Best Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences in Sydney in 2024

No matter how many times you visit Sydney in your life, this is a city we all can’t get enough of. This is definitely one of the best and most glorious towns to visit, where thousands of tourists gather every year to find their next adventure.

Whether you wish to relax in a 5-star hotel in Melbourne, like Hotel Lindrum, or you want to live an unforgettable trip with your family, Sydney offers much more than beautiful beaches, cute koalas and delicious coffee. Once you have booked your room in Harbour Rocks Hotel, you are ready to explore Sydney and get lost in its beautiful alleys. However, if you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we are here to help, with a list of the best ones you should try.

Safari In The Zoo

Ever thought of going on a safari… in the city? Probably not, but it exists. At Sydney’s Taronga Zoo you can spend a night in a luxury tent, comfortable cabins, or a retreat to enjoy a panoramic view of the harbor, and get a guided tour of the zoo at night. Depending on which type of accommodation you chose, you can get all-inclusive deals which include meals, special tours, bikes, and zoo entry. Adults and children will love this experience, and the little ones may be lucky enough to be chosen to feed a giraffe or to pet a lion.

Ride The Manly Ferry

Not all the best once-in-a-lifetime experiences need to be costly. For example, you can just hop on the iconic Manly Ferry, which is used every day by locals who commute to work and to go back home to their families. It a cheap way to tour around Sydney and explore this magnificent city.

On the ride, you will enjoy one of the most stunning views of the Sydney Harbour, as well as the Sydney Opera House and Camp Cove. you will also access the harbor islands and lighthouse locations. If you wish, you can just hop off whenever you like and go back to explore the city’s alleys.

Fancy A Race?

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Do you love hi-speed and high-performance cars? Are you looking for one of the best adventures of your life? Then book your place to hop into a V8 Supercar with a professional driver for some breathtaking laps on the Mount Panorama track at Bathurst, one of the best circuits in Australia. And, if you want to enjoy a little adventure, you can choose rides that take you on rough terrain and over sand dunes. Sounds exciting, right?

Swim At The Bondi Icebergs Pool

If you want to take a break from Sydney’s beaches, you can swim at Bondi Pool. This place is so beautiful that it is considered as the most photographed ocean pool in Australia, if not in the world.

The saltwater pool is 50-meter long and it is one of the most popular spots in this city. The entry fee is about $8 and gives you access to the pool, the sauna and the gym. For the ultimate experience, don’t forget to try a Yoga by the Sea class.

Tall Ship Sailing

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Although there are many ways to sail on Sydney Harbour, a wooden ship is one of the best. We are not talking about any wooden ship but THE Tall Ship. The famous Tall Ship was built in 1922 and offers a two-hour cruise that takes on back in time.

This cruise is more than unforgettable because you get the chance to help hoist the sails and stir the ship, and even climb one of the few masts of the Tall Ship. Or, you can just sit down and enjoy the cruise. This cruise is a perfect choice for adventurers but also for families and couples who wish to enjoy a twilight dinner experience and watch the sunset most romantically.


What about enjoying Sydney from the above? If you have explored the city from the ground many times, you should now book a tour with a Cessna plane. You can hop in at Rose Bay and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the capital and its coastline from the sky. If you are looking for something more luxurious, several companies offer bespoke packages which include meals, champagne glasses, and other experiences.

Coastal Trek From Manly To Spit

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Ready for a hike? Try the 9-km coastal trek from the sandy coves of Manly Beach to Spit, one of the best and most stunning vantage points of Sydney Harbour. During your trip, you will walk up and down hundreds of rock stairs, and discover many secret spots and beaches.

In the end, your patience will be rewarded with one of the best views of Sydney’s skyline and coastline. Once at the pinnacle, you will also find several Aboriginal engravings, highlighted at the Grotto Point. This is where you will learn how locals have managed to coexist with kangaroos, whales, koalas and all the unique fauna which lives in Australia.

Splurge On A Degustation

Food is one of the most essential parts of Australian culture. If you want a taste of it and you don’t mind to go over your budget, then you should head to The Rocks. There you will find one of the best dining experiences offered by Peter Gilmore’s, one of Sydney’s culinary geniuses.  You can either opt for six or ten courses and let the chef spoil you while you enjoy a peerless dress-circle harbor view. If you wish to splurge a little bit or you are looking for the best way to propose to your partner, then make sure to book in advance.

Sydney has so much to offer. From a safari in the zoo to breathtaking races to seaplanes and ferries, there’s something for everyone. So, if you are planning your next vacation or want to explore Sydney in a short time, you should definitely out these unique experiences on your list.

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