After staying in Dublin hotels, Aberdeen hotels and travelling around Ireland the UK it was nice to move onto Sydney to soak up some sun. Here are some great things to do while in Sydney:
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney’s iconic symbol, the Harbour Bridge spans from the center of the city to the North Shore. While the truly adventurous might climb to the very top of the Bridge with BridgeClimb, most can simply enjoy the walk across while soaking up views of Sydney Harbour.
Opera at Sydney Opera House
Take in an opera at Sydney’s other iconic symbol, the magnificent Opera House on Bennelong Point. If opera doesn’t strike your fancy, go for a ballet, a play or a symphony. Take a backstage tour through this immense, busy performance center, which produces over 1,500 performances a year.
Free Walking Tour
A walker’s city, Sydney is easy to navigate by foot. For interesting and entertaining walking tours, find a Peek Tours guide in front of the Customs House in Circular Quay at 10:30 a.m. or an I’m Free Tour guide in Town Hall Square by the anchor, also at 10:30 a.m. These tours cover the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Rocks among other sites.
Sydney Harbour Cruise
Promise yourself that you’ll indulge in a cruise around Sydney’s famous, beautiful harbour. Take a ferry to Manly and you’ll see a stunning variety of boats, gorgeous scenery, Sydney’s famed beaches and beautiful homes. All manner of cruises exist, from hop on, hop off boat tours to dinner cruises to evening sailing tours; one even includes an entry ticket to Taronga Zoo.
With over 70 beaches to choose from, Sydney sparkles with sunny beaches and sandy coves. From famed Bondi Beach to little-known, nearly hidden beaches in Sydney Harbour National Park, there’s a beautiful beach to suit every taste.
Soak up some history with a visit to The Rocks, with its convict-built cottages and cobblestone alleys. The oldest pubs in Australia call this area of Sydney home along with some of the newest shops. Galleries, museums and historic buildings line the steep streets and odd cul-de-sacs.
Home to the Sydney Aquarium, the National Australian Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum and the Chinese Friendship Gardens, Darling Harbour contains some wonderful attractions as well as fine restaurants, shops and the oldest electrical swingspan bridge.
Besides Australia’s indigenous critters such as koalas, wombats and kangaroos, the Taronga Zoo is home to animals from all over the world. Camp out over night and listen to the mysterious night sounds from the zoo’s collections of animals. The zoo is accessible by car, ferry and bus.
Sydney’s convict colonial days are found at Hyde Park Barracks, where convicts lived while working on building Sydney’s early infrastructure. Feel the rich history of the place and visit Parliament House, the Mint Museum and St. Mary’s Cathedral at the same time.
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Manly to Spit Bridge Walk
Take this scenic walk for outstanding views of Sydney Harbour. If you have a free afternoon, see the gorgeous Fairlight and Delwood beaches. The walk takes about three hours, but the photos and memories of this lovely walk will stick for a long time. Take water and sunscreen with you.
A perfect day trip includes visiting Sydney’s Blue Mountains to see Australia’s wildlife in the wild. A World Heritage site, the Blue Mountains has old-timey mountain villages, a wildlife park and eucalyptus and rainforest areas. Take a ride up the Scenic Railway, with its very steep ascent.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and feast your eyes on the beautiful gardens within the Botanic. Check out the First Encounter Garden for insight into the first meetings of Aborigines and Europeans. Rest your tired feet and sit a spell at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and take some photos of the Harbour.
Right alongside the Botanic Gardens resides Sydney’s splendid Government House, which is still a working state house, while also maintaining a presence as a historical museum. Daily tours are offered except when it is being used for a vice-regal function.
Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise
For a touch of romance and history, take a sail on a Tall Ship and enjoy dinner at the same time. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back to Australia’s colonial days on the First Fleet, except that the convicts probably weren’t fed barbecue.
Postman Riverboat Cruise
Take a cruise with the guys who deliver the mail on Hawkesbury River. You’ll get a full river experience, gliding past river-only access houses and settlements. The beautiful scenery of the Hawkesbury River ensures the continuing popularity of this cruise. The Postman Cruise departs from Brooklyn Public Wharf.
This is a guest post by Samson Abiodun, a writer who from TAL who talks about travelling tips and tricks whenever he has time to write.