Australia again, Sydney! The place on all the brochures. Most people think Sydney when they think of Australia (apart from Kangaroos and the like). But what are some of the most iconic things to see or do in Sydney?
Well, first of all, let’s go through the most obvious ones… but of course, unlike Melbourne, Sydney’s attractions are a little more obvious!
But anyway, what are the top 10 things to do in Sydney?
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Of course, when we think of Sydney we think the harbour and the bridge! But honestly, if you don’t leave Sydney without taking 1,000 photos of that bridge, I’d be VERY surprised! It is beautiful and VERY iconic. You know you can actually climb it too! How cool is that?! The recommendation for the most surreal experience is to of course go on sunset!
The Opera House is the funny looking building that pairs up with the Sydney Harbour Bridge! You can still see loads of shows there AND they also have a really nice bar called Opera Bar where you can have a very expensive drink and bite to eat – it is all part of the experience though, right?
Here is a fun fact for you (courtesy of the Sydney Opera House website): “233 designs were submitted for the Opera House international design competition held in 1956. Jørn Utzon from Denmark was announced the winner, receiving ₤5000 for his design.”
Bondi Beach is a little bit out from the CBD, but is a great experience for all! Please make sure you are a strong swimmer if you are thinking of going in for a proper swim. You don’t want to end up on the TV show “Bondi Rescue”. If you are looking for an iconic experience, try these two:
- Get that Insta (or Pingster) picture at Icebergs
- To the Bondi to Coogee walk (you will see some INCREDIBLE PLACES, my favourite was Gordons Bay)
The Botanical Gardens are located just close to the Opera House and is a beautiful inner city park! If you are a bit of a nature fan, you will like being in the Botanical Gardens! It is a nice balance and there is heaps to see in the Park. Often they have events and outdoor cinemas in the gardens, but they advertise all of that here.
Manly Beach is over the other side of the harbour and is a great little adventure. You can get the ferry over to Manly, which is also a bucket list Sydney item! In Manly you can get surfing lessons, go to the Fairy Bower Sea Pool or explore the surroundings!
One of the most beautiful views of Sydney is from the Taronga Zoo! You can also get the ferry to the Zoo (fun fact, public transport on a Sunday is only $2!!!). Like any Zoo, there is so much to see and do, but a must is the cable cart and the bird show!!
The Rocks are also part of the Sydney Harbour and is a great place for eating and drinking! There are a lot of great restaurants for any budget! My personal favourite is El Camino Cantina who do FREE nachos… and great margaritas!
The amusement park of Sydney. Luna Park is also located in Melbourne! It is an inner city theme park, but is a lot of fun! The Sydney location is right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so the view of the city is amazing!
As a city, Sydney is known for its beaches! They have so many hidden gems, of course, the Bondi to Coogee walk will show you that! But one that I LOVED was called Milk Beach. It is more of a bay beach (in the harbour) but has gorgeous city views and is nice and hidden!
Go bar hopping
Any city in Australia will allow you some great nightlife and bar experiences! In Sydney, you can do a pub crawl, which is a lot of fun, but there are a few others you might want to try.
Sydney is one busy city and there is SO much to do! From eating and drinking to beach hopping and shopping, you will legit NEVER get bored!
Of course, Sydney has some of the most iconic sights in Australia, so make sure you take them all in and enjoy the experience!!
Personally, I’m definitely a Melbourne girl, but I always love exploring Sydney!!
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