Seeing as though it’s my local city I probably sound a bit biased in saying this, but I have traveled most of the world and I truly believe that Sydney is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world. Actually, I’m even going to be as bold as to say it’s my favourite city EVER.
What I think sets Sydney apart from the rest of the world is how damn beautiful it is. When you think of Sydney you probably imagine the arches of the Sydney Opera House or the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, both of which are situated on what is commonly perceived to be the worlds most beautiful natural harbour.
Sydney is the oldest city in Australia and with that comes rich history and culture (you know… for Australia). This cosmopolitan city has a population of 4.5 million people, one third of which is born overseas, making it incredibly diverse and multicultural. Due to this it has some of the best and varied restaurants in the world, you could find a cuisine from any corner of the globe in one of Sydneys four thousand eateries including what is said to be the best Asian restaurants outside of Asia.
This bustling, creative, multi-cultural city also has 26 national parks and near 100 of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, just a stones throw away from the CBD.
With all that it’s no wonder that Sydney is consistently ranked in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world!
EVERYTHING TO SEE & DO IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE CLIMB!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most well known, and most photographed, landmarks in Australia. It’s the largest (but not longest) steel arch bridge in the world, with the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is one of the most popular choices for those visiting Sydney for the first time.
Prices vary depending on the time of year you visit and the climb you choose to go with, the most expensive being the Dawn or Twilight climbs as you get to see Sydney both in daylight and at night with the city lights sparkling.
If you can’t really afford the hundreds of dollars that the bridge climb above costs but still want to experience some breathtaking views and learn a bit about the history of the bridge here is my recommendations.
The Pylon Lookout is one of the lesser known ways of exploring the Harbour Bridge. Whilst you don’t get to climb those famous arches you do get to climb the pylons at either end of the bridge which still gives you great views of the city and teaches you loads about the history of the bridge and Sydney. At only $13 it’s a much cheaper alternative.
I also recommend walking across the bridge itself, which takes about twenty minutes. It’s completely free and has some incredible views to boot. Plus Kirribilli, the town at the other end, has incredible cafes, boutiques and, again, incredible views of the city with beautiful green parks to relax in.
So, if you are like me and never even consider visiting Zoos whist on your travels I beg you to reconsider when it comes to Taronga Zoo. I firmly believe it’s one of the best Zoos in the world but my favourite part is the incredible view it has. Honestly, the Giraffes have got a million dollar view and they don’t even know it.
The Bird Show is one of my hot tips, for great entertainment and a great view to boot.
The best way to get there is via ferry from Circular Quay. Look around for the best package deals on this.
You can also opt to stay the night in their ‘Roar and Snore’ program, which I’m itching to do as it looks and sounds incredible!
Please give yourself the whole day, it’s a huge zoo with so much to see and do!
BONDI TO COOGEE COASTAL WALK
This has been ranked #1 out of 548 things to do in Sydney on TripAdvisor, and for good reason.
Starting at the famous Bondi Beach this 6km coastal walk features stunning views, beaches, parks and rock pools.
Spend your day hopping from beach to beach, swimming, eating at the numerous cafes (or using the free outdoors BBQs) and snorkelling the reefs.
It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee walk and an extra hour and a half if you choose to go all the way to Marouba Beach.
It doesn’t get much more Australian than the Bondi to Cooggee walk!
Explore where the city of Sydney was founded and built. You can wander around ‘The Big Dig,’ and see the remains of some of Australias oldest and original houses, providing insight into life in Australia for the first european settlers.
It’s also where you’ll find some of the most beautiful buildings, incredible markets and delicious cafes in Sydney.
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
The Blue Mountains isn’t really ‘in’ Sydney, as it’s 1.5-2hours west from the city. Many people from overseas wouldn’t consider it a ‘mountain’ but it’s absolutely beautiful nonetheless.
You can drive, catch the train or take an organised day tour from Sydney. The weather can change quickly in the mountains so be sure to take a jacket, even if you are visiting in the summer. I left Sydney on a 35 degree day wearing a jumpsuit and arrived to 18 degrees and hectic winds and rains. Whoops!
Echo Point is where you’ll want to go to get a photo of the famous sandstone ‘Three Sisters.’
THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
Just a short walk from the Opera House the Botanical gardens is one of the most beautiful settings you’ll ever see. The gardens separate the harbour and the eastern part of the central business district. It holds over one million speciemens and is a perfect place to go for a jog or have a picnic as the views are INCREDIBLE! And it’s completely free. Our favourite Spot is Mrs Macquaries Chair.
MANLY AND SHELLY BEACH
During my time living in Sydney we would often spend our days off at Manly and in particular Shelly Beach (just a short stroll from Manly Beach) which forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve.
The best way to get here from Sydney city is to catch a Ferry from Circular Quay, which takes about half an hour followed by a walk through the promenade and then follow the footpath to the right past the beach. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling as the water doesn’t get too deep, is super clear and full of sea life.
This beach reminded me of my days in Brazil. It’s stunning and one of my favourite places in Sydney.
Of course their is a million things to see and do in Sydney, but these 8 things are my favourite places to go whenever I’m in town. I hope these places help you to fall in love with beautiful Sydney too!