Welcome to Part 2 of our Sydney Bucket List for 2023, where we bring you 20 more captivating experiences that are an absolute must-try in this vibrant city. From exploring the burgeoning craft brewery scene to indulging in game-changing seafood, from admiring sunsets at iconic lighthouses to immersing yourself in theatre and culture, we've curated an eclectic collection of activities that showcase the best of Sydney's offerings. So, whether you're a local seeking new adventures or a visitor eager to uncover the city's hidden gems, join us on this journey to discover 20 more unforgettable experiences that should be at the top of your list in 2023.
21. Explore Sydney's Craft Brewery Scene
Sydney has embraced the craft brewery culture since the debut of Young Henrys in 2012. With an impressive array of options, heading straight to the source is a must. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon visiting spots like Grifter, Batch, Hawke's, and more. The concentrated craft brewery scene in Marrickville offers a whole day's worth of exploration in a single suburb.
22. Admire the Sunset from Hornby Lighthouse
Perched on South Head, the charming Hornby Lighthouse offers breathtaking views of the serene Camp Cove. Revel in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and the city skyline. Make it a day with a stroll along South Head trail, followed by a well-deserved drink at Watsons Bay Hotel.
23. Indulge in Game-Changing Seafood at Saint Peter
Dive into an extraordinary seafood experience at Saint Peter. Chef Josh Niland's innovative approach to seafood is remarkable, with offerings like sea urchin crumpets stealing the spotlight.
24. Immerse Yourself in Theatre at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
The Sydney Theatre Company calls the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct home. Witness cutting-edge productions in this newly upgraded venue, accompanied by stunning harbour views. Also, savour a meal with a view at the on-site restaurant and The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf.
25. Savour a Decadent Degustation at Quay
Quay, helmed by Peter Gilmore, is an iconic Australian dining destination. From native ingredients to peerless harbour views, this restaurant promises an unforgettable culinary experience. Don't forget the pre-or-post-show delights at Bennelong, located under the Opera House sails.
26. Combine Cocktails with Art at Meraki Arts Bar
Meraki Arts Bar offers a unique blend of theatre, art, and cocktails. With a diverse events calendar, including theatre, live jazz, and more, this venue is a haven for culture enthusiasts. Enjoy the 'Artist’s Happy Hour' before diving into a mix-and-match food menu.
27. Gain Perspective at the Sydney Jewish Museum
The Sydney Jewish Museum is a beautifully curated space that offers a new perspective on history. Beyond preserving Jewish history, it sheds light on the dangers of prejudice. Engage with interactive experiences, including conversations with Holocaust survivors through AI.
28. Treat Yourself to World's Best Gelato at Cow and the Moon
Discover heavenly gelato at Cow and the Moon, crowned the world's best in 2014. With a variety of flavours, including the acclaimed mandorla affogato, this Enmore gelateria is a paradise for dessert lovers.
29. Catch Indie Flicks at Golden Age Cinema
Golden Age Cinema offers a boutique movie experience in Surry Hills. From cult classics to indie releases, this cinema captures the charm of the golden age of film. Don't miss the high-quality cinema snacks available in the adjoining bar.
30. Explore Japanese Flora at Auburn Botanic Gardens
Escape to tranquillity at Auburn Botanic Gardens, where themed areas showcase Japanese gardens, native rainforests, and more. Encounter fauna and flora, from peacocks to native birds. Be sure to attend the Cherry Blossom and Autumn Colours festivals.
31. Enjoy a Sunrise Swim at Bronte Baths
Bronte Baths, nestled against the rocky cliffside, is perfect for an early morning swim. Revel in the protected saltwater pool with waves crashing around you and witness the stunning sunrise over the ocean's horizon.
32. Taste Cantonese Excellence at XOPP
XOPP is a must-visit diner for Cantonese cuisine enthusiasts. With a menu that highlights live seafood and swift service, this Darling Square gem carries on the legacy of Golden Century. Don't miss the mouthwatering pipis in XO sauce.
33. Experience Innovative Cocktails at PS40
PS40 is a cocktail laboratory that defies conventions. With imaginative creations that blend flavour and theatre, this CBD bar is a must for cocktail aficionados. Explore their bespoke line of sodas if you're not in the mood for alcohol.
34. Embark on Adventures in the Royal National Park
Discover nature's wonders in the Royal National Park, offering coastline walks, hidden beaches, and rock formations. Don't miss the whale watching season from May to November and immerse yourself in the park's rich history.
35. Find the Perfect Coffee Fix at Single O
Single O is a coffee paradise known for its bean provenance and gourmet brunch options. With a focus on espresso, this Surry Hills spot offers a unique coffee experience.
36. Explore History and Culture on Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island boasts a rich history, from a prison to a film set. Explore the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust-run island and uncover its diverse past. Extend your stay with campsites, glamping, or heritage holiday houses.
37. Enjoy Stunning Views on the Hermitage Foreshore Walk
The Hermitage Foreshore Walk offers picturesque views of the harbour with minimal effort. Stroll along this 1.8km path and take in sights like the Harbour Bridge and Shark Island. Discover hidden beaches along the way.
38. Savour the Best Fish Burger at Charcoal Fish
Experience Josh Niland's innovative approach to seafood at Charcoal Fish. The signature Murray cod fish burger is a standout on the menu.
39. Shop Local at Strand Arcade
Step into the Strand Arcade, a historic shopping arcade housing premium Australian fashion designers and unique boutiques. Browse everything from fashion to jewellery and natural beauty products.
40. Uncover Sydney's Coolest Speakeasy at the Baxter Inn
Visit the iconic Baxter Inn, a speakeasy that ignited Sydney's hidden bar trend. Enjoy a thrilling journey through the dark tunnel and indulge in impeccable service. With a whisky collection of over 1,000 labels, you're in for a treat.