Tick Taronga Zoo off your bucket list
Another Sydney must-do is Taronga Zoo. It’s in Mosman, and the quickest way to get there from Manly is via the ferry. When you arrive, scan the schedule to find out when the wildlife shows are on, and put your name down to snap a picture with a koala (there’s usually a bit of a wait). Then, spend your time getting up close to exotic animals like elephants, chimps and giraffes, as well as native animals like kangaroos, koalas and platypus. If you love animals and glamping, you might want to sign up for Roar and Snore, which includes dinner, a night tour with a zookeeper, and an overnight stay in a safari tent.
Get a culture fix at the Museum of Contemporary Art
If you’re keen to explore more of Sydney, catch the ferry back to Circular Quay and check out the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The Art Deco building hosts a range of exhibitions every year in mediums like paint, photography and film, and entry is free – though some big-time exhibitions are ticketed.
Grab dinner and watch a show at Walsh Bay
Perched on the pier, Hickson Road in Walsh Bay is a hub of bars, restaurants and theatres. Some of Sydney’s most talented performers take the stage with the Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Philharmonic Choir every night. Sit down to dinner at The Gantry or Ventuno, and then catch a show at any of those venues – you won’t be disappointed.