Sydney’s fame as a world-class city, its warm, sunny climate and its strong economy guarantee its place as the most popular choice for people travelling to Australia. Although Sydney is Australia’s largest city, it isn’t the capital but if you love to travel then you’re in the right place! Wondering how to make the most of your trip at Sydney? Here are 7 things to do in Sydney that any Sydneysider would approve of:
- A Walk at Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour was originally part of the commercial port of Sydney but was redeveloped and made into a pedestrian and tourist percent in the mid-to-late 1980’s. Continual expansion and development has created one of the country’s most iconic and beautiful city bound destinations boasting a large number of Sydney’s best attractions.
With waterside fireworks every Saturday and spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour every night of the week, Darling Harbour is one of Sydney’s most popular nightspots and rightly so. With more than 24 bars, restaurants and entertainment venues scattered around the water, Darling Harbour has something to cater for everyone.
Whether you’re looking to splurge on a harbour side dinner or simply strolling by the water on a warm night, Darling Harbour is a spectacular sight at all hours of the day. Some of the Harbour’s star attractions are The Australian National Maritime Museum, The Power House Museum, Wild Life Sydney and Chinese Garden of Friendship.
- Visit Shark Island
Shark Island is Sydney’s very own picnic island located just off the exclusive eastern suburbs of Point Piper, Rose Bay and Vaucluse with panoramic views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the west and the entrance of Sydney Harbour to the east. The island name comes from its shape, not the local marine life. Between 1880 and 1975 the island was used as a recreation reserve, animal quarantine area and a naval storage depot before becoming part of the Sydney Harbour National Park in 1975.
Shark Island remains a favourite spot where the people of Sydney can watch the start of the ‘Sydney to Hobart race’, an annual event. With views stretching towards the Harbour Bridge and the white sails of the Opera House in one direction, and over to Manly and the Heads in the other, Shark Island is quite possibly the most precious jewel in the crown of the harbour.
- Trek along The Bundeena to Otford Coastal Track
The perfect weekend getaway, this 26-kilometre walk in Royal National Park south of Sydney promises two uninterrupted days of picturesque clifftop ocean views and white sandy beaches.Take a refreshing dip or go for a snorkel at Wattamolla’s water hole and refuel at the family picnic area. With seven beaches along the track, including the lush expanse of Garie Beach and the peaceful inlet of Curracurrang Cove, there is no shortage of sights to see along the way.
- Camp at Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo gives you the opportunity to camp out in safari tents, fall asleep to the sounds of the zoo and wake up to beautiful views of the CBD, Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Dine out in style and get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s wildlife. The camping runs most nights in all conditions, so it’s a good year-round camping opportunity. The tents are custom-made for the occasion, with electricity, double beds and on-site amenities such as bathrooms and showers to keep you camping in comfort.
- Go Kayaking at Pittwater
On Sydney’s northern beaches, Pittwater is one of the best places to have a kayak adventure. Surrounded by secluded beaches and bushland, Australian wildlife is plentiful here. If you are lucky, you may spot wallabies and dolphins. To explore the waters, hire a kayak and have a paddle with Pittwater Kayak Tours in Bayview. It’s open all year round with the tour including a 1.8-kilometre paddle in Pittwater, followed by a bushwalk over rugged terrain in Ku-ring-gai National Park and a swim in crystal blue water.
- Go Snorkeling at Clovelly Beach
In the style of a classic European concrete beach, Clovelly Beach is a great place for first timers and inexperienced snorkellers. In the mouth of a narrow bay, the beach is more like a giant ocean pool with concrete platforms and access steps into the water.
With gentle waves and rock pools, it’s the perfect open-air aquarium where there are plenty of colourful sea creatures to see. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim with the legendary blue groper fish known as Bluey amongst the locals. The elusive Bluey is known for befriending all snorkellers.
- Wine Tasting at Hunter Valley
Known as one of the best and most beautiful wine-making regions in Australia, the Hunter Valley lies about two hours out of Sydney and offers a variety of different tours to help visitors explore the region’s finest attractions. Explore the region on horseback or in a vintage car, while you take a break sampling some of the valley’s drops. Often the wineries will operate a cellar-door policy, which means visitors can turn up and sample wines, giving a degree of flexibility. Choose your accommodation from a selection of boutique hotels or B&Bs, which often have some of the most spectacular views of the valley.