You could do the cliche tourist things (which are still fun imo!) the aquarium has just some Dugongs in, beautiful & ancient animals, definitely worth checking out. Or you could also catch the ferry over to Taronga Zoo, another nice day trip.
If you have a car you could head up to the northern beaches, Palm, Newport, Whale - all very nice. If not, you could catch a ferry up to Manly. Heading out to Bondi would also be cool, you could do some shopping at Westfield at Bondi Junction which is a huge shopping centre, everything you could want plus more. It's very to Oxford Street, where there is lots more quality shopping to be done, however,you'll find more fashion and boutique shops in this area. As the weather has been pretty ordinary lately maybe some shopping might be a better option than planning on spending lots of time at the beach. You can get to Bondi via Oxford st on the 333, 380 & 381 buses which leave Elizabeth St.
If you are in the city I would recommend checking out the botanical gardens and maybe walking around to Woolloomoolo/Potts Point and maybe even other harbour suburbs, Elizabeth and Rushcutters Bay, beautiful spots + lots of nice little cafes. almost 10 years ago
If you have a few hours you can catch the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay (near the opera house). These depart every half hour and from memory cost about $12 return.
If you haven't been on Sydney harbour before I would recommend this trip as you get a spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and city skyline, as well as the Opera House, and a great view of Kirribilli House (the Prime Minister's Sydney dwelling on the north shore), and the heads (the headland south of Manly). Then once you're at Manly it's just a 5 minute stroll to the beach!
If you go to Circular Quay to catch the ferry I would recommend visiting the Sydney Modern Art Museum which is just to the left of the ferry terminal. It's free to attend and has some world-class exhibits. almost 10 years ago
if you dont want to fork out a few hundred $$ to walk over the top of the harbour bridge, remember it is still pretty cool to walk over the normal way. Head over to Milsons Point on the north side for some different views of the city. You can get a bus or train back.
Try Centerpoint tower for some awesome views too!
Depending on what nightlife you might like you could head out to Darlinghurst for some trendy bars / clubs, otherwise hit up a nice pub in surry hills or newtown to see some cheap live music! almost 10 years agoAnswered by whoissteveanyway via Travellr.com