Things to Do in Sydney for Adults During Your Vacation (Ideas for Couples & Groups of Friends)

Sydney is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world, so what better destination to explore with a loved one or a close group of friends? From gorgeous harbor views, to landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, to the countless cruises and beaches, you’re sure to have a great time on this once in a lifetime trip.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Sydney for adults, check out our list of the top activities that couple and groups of friends will enjoy, including:

  • Sydney Jet
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Magistic Cruising Cafe Mezze & Champagne
  • Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience
  • Blue Mountains Explorer Bus HoHo
  • Big Bus HoHo
  • Discover Bondi Walking Tour
  • and more!

Save on Admission to Popular Adult Attractions

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are included on The Sydney Pass.

See all available passes and Sydney based attractions. 

Choose as you go from dozens of activities and save up to 45% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

The Sydney Opera House

getting around sydney for tourists

We think it goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyways: you can’t miss the Sydney Opera House. It’s one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and hosts over 1,600 performances each year.

Take an hour-long guided tour of the Opera House and learn more about its history and architecture. Your guide will give you exclusive access to areas that are usually off-limits. Take a seat in the plush theater chairs, marvel at the sky-high ceilings and touch the famous shell tiles for yourself. If you’re lucky, you might catch a rehearsal in progress too.

After the tour, you can purchase tickets for a show at the box office or take advantage of one of the Opera House’s world-renowned eateries. It’s sure to make for a romantic evening!

Getting in: The Sydney Opera House Tour tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

Discover Bondi Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Bondi Beach, led by a local surf instructor. You’ll learn that Bondi is so much more than great sunbathing and surf.

Hear more about the infamous events of Black Sunday, when almost 200 people were swept out to sea in a fit of unpredictable waves and get an inside look at the history of surf lifesaving. You and your friends will even have the chance to take a souvenir photo without authentic surf rescue boards.

Exploring the local graffiti art, shops and Aussie restaurants nearby will be a day well-spent for the whole group.

Getting in: Discover Bondi Walking Tour tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

Take a hike

Photo credit:

Australia is known for all of its outdoor activities, so take advantage of them while you’re here! There are quite a few different places you can hike surrounding Sydney.

Visit the Royal National Park and see sprawling rainforests, hidden waterfalls and rock pools as you go. There are tons of different paths to choose from for hikers of all skill levels.

Or opt for the famous Blue Mountains, a World Heritage Area. The easiest way up to the mountains is hopping on a Blue Mountain Explorer Bus. The Blue Mountains are a mountain range outside of Sydney with gorgeous views and climbs. The Three Sisters, a sandstone rock formation, is one of the most famous peaks in the area.

If you do embark on a hiking trip, make sure to pack the appropriate shoes and clothing. The forests and trails of Sydney are no joke! Be prepared with water, snacks and all of the necessities.

Getting in: Blue Mountain Explorer Bus: Hop-On Hop-Off tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

Jet Ride – Sydney Harbour

If you really want to experience Sydney, you have to take a Jet Ride on the harbor.

This 30-minute thrill ride takes you past landmarks like the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Taronga Zoo. You’ll zip by at speeds of nearly 50 mph while your experienced operator performs 270-spins, fish tails and power brake stops. With all the wave-jumping, you’re guaranteed to experience a splash or two! But not to worry, you can stow your belongings away before you disembark.

The adrenaline rush from a Sydney Jet Ride, mixed with a refreshing splash of water on a hot day, is perfect for friends to enjoy together!

Getting in: Sydney Jet- Thrill Ride tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

The Sydney Tower Eye

Standing at over 1,000 feet in the air, the observation deck at the top of the Sydney Tower Eye is the best way to scope out the sprawling Sydney metropolis. Enjoy panoramic views paired with interactive exhibits throughout the tower that provide a background on Sydney’s rich history.

That’s why we love the Sydney Tower Eye as an adult-friendly attraction. It’s a great view of the city – day or night – makes for excellent photographs, and can be quite romantic!

Getting in: Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Experience tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

Enjoy a cruise around the harbor

Sparkling Wine for Two on the Cafe Mezze and Champagne Cruise by Magistic

A Magistic Cruising Cafe Mezze & Champagne catamaran cruise is the perfect Sydney date night. The luxury ship will take you on a relaxing ride past famous landmarks and multi-million dollar harbor homes.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer or champagne and snack on light bites provided by the crew. Climb up to one of three different open-air decks and take in the scenery. Additionally, your captain will narrate the journey with interesting facts about Sydney’s beginnings and its naval history.

Getting in: Magistic Cruising Cafe Mezze & Champagne tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi

The best way to guarantee you and your friends make it to all the must-see spots on your itinerary is by taking advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.

There are two loops: Bondi and Sydney. Hop on or off at any of the 20+ stops on these routes and explore every area of the city. See and stop at famous spots like Darling Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Sydney Tower Eye, the Sydney Fish Market, and much more.

Your expert tour guide will narrate the ride as you go, complete with all of the Sydney fun facts and history you could ask for.

Getting in: Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney 1-Day Classic Tour tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

Visit Darling Harbour

Photo credit:

From the countless restaurants and shops to some of the best attractions in Sydney, Darling Harbour is easily one of the best places to go whether you’re on a date or looking to hang with friends.

You can easily spend a whole day here. Get to know Sydney’s aquatic life at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium or hang out with your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Sydney. You can even visit Luna Park, one of Sydney’s most famous Darling Harbour landmarks, where entrance is free!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite shopping around and watching the local street performers, dine on authentic Australian barbeque at Harbour Bar and Kitchen.

Getting in: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets, Madame Tussauds tickets and a Meal at Harbour Bar and Kitchen tickets are included on The Sydney Pass.

Stroll through the gardens

Photo credit: Forte Events

The Royal Botanic Gardens are the perfect place for a mid-day picnic. Located right off Circular Quay, steps away from the Sydney Opera House, the gardens are home to tons of different plant life. Enjoy a casual walk, or partake in a free guided tour of the garden and learn more about its history and the Aboriginals.

Make sure to stop by The Calyx, the garden’s convention center where daily events and classes are open to the public. Shop around the boutiques, pop into a cafe or sign up for a yoga class!

Entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens is free, but certain special events throughout the year may be separately ticketed.

Save on Attraction Admission

That should do it! Our list of some of the most fun things to do in Sydney for adults during your vacation. These ideas are great for couples or if you are traveling with a group of friends.

Remember, many of these great activities are included on the Sydney Pass, where you can save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your kid-free vacation itinerary. Enjoy!

The information contained in this post, to the best of the author's knowledge, was accurate at time of publishing. We do our best to ensure and maintain the accuracy of this information.