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Things to do in Sydney.

If you’re seeking a road trip with the perfect blend of beach and city, then a trip to Sydney is a must. This city has lush national parks to one side, world-famous beaches to the other, and a vibrant city life in between. With so many things to do in Sydney for every type of traveller, we’ve decided to put a few of our favourites all together in this blog to make your travel itinerary planning all the easier. From art galleries and historical sites to golden-sand beaches and adrenaline-boosting activities, Sydney truly does have something for everyone. Plus, if you’re looking to extend your travels and explore the areas outside of Sydney, you’ll be happy to hear there are so many great family-friendly things to do in NSW to add to your campervan travel itinerary. So what are you waiting for?! Read on, get inspired and start exploring all the areas in and around Sydney on your next road trip.

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What you need to know when visiting Sydney

The weather in Sydney

Before embarking on a road trip to Sydney, it’s a good idea to have an understanding on what the weather is usually like for the time that you will be visiting. This will not only allow you to pack appropriately, but it will also ensure the Sydney attractions and activities that you choose to do are perfectly suited for the weather.

Summers in Sydney bring lovely warm days, ranging from 18 to 24 degrees, making it the perfect time to enjoy long beach days and outdoor barbecues. It’s good to note that while these are the usual temperatures, there are the odd 30-35 degree days that will have you seeking the nearest beach to cool off in. Meanwhile, mild winters, ranging from 8 to 17 degrees, invite you to pack a warm jacket for those breezy coastal strolls. Regardless of the season, the key is to layer so you’re prepared for whatever the weather brings. Sydney's ideal year-round weather makes it the perfect destination for your next road trip in a campervan hire.


What Sydney is known for

Whether you live in Australia or overseas, chances are you’ve got a good understanding of what Sydney is known for. Of course, this blog is going to give you all our insiders tips on the best things to do in Sydney, but before we get into specifics, let us first cover the basics. Sydney is a city that effortlessly blends urban vibrancy with coastal charm. With world-famous beaches, a drool-worthy dining scene, exciting city streets and family-friendly things to do, there is something for everyone in this bustling place. The city boasts iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which both stand tall and proud in the heart of the city, while for those coastal exploration days you’ll come across Bondi Beach and Palm Beach, both as beautiful and iconic as each other. Whether you’re seeking the city, the beach or a blend of both, Sydney is the place to be.


Where to stay in Sydney

 There are some wonderful family-friendly campsites and holiday parks in NSW, a few of which are located in and around Sydney. 


Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park

One that we think you are going to love is the Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park. Nestled between the ocean and Narrabeen Lake, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, this caravan park offers a delightful blend of nature and comfort. The park boasts fantastic facilities, including powered sites, modern bathrooms, BBQ areas and a camp kitchen. Plus, from the holiday park you can walk to local restaurants and cafes, and the city is an easy and convenient 17 km drive away.


Ingenia Holidays Sydney Hills

Another gem to stay at when road tripping in Sydney is the Ingenia Holidays Sydney Hills. Set amidst the picturesque Sydney hills, this caravan park offers a perfect blend of comfort and affordability. With spacious powered sites, clean amenities, and a barbecue area for those evenings cooking under the stars, Ingenia Holidays Sydney Hills promises to be a great stay in your motorhome or campervan. Within easy reach of the city, this is a great stay whether you’re exploring the city centre, nearby beaches and everything in between.


Lane Cove Holiday and Caravan Park

One more for this list is the Lane Cove Holiday and Caravan Park. This holiday park is an easy drive from all the incredible Sydney tourist attractions and all the great places to visit in Sydney, whilst still being a peaceful place to relax and recharge. Surrounded by nature, this holiday park will feel like a tranquil oasis to return to after a day of exploring. With spacious powered sites, lush greenery, and modern amenities, it's an ideal spot to park your camper.


The best things to do in Sydney

Visit the Sydney Opera House

A trip to Sydney isn't complete without witnessing the architectural glory of the Sydney Opera House. Sitting majestically on Bennelong Point, this iconic place is a hub of culture in the city. While here, take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront walkway to marvel at its distinctive sail-like design. Then, step inside to catch a world-class performance, be it opera, ballet, or a contemporary concert. The acoustics paired with the spectacular views make this a must-do experience. Guided tours are available for those eager to uncover the secrets behind its construction and history, and if you’re after a delicious bite to eat then indulge in a meal at one of the nearby stylish restaurants that overlook the harbour.


