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Things To Do At Night In Sydney

When you visit Sydney, you need to make sure you don’t tire yourself out during the day. Save some energy for the evening because there are tons of things to do at night in Sydney!

Even just walking around the streets will lead you to interesting bars and wonderful restaurants, but there are plenty of activities you can do at night to get the most bang for your holiday buck.

Sydney Night Activities - Catch the city sparkling

The Harbour City comes alive at night with beautiful lights shimmering off the water. There are countless vantage points from which to catch sight of the lights, either from the water itself or from popular high points around the city.

  • Sydney Tower – Zoom up in the lift to 250 metres above the streets where, from the Observation Deck, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the city. From up there, the harbour views are absolutely magical, particularly on a full moon or when there are fireworks such as on Australia Day. For an even more special experience, book in for dinner in the rotating restaurant.
  • Your hotel – There are dozens of Sydney hotels that offer magnificent views of either the harbour or the city lights. Spring for a 5-star overnighter and stay in with room service. Why would you go out when the show is right there?
  • Harbour Bridge climb – Yes, you can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night-time! Depart right after twilight and watch the city gradually become sparkly.
  • Ferry – Sydney’s famous green and yellow ferries are a really cheap way to see the harbour up close and personal, even at night. Step aboard and have your camera ready.
  • Free vantage points – You are most welcome to place yourself on one of the many public spots around the city. Take a picnic rug, some delicious food and a bottle of wine and settle in for a dazzling display. Choose from the steps of the Opera House, the waterfront walkway at the northern end of the Royal Botanic Gardens, or the lawn of the Observatory

Sleep over at Taronga Zoo

For zoo enthusiasts, Roar & Snore is quite the adventure. You can actually have a sleepover at Taronga Zoo, complete with awesome harbour views, comfy glamping accommodation and an exclusive night safari, led by guides who have tons of stories to tell.

The evening includes gourmet cheese and wine platters on arrival followed by a buffet dinner overlooking the harbour and, in the morning, a continental breakfast is provided.

Be a kid again at Luna Park

Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Health - Sydney Luna Park at Night

Fun for all ages any time of day, Luna Park really shows off after dark. Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel for the prettiest views or try your luck at one of the many games.

Ride the Wild Mouse rollercoaster or get romantic on the gorgeous old Carousel. There are dodgems, slides, a mirror maze and plenty of fairground foods to munch on. Luna Park closes at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

To market, to market, Chinese-style

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The Chinatown night markets offer a feast for the senses every Friday night from 4pm to 11pm. The aromas of outdoor cooking fill the air and there’s always so much to see. Bargain for a new handbag, pick up a cool T-shirt for cheap, set up a few Insta-worthy shots and chow down on your favourite Asian treats.

How about battered takoyaki (octopus balls), pan-fried pork buns, seafood dumplings or bowls of noodles? You can have a 10-course street food dinner and sample the cuisines of multiple Asian countries, all in the one night. Venture over to Dixon Street, Haymarket for these lively markets.

Get your Japanese on at Goros

Surry Hills, a little more than three kilometres from Circular Quay, is home to Goros, a kitsch Japanese bar where you can fire up your tonsils with a few sake shots then belt out your favourite tunes on the karaoke stage. Feed your face with chilli pork ribs and chicken karaage and say “saganaki” in the photo booth for a snap you can take home.

There are pool tables, arcade games and board games and on Mondays, they have $1 gyoza! Open until late every night (closed Sundays), Goros is so much fun, you might need a holiday to recover.

Take a spooky tour through The Rocks

Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Health - Sydney at Night

Follow a two-kilometre trail through The Rocks on a night-time ghost tour. You’ll listen to stories about hangings, murders, suicides and paranormal activity and your skin will prickle with goose bumps as you visit narrow alleys and dark streets. The two-hour guided tour is fun and fascinating and goes ahead even if it rains, which only adds to the atmosphere!

Retrace history on the harbour

Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Health - Sydney Tall Ships

You can take a harbour tour as the sun is setting aboard an authentic tall ship. The buffet dinner and unlimited beer and wine will keep your hunger and thirst in check while you listen to the guide recounting stories of the 1800s, when Sydney was in its early stages of colonisation.

You can sit back and enjoy or, if you want, you can help out by pulling ropes and setting the sails. It’s a wonderful immersive experience you won’t soon forget.

Sydney Nightlife - A tale of two cities

Sydney really has multiple personalities. It’s a place of modern history, of food and wine, of art and performance, and of colour and music. There’s daytime Sydney and night time Sydney, and they are very different entities. When you’re deciding what things to do at night in Sydney, plan ahead.

Whilst there is nothing like spontaneity, you also don’t want to miss out on events that require bookings. Imagine turning up for a harbour cruise only to find that there’s no room for you on the boat!

Get out at night in Sydney and have the time of your life exploring this fabulous world-class city, a favourite among tourists from all over the globe!


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