Sydney Australia has become a leading light in contemporary architecture, arts, culture and business, giving it the unique atmosphere of a bustling hub of success mixed with the laid back attitude of Australia. This is a major city where you can easily find a spot to relax.
Port Jackson/ Sydney Harbour
The world’s largest natural harbour is an international hub of activity, and the location of the two symbols of Sydney: the iconic opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Exploring the harbour is a great starting point for any trip in Sydney, and bike, ferry and walking tours are available for those who want to find out more about Sydney’s history. Walking the harbour bridge is a must-do, with gorgeous views across Sydney and the opera house. There are dozens of food choices in the area, hit Woolloomooloo Wharf to try a range of world class seafood dishes.
The most famous beach in Australia is only four miles away from the central business district in Sydney. Its popularity has made the area a hotspot, with activities ranging from surfing schools to whale spotting off the northern headland. The atmosphere here is as laid back as you can get, with many strolling along the beach to take occasional dips in the sea and having a coffee at one of the cafes and restaurants at the beachside road. A truly Australian escape from city life.
Things To Do
A 12 minute ferry ride across Port Jackson followed by a gondola ride will take you up to the world-class Taronga zoo, home to over 2,600 animals and 340 species. Set in tropical gardens, you can witness the animals close up with the stunning Sydney city skyline as a backdrop. This is also a great spot to see Australian wildlife, including Koala bear feeding experiences and a chance to see the rare duck billed platypus.
Sydney Opera HouseOne of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Sydney Opera House has dominated the Sydney skyline and has become a proud symbol of the city since 1973. The opera house actually contains six theatres, showing a range of music, dance, comedy and spoken word performances. Multilingual tours of the opera house are available most days, and provide a friendly and thorough introduction to the building and its history. Check the listings before you go, as the programme is just as diverse as Australia itself.
Where to Stay
Sydney has one of the best hostels in the world, as Sydney Harbour YHA in the Rocks district has views across the harbour. Though pricier than most hostels, the location and view is more than worth it, and you won’t find it cheaper in the city.
For five star luxury, The Darling is centrally located and has a luxury spa to relax in after a day sightseeing.
A more unusual choice is camping on Cockatoo Island. The clean campsite has all the amenities you need, a stunning view of Sydney and the cheapest price you will find in the city - $45 a night. The island can be reached by regular ferries from the harbour.