Sydney’s personality is all sparkle, glitz and glamour. With an irresistible combination of beaches, coves, architecture, nature and nightlife, a holiday in one of Australia’s favourite playgrounds tops travel bucket lists the world over. The only problem is, how do you choose an itinerary with such a wide array of delectable options? To help you out, take a look at 10 of the best things to do in Sydney.
Home to the hip and the happening, Bondi Beach characterises the Sydney lifestyle of beach and city living at its best. Spend a day swimming and people watching, hang out with the locals in cafes and bars or do the Bondi to Coogee walk to explore the stunning coastline, including the beaches of Tamarama and Bronte.
The Sydney Opera House
No matter where you view it from, the famous Opera House is dazzling. Cruise by on a sail boat, snap some pics from one of many lookouts or simply stand outside and admire the architecture as the sun reflects off the white. It’s also a hub of music, performance and the arts, so you can catch a show or take a backstage tour for an insider glimpse.
You may have been to the zoo before, in any number of cities world-wide. But, what makes Taronga Zoo stand out, is its spectacular waterside location. If you can manage to tear your eyes from the views, you can spot tigers, leopards, giraffes, kangaroos, koalas and chimpanzees.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney’s beloved ‘coathanger’ changes and enhances the city skyline, depending on where you view it from. You can walk or ride across it, or, better yet, check out the entire city on a Bridge Climb that will take you into the heights of the iconic structure.
For a splash of glamour among the history of the colonial era, visit The Rocks and stroll down the cobbled laneways. Filled with quaint shops, markets, restaurants and swish hotels, The Rocks highlights Australia’s first European settlement, while turning on the glitz.
There are many ways to get out on the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour and it’s a ‘must do’ activity. Take a ferry over to cosmopolitan Manly, treat yourself to a yacht charter, try some sailing lessons or rent a kayak to do your own explorations of secluded coves and sandy beaches.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney city is surrounded by lush greenery, in amongst the high rises and bustle of CBD life. The Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect spot for a break from the busyness, with walking paths, educational programs and plenty for the kids to see and do.
The Blue Mountains
When it’s time to escape the city, the Blue Mountains National Park is the place to go. Home to the the Three Sisters rock formation, waterfalls, quaint towns and sleepy B&B’s, the Blue Mountains are a haven for walkers, hikers, climbers and outdoor adventurers.
Cockatoo Island’s history includes a convict prison and, now, it’s one of the most amazing spots in the country to camp for the night. You’ll go to sleep with the stars and the city lights and wake up in the Middle Harbour, with 5-star views from your tent.
Whatever you choose to do by night, Sydney offers it to you on a silver platter. Gourmet dining, vibrant nightclubs, live music, a thriving pub and bar scene, the grunge and glitter of Oxford Street and the twinkling lights of Darling Harbour are waiting for you to dance the night away.
Don’t worry about sleeping in the next day either. Sydney does fantastic brunch and wearing your sunglasses inside is perfectly acceptable.
Next up, why not head to the Gold Coast, for more glitz, glamour and beach-style fun?