One day in Sydney will be enough for you to want to stay forever. Guaranteed! From the Sydney Opera house to Bondi Beach, Sydney -without a doubt- is the heart and soul of Australia with its amazing famous beaches, beautiful coastal walks and hikes and an abundance of art and culture.
What’s The Best Time To Visit Sydney?
There are plenty of cool things to do in Sydney, however, to enjoy the best attractions you should choose the best time to visit as it’s not always sunny skies. The warm months are between November and May.
Trees will be covered by the beautiful jacaranda purple leaves in November. Throughout the remaining summer months, you can enjoy a perfect weather for outdoor exploring.
On a rainy day, you’d have the option to explore lots of museums and galleries.
Here are 10 reasons why you must take an exciting trip to the land down under and visit Sydney:
1. Bondi Beach
Bondi is Sydney’s favourite playground, packed with swimmers and surfers. It may just be the most famous stretch of sand in the world with its glorious 1km long of golden sand. The Campbell Parade which is just before the beach, is a diverse suburb that embraces vibrant Jewish, Kiwi, Brazilian and Pacific Islander communities.
Start your day at the famous Bondi Beach. You’ll definitely want to check out Bennett Street Dairy Cafe to try the traditional Australian breakfasts – cream cheese, avocado, smoked salmon, and toast. After you finish your yummy breakfast, a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee is a must. Sydney has heaps of coastal walks to offer, but this is by far the best.
2. Sydney Opera House
The Opera House is located gorgeously at the harbourside, stunning architecture and excellent programme of events make it Sydney’s number one destination and one of the city’s premier attractions. The modern masterpiece designed by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon with 10,000 workers assigned to the project, attracts around four million visitors to the site each year.
The Sydney Opera House, opened in 1973, and in addition to being one of the world’s architectural marvels, it offers amazing performances such as concerts, operas, theatre and more.
3. Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and another attraction not to be missed in Sydney. The harbour is also remarkably deep in parts and well protected from off-shore winds, hence why it is a natural asset that most cities can only dream of.
The harbour has witnessed vast real estate developments over the last 200 years, now comprising an amazing array of buildings, each with stunning harbour views and bustling maritime life.
Sydney Harbour bridge accommodates vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, and you can climb this bridge (Yes, you can and definitely will get astonishing views of the city). It costs $248-383 and can last from 1.5-3 hours depending on which package you decide on. Or simply walk across the bridge if that’s not in your budget, and you can experience almost the same views for free.
4. Circular Quay and The Rocks
The best place to spend the afternoon is at one of Sydney’s most famous destinations ‘Circular Quay’ where you’ll get to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The Opera Bar offers stunning views of the harbour and has wonderful food all day long.
The Rocks is near Circular Quay and just a short walk from the Opera House. It is one of the oldest neighbourhood in Sydney.
There are so many things to explore in this neighbourhood including Sydney’s oldest pubs, aboriginal art galleries, and you should definitely try the best gelato at Gelato Messina. At the Rocks Markets, locals and tourists mingle, purchasing street food and handmade fashions.
5. Darling Harbour and Chinatown
End your night at the beautiful Darling Harbour combined with a visit to Chinatown, Darling Harbour makes for an amazing entertaining excursion.
There are ton of bars in the area and mostly within walking distance to some of Sydney’s best clubs. You can enjoy fireworks over the harbour on Saturdays once the sun has gone down.
The best way to get there is by taking a taxi or an Uber, however it is also accessible by public transportation or a half hour walk. If you choose to use public transportation, catch a train from Circular Quay station and head to Town Hall. From there it’s just a ten-minute walk to the heart of the harbour.
If you want to enjoy Sydney’s stunning harbour views, make sure you visit The Bristol Arms bar. And if you’d just prefer to check out artists and DJ’s, Chinese Laundry is the place to go.
Darling Harbour is definitely the perfect place to end your night.
6. Blue Mountains
The magnificent Blue Mountains is 50 kilometres to the west of Sydney, if you are traveling by car, the drive is 90 minutes from Sydney.
The Blue Mountains is known for dramatic scenery. It has waterfalls, valleys, rainforests, and amazing walking trails.
There are so many attractions and activities to do if you are visiting the Blue Mountains. I have chosen some of the most popular ones as it is impossible to cover all:
- The Three Sisters: are the main reason most people visit the Blue Mountains. Echo Point Lookout offers the best view of the Three Sisters.
- The Jenolan Caves: are 340 million years old, they are one of nature’s most wonderful gifts and the oldest open caves in the world.
- Scenic World: is an optional extra if you are on a guided tour. There are many tour options at Scenic World including the World’s Steepest Incline Railway and the Scenic Cableway.
7. Taronga Zoo
The zoo occupies an amazing setting of landscaped bushland overlooking the harbour, and has 380 resident species. Make sure to experience the Australian Walkabout, which enables you to actually experience the animals’ original environments.
A ferry ride returning to Circular Quay would definitely offer magical views and is the best way to end your zoo trip.
8. Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens were built in 1816 and consist of over 30 hectares, giving you plenty of opportunity to walk around and appreciate their grandeur. It is another attraction not to be missed in Sydney.
The gardens have a diverse collection of plants, and is one of the world’s most beautiful gardens. it’s situated right in between the central business district and the harbour. Hence why many people enjoy the contrast between the quiet gardens and the bustling city nearby.
9. Art Gallery of New South Wales
Opened to the public in 1909, AGNSW contains some of the most amazing artworks in Australia, collection of Australian, Aboriginal, contemporary and European art. And it attracts more than a million visitors a year.
The Yiribana Islander Gallery presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from different backgrounds.
AGNSW has always been a wonderful place to escape the bustle of the city.
10. Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum has an extraordinary array of decorative arts and design, science, technology and space; and is definitely one of the most popular cultural institutions in Sydney.
Kids can lose themselves in the interactive play zones, Magic Garden and Zoe’s House. It’s also worth spending some time to explore the shop for some unique gifts.
Some Extra Tips For Visiting Sydney?
- The best time to head to a bar or club is between 10:30 p.m. and midnight, as you won’t be able to get in past 1:30 a.m.
- Concession prices on admission tickets and sometimes drinks for students. If you are a student, make sure to bring along your student ID!
- Sydney is expensive, and may be one of the most expensive cities in the world. Make sure to check out tickets and menus prices for the places you are planning to visit.
Visiting Sydney on New Year?
Sydney is one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve and is full of New Year’s celebrations in many of its bars and restaurants.
You can book for the Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise, where you can get stunning nighttime views of the city as well as fireworks displays.
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