Glittering and eclectic, Sydney may just be the jewel in Australia’s crown. But with so much to see and do, you may have some trouble narrowing down your options when it comes to planning your visit to this diverse location. Sydney is a great place to enjoy the water and relax in the sun. It’s also the perfect place for party lovers of all ages. Once you visit Sydney, you will go back and back again and you will never get bored! Here are some of the best things you’ll want to do in the largest city of Australia.
Spend the day at Bondi BeachWhether you’re a surfer, sun worshipper, swimmer or just want to appreciate one of the world’s most spectacular stretches of sandstone cliffs and crystal waters, you’ll want to carve out some time to laze about on Bondi Beach. After the sun goes down, the clubs and restaurants around Bondi become a place to see and be seen. Many travelers claim that Bondi Beach is the heaven for all lazybones. Are you going to check this?
Hit the shops on Oxford and WilliamIf you can’t imagine your trip without shopping, Sydney won’t disappoint you! Oxford Street in Paddington is the place to pick up some unique and memorable treasures from your time in Sydney. Check out places like High Tea with Mrs. Woo for unique home and body gifts, Belinda and the Corner Shop for high fashion, and Collette Dinnigan’s vintage-inspired looks. There are also a host of hand-crafted gift shops to choose from. Get ready to shop, ladies, but be sure to shop wisely. Your trip may take all your savings in a matter of a few hours or even minutes!
The Taronga ZooAre you an animal lover? If so, why not visit The Taronga Zoo? Zoos are not for kids only. The Taronga Zoo welcomes both children and adults. Sitting on the north shore of the Harbor, the Taronga Zoo is home to thousands of exotic and native animals. It also offers some of the most stunning skyline views in Sydney. Spend the day or, if you’ve got a little extra cash on hand, spend the night in a luxury safari tent.
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Get your nature on at the Royal National ParkWith nearly 50 square miles of forest and shorelines and miles of trails, the Royal National Park is a sort of Mecca for surfers, bikers, hikers and nature lovers. Catch the ferry from Cronulla and spend the day enjoying the unspoiled beauty.
Catch an actual operaBelieve it or not, that stunning building that looks like billowing sails (i.e. the Sydney Opera House) actually exists for more than just tinted Instagram pictures and Twitter posts. Opera Australia actually puts on some of the most visually and musically stunning productions in the world inside. Add a dash of culture to your Australian vacation with an evening at the opera. Don’t worry, it’s not boring, it’s actually increasingly interesting!
Climb the Harbor BridgeIf you are looking for some extreme activities to try in Sydney, climbing the Harbor Bridge is definitely for you. It’s a tough three hour hike, and nobody looks good in those awkward blue jumpsuits. But a climb up to the top of the Harbor Bridge is an adventure you won’t soon forget. The view at the top makes the arduous trek worth the effort and you won’t get pictures like this anywhere else.
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Take the Bondi to Coogee WalkSydney is home to some of the world’s most famous (and breathtaking) ocean walks. Take the Bondi walk past the Waverly Cemetery to Coogee and don’t forget your camera. Fresh seaside air and stunning views are worth the walk, and you can grab a delicious seafood lunch on the other side.
Although I do agree that Sydney is a bit overrated destination, it’s certainly worth a visit. If you want to enjoy a warm winter or a fabulous spring, Sydney may be a good option for you. Have you ever visited Sydney? What are your favorite things to do in Sydney?