Visiting Sydney for the first time? Or have you visited Australia’s biggest city but felt a bit lost? Don’t worry; here are our suggestions on where are the hottest places to visit in Sydney and see that there is more to the city than just the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.
Swim at its famous beaches
The city is a playground for sunbathing individuals, where a lot of young people as well as families gather. Dip your feet into the sands of Bondi, Manly, Coogee, Cronulla, and Wattamulla Beaches.
Sydney transforms itself into the Australia’s Entertainment Capital. Watch a movie at Fox Studios in the Eastern Suburbs, or a performance at the Opera House, or try visiting the IMAX Theater for the ultimate movie experience.
Visit the museums, gardens, and zoos
The city is abounding with venues of art and nature. Swing by the National Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo in North Sydney, the Koala park Sanctuary in the Outer West, Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour, the Australian and Powerhouse Museums, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Ride a bike
Although most of Sydney’s hilly terrain is not cyclist-friendly, there are spots that you can unwind while riding a bike, such as around Centennial Park in the Eastern Suburbs.
Go to a football match
Australia’s soccer league runs from August to February, with Sydney FC a strong team. Watch their home games at Aussie Stadium, located at Moore Park. If you want, you can also watch Australian football (which is quite similar to rugby) or even a rugby match.
Walk along the shore
It’s a nice to look at Sydney’s prime sights in a different perspective. Walk the foreshore of Central Sydney from underneath the Harbour Bridge past The Rocks, Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, the National Botanical Gardens, and Lady Macquarie’s Chair.
Drive a dodgem car at Luna Park in North Sydney. Luna Park is theme park that also prides itself of its large Ferris wheel.
Catch a ferry
Take a ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly. Be sure to prepare to take stunning photographs of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as you leave Circular Quay. Before returning to Sydney’s Central Business District, take a walk from the Manly ferry along the Manly Corso to the famous Manly Beach, where you can have a great day anytime with the fraction of a commercial harbor center.
Try a guided bicycle tour
This is a great alternative to the standard tour. A bike tour allows you the freedom to get up-close to the attractions, while ensuring that your will have the time to see all that you want to see.
Drink and be merry
Sydney has an enormous number of places to drink and party. Most bars close before 3:00 a.m. and some as early as 11:00 p.m., especially if there are residents nearby.
Be sure to bring proper identification so the door staff can determine you are over 18, also some extra money to pay for entry charges as well as the hefty night rates in taxis. Admission is also commonly refused to those who seem visibly drunk to the staff, as well as to groups of men who are not accompanied by women.
Most places have at least a dress code, but make sure to complement your clothing to the place you are going. The generic men’s collared shirt, full-length non-denim pants, and business-style shoes, is unsuitable if you go to a goth club.
Dine in at Sydney Tower
Also called Centrepoint Tower, it is the tallest structure in Sydney. The tower contains a buffet, café, and a large restaurant. This attraction is visited by a lot of travelers every year to dine in while looking at the majestic Sydney skyline.
Have picnic at the harbor islands
There are a number of islands in the center of Sydney Harbor that are suitable for quiet picnics. Shark, Goat, Clark, and Rodd Islands, have a magnificent view of sailing boats on the harbor as well as the city skyline.
These islands are deserted most of the time, but you will need to reserve a place and pay a fee to the National Parks and Wildlife Service before getting there. Since mooring boats is not allowed on those islands, getting there requires the service of water taxis.
Skate on ice
Sydney has many ice centers, most of them are indoors and widely available during winter and even summer months.
Explore the Harbour Bridge
This imposing structure has an excellent view of the city, especially at dawn and dusk. You can cross it on one of the protected lanes, both toll-free, on either side of the bridge from Milsons Point in North Sydney to the Rocks.
The eastern side is reserved for pedestrians and the western side is for cyclists. Aside from which, you can climb to the Pylon Lookout on the south east pylon where you can see the bridge climb view for less time and money, but with little less excitement.
You can opt to book for a Bridge Climb where you climb to the very top of the bridge. This climb is more demanding, it takes three and a half hours, as you wear special suits and security harnesses.
Join the festivals
It is a good time to visit Sydney during its many cultural festivals. These celebrations vary from music feasts (like Big Day Out), arts festival (like Sydney Film Festival), the Royal Easter Show that features agricultural products, and the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras every March.