Being one of the most popular touristic destinations worldwide (last year it received 7 million domestic visitors and 2.7 million international visitors nothing short of impressive really) it doesn’t surprise this city offers some amazing opportunities for people to forge some truly unforgettable experiences. We have collected some of the most famous ones in this article for your convenience, hope you enjoy the read! Here they are:
Located extremely close to Sydney (it actually is a suburb of the city) Bondi beach provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to experience the iconic surf living style of Australia. It is located only 7km from the centre of the city, making it very accessible by public transport.
The beach has become a rather famous location thanks to the multiple festivals and competitions held here on yearly basis. The annual Miss Bondi beauty pageant (indeed! Pretty women and smalls bikinis) being one of the most iconic ones is generally held during the hot November days, Skaboarding competitions like the Vans Bowl-A-Rama attracts thousands upon thousand of visitor year after year (this festival if often held in February). You can see a full list of all the upcoming events at one of the official bondi beach festivals pages.
No surprise Bondi beach is well known for it’s surfing clubs (and few life saving clubs) meaning women tourists will also enjoy a pretty comprehensive amount of eye candy year around. The southern end of the 1km long beach, generally referred to as “Backpackers’ Express” due to its close proximity to the bus stop, is the most hazardous end and it is highly recommended more seasoned surfers and swimmers go here. Of course this is the exact spot where you will find the most skilled surfers showing their water audacity, visitors can see this spectacle every single day (even during stormy days as the waves tend to be bigger, thus, more attractive to surfers looking for a challenge)
Nothing more iconic than this area, if you ever have seen a post card sent from the city you have seen the Harbour Bridge and the Opera house as the sun sets behind these two amazing structures. Goes without saying, visitors should indeed take the time to walk around the area and snap some pictures, after all, this area hasn’t being called ‘most beautiful natural harbour in the world’ for no reason.
One of the most popular activities (for visitors and locals alike) is to take full advantage of the many parks and green areas conveniently located around the harbour for a picnic or walking tour (it doesn’t really have to be an official tour, just bring your sneakers and curiosity, and well…walk around! You certainly wont regret it). The harbour is one of the most accessible areas of the city, just call the public transport line at 131 500 and ask which bus line heads there, its easy as that! As far as tips go, you can check out Sydney official Ferries for the chance of viewing the harbour in the most beautifully striking way, a unique view of a truly unique place!
Sydney Tower and the Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk
If you are looking for a sightseeing opportunity, why not follow the general rule to find the higher ground? This building, which proudly stands 309 meters above the ground, is the city’s highest structure. It has an amazing skywalk (the Sydney Tower Eye) where visitors can be amazed (after paying an entrance fee) by the sheer beauty of the views, the fact that Sydney enjoys one of the highest amounts of sunshine hours world wide, means it is extremely likely visibility from the top will be near perfect every single time you visit!
The tower (commonly referred as the Sydney Tower) stands right in the middle of the central business district of the city, this means visitors will have a wealth of shopping malls (one of the located right at the base of the tower) restaurants and shops at a very close proximity, why not adventure for a shopping spree right after the most scenic views of the city?
Another great option for tourist would be to enjoy an amazing dinner at any of the multiple restaurants and venues located at the tower. The 360 Bar and Dining (located at level one of the tower) offers revolving views of the city’s skyline; on level 2 visitors will find another restaurant: The Sydney Tower Buffer which offers a range of international meals. Finally, the Sky Venue (which happens to be the highest events place in the southern hemisphere) is located on level 3, though not open to the public (except during particular public events of course) cocktail functions and special corporate events (up to 170 people) are held quite often.
Opera House and Botanic Gardens
After an unforgettable picnic and ferry tour around the harbour, these two are the most remarkable options for people looking for the best Sydney has to offer to visitors.
All you have to do is head to the many paths that run though the botanical gardens at the harbour, a green areas that covers more than 30 hectares east of the opera house to enjoy some of the best natural views in the area. The royal botanical gardens house thousand of different species of fauna (the 22,000 flying foxes colony AKA big-ass bats, being one of the most well known ones) and flora (an impressive collection of more than 1.2 million specimens from around the globe), ready to entertain and amaze your eyes as you discover the beautifully designed landscapes.
Visitors have the choice to take a train through the gardens in case walking seems like too much of an effort (though it is the recommended way of exploring the gardens since you will get to take all the beauty in) while they head towards Mrs Macquaries chair. Thought this sandstone structure (conveniently shaped like a gigantic bench) is not a must, it should indeed be explores as it offers the best view (thanks to its location on the tip of the bay) across the harbour and directly towards both the opera house and the Harbour Bridge, indeed, the perfect photo opportunity!