Adorned by both Victorian and contemporary architecture surrounded by pretty parks and gorgeous gardens, the capital of New South Wales is a visual treat to anyone ready to explore it. Sydney is a bashful urban tourist delight that promises an energetic, soulful experience. Thrumming with stunning attractions and new, fresh activities, the metropolis is known for making quite the splash around the world as one of the best places to travel.
An inimitable landmark that showcases modern architecture splendidly is the world-famous Sydney Opera House. The performing arts centre houses an incredible array of art shows featuring Jorn Utzon’s architecture on the inside, too. While the white-sailed expressionist monument makes it the most photographed structure, the pearly lit reflection in the Tasman sea is sure to fulfil anyone’s Finding Nemo fantasy.
A respite from the bustling