Pinned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Sydney sparks so many travellers attention due to its incredible balance of inner-city living and lush nature.
Sydney is a must-visit destination that should be on every traveller's to-do list. Residing on the East Coast of Australia, fall in love with its vast selection of experiences and not to mention numerous possible day trips bordering the city. Choose from the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands or even Australia’s capital - Canberra, all at your doorstep just waiting to be explored.
The city shines no matter what season it is, with shopping arcades, harbour cruises and zoos to discover. Start your trip off by cuddling a koala or watching kangaroos grazing at Taronga Zoo, all while you make the most of the million dollar harbour views from the hillside. Catch some waves at the incredible Bondi Beach and when the skyscrapers begin to twinkle, take a walk along the sparkling Sydney harbour. Tantalise your taste buds at one of Sydney's many restaurants followed by a tipple with the locals until late.
You'll have the luxury to experience a new restaurant and bar each night and discover Sydney’s diverse mix of neighbourhoods. For the foodies, it brings world-class dining options with restaurants like Quay, Mr Wong and Lumi to start your list off.
If you decide to stay in Sydney’s CBD, enjoy harbour views and make the most of the area on foot starting at the Royal Botanic Gardens to Circular Quay, all the way to Sydney Opera House. Otherwise, head east of the CBD for a trendy change into Surry Hills. Wander down Crown Street and after every few steps discover a new cafe or renovated pub. When the lights go out, you’ll be entertained with Surry Hills choice of popular bars to suit all styles, like the Beresford, The Dolphin, or Keg and Brew. Or instead, go west and you’ll begin to uncover Newtown, bringing to the table a mix of art, culture, and you guessed it, more food. Start at King Street, which is where the magic happens. If you get outfit envy, this is the place to start dressing like a local with Newtown's choice of thrift and vintage havens. Just like Surry Hills, every few steps you’ll be welcomed with another venue to wine and dine at. For a more coastal feel, Bondi has an incredible cafe culture, but this doesn’t mean it closes its doors early. As the sun goes down, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk simply shouldn't be missed, with the iconic seawater swimming pools trailing along the coastline so you can stop for a dip along the way. For the night owls, Bondi delivers a ‘beachy’ bar scene and a more relaxed atmosphere, with venues you've only ever seen in photographs come to life, like Icebergs or The Bucket List to start your night at.
One of the magical things about Sydney is that it is really is an all year round destination, and with its variety of eclectic neighbourhoods, it's no wonder why Sydney is such a hot destination on the map.
As the Sydney Opera House stands tall on Sydney Harbour, its unique fusion of traditional and modern design comes to life. It now stands as a symbol of contemporary architecture and is quite possibly one of the most recognisable buildings in Australia.
The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s home of the arts and a place where creativity can be explored in all forms. Between events, music, activities, tours, food and drink, the Sydney Opera House features over 40 shows a week. As millions of visitors each year flock to witness the elegance of the building, along with world-class performers in theatre, music, opera, ballet and more.
The distinct white peaks of the opera house stand tall on Bennelong Point. If you're looking for the best vantage point available, encounter views of the Sydney Opera House from the Manly Ferry on water, or walk along Darling Harbour to meet it up close.
The Sydney Opera House was built as a solution by a resident conductor, Eugene Goossens in 1947 identifying Australia's lack of music facilities for symphony orchestra and music groups. Following on from that, the New South Wales Government approved it, and Bennelong Point was chosen as the official location. Once the site was determined, the state government sponsored a competition across the globe to custom design a building with two halls. The brief was that one hall needed to be for concerts and the other for presentations and smaller events. Across 30 different countries, 233 architects submitted their work, and in 1957 the winner, Danish architect Jørn Utzon was crowned. His concept showcases two main halls facing out to the harbour with each covered in a row of sail-shaped panels. This design now stands as the Sydney Opera House. The construction took 14 years, and over 10,000 construction workers were involved. One of the beautiful details of this structure is that the roof is made up of over 1 million tiles covering 1.62 hectares. Get up close to the Opera House, and you'll notice this incredible detail.
On any given day, experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the building available in many languages. Learn about stories of the performing arts centre and see why it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage listed building. Beyond the shows hosted in the Sydney Opera House, the white canvas-like exterior of the building creates an incredible platform to feature digital light shows for passers-by to see during Vivid Sydney Festival of Light.
Once you've experienced all the wonders of the opera house, stop by the Opera Bar for sweeping views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Taste your way through the cocktail list or dine alfresco at the Opera Kitchen to soak up Sydney's incredible atmosphere. For a more formal affair, make a reservation at Bennelong, with a variety of menu options to begin your night at the opera. The Sydney Opera House is an iconic part of Sydney's identity as a city and is a must-visit when exploring Sydney.
