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Best things to do in Sydney : A destination guide for groups

From day trips to Sydney’s surrounds to adrenaline rushes, from trying a new sport to sightseeing, there are so many exciting things to do and see as a group! Here is a list of some of the best-recommended activities and attractions to add to your itinerary to make your next day out in Sydney one to remember.

Explore Manly by bike

Take the scenic ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly for an enjoyable afternoon with your group. From there enjoy the beach, cafes, Sea Life Sanctuary and much more! One of the best ways to explore Manly all the way up to the North Head is by taking a self-guided bike tour. Pack a picnic and stop along one of the many scenic locations for a break and a bite to eat. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities, as you will experience some of the finest views of the Sydney Harbour!

Sip fine wine and nibbles in the Hunter Valley

If your group loves wine and is searching for a day trip outside of the city, look no further than the Hunter Valley. This region is known as one of the best and most beautiful wine-making regions in Australia. Since it is just two hours outside of Sydney, there are plenty of tours to the region. Alternatively, you can rent a car or explore the region on horseback. Make sure that you sample the wine! Often wineries will operate a cellar-door policy which means that visitors can turn up and sample wines. If your group plans to stay overnight, select your accommodation from a selection of hotels and B&Bs with scenic views.

Enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride

If you are visiting Sydney in warmer months, a jet boat ride in the harbour is a must-do! Head on down to Circular Quay where the Oz Jet Boats will take you through the harbour past Sydney icons like the Opera House and the Bridge. Once you have made it out away from the business of the harbour, prepare for the wild twists, turns and dips! The ride is full of adrenaline for your whole group to enjoy. Be prepared to get soaking wet! The Oz Jet Boat guides will ensure that no one leaves the boat dry! It’s an experience that your group will talk about for a long time!

Sydney Harbour afternoon adventures

One of the best things to do in Sydney is to spend time on the harbour. Organise a day out in the harbour for your group! This gorgeous meandering waterway is famous around the world and is a scenic playground for Sydneysiders. The harbour hosts national parks, historic sites and hundreds of kilometers of shoreline. Experience it by boarding a hop on hop off cruise. These will take you through the harbour and various iconic stops along the way such as Darling Harbour, Luna Park, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo. Stop at Fort Denison and Garden Island for a bit of history and museums. Have a picnic at Shark Island. Enjoy the remarkable scenery and relaxed atmospheres of Watsons Bay and Manly. Alternatively, you can enjoy a regular cruise without stops.

Scenic sightseeing tours

If your group wants an easy way to stay together and to explore the city, then a sightseeing tour, such as the Sydney Explorer Bus is a great option! Hop on board the 24-hour double-decker bus which will take your group to 34 stops across the city including the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach and more! Enjoy the recorded commentary on board. With frequent buses, it’s easy to hop off at a location and hop back on to get to your next stop. The entire trip takes about 90 minutes so if your group just wanted to stay on the bus and relax, they can do that too! Another fun way to explore the city is by a bike tour!

Barefoot bowls at the Clovelly Bowling club

Barefoot bowls is a fun way to socialise with your group in Sydney. One of the best locations on offer for this is the Clovelly Bowling club. Stop off at Clovelly during your Bondi to Coogee walk for the game. Soak in the stunning ocean views while having fun in the sun with your work mates and friends! Kick off your shoes, enjoy a drink and relax while you figure out how to play game! It’s only $15 per person. Why not bring some food and use the complimentary BBQ facilities for lunch after your group is done playing?

Climb the Iconic Harbour Bridge

For a special team-building event or to create memories that will last a lifetime with your friends, the bridge climb, despite the expense, is something that you must do when you visit Sydney. It’s a great opportunity to encourage others to conquer their fear of heights and feel the adrenaline of a good adventure. Make your way up the steel and literally stand on top of the world as you pose for your group photograph and take in the incredible views of Sydney, the harbour and its surrounds. It’s a breathtaking experience that you will never forget. For a cheaper version, your group could walk the pedestrian path on the Harbour Bridge and still experience amazing views for free!

Learn to Surf at Bondi Beach

Enjoy some fun in the sand and surf and take your group for a surf lesson at Bondi Beach! At the northern end of Bondi, you’ll find ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ which has many years’ experience turning beginners into experts and they offer classes to adults, groups and families. The surf instructors will teach everyone how to stand on the board before you hit the water. Once everyone enters the water, that’s when the real fun begins! Enjoy the thrill of standing up on the board for the first time! Laugh together at the failed attempts. It’s an activity to bond over that you’ll never forget!

Tour the Sydney Opera House

One of the best group activities in Sydney is to visit the Sydney Opera House. A guide will take the group on a behind the scenes tour of this infamous arts center. You’ll see stages, performance halls, hear stories and learn a fair bit about its history and architecture. Discover rare views that can only be seen during the tour. There is nothing boring about this tour! You’ll find it incredibly rewarding. Why not organise the tour to coincide with a performance afterwards or visit the Opera Bar to complete the day?

Wilderness camping weekends

Sydney has plenty of locations in and around the city that are great for camping! Nothing says a great group activity like camping! Take the ferry to Cockatoo Island where you can camp and admire the city views! Visit the Royal National Park for the coastal walk and camp overnight. The Lane Cove River tourist park is another highly recommended spot to camp. No matter where you decide to go, your group will experience the best of Sydney and its surrounds. Camping is also a great way to bond or develop team-building skills.

For more fun and exciting ideas to try when exploring Sydney as a group don’t miss out on iVenture Card’s free and night-time things to do guides.

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