So you’ve made it all the way to Sydney, don’t spend your nights ordering in room service and flicking through the TV channels for something mediocre. Instead, get out and about because there is always something to do in Sydney!
If you think you’ve seen the best of Circular Quay during the day, you’re wrong. Experiencing Circular Quay at night takes the experience to another level. Not only will you enjoy uninterrupted views of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but at night you’ll experience them against the illuminated city skyline.
From anywhere on Circular Quay you will be able to see the sails light up daily at sunset for Badu Gili a light show that explores the ancient stories of Australia’s First Nation culture. You’ll get the best view from the Podium at the top of the Monumental Steps. As sunset varies each day, check the scheduled time beforehand.
Sydney Opera House
Why stop at just admiring the Opera House from the outside? Why not book a show at the Sydney Opera House? Whether you’re looking for a ballet, a concert, or a cultural experience, the Sydney Opera House has it all, and more. The interiors are just as breathtaking as looking at the exterior of the Opera House.
If you don’t particularly fancy any of the current shows at the Opera House but still want to have a look inside, there are one-hour walking tours that take you inside operating from 9 am to 5 pm every day. These tours do tend to sell out on weekends so be prepared and book online.
|The Opera House Sails Light Up for Vivid|
Opera Bar is the perfect spot to have a drink while taking in the panoramic views of Sydney’s sunset in Circular Quay or catch a pre-show cocktail. Located on the water’s edge, it’s hard to miss this iconic beer garden, which also features daily live entertainment.
The food and drink menus are updated quarterly by none other than Chef Matt Moran, to beautifully feature the season’s freshest produce.
|The View from Opera Bar|
On the last Friday of every month, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) opens its doors after dark for ARTBAR. ARTBAR is the culmination of exhibition, music, and performance, setting senses on fire, and creating a piece of performance art. You can expect anything from an arts and craft table to interactive dance classes, to fortune reading, you never know with ARTBAR.
You’ll be able to sip on your drink of choice while enjoying the exhibitions, and when you’re done exploring what the MCA has to offer head upstairs for a bite to eat, a themed cocktail, and take a seat on the balcony. While you take in the sights from the MCA, ARTBAR also features a DJ spinning tunes.
Chinatown Night Markets
Dixon Street in Haymarket comes alive every Friday night with the Chinatown Night Markets. The markets feature street eats, fun gadgets and trinkets, and small retail stalls. You’ll definitely feel the hustle and bustle, smell the different aromas of the street stalls, and take in the multicultural offerings.
For a more filling meal, you will be spoilt for choice as restaurants are covering both sides of the street with everything from Japanese takoyaki to Korean barbeque. Don’t panic; you’ll be able to cover appetizers, main, and dessert at this festive night market as it’s open from 4 pm to 11 pm.
|Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown|
Catch A Movie (But Not In A Theatre)
Sydney loves an open air cinema in the summer, and what’s not to love about laying the grass with a picnic, watching a movie on the big screen, in open air?! There are several choices during the summer including Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park, Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema in Bondi, and St. George Open Air Cinema at the iconic Mrs. Macquarie’s Point.
However, due to obvious weather conditions, open air cinemas are only open during the warmer months. Not to worry though, Sydney also features a nostalgic drive-in theatre in Blacktown, with a 50s style diner to match.
|St. George Open Air Cinema|
Sydney Tower Eye
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a bird? Well here’s your chance with the Sydney Tower Eye. View Sydney from 309 meters (1013 feet) above the ground at the iconic Sydney Tower. The tower offers 360° panoramic views of Sydney from the observation deck.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can purchase an additional SKYWALK Tour ticket which takes you around the outside of the Sydney Tower, and test your bravery when walking on the two glass floor viewing platforms.
The Sydney Tower also features the Sydney Tower Buffet Restaurant, and Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining. The buffet provides a more casual dining experience while 360 offers a finer dining experience (a perfect romantic spot in Sydney), but both will give you fantastic views of the city!
Newtown can be described as the Melbourne of Sydney. It’s the vibrant suburb that’s had somewhat of a transformation over the past few years. You’ll find boutique shops, vintage op shops, funky bars, and an abundance of brunch spots. At night, King Street is the place to be as it serves up a street full of fun restaurants, and trendy, boutique bars. There is definitely no shortage of things to do in Newtown no matter what time you’re there.
Sleep At the Zoo
This is a truly unique experience, Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore experience is a once in a lifetime. You’ll be able to tour the zoo after hours, without the crowds, to get up and personal with the animals on the night safari. There, you’ll also be able to take in the views of Sydney because from Taronga Zoo you can see the lights of the city, Harbour Bridge, and Opera House.
The experience is all-inclusive with the night safari, behind the scene tours, a buffet dinner, and continental breakfast, and entrance to the zoo the following morning to continue exploring. This experience is very popular and is often booked out, so book well in advance to secure your preferred date.
|Koala Having a Nap at Taronga Zoo|
If you have enjoyed these top places to visit in Sydney at night, also don’t forget to check these fun things to do for couples.