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What’s open in Sydney: Bars, restaurants and attractions

Here's a list of bars, restaurants and attractions open in Sydney during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The NSW Government has further eased public health measures.

At present, you can also host people in your home, dine at pubs and restaurants, visit attractions and travel throughout Greater Sydney.

Looking to explore the city safely? Read on to find out what's open or see our guide for things to do for some inspiration.

What can I do in Sydney?


Face masks required:
Some indoor settings and music festivals


Vaccination proof:
Some indoor settings and music festivals


Gathering limit:
None


Density limit:
None

  • Masks must be worn in some indoor settings. These include public transport, planes, airports, hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities and indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 attendees.
  • Vaccination proof is required in several settings. Including indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people, at airports and if you work in certain industries. Check-in is still required in nightclubs, strip clubs, sex on premises venues and indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.
  • Gatherings are allowed. There's no cap on the number of people who can visit your home and no limit on outdoor gatherings either.
  • Density limits are not in place. All venues including pubs, restaurants, bars and attractions across Sydney can open at full capacity.

Travelling within New South Wales

There are no restrictions on travelling between regional New South Wales and Greater Sydney. You can travel as far across the state as you like in any direction.

New South Wales travel restrictions: Where can you go?

What's open in Sydney

Attractions within Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong are open. Read on to book today.

Sydney attractions open in July 2022

Sydney's world-famous attractions have reopened. Book in advance now to avoid disappointment. Don't forget to see where to spend your Dine and Discover vouchers.

See wildlife up close

From Taronga Zoo's giraffes and their million-dollar view to the little penguins at SEA LIFE Aquarium, visits to see animals up close are back on.

Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo are open and waiting for you to visit.
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Explore Sydney's museums

Sydney's museums are ready to reopen their doors to curious and inquiring minds.

Explore the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks Museum and Australian National Maritime Museum.

The Australian Museum has reopened, entry is free and it's open from 10am to 5pm daily.


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Best places to visit in Sydney for picnics

There are plenty of green and open spaces for you to have a picnic, exercise and get fresh air in and around Sydney. Remember to keep a safe distance from others when you're out and about.

Here's where you can go:

  • Centennial Parklands
  • Australian Botanic Garden
  • Cockatoo Island
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
  • Moore Park
  • Royal National Park
  • Parramatta Park
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Western Sydney Parklands
  • Ballarat Park
  • Bicentennial Park
  • Bligh and Barney Reserve
  • Cathey Freeman Park
  • Hickson Road Reserve
  • Jilly Berry lawn
  • MCA Lawn
  • Tumbalong Park
  • Pyrmont Bay Park
  • Macquarie Light Station
  • North Head Sanctuary
  • Queens Park
  • Sub Base Platypus
  • Woolwich Dock and Parklands
  • Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
  • Headland Park

Shopping centres, supermarkets and grocery stores

All retail stores can open. It remains strongly recommended that you wear a mask when socially distancing isn't possible.

Shops encourage you to tap and go to reduce person-to-person contact. Bring your cards with you in case cash is denied.

  • Westfield: All 42 Westfield shopping centres in Australia and New Zealand are open and trading.
  • Broadway Shopping Centre: Open and trading.
  • Central Park: Open and trading. Individual store opening times may vary.
  • Vicinity Centres, including Queen Victoria Building: Open and trading. Individual store opening times may vary.
  • The Galeries: Open and trading.
  • Pitt Street Mall: Open and trading. Individual store opening times may vary.
  • Regent Place Shopping Centre: Open and trading. Individual store opening times may vary.
  • MidCity Shopping Centre: Open and trading. Individual store opening times may vary.
  • World Square: Open and trading. Individual store opening times may vary.

Are hotels open in Sydney?

Hotels are open. It is strongly recommended that you wear a mask when socially distancing isn't possible.

Looking for accommodation in Sydney? Here's a list of hotels you can book to stay at right now.


Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

It's a good idea, as it's expected that dining venues and attractions will be busy.

Some venues, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, are requesting that visitors pre-book timed-entry tickets so they can monitor the number of people entering at a single time.


How do I show proof of vaccination?

While no longer a requirement for most premises, businesses may require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry.

You can obtain your proof of vaccination in 2 ways, your COVID-19 digital certificate, which can be added to your smartphone wallet, or your immunisation history statement – both are available through Medicare.

You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service NSW app. This means you can check in and show your proof of vaccination in fewer steps.

If you're not eligible for Medicare, you'll need to apply for an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI). To do so, register through myGov.

If you can't be vaccinated for a medical reason, your doctor will need to give you a signed medical contraindication form that you can carry with you as proof.


Are restaurants, pubs and cafes open in Sydney?

Yes, restaurants, pubs and cafes across Sydney are open.

You may want to make a reservation in advance to avoid waiting times.

Here are some of our top picks for dining in Sydney:

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