Perched atop hills and surrounded by water, Sydney is an extraordinarily beautiful city—there's no doubt about that. What many travelers don't realize about Australia's largest metropolis, however, is how many off-the-beaten-path activities exist along Sydney's well-trodden paths. Whether you're looking for a rush of adrenaline, an urban retreat into nature, a terrifying game, or the freshest seafood meal you've ever had outside Japan, you'll probably be caught off guard by these surprising Sydney activities.
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Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Along with the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge is by far Australia's most iconic symbol. Chances are you've already scheduled some time in your Sydney trip to marvel at the bridge (likely from the grounds of the Opera House), but did you know you can actually climb the bridge as well, for a Sydney panorama like no other?
BridgeClimb is 100% safe, so abandon your fear of heights, strap in, and enjoy the view! Plus, if you happen to stay in The Rocks, BridgeClimb's main office is easy to reach by foot, which will give you some time to release anxiety and calm your nerves in advance of your climb.
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Escape Solitary Confinement
While it's true that there are worse places in the world to be trapped than Sydney, the fact remains that a windowless room in one city is a windowless room in any city. Indeed, when you visit Mission: Real Life Room Escape, located near Sydney's popular Haymarket district, it will be your desire to experience all the amazing dining, nightlife, and cultural attractions around that motivates you to break out of the confinement into which this strange experience thrusts you.
The strangest thing about this adventure? The fact that Haymarket is one of Sydney's brightest, sunniest districts most days.
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Scope Out Bats in the Sydney Botanic Gardens
It won't shock you that the Sydney Botanic Gardens are beautiful, particularly if you've ever visited them. In addition to containing hundreds of plant species from Australia and all around the world, the centrally located gardens allow you to bask in the glow of the glittering Sydney skyline, as well as the bridge and Opera House.
Although authorities have relocated many of the so-called "flying foxes" that have called the gardens home for decades (they destroyed many of the gardens' plant species entirely), come around sunset for your chance at seeing the hangers-on who've remained. You might even be able to see some from your Potts Point hotel if you look closely!
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Watch a Live Seafood Auction at Sydney Fish Market
Want to watch a sunrise fish auction, but don't have any plans to go to Japan after your Australia trip? While the Sydney Fish Market doesn't offer sushi for breakfast like the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, the sheer quantity of fresh fish will nonetheless amaze you, even if you don't partake in it. Sydney Fish Market is only a short walk from Pyrmont, an up-and-coming district just across Darling Harbour from Sydney's CBD, and one of the nicest and most convenient places in the city to stay.
The best news of all? These activities are merely the beginning of the off-the-wall things you can do on your next trip to Sydney. Can you think of any other unbelievable activities to add?