Robin Esrock’s Top 5 Sydney Bucket List


Robin Esrock, writer of The Great Australian Bucket List shares his top 5 bucket list items to do in Sydney.

1.  Sydney Fish Market Tour and Cooking Class

Every weekday morning, a fascinating auction takes place at Sydney Fish Market, the largest market of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Using a Dutch, reverse auction method that dates back hundreds of years, fifty tonnes of seafood is traded within a matter of hours.  The diversity of seafood available at Sydney Fish Market places it in a league of its own. A guided morning tour reveals not only how your food gets to your plate, but why you should be looking beyond just salmon, trout and prawns.  For kitchen inspiration, take an excellent cooking class in the modern kitchen located upstairs from the auction floor at Sydney Seafood School.


2.  Harbour Bridge Climb

Conquer this iconic landmark by climbing over 1300 steps up the arch for the best 360-degree view of the city.  With various options from an Express version to Dawn, Sunset and Night climbs, learn about the history of the bridge, and how six million rivets keep the world’s fourth largest single span bridge together.   Beyond the panoramic views of the Opera House and CBD, climbing along the catwalks on the inner and outer arches is a pretty sweet thrill. 


3. Dine in Darling Harbour

Framed by restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and shopping, Darling Harbour is a delicious hotspot for locals and visitors.  Hurricanes Grill is an institution, famous for racks of their mouthwatering ribs.  Request a table on the outer deck when making a reservation, which is a must.  Across the water is Café Del Mar, where chefs creatively infuse Mediterranean, North African and European dishes into scrumptious plates of fresh seafood, meats and striking desserts.  For something a little less formal, try one of the many food court offerings inside the Harbourside Mall.  If you’ve got a big appetite, you can’t beat the quality, value and variety at Braza, a Brazilian Churrascaria where different cuts of grilled meat are served right at your table.


4.  Surf in Bondi Beach

Bondi is a perfect crescent with squeaky white sand and rolling waves, well deserving of its reputation as the world’s best urban beach. Sure you can lounge with the rest of the sun-worshippers on Australia’s most famous beach.  Get active and pop into Lets Go Surfing to hire a surfboard for a couple hours, or, if you’ve never surfed, book a lesson with a friendly instructor.  Getting up on a board for the first time at Bondi Beach is a memory and achievement you’ll never forget.



5.  Sydney Opera House Tour

The dramatic history of the design, engineering and construction of Australia’s most famous building is worthy of an opera.  Learn all about it on a daily tour that takes you into the various auditoriums, and reveals fascinating trivia.  Better yet, with around 2500 performances a year, book a ticket to see a show.   The opera house is the most visited attraction in the country, and for a building that opened ten years behind schedule and 1357% over budget, it never fails to inspire awe and wonder. 


Renowned travel writer, TV host and bestselling author Robin Esrock is the author of the upcoming books - The Great Australian Bucket List, and Esrocking Australia with the Kids.  Follow him @robinesrock, @Ausbucketlist or