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    17 Things To Do In Sydney That Aren't Climbing The Bridge

    Because Sydney has so much more to offer than the bridge walk.

    1. Pedal Car through Centennial Park.

    You can rent a two-seater pedal car for $40 an hour, which makes this a cheap and easy way to explore the park. There is a designated bike path to follow which means you'll have the best possible views of everything from the lakes to the wildlife.

    2. Take a cruise on the Nepean Belle paddle-wheeler .

    Experience this one-of-a-kind adventure, cruising the wilderness areas of the Blue Mountains National Park or Nepean Gorge. High tea, lunch, and dinner are all on offer whilst you explore unique views of native flora and fauna.

    3. Learn to throw a boomerang at Rouse Hill House and Farm.

    There are countless activities available to do here, but the best has to be learning how to throw a boomerang. This ancient art is taught by the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Centre, twice a week.

    4. Take part in an Underground Cinema production.

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    If you think escape rooms are too tame for you, try Underground Cinema! UGC Productions take place all over Sydney. Inspired by various movies and plays, you take part as a participant in the "live theatre" as actors provide you with different narratives to follow and clues to find.

    5. Visit the wreck of SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay.

    SS Ayrfield was purchased in 1912 and used to transport supplies to American troops stationed in the Pacific region during WWII. But now, it lays abandoned and covered in vegetation, which makes it a breathtakingly haunting sight.

    6. See classic movies at Hayden Orpheum in Cremorne.

    If you want to see your favourite classic movies, you can’t go past the most beautiful cinema in Sydney. With weekly double-bills ranging from '50s sci-fi to '80s comedies, this cinema is a must!

    7. Visit the Forgotten Songs sculpture in Angel Place.

    Just off George St near Martin Place, the Forgotten Songs sculpture is a treat to the eyes and ears. Bird cages hang overhead, accompanied by the songs of fifty birds that were once found in central Sydney.

    8. Explore Cockatoo Island .

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    Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Events, film productions, and seminars all take place on the island, which means there's always something here to check out.

    9. Visit the unofficial art gallery of Newtown.

    The inner-west suburb of Newtown is bustling with culture and the walls of buildings, houses, and businesses are testament to this. Many walls are covered with a form of art, attracting some of Australia's greatest artists to visually tell their stories and challenge the status quo.

    10. Camp at Taronga Zoo.

    Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo is something magical. Explore the zoo by day, and camp at night with fully-catered meals and furnished tents. With beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, this is truly a unique experience.

    11. Go on a gin tasting tour in Rosebery.

    Gin is an aquired taste, but if there is anything that could get you on board it would be this gin tasting tour at Archie Rose Distilling Co. There are a variety of flavours on offer and with certain packages, you get to create your own to take home.

    12. Kayak on Sydney Harbour.

    Kayaking is cool, but doing it with a view of Sydney Harbour is even cooler! Make a day out of renting a kayak and exploring beautiful locations like Shark Island or Rose Bay.

    13. Learn how to throw an axe in St Peters.

    You might have thought that axe-throwing is a forgotten art form... but not here! You'll learn to throw an axe and with packages for parties, this is a great alternative for any Friday night.

    14. Visit the Museum of Human Diseases at UNSW.

    The Museum of Human Diseases is where you can learn all about the weird and wonderful. With the chance to examine vials and containers filled with organs, diseases, and other body parts, this is a must for anyone into the "strange"!

    15. Take a ghost tour at Callan Park .

    Formerly known as Callan Park Hospital for the Insane, this "haunted" locale has a number of ghost tours taking place each month. Callan Park is a giant facility, filled with different buildings which makes multiple tours a necessity!

    16. Grab a drink at the Absinthe Salon in Surry Hills.

    The Absinthe Salon boasts countless types of absinthe ranging from 45%-75% alcohol. Tasting is a ritual: placing a sugar cube on a sieve, ice water is dripped through to dilute the absinthe. This activates the taste of the alcohol, making it palatable and delicious.

    17. Experience indoor skydiving in Penrith.

    Just 40 minutes out of the Sydney CBD, i-FLY is the place to go if you want to experience the thrill of skydiving from the comfort of an insulated tube. Powered by jet fans, this facility allows you to let loose with aerial tricks and stunts!