There's a ton of info on Restaurants in Sydney already on this site - use the search, or browse the location list. As with all big cities, the range of restuarants is huge, from cheapies with plastic tables and food courts through to uber-expensive ones. Maybe give us some more info about what you like?
Factory outlets? Try looking around Alexandria (close to the city, but they're spread out throughout the suburb) or Birkenhead Point or Homebush (both these places have outlet malls, but are further away). I know that there are Shopping bus tours you can join if you're really keen. about 6 years ago
A ferry trip to Manly, grab an ice-cream as you walk to the beach along the corso then turn right and walk along the beach path to Shelley Beach. It's more protected than the main beach.
If you're more adventurous and have more time, you can take the bus from Manly wharf to Palm Beach. The bus travels along the northern peninsular suburbs.
More adventurous still, is to take the ferry from Palm Beach jetty to Patonga and back.
It makes for a long day but you will have seen some of the wonderful sights of Sydney, that some Sydney-siders haven't managed.
Another day out on the harbour with a difference: try lunch at the Sydney Flying Squadron, a yacht club at Milsons Point on a Saturday. The club races old fashioned 18 foot timber skiffs during the summer and organises a ferry to follow the race. You can buy a ticket at the club and enjoy the harbour while following the race.
The club is within walking distance from Milson's Point railway station, and you can even walk across the Harbour Bridge to get there www.sydneyflyingsquadron.com.au
Also you might try lunch at Centrepoint Tower, for a great view of Sydney. about 6 years ago
Hi Sam, head to Surry Hills and walk down Crown Street - you'll find dozens and dozens of eateries and bars, full of locals at all price points. (Try Billy Kwong's, Bourke Street Bakery just round the corner on Bourke St, any Crown street cafe will do really good coffee, Bills for breakfast, Red Lantern for Vietnamese.) Most of the tourists are hanging out in the Rocks, Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. about 6 years ago