Meeting a koala ... one of the highlights of the Australian experience. (Photo: iStock)
Meeting a koala ... one of the highlights of the Australian experience. (Photo: iStock)

Must-do Sydney sights

As the #4 QS Best Student City in the world, Sydney has an amazing array of activities and sights for international students to enjoy. Here are six of the best.

Hit the beach

With more than 70 beautiful beaches, a summer swim in Sydney is an obvious choice.

  • The world-famous Bondi Beach is great for cafes and people-watching. In October, check out the popular (and free) Sculpture by the Sea exhibition along the Bondi clifftops.
  • Catch the ferry across Sydney Harbour to Manly Beach, which has a vibrant corso and great ice-cream shops. You might also want to check out Manly Sea Life Sanctuary while you’re there – it’s a great place to meet the local marine life. You can even dive in the shark tank if you’re brave enough!

Enjoy and outdoor movie or concert

Sydney’s warm climate means you can enjoy watch a movie under the stars for most of the year.  In December, the world’s biggest short film festival Tropfest is held in Centennial Park.

In summer the city comes alive with free outdoor concerts in the Domain as part of the Sydney Festival, and in May the city streets light up for Vivid Sydney.

Eat and drink al-fresco

Relax and enjoy great food, a beer or cocktail in one of Sydney’s many waterfront bars and restaurants.

Explore ethnic neighborhoods and food

In highly multicultural Sydney, there’s always a chance to learn about a new culture and sample a new cuisine. Try Cabramatta for Vietnamese, Chinatown and Haymarket for Chinese, or Korean in Eastwood (near the Macquarie campus).

Get active

Walk, kayak or bike… whatever method you choose to get around, make sure you get out and enjoy Sydney’s stunning natural scenery and fresh air.

Meet a kangaroo or koala

Australia’s animals are unique and the best place to meet them is at Taronga Zoo, where the views of Sydney Harbour are as impressive as the animals.


Find out more about living and studying in Sydney.