New South Wales is a destination that truly delivers a bit of everything from city to seaside. This unique destination feels like a world unto itself. Sydney, the primary entry point for international visitors, has all the modern comforts within a backdrop that’s architecturally storied and charming.

Upon arrival, Sydney doesn’t disappoint. The city delights with shopping in every category and some of the best dining options. The views, coupled with the city’s evening glow, are something that every visitor in the city down under has to enjoy. During your visit in Sydney, add these quintessentially Australian activities to your list of things to do.

Experience Australian Wine Country

Audrey Wilkinson winery in the Hunter Valley
Photo credit: Simone Cheri

Wine aficionados and countryside lovers will enjoy adding a wine-country trip to their itinerary. A two- or three-night getaway in the countryside is the perfect way to experience another way of life in Australia.

New South Wales has more than 10 wine regions with Hunter Valley being popular for its short drive from Sydney. Aside from the cozy countryside vibes that make it perfect for couples and solo travelers, Hunter Valley has endless options for award-winning cellar door tastings, top restaurants and the best rolling hill views you could imagine.

With more than 150 wineries to visit in the Hunter, selecting the must-visit cellar doors can result in an endless search. Audrey Wilkinson is one of the oldest wineries in the Hunter Valley with a taste-worthy collection of wine. The Wilkinson estate offers everything from pre-planned picnics on the vineyard to traditional wine tastings.

When visiting Hunter Valley, you’ll likely find yourself tasting plenty of Semillon varieties, for which the region is uniquely famous. Chardonnay and Shiraz are popular at the wineries in this region.

Dine in the River While Eating Fresh Oysters

Speaking of countryside activities, Sydney Oyster Farm Tours is an outdoorsy activity you can get into on the way.

An oyster farm tour and dining experience are a must for your time in New South Wales. The river tour starts with a ride out to the family-owned brand’s oyster farm on Hawkesbury River and ends with eating fresh oysters during an immersive in-river dining experience.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a free activity filled with culture that can be enjoyed any day of the week. Most of the gallery’s displays and exhibitions don’t require a ticket, making it a price-efficient addition to your itinerary.

Upon entry, the gallery acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, who are the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands. The works of Aboriginal artists welcome visitors in the first exhibition space throughout the year. Works from internationally acclaimed artists are featured in its various exhibition spaces. Complimentary guided tours take place throughout the week in several languages. Art lovers will enjoy an afternoon at this museum, where legacy and modernity converge.

Take a Yacht Cruise for Harbor Views

Sydney Opera House waterfront view at night
Photo credit: Simone Cheri

Visiting the Sydney Opera House on foot is one way to experience this iconic structure, but the view on the yacht cruise is the most ideal way to go. Avoid the droves of tourist crowds by booking a dinner cruise on the Sydney Harbour.

The evening cruise is the best way to get close views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Most cruises last around two hours, serving a minimum of three courses and a limited bar selection. You’ll also get a view of nearby towns and the city’s water taxi system.

Enjoy Panoramic City Views and Craft Cocktails

Sydney’s views compete with any major city in the world. The views at the rooftop lounge, Cirq, are one the best examples of its beauty. A stay at Crown Sydney sets the bar in the category of luxury hotel accommodations; however, if you decide to stay elsewhere, plan to visit this moody bar during your trip.

Located on the 26th floor of Crown Sydney, Cirq is a prime location for sunset cocktails. The upscale lounge bar has mesmerizing views of the waterfront and the famous Circular Quay neighborhood.

The indoor and outdoor terrace-style bar is the place to go for a bespoke beverage list, extensive wine selection and tapas dishes. Visit Cirq on Sundays for their weekly Sunday Session that pairs the sounds of chill vibe DJs with oyster shucking, a very New South Wales way to end any day.