In the latest QS Best Student Cities 2022, Sydney ranked 8th of the best places to study around the world based on factors such as affordability, desirability and feedback from current students.

Since the country re-opened its doors to qualified visa holders, over 43,000 eligible, fully vaccinated international students have already set foot in Australia from the last few weeks of 2021 to the first weeks of January 2022– sending strong cue that the country continues to remain as one of the top study destinations globally. Following the state government’s International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan, Australia’s largest city, Sydney, welcomed over 500 international students from 19 countries across the globe, including those from Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, China and Canada last December 2021.

Prior to the pandemic, NSW had hosted about 290,000 international students, contributing to the vibrant community in the state. In particular , Sydney is one of the top study destinations within Australia for one too many reasons including being multi-cultural and being a diverse place offering unlimited fun experiences apart from the highly-recognised beach lifestyle. 

In this article, we listed some of the most exciting things to do in Sydney for those students already on shore or those who are still in the planning phase of studying in Australia.

Visit the Sydney Opera House

If one’s student budget or interest is not ready for an Opera  experience, there are more things to do within the vicinity of Australia’s most iconic attraction. One can take stroll around the area, watch the sunset by the steps of the magnificent architecture, marvel at the sails passing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or have a coffee or glass of wine in one of the restaurants near the Opera House like the Opera Bar.

Explore Manly

Take a 15-minute ferry ride or a 30-minute car ride to explore Manly, the beachside suburb of northern Sydney. Notable for its long stretch of sandy beach, Manly offers a quieter yet still active beach lifestyle for tourists and locals alike. Explore The Corso, Manly’s commercial strip that houses a mix of artisan restaurants, art stores, and fashion finds, and is just a a few blocks away from Manly Sea Life Sanctuary aquarium.  The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) is also located in Manly.

Enjoy a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee Walk

Along the six kilometre walk along the beautiful coastline, one can enjoy a quick break in one of the cafes along the way or see the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in the Bondi to Tamarama Beach section every spring.

Meet the Koalas and Kangaroos in Taronga Zoo Sydney

The zoo is located on beautiful outdoor harbourside and is home to more than 4,000 animals from over 350 species. Within its 70 acres (28 hectares) property, you get a glimpse of the Sydney Harbour.

Stroll along the Royal Botanic Garden

A few minutes walk from Circular Quay and Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Garden is a tranquil oasis that features thousand of plant species that attract colourful birds, fruit bats and water dragons. From the garden , you can enjoy the spectacular view of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Splurge at Queen Victoria Building, Westfield Sydney, David Jones or Myer

Noted as one of the most beautiful shopping centre’s in the world, the Romanesque shopping establishment QVB features global and Australian brands. Located at the city centre, Westfield Sydney has four floors of shopping area while Myer and David Jones’, Australia’s two largest department stores, feature top local and global brands.