Sydney – Memorable Harbour City
Sydney is an amazing world class city that is rich in history and offers a vibrant culture, entertainment and spectacular natural beauty. As a multicultural hub of business and creativity, this city offers countless things to see and do for all travellers.
Sydney’s world famous beautiful harbour is a focal point of the city and one of the best ways to explore is one of the many harbour cruises. The view from the water provides a unique perspective to experience all of Sydney’s highly-recognizable landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The much loved Sydney Harbour Bridge nicknamed “The Coat Hanger” connects the city’s Central Business District to Sydney’s north. The steel arch bridge opened in 1932 and nothing can compare to the size and surprising beauty.
One of the world’s most famous performing art centres is the next iconic landmark. The magnificent Opera House along the harbour with stunning architecture is one of Australia’s most impressive designed buildings. You will see that each of its semi-sphere sections have the same radius and the roof is covered with over 1 million tiles. Its unique design and perfect location make it one of the most highly photographed buildings in the world. Numerous options exist for exploring both the interior and the exterior of the Opera House; excellent programs and events are held here, making it Sydney’s main attraction.
Sydney Tower, twice the height of Harbour Bridge, is the perfect way to get a true sense of the sheer size of Sydney and its surrounding areas. It is Sydney’s tallest free-standing structure as well as the tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere and opened to the public in 1981. At 250m high, Sydney Tower at the heart of the city provides a viewpoint like no other location. You visit just the observation deck level to experience a 360 degree view of everything or for the adventurous, you can try the Skywalk which allows you to step outside the glass at 260m above. The tower also features two restaurants from which the view can be enjoyed.
Circular Quay is a major transport hub interconnecting trains, buses and ferries and central to Sydney’s major attractions. There are often many talented street entertainers as well as many dining options. Near Circular Quay, The Rocks is a historic area comprised of narrow laneways, galleries, boutiques and restaurants. You will discover many sandstone buildings, cobblestone streets and monuments marking moments in history. Located west of city centre is Darling Harbour which makes for a lively and entertaining visit. This area boasts some of Australia’s finest museums and entertainment facilities and is a well known conference and exhibition centre as well as shopping and nightlife.
The most famous zoo in Australia is located in Sydney and it is one of the most popular attractions. Taronga Zoo is extremely well maintained and it focuses almost entirely on native Aussie animals in a compact but interesting way. Next for a relaxing day in the city, you can visit the spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens. Located around Farm Cover on the shore of Sydney Harbour, these gardens were established in 1816 with an impressive collection of native and exotic plants and trees.
Despite relatively few beaches, Sydney still has strong beach and surfing traditions. Many of Sydney’s beaches are famous in Australia because of their accessibility to the city. Bondi is one of those places. Although it is not strikingly beautiful as some of the beaches in the tropical north, it carries a distinct charm and must be visited at least once. Bondi seduces many into swimming, sunbathing or signing up for a surf lesson. This is one of the most famous stretches of sand in the world with 1-km long of golden sand making it one of Sydney’s favourite attractions. Bondi also features numerous cafes, restaurants, bars & clubs and a range of accommodation.
Escape from the city and experience the fresh air as you rise above Sydney and enter one of the most spectacular nature-based destinations, the Blue Mountains region. The Blue Mountains is perfect for exploring nature. With so much to see and do, one day is simply not enough. Make sure to take time to relax and if possible spend at least one or two nights in the region. The gorgeous Blue Mountains are listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site and offer isolated and breathtaking scenic viewpoints that blend greenery with some vast rocky outcroppings that contrast beautifully with one another. The region is also rich with a variety of wildlife. Don’t miss the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge, the Three Sisters in Katoomba and 400-million-year-old Jenolan Caves.
Australia’s largest city is an exciting and popular destination and has been said to be one of the greatest cities in the world. This city has just about everything a visitor might desire and definitely worth visiting.