunges of the Humpback Whale are truly remarkable.

a humpback whale jumps in sydney harbour
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Go Surfing at Bondi Beach

The year round swells at Sydney's most popular surf beach make this a dependable spot to catch waves, but people stay for the glitzy bars and boutique street market scene.

a surf wave at bondi beach sydney
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Check out the NSW Art Gallery

Sydney's most important public gallery offers free admission to its general exhibition space: browse through Australian art from settlement to more contemporary pieces.

a girl looks at a painting at the nsw art gallery
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Royal National Park

The second ever national park in the world to the south of the city offers over 100 kilometers of walking trails through a range of stunning scenery. There's hardly a better escape than the tranquility felt looking over Curracurrong Falls.

an overhead view of curracurrong falls in royal national park sydney
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The Gordon's Bay Underwater Nature Trail

How many major cities can offer snorkeling opportunities like this? Dive on the 600 metre track and see all the fish and plant life the Australian coast has to offer.

a puffer fish on the gordons bay underwater nature trail
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Ready for the land down under?
Take me to Sydney!

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