Check out the Royal Botanical Garden

Sydney offers a plethora of must-visit spots, and one that stands out is the Royal Botanical Gardens. Nestled near the iconic Opera House, the Sydney Botanical Gardens are a haven for nature lovers and those seeking a tranquil escape. Entry into the gardens is free, making it a budget-friendly option for all. Then, once here, wander through themed gardens like the succulent-filled Cactus Garden or the visually stunning Oriental Garden, showcasing a collection of bonsai trees. For a touch of history, explore the Palace Rose Garden, a fragrant homage to the first fleet. If you're keen on wildlife, the garden is home to a variety of birds, insects, and even flying foxes. We recommend packing a picnic and enjoying the stunning views of Sydney Harbour from the sprawling lawns. A great addition to any road trip travel itinerary when visiting Sydney.


Go to Taronga Zoo

Another must-do when looking at places to go in Sydney is a visit to Taronga Zoo. With an awe-inspiring backdrop of the stunning Sydney Harbour, this zoo offers a wild adventure for animal lovers of all ages. From cuddly koalas to grand elephants, Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals. Wander through immersive exhibits like the Lemur Forest Adventure or hand-feed kangaroos in the Australian Walkabout. For the ultimate experience, catch the Sky Safari cable car, providing breathtaking views of the harbour and the city skyline. Admission prices are affordable and there are various discounts for kids and families.

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Go Up the Sydney Tower Eye

For an unforgettable Sydney experience, and one that promises life-long memories, head straight up to the Sydney Tower Eye. This iconic landmark offers a bird's-eye view of the city that will leave you breathless. Perched 250 meters above ground, the observation deck provides a 360-degree panorama of Sydney's stunning skyline, from the glistening harbour to the distant Blue Mountains. Take in the sights through high-powered binoculars and, if you're feeling daring, step onto the glass-floored Skywalk for a thrilling perspective. Admission prices vary, but the awe-inspiring views are worth every dollar.


See the Harbour Bridge

Another one for adventure-seekers is a trip to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This majestic steel bridge not only dominates the skyline but offers an unforgettable experience for thrill seekers and sightseers alike. For those wanting to get the blood pumping, you can embark on the BridgeClimb, an exhilarating journey to the summit with panoramic views of the city and the Opera House. If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, take a leisurely stroll across the pedestrian walkway, soaking in the breathtaking scenery. If you visit at night time you’ll be witness to the incredible light show on offer that casts a magical glow over the harbour. While there's a fee for the BridgeClimb, the pedestrian walk is free, making it a must-visit for anyone exploring Sydney on a road trip in a campervan or motorhome.


Visit Bondi Beach

One of the great things about a road trip to Sydney is that you can be in the bustling city one minute and on the beach the next. If you’re seeking some time on the beach then you can’t go past the world-famous Bondi Beach. Famous for its golden sands and iconic crescent shape, Bondi offers more than just great surf. Walk the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk for breathtaking ocean views or grab a board and ride the waves with the locals. If you're feeling peckish, the beachfront cafes serve up a feast of fresh seafood and gourmet delights. Bondi is also a hub for fitness enthusiasts, with yoga classes on the beach and outdoor gyms overlooking the ocean. There truly is something for everyone here, and so many ways to enjoy Bondi’s beach lifestyle which is why it’s no surprise it’s on our list.


Tour the Quarantine Station

For a unique adventure in Sydney, touring the Quarantine Station is an absolute must. Set on North Head, this historical site offers a captivating glimpse into Australia's past. Explore the hauntingly beautiful hospital, barracks, and morgue, where there is history around every corner. Guided tours provide fascinating insights into the lives of those who were quarantined here, plus there is an on-site restaurant for when you get hungry, which boasts scenic views and a menu that's a delightful mix of modern and traditional Australian cuisine. The cost of the tour is reasonable, offering excellent value for the experience. Located within the confines of Q Station, managed by NSW National Parks, this excursion promises an unforgettable day.


Check out some Art Galleries

Sydney is a city that effortlessly blends culture and creativity. One way to immerse yourself in this is by visiting some of the many art galleries located around the city. Start your cultural journey at the Art Gallery of New South Wales that showcases Australian, European, and Asian art. Wander through its expansive halls, marvelling at masterpieces that span centuries. Here, entry is free for the permanent collection, making it an art lover's dream without breaking the bank. For a more contemporary vibe, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art, located by the iconic Circular Quay. Dive into cutting-edge exhibits and installations that push the boundaries of artistic expression. The stunning harbour views surrounding the gallery and the breezy atmosphere add an extra layer of enjoyment to your artistic experience. There are of course many more galleries around the city, but these are two stand-outs that we highly recommend.


See the best of Sydney with Apollo

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of some of the best things to do in Sydney. There are so many more things to do in this vibrant city, but this list has been designed to get your travel itinerary planning off to a flying start. To get around the city, have a comfortable place to stay, and enjoy the trip on your own time, you can’t go past an Apollo Camper. With a range of campers to suit your needs, as well as a conveniently located branch in Sydney, hiring an Apollo Camper couldn’t be easier or more ideal.

If you can’t wait to explore Sydney in the comfort of your very own campervan hire, then book online or in an Apollo branch today.

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