Sydney is one of the most iconic cities in the world and if you are planning a visit to NSW this year, there is much to consider. Of course, it all depends on how much time you have in this amazing metropolis, but whether a week or a month, here is our list of must-see places in the vibrant city of Sydney.
- The Rocks – The oldest section of Sydney, there’s lots to see and do in this quaint part of town; the first European settlers chose this spot when they arrived in the late 18th century and this is where you’ll find the oldest pubs in Aussie. Spend an evening chatting with long term locals and hear some of the incredible tales from that time; while in the afternoons, you’ll be enchanted by a diverse range of street entertainment from some of Sydney’s best acts.
- Rose Bay – You can’t visit Sydney and miss out on the beauty of Rose Bay and in the evening, you can dine at the premier Catalina One Hat restaurant (book to be sure of a good table). This is where you board the Sydney Seaplane that take in the best views of Sydney Harbour (early morning or evening is recommended), while you can rent sailing equipment and kayaks if you fancy taking to the water.
- Remote Beaches – While we all know about the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, few people know there are over 100 beaches in Sydney and if you love the feeling of remoteness, hire a car for the day and explore. You could attack this from the water by chartering a local boat and the captain would know all of the quiet beaches and with a cooler full of ice-cold beer, you can enjoy the perfect beach day. If you meet a local, ask them where the residents like to go for a day on the beach and you can’t really go wrong.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk – Spanning 1,150m, this steel arch bridge was built in the 1930s and took 10 years to complete. The bridge can be crossed by bike or on foot for free, while an organised tour would be pricey, but available; you can’t really say you’ve done Sydney if you haven’t crossed the Harbour Bridge. Here are some travel trends to look out for when you are next abroad.
- Helicopter Tour of Blue Mountains – If you’re going to splash out, it should be this; a 90-minute flight around Sydney, taking in the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, while the pilot will take you on a high speed, low run over Bondi Beach, which really is something! If you book the half day tour, you can enjoy the best Australian wines at one of the premier eateries in Hunter Valley, which would be the mid-point of the tour. After a delicious lunch, you are treated to the best views of the Blue Mountains – the blue tinge is due to the abundance of eucalyptus trees – you can communicate with your pilot via Bluetooth headsets and if you want to shoot some video, let the pilot know.
- History – If you are interested in how life was when the early European settlers arrived, you are in for a treat! There are more than half a dozen museums that depict life in the 18th and 19th centuries, with a maritime museum with replica ships that take you back in time. Search online for more specific information about museums in Sydney, which will help you plan your adventure.
- Surfing – Why not have a go at the most popular sea sport for the locals? There are great beaches for beginner’s and finding a school is never an issue and if you’d like to watch the pros handle the big waves, bring your binoculars. Water sports are popular among all Australians and if snorkelling or scuba is your thing, you’ve come to the right place. Click here for more tourist information about Sydney Harbour.
If you use the Internet to plan and book the necessary services, you can maximise your stay in Sydney and one thing is certain: you will be returning to this incredible part of NSW.