The land down under holds many wonderful things to explore and discover. From native animals found nowhere else in the world to amazing scenery and natural wonders. The vibrant city of Sydney is jam packed with amazing things to experience. This large city and sprawling suburbs would take months to discover fully so we’ve put together a hit list of the top ten things not to miss on your next adventure to Sydney, Australia.
1 – Sydney Harbour
Perhaps one of the most scenic harbours in the world Sydney Harbour glistens with bright blue ocean and sky on a clear sunny day. With spectacular landmarks to see both the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge frame the beauty of special spot. Plan to spend time wandering the waterside walkways of this breathtaking spot.
2 – Sydney Opera House
Renowned for impressive design and world-class performances, the Sydney Opera House is not to be missed. Take either a tour of this amazing feet in architecture to learn about why and how those famous white sails came to be or book a ticket to one of the many inspired performances on stage.
3 – Opera Bar
Sydneysiders love a good glass of bubbly to cap off a brilliant day. And the best spot for a crisp glass is at the foot of the Sydney Opera House. The Opera Bar offers stand up tables, a great selection of bubbly and the world’s most amazing view.
4 – Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
If a casual walk around the harbour is a little to easy for you, then an experience not to miss is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Imagine anchoring yourself to one of the many metal beams that form the arch of the bridge because that is how you will get to the top of the bridge and feel on top of the world. A view from the top is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
5 – Ferry rides
Commuting into the CBD from the outer suburbs takes a unique twist in Sydney. Many residents who live close to the water take ferries to and from the city centre. Hoping onboard one of the many different ferry routes that weave in and up the various arms of Sydney Harbour is the perfect sightseeing cruise without the high ticket price.
6 – Taronga Zoo
One can’t venture to Australia without a koala or kangaroo sighting and the best place to see these amazing creatures is at the Sydney Taronga Zoo. With some of the most amazing harbour views and an impressive list of native residents, a day at the zoo will educate you in the beautiful birds, wildlife and animals that call Australia home.
7 – Manly Beach and Corso
The combination of electric city life and lazy beach days are what make Sydney such an interesting city. For a glimpse into beach life hop on the Manly Ferry straight from Sydney Harbour and spend a day at the beach. This popular beach is busy with surfers, lifesavers and sun worshippers. The walkway or corso that links the harbour side of Manly to the ocean side is a lovely strip of cafes, surf shops and pubs.
8 – Coastal walks
The city of Sydney has done an impeccable job of maintaining the natural landscape around the harbour edge, keeping bush land and wildlife protected from overpopulation. Animals and birdlife are not the only thing that makes the land of Australia so unique. The flora and fauna are unlike anything found in other parts of the world. One of the best ways to see and smell the amazing nature in this part of the world is on foot. Explore and hike one of the many coastal walks on the edge of the city taking in not only incredible views of the Pacific Ocean but the impressive environment as well.
9 – History
There is a lot of history to discover in Sydney from the Dreamtime stories of the Aboriginals to the European settlers and convicts sent far from Europe. Exploring the area around Sydney Harbour known as the Rocks offers some great insight into the past of the city and country. One of the oldest parts of the city, wander through the cobblestone streets now home to art galleries, restaurants and boutiques, appreciating the rich history of Sydney.
10 – Art Appreciation
There is a rich and vibrant visual art scene in Sydney with loads of fascinating galleries and museums to visits. In the heat of summer a break inside one of Syndey’s many amazing art institutions is the perfect way to appreciate the incredible talent in the country. The Museum of Contemporary Art backs onto the harbour and has a room top café with impeccable views. The Art Gallery of New South Wales features one of the most well curated collection of indigenous art.
Created by Lynn May Gosselin