Thinking about visiting the hot spot of Australia, the largest and most cosmopolitan city of Sydney, but in doubt how to plan your trip and manage to squeeze everything in a short time period? Considering the abundance of touristic locations, fabled history, and breathtaking sceneries that this city has to offer, it’s no wonder why planning to visit can be overwhelming. Don’t worry, we got you covered – take a look at our list of top 5 places to visit in Sydney and plan your Aussie trip accordingly.
1. Sydney Harbour
Sydney is a harbour city, so it’s only logical to place the city’s best-known landmark, prior to construction of the Sydney Opera House, first. Supported by massive double piers at each end, the “Coathanger”, as the locals call the Sydney Harbour Bridge, was built in 1932 and remains the world’s largest steel arch bridge. Going on a sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbor should be on everyone’s Aussie bucket list, since it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the stunning view and the most ideal weather. Moreover, if you’re more of a hiker than a cruiser or just a daring soul who wants to climb to the 135-meter-high summit, book a Sydney Bridge Climb and go to the top of the outer arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
You’ll inevitably enjoy the Australian delicious dishes and benefit from their healthy diet, especially if you’re staying at one of the fancy boutique hotels within Randwick accommodation. However, for a more interesting and exotic taste, visit a vibrant and bustling Sydney Chinatown. Haymarket is a suburb known for its Asian food, bargain shopping and amazing atmosphere. The area has also all sorts of shops, from the souvenir shop to designer brands stores. Moreover, if you happen to visit during one of the traditional Chinese festivals, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Asian culture in the middle of Australia – two birds one stone.
3. Sydney Opera House
Perhaps too obvious, but just in case you’re thinking about skipping it due to a lack of time or money or because it’s “mainstream” for your travel style – don’t. The UNESCO World Heritage Site and the star attraction on the glittering harbour, the Sydney Opera House is just a must for any globetrotter. This magnificent building which encompasses theaters, exhibition rooms, studios, a concert hall, and cinema, is worth every penny and minute of your time. Plus, there is a flexible ticket that allows you to join any of the tours throughout the day, departing every half hour from 9am to 5pm.
4. Sun-blazed beaches
After a day or two of intense sightseeing, give in to a bit of complete self-indulgence – beautiful Sydney beaches. There are so many options, but Bondi and Manly are definitely the best places to experience an Australian summer. If you’re an adrenaline rush seeker, the crescent-shaped Bondi Beach with its white sandstone cliffs, spectacular views and surfing culture is your cup of tea.
5. Wildlife parks
It’s a Kangaroo country, so it’s only fair to see a kangaroo or two while you’re there. Wildlife and safari tours are definitely something to consider adding to your TO DO Sydney trip list. Australia is blessed with the most adorable and exotic animal species you probably won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world. Make sure to visit either Featherdale wildlife park or Wild Life Sydney at Darling Harbour and see Tasmanian devils, koalas, kangaroos and other Aussie natives up close. If you’re looking for something just a little less eccentric, visit the family-friendly Taronga Zoo which houses over 4,000 animals and various adventure attractions.
Sydney is the oldest, biggest, and, according to many, the most beautiful of all Australian cities. Its unique location, amid a seductive intermingling of land and sea, favorable weather, and charming spirit are just some of the reasons why it should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Whether you’re a first-timer or a come-backer, these five attractions we shared above will help you explore, enjoy and make the most out of your stay in the fabulous Sydney.