Stunning, Sun-sational Sydney: Things You Have to Do and See

The sun shines. The surf beckons. The water entices. And you’re just minutes from a world of skyscrapers and corporate suits. Where else could you be but Sydney? This dazzling cosmopolitan city has no fewer than 30 glorious beaches within 20 minutes of the bustling city centre. (Eat your heart out New York and London)

Undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest cities, with an enviable outdoor lifestyle, warm climate and plenty of that easy going Aussie attitude to make you feel truly welcome. But there again, I’m a little biased with adjectives, as Sydney is my home town. If you’re heading down this way for an outback adventure or vacation of a lifetime, here are some of the things you have to see and do.

Let’s look back.

Sydney is a young city. (Captain Cook actually sailed right past the Harbour and landed at Botany Bay.) Just a little over 200 years ago, on 26 January 1788 to be exact, Sydney was founded when ships from the first fleet arrived from England to establish the colony of New South Wales. The city was named after Thomas Townsend, the first Viscount Sydney, who was Secretary of State for the Colonies of Britain at the time of the state’s foundation. Today, Sydney is a fast-paced, trend setting city with a population of over 3.5 million people and a land size more than double of New York city.

Water is everywhere.

While Sydney is Australia’s oldest city and considered the economic powerhouse of the nation, it’s not the capital, that’s Canberra. But Sydney sets the pace in many ways. Its idyllic location, on the fringes of the Pacific Ocean showcases a lifestyle that’s centred around water – whether you’re in it or on it. Swimming, surfing, sailing – everywhere you go there seems to be a sunny beach. A magical inlet. A quiet creek. But you can’t forget the grandest water haven of them all….Sydney Harbour. One of the best ways to experience The Harbour is also the cheapest. Jump on a ferry at Circular Quay, the main ferry hub, and for a just a few dollars cruise away to your heart’s content.

Where to stay

If you’re organizing accommodation, Sydney can offer you every type under the sun, from lavish 5 star names to smaller boutique hotels and motels, with plenty in the mid-price range. Check out online sites for ideas, value and instant online booking. You’ll save a lot of time.

The iconic Sydney Opera House

One postcard image conjures up Sydney more than any other. It’s The Opera House. In 1957, Danish architect Jørn Utzon won a competition to design the Sydney Opera House. It was finally completed in 1973. Its curved “sail-like roof” construction is a miracle of modern engineering and recognised the world over. Each year, over 1,500 performances are staged here, so chances are you can enjoy a show or a concert during your stay.

Get on up. Climb The Harbour Bridge

In 2007, it’s the 75th anniversary of the opening of The Harbour Bridge in 1932. If you’d like a breathtaking and safe way to celebrate the occasion, do The Bridge climb. You strap yourself onto a wire, walk underneath the bridge, along one of the curves to the top of the bridge, across the bridge and back down the opposite curve. From the top you experience one of greatest views in the world, especially at night, with the city lights twinkling across the horizon in a velvet sky. Simply spectacular. 먹튀검증사이트

Get your Rocks on.

Just moments from the CBD, you’ll find The Rocks, which forms part of the oldest, residential precinct of Sydney. It’s a historic area with charming terrace houses, pubs and cobbled laneways. Despite inevitable changes made over the years, traces of early convict settlements can still be found, evoking memories of the past. The city’s oldest building, Cadman’s Cottage (circa1816), is located here, along with the Argyle Cut, excavated by convicts in the 1840s. At the weekend, there’s a very popular market in The Rocks. Great for souvenir shopping, trendy sheepskin boots and Australian crafts. (Don’t forget the boomerang Sam.)

Paddington Market.

This market launched the careers of many an Australian fashion designer. It’s really worth a trip if you enjoy seeking out fashion that’s one-off, funky or stylish. There are dozens of stalls packed with everything from novel t-shirts to accessories, bags to homewares. Every Saturday from 10am-4pm at the Paddington Uniting Church in Oxford Street.

Do The Zoo.

Every city has a zoo, but what makes Sydney’s Taronga Zoo so stunning is the location. It’s in Mosman, on elevated land along the waterfront. This is one of the most beautiful vantage points on the Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Zigzag your way along the paths and lush greenery, among the animal enclosures, as you capture panoramic, photo perfect water views. All this, just a 12 minute ferry ride from town. (Love that ferry service.)

 

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