The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is a vital part of Sydney's identity, with its steel arches framing the city, connecting vehicles, rails, bicycles and pedestrians each day from Sydney centre to the North Shore. The bridge hosts one highway, two pedestrian walkways and four railway tracks and officially opened in 1932. Made up of over 53,000 tonnes of steel, it's no surprise that this bridge took eight years to build.
During your visit, watch the silhouette of the stunning Harbour Bridge stand out in the skyline by visiting some of the best vantage points across Sydney. Experience the bridge by water by taking a ferry from Circular Quay. This is a great way to experience Sydney's many icons including views of the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Manly and Watsons Bay. Ferries travelling directly under the bridge are those heading to destinations like Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Parramatta and Cockatoo Island.
Otherwise for an experience dedicated to the harbour, try one of the many harbour cruises taking you out at midday, sunset or in the evening. Many tours provide food on board and are a great way to encounter all of the hotspots in one go.
For the view from above, conquer the bridge yourself with BridgeClimb. Standing 134 metres above the water, take a guided climb and from the top of the summit you'll encounter 360-degree views across Sydney. The office can be found on Cumberland Street for you to pre-book your experience. But if the view from the top isn't quite high enough, why not take a seaplane from Rose Bay or one of the helicopters from Mascot?
Connecting Sydney with its northern suburbs, the bridge stretches out across 500 metres and is considered to be one of the longest steel-arch bridges in the world.
What about the view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from land? While of course, as mentioned there are many vessels and excursions you can take to experience the Sydney Harbour Bridge on water, yet there are also several walking tracks for you to get the perfect photo opportunity on foot.
Take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens at sunset and set up a picnic at Mrs Macquarie Chair, showcasing views across the harbour featuring both the Opera House and Harbour Bridge too. Another great vantage point is from Taronga Zoo. On your day trip to the incredible sanctuary, you can take a cable car across the zoo and experience the sweeping views of the Harbour Bridge. Or for cycling enthusiasts access the cycling track from the Sydney Observatory on the western side of the bridge.
Whether you experience the Sydney Harbour Bridge by climbing it, jump on a ferry to experience from water, drive across it or view it from the land, each perspective showcases its dramatic structure and intricate work. Watch the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge stand tall in the sunlight or glisten as the sun goes down at one of the many different vantage points across Sydney city.
Bondi Beach is an essential part of Sydney's identity home to pristine waves and soft golden sand.
On any given day you will find locals and tourists making the most of the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, taking in stunning views across the water. The walk is six kilometres and takes you through Tamarama and Coogee beach, overall about one hour each way. As you pass by the many different beaches embrace the beauty of each one stopping at the many cafes, parks and picnic spots surrounding, along with the stunning salt-water pools dotted along the trail. At the end of the walk lies the Coogee Pavilion, a beautiful seaside eatery for you to satiate your appetite after your adventure. Views from the rooftop terrace are second to none, and the fresh seafood will leave you content.
What makes Bondi so popular is its beauty at any time of the year. When it is too cold to swim, the area provides a mix of other activities along the headlands like walking, whale watching and golf.
As the sun begins to go down, enjoy the many beach front restaurants and cafes like Icebergs or Bucketlist Bondi to sip on cocktails and watch the day fade away.
Bondi Beach is just out of Sydney's CBD, 30 minutes from Town Hall Station. It can be reached easily by train or bus and is well connected by public transport. Campbell Parade is the main street along the beach and provides a mix of cafes and bars. Shopping in the area showcases a combination of Australian and international designers.
If you truly want to get your beach fix, stay at one of the many hotels, apartments or even hostels in the area, so you can wake up to the smell of the salty air and the sound of waves crashing. Millions of surfers visit Sydney each year to experience the world-class waves, and if learning to surf is something you've been raring to tick off your bucket list then you've come to the right place.
On Saturday, the area is filled with locals stopping by to pick up their weekly produce at the Bondi Farmers Market. Spend some time discovering the many trinkets and gifts available on a Sunday at the Bondi Markets bringing a mix of clothing, jewellery, homewares and art ranging new from to vintage.
If you're visiting in the winter months, make the most of the many whale watching vantage points. The Bondi to Watsons Bay, Federation Cliff Walk takes about an hour and a half each way and will lead you to The Gap. Here you'll access sweeping views across the Pacific Ocean making an excellent observation point for whale watching from May to November.
During your stay in Sydney, take the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk or have a drink on the water, and experience a true taste of Sydney's incredible lifestyle.