Sydney the oldest, biggest, and most beautiful of all Australian cities it lies amid a seductive intermingling of land and sea. Glide along the glittering harbor on a ferry, see the white sails of the Opera House gleaming in the sunshine and admire the graceful arch of the Harbor Bridge. It’s hard to imagine this vibrant state capital was once a brutal convict colony. Today, visitors can explore Sydney’s fabled history in the narrow cobbled laneways and historic buildings of the Rocks at the city’s excellent museums and the rock paintings of the Gadigal aboriginal people who once thrived on this land. Sydney still fizzes with the adventurous spirit of its settlers. Visitors can climb the harbor bridge, surf the green-barrel breaks at Sydney’s golden beaches or fly over the city on a scenic tour and national parks surround the city providing appealing day trip possibilities.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the star attraction on the glittering harbor. This graceful building shaped like shells or billowing sails, perches on a finger of land surrounded by water. Snap a photo while gliding by on a harbor cruise, relax at one of the restaurants, stroll around its exterior, or take an organized tour of this magnificent structure, which encompasses theaters, studios, exhibition rooms, a concert hall, and cinema.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens which are just a short walk around the water’s edge from the Sydney Opera House it is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings you will see anywhere, with the gardens filling an area of land between the harbor and the eastern part of the central business district. The gardens sit on the side of an undulating piece of land and the harbor views from up on the hill are superb. There are large trees with a wonderful shade canvas and this makes the best spot imaginable to stop and have lunch, sitting on the grass and taking in the harbor views.
Sydney is famous for its fabulous beaches. Tucked around the harbor are many sheltered coves with calm water and sugary sands. Less than a 15 minute drive from the city, iconic Bondi Beach beckons with its great surf, café scene, and cosmopolitan vibe. For fantastic ocean views, take the coastal walk along the cliffs from Bondi to Coogee. Other ocean beaches include Cronulla Bronte, Tamarama, and Maroubra. A 30-minute ferry ride from the city, Manly is a favorite seaside destination with its beachfront promenade, netted ocean pool, and excellent shops and restaurants. Further north of the city, surfers will find some fantastic breaks at Collaroy, Dee Why, and Narrabeen.
Wild Life Sydney Zoo& Sea Life Aquarium
Australian animals adventure in the heart of the city. Step into an animal adventure as you journey around Australia. Walk through iconic Australian habitats and encounter some of the most loved, feared and unique animals. See Rex, the huge crocodile in Kakadu Gorge, walk amongst kangaroos, wallabies and emus in Kangaroo Walk-about, and meet cuddly koalas in Gum Tree Valley and more. SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine transports you into the amazing underwater world. Prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays and powerful sharks. With an amazing 360 degree ocean tunnel, 30 display tanks and more than 5,000 sea creatures the aquarium is the perfect stop for family fun!
Nightlife of Sydney
Boasting one of the city’s best sound systems and lighting rigs, Sydney’s nightlife canvas is wide and varying. Oxford Street, the heart of Sydney’s happy area, buzzes with cafes, bars and clubs while the established red light district spills out from Kings Cross. The Rocks and King Street Wharf are more upmarket; drinks at the harbor side terraces are expensive but worth it for the views. A large number of small have sprung up across the city. As with its bars and clubs, the city’s cultural life is equally diverse, from high classical at the Sydney Opera House to cutting edge contemporary and experimental performance art.
Where to Eat in Sydney?
Sydney offers many awards winning gourmet dining experiences that combine great food and wine with excellent service and a beautiful atmosphere. Quay is currently ranked as number 60 on The World’s Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Aqua Panna. Located on Sydney Harbour, it offers sweeping views from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Two hatted restaurants include Aria, Bentley Restaurant and Bar, est., Gastro Park, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Ormeggio at The Spit, Porteno, Spice Temple and Tetsuya’s. Sydney restaurants have earned one hat, and they’re sprinkled all over Sydney. Aki’s Indian Restaurant, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Cafe Sopra, China Doll, Flying Fish, glass brasserie, Ms G’s, Sean’s Panaroma and Ume are just a few.