Be inspired by the city of Sydney, a treasure-trove of hidden gems waiting to be explored! There’s no other city in the world that offers so many pristine beaches so close to the city. Take a walk through the trendy streets of Surry Hills, or wander through The Rocks historic precinct, which is surrounded by rich Australian history. Sydney is a city with a genuine sense of style, plus a love of sport and celebrations.
Sydney is teeming with attractions and tours. It's pretty impossible to get bored in this beautiful city! Begin your journey at Circular Quay with the Sydney Opera House and enoy a drink at Opera bar (pictured) with spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge, next, head to the Royal Botanic Garden, a tranquil oasis for picnics and stunning views of the World Heritage-listed building and Sydney Harbour, a great waterway for sailing and cruising.
Stroll to the western side of the quay for The Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney, where cobbled laneways of the convict colony remain. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see in The Rocks with markets, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, walking tours and Australia’s oldest pubs. You can also climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney.
In Darling Harbour meet penguins and sharks at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and get up close to koalas and a giant saltwater crocodile at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Amble across to Pyrmont for blockbuster shows at Sydney Lyric in The Star and the freshest seafood at Sydney Fish Market.
Head to bustling Chinatown for an impressive variety of Asian cuisine and Paddy’s Markets. Reserve tickets for musicals at the Capitol Theatre. North along George Street is the Queen Victoria Building, a palatial shopping arcade near Town Hall Station in the city centre.
When you think of Sydney's east the first thought is Bondi Beach, but there is so much more than just this iconic beach! The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk (pictured) is postcard worthy experience. You’ll marvel at splendid ocean vistas on the 6km trail and meander by charming Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. You can spot majestic humpback whales between May and November from clifftop vantage points on the walk.
Another excellent walk is the Malabar Headland National Park’s Western Escarpment walking track, near the southern end of Maroubra Beach. The coastal and ocean views are spectacular and, like on the Bondi to Coogee trail, keep an eye out for frolicking humpbacks during their annual migration.
Other outdoor adventures include sailing and kayaking on glittering Sydney Harbour. You can hire kayaks and boats or join tours. Surfing is popular too and you’ll find surf schools at Bondi Beach and Maroubra. Both beaches are recognised in the National Surfing Reserves as places of intrinsic value.
Bring a picnic hamper for pretty waterfront parks, such as Nielsen Park in Vaucluse. You can tour colonial explorer William Charles Wentworth’s stately Vaucluse House. The Federation Cliff Walk includes Macquarie Lighthouse, Australia’s oldest lighthouse designed by convict Francis Greenway.
You’ll also find weekly fresh produce markets, such as the Moore Park Foodies and Farmers Market and the Bondi Farmers Market. Along the Bondi-Tamarama section of the coastal walk for a few weeks in spring is Sculpture by the Sea, the largest outdoor public sculpture exhibition in the world.
With Australia’s oldest national park, beautiful beaches and historic landmarks, southern Sydney is perfect for a day trip, beach holiday or camping adventure. Relax on Cronulla’s sandy beaches, hop on a ferry for the Royal National Park, and visit the place where Captain James Cook landed in 1770.
You’ll find many more things to do and see, from bushwalking in magnificent national parks to kayaking on tranquil waterways, from touring a nuclear science facility to scenic joy flights. The fun events calendar includes markets, festivals, sports, music and even an arts trail to artists’ studios.
There is public transport to many attractions. Cronulla in the Sutherland Shire is 50 minutes by train from Central Station. Take a bus from Circular Quay to La Perouse, where French explorer Comte de la Perouse arrived in 1788, and explore La Perouse Museum and Bare Island Fort, built in the 1880s.
A delightful way to travel to one of the oldest national parks in the world is by ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, a charming gateway to the Royal National Park. You can walk from Bundeena to Jibbon Head for ancient Aboriginal rock engravings, including depictions of a great whale and a sky spirit.
North of Cronulla is Kamay Botany Bay National Park, where the Burrawang walk tells the story of the first meeting of Aboriginal and European cultures. On the walk you’ll visit Captain Cook’s Landing Place, where the then lieutenant and his Endeavour crew first stepped ashore on 29 April 1770.
With famous Taronga Zoo, fun Luna Park and iconic Manly Beach, Sydney’s north is wonderfully captivating. There is much more to discover, from beautiful national parks to gleaming waterways, from intriguing heritage to great outdoor adventures. Public transport is available to many popular attractions. Ferries depart from Circular Quay across sparkling Sydney Harbour for Manly, Taronga Zoo in Mosman and Luna Park, a beautifully restored 1930s amusement park next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are buses to gorgeous Palm Beach.
Hop on a train for historic Windsor, Australia’s third-oldest colonial settlement in the Hawkesbury region. Or take a train across the world’s largest steel arch bridge to North Sydney and Chatswood for dazzling theatre and shows and to the Hornsby shire for Australia’s second-oldest national park.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park fans northeast to Pittwater, a glittering waterway in the Northern Beaches. A ferry from Church Point or Palm Beach will take you across Pittwater to the splendid national park, where the Red Hands Cave walking track leads to ancient Aboriginal hand paintings. Other national parks include Lane Cove National Park, northwest of Chatswood, and Berowra Valley National Park near Hornsby. The World Heritage walk on the convict-built Old North Road is in Dharug National Park near Wisemans Ferry, on the banks of the meandering Hawkesbury River.
An enticing range of tours is available, including Hawkesbury River cruises, surfing lessons in Manly, snorkelling in a marine sanctuary, and kayaking and sailing on Sydney Harbour. Bring your mountain bike and explore bush trails, or hire a bicycle in Manly and ride to North Head for spectacular views.
Discover wonderful, thrilling and delicious experiences in Western Sydney. Explore World Heritage in Parramatta and swim in the pool of Olympic champions. You’ll enjoy great sporting events and fun festivals, and taste authentic flavours. Amazing adventures include whitewater rafting in Penrith.
You’ll find many more enjoyable things to do and see, from wine tasting in Camden to steam train rides in Thirlmere, cutting-edge contemporary art in Campbelltown to Featherdale Wildlife Park near Blacktown. The exciting events calendar is filled with festivals, sports, markets and shows.
Getting to most attractions is easy by public transport. A lovely way to travel to Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta is by ferry. At the famous site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, watch your favourite sporting and music stars, and swim in the pool where Ian Thorpe won three Olympic gold medals.
Your tastebuds are in for a multicultural treat, with ‘eat streets’, fine restaurants and cultural festivals such as Parramasala serving delights from around the world. Less than an hour by train from Central Station is Cabramatta, a culinary treasure for Vietnamese and other Asian eateries.You can enjoy wine tasting at vineyards and wineries in the Macarthur region, named after agricultural pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur. There are more tasty adventures, including orchards, farm stays, gourmet stores, classic pubs and even a Japanese sake brewery in Penrith. Join a bush tucker tour at Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre, where you can also learn how to throw a boomerang and play a digeridoo. Aboriginal-guided tours are also available in Dharawal National Park, between Appin in the west and Stanwell Park on the coast.
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