The outdoor lovers guide to Sydney

Stay active Down Under with these 12 picks.

by Briana Seftel

Home to world-renowned beaches and national parks, Sydney is an outdoor lover's dream. With recent developments like the Barangaroo Reserve and Goods Line, Australia's most populous city just keeps getting better. Bring sunscreen.

Whether they’re driving over it, climbing up it, rollerblading across it or sailing under it, Sydneysiders adore their bridge and swarm around it like ants on ice cream.

- Lonely Planet

ARIA Restaurant 86

1 Macquarie St.

With uninterrupted panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Bridge, there are many options here.

- DK Eyewitness

Quay Bar 91

Sydney Customs House 31 Alfred St

With its enviable location on top of the cruise-ship terminal, Quay offers another of the loveliest views in the city.

- Frommer's

The Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific is an upscale ... chain hotel with plenty of meeting space for business travelers, and a beachside location and family-friendly atmosphere that appeal to tourists.

- Oyster

Ovolo Woolloomooloo 88

6 Cowper Wharf Rdwy

You're sure to enjoy the boutique sensibilities and excellent location of this hotel carved out of the historic Woolloomooloo finger wharf.

- Lonely Planet

Sydney Harbour YHA 82

110 Cumberland St

This is the only backpacker hostel in The Rocks. There are great views from the roof terrace, where you can take in the sunset over the harbour as you eat at the picnic tables.

- DK Eyewitness

This patchwork of urban green spaces protects most of the city’s foreshore and islands.

- Travel + Leisure

Featherdale Wildlife Park 78

217 - 229 Kildare Rd

This is the place to see kangaroos, dingoes, wallabies, and echidnas (and even feed some of them) in native bush settings 40 km (25 miles) west of Sydney.

- Fodor's

Manly Beach 80

Steyne Street

The Bondi Beach of the north shore, Manly caters to everyone except those who want to get away from it all.

- Fodor's

Royal Botanic Gardens 90

Mrs Macquaries Rd

This undulating series of gardens wrapped around the southeastern edge of Sydney Harbour was the site of the city's first farm.

- Concierge

Bondi Beach 88

Queen Elizabeth Drive

Wide, wonderful Bondi (pronounced bon-dye) is the most famous and most crowded of all Sydney beaches.

- Fodor's

Three Blue Ducks 81

143 Macpherson St

With street art indoors and alfresco alley seats, this popular spot serves coffees, smoothies, and juices from 6:30 a.m.

- Travel + Leisure

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