Sydney truly comes alive on Saturdays! Whether you’re in the mood for a walking tour, exploring markets, seeing animals, discovering secret bars or watching fireworks, there’s something for everyone. If you plan to spend a Saturday in Sydney, here are some exciting activities for a full day of culture, adventure and fun.
5 Things To Do In Sydney On A Saturday
Enjoy a relaxed walking tour through Sydney’s lesser-known suburbs (Photo credit: @localsaucetours)
1. See some of Sydney’s hidden gems
There’s no better way to explore Sydney than on foot! If you want to discover some of Sydney’s hidden gems, the Hidden Sydney – Stories, Snacks & Coffee Tour is the perfect way to do it. This small group walking tour takes you through lesser-known suburbs of Pyrmont, Ultimo and Glebe, which showcase the city’s rich history and cultural diversity. Often overlooked by visitors, these old neighborhoods have amazing stories to tell.
You’ll learn about the area’s Aboriginal and early European history and discover why Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in Australia. Along the way, you’ll indulge in iconic Australian snacks and coffee, giving you a true taste of the local cuisine. You finish with a refreshing local craft beer at one of the most unique pubs you’ll find in Sydney, which also happens to be home to a talking pet cockatoo! Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor to Sydney, this tour promises to be a memorable experience and a great start to your Saturday. It also places you perfectly to check out the Glebe Markets after the tour (see below).
Visit one of Sydney’s various Saturday markets, such as the Glebe Markets (Photo credit: Daily Telegraph)
2. Check out the Saturday markets
If you’re a fan of markets, then Saturday is your day! Sydney has an array of markets that are well worth visiting, and each one has its unique charm and character. Whether you’re after handmade crafts, vintage treasures, or delicious food, these markets are a must-visit for anyone looking for an authentic Sydney experience. Here are a few of our favourites:
- Starting with Glebe Markets, located in the suburb of Glebe, it’s a vibrant market that features local artisans, vintage finds, and delicious food stalls. It’s also a popular spot for second-hand clothes, handmade goods and plants – basically anything you need to add a special touch to your wardrobe or home. If you pair it up with the Hidden Sydney – Stories, Snacks & Coffee Tour, you’ll be in the perfect spot to check out the Glebe Markets after the tour.
- The Rocks Markets, situated in the historic Rocks district, is a great market to visit if you want to explore the city’s oldest suburb while browsing through stalls. Offering everything from handmade jewelry and candles to hand-painted art, it’s a great market for gift-searching. The market is located in a picturesque setting and offers stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The Rocks Markets are also the only market open on Sunday.
- Paddington Markets is a popular shopping destination located in the trendy suburb of Paddington. The market has been running for 40+ years and is known for its unique and eclectic collection of vendors. It’s a must-visit for anyone who loves art, fashion and design. The market is known for showcasing emerging designers, unique clothing, accessories and original artworks.
- Carriageworks Farmers Markets, situated in the creative hub of Redfern/Eveleigh, is a dog-lovers paradise and offers a range of artisanal produce, gourmet food, and handmade crafts from local farmers and producers. If you get there early enough, they also have a wide selection of native flower bouquets to choose from. If you like art and have time, we highly recommend checking out what’s on at the Carriageworks gallery just next door.
Take a ferry to Taronga Zoo and see the animals and exhibits (Photo credit: Taronga Zoo)
3. Have a day at Taronga Zoo
If you love animals and are planning a trip to Sydney, visiting Taronga Zoo is an experience you won’t want to miss. The zoo is located on the northern shores of Sydney Harbour, offering breathtaking views of the city skyline and the harbour. We may be biased, but we think Taronga Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos in the world!
Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals from 350 species, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, giraffes, lions, tigers, and many more. You can get up close and personal with some of the animals through interactive exhibits, feeding experiences, and behind-the-scenes tours. Taronga Zoo is also committed to conservation and education, with programs that support wildlife protection and sustainability. So whether you’re an animal enthusiast, or just looking for a relaxed day activity, Taronga Zoo won’t disappoint.
The best way to get to Taronga is by ferry from Circular Quay – and if you use the ferries on the weekend it is cheaper.
Experience Sydney’s nightlife and meet other people on a guided secret bar crawl (Photo credit: @localsaucetours)
4. Discover secret bars in Surry Hills and Darlinghurst
If you’re looking for a night of fun and socialising in Sydney, the Drink & Discover – Secret Bar Crawl is a great way to meet other people and try some of the city’s best drinks. This small group tour takes you on a journey through the heart of Sydney’s nightlife, visiting some of the city’s best-hidden bars and learning about the history of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills.
With an experienced guide leading the way, you don’t have to worry about a thing – allowing you to just sit back and have fun! Whether you’re a solo traveler or a local who wants to check out new bars in Sydney, the Secret Bar Crawl is a great way to meet new people and have a fun night out!
Watch the Saturday night fireworks at Darling Harbour (Photo credit: Darling Harbour Authority)
5. Watch the Darling Harbour fireworks
End your Saturday night with a bang by watching the Darling Harbour fireworks in Cockle Bay. The free fireworks show takes place every Saturday night at 9 pm and is a spectacular show of lights and colors that reflects off the water. A favourite of locals and visitors alike, it’s a magical way to end a day in Sydney.
If you feel like having a drink or a bite of food while you watch the 10-minute show, head up to Cafe del Mar or Zephyr (inside the Hyatt Regency hotel). They both offer have balcony or rooftop views that are excellent for watching the show. To ensure you get a table, we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early as it gets busy just before the fireworks start.
Fun things to do in Sydney on Saturday
As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to do in Sydney on Saturday! Whether you’re in the mood for a walking tour, exploring markets, seeing animals, discovering secret bars or watching fireworks, there’s something for everyone. Now get out there and enjoy the day!
About Local Sauce Tours
Local Sauce Tours offers Sydney’s “funnest” small-group experiences, bringing together locals and visitors to make friends and discover the city from a different perspective. Launched in 2018, walking tours explore vibrant inner-city pockets including Chinatown, Surry Hills, Newtown and Pyrmont, along with an annual calendar of special events and exclusive dining experiences. Passionate and entertaining guides host groups of up to 12 guests on tours that blend foodie experiences with stories of the city’s history, culture, nightlife and street art. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the loop.