“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it”. Greg Anderson.
Sydney is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Not to mention a hive of activity that inspires ideas, music, art and gatherings. Mix that with our likeable laid-back character and you’ve got a definite recipe for things to see, do and be part of. Now get out there and get amongst it you hear. Here’s some inspiration…
Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to Bondi Beach. One of the most famous beaches in the world, it’s a must see. Beware – this is not a ‘relaxing’ beach. The beach is buzzing and always packed. Catch the (pre-pay) 333 bus from the city to Bondi Beach. If you’ve taken in enough sun and are in need of a cool beverage or a bite to eat, make sure to check out one of the many drinking and dining establishments, such as Ravesi’s, Bucket List, Icebergs or North Bondi Italian Food.
North Steyne, Manly
If Bondi is the beach in the East, Manly is the beach in the North. Just like Bondi, Manly is busy – do not expect to relax in the serenity. For a truly Sydney experience, we recommend catching the ferry from Circular Quay (look out for the fast ferry). For a break from the sun, be sure to check out Hugo’s and Manly Wine while you’re there.
Bondi – Bronte Coastal Walk
Ben Buckler Point – Waverley Cemetery
This is a spectacular coastal walk, taking in some stunning Sydney coastline and beaches. It’s a 4 km walk and you should allow about 1.5 hours. You can download the map here. If you’re looking for a nibble at Bronte, try Three Blue Ducks. Insider tip: walk there, but take the bus back!
Let’s go Surfing
128 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi / +61 2 9365 3622 / 7 days – 9am – 5pm
A true Australian experience would not be complete without learning to surf. Take that from an Aussie girl, who, herself has never learnt to surf. But, if you want to give it a try – this is the place. A word of warning, I’m pretty sure, it’s harder than it looks. Check out Let’s go Surfing.
27 Alfreda Street, Coogee / +61 2 9665 6333 / 7 days – 8.30am - 5pm
If diving is more your thing, this is your pick. Beginner or advanced, Pro Dive has got you covered.
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman / +61 2 9969 2777
Taronga Zoo is quite simply fabulous, and you should definitely add it to your itinerary. The view of Sydney from the Zoo is amazing, and your photo opportunities are endless. We recommend catching the ferry from Circular Quay. It’s only a 12 minute ride, and it provides a spectacular view of Sydney from the water.
Sydney Tower Eye
Level 5, Westfield Shopping Centre, Corner Pitt & Markets Streets / +61 2 9333 9222
The Observation Deck at the Sydney Tower Eye provides a birdseye view of Sydney, and is well worth a visit. If unlike me, you’re not scared of heights, you may wish to try the Skywalk. Walking on air 268 meters above the city does not appeal to me! If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, 360 Bar and Dining, a revolving restaurant in the tower, is a great choice for lunch or dinner, with spectacular views. Enjoying the view with a glass of champagne is more my style!
3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks / +61 2 8274 7777
If you enjoy being suspended 134 meters above the ground, the Sydney Bridge Climb may well be for you. I’m told it’s an amazing experience. I’m scared of heights. I’ll take your word for it.
See a show at The Opera House
Bennelong Point / +61 2 9250 7777
There is always a show to see at The Opera House. Check out the website for what’s showing. If you’re looking for a complete Sydney experience, why not dine at one of the many Circular Quay restaurants, such as Bennelong or Aria, on their Pre-theatre Menu, prior to your show?
Quintessential Aussie Picnic
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (end of Mrs Macquarie’s Road)
Want to dine with a view of the Harbour, without the price tag? Head down to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Pack your picnic basket, your rug and a bottle of wine and dine alfresco, enjoying one of the best views of Sydney, hands down. Just don’t forget to charge your camera. Oh, and it’s a great game to count the number of wedding’s you’ll see while you’re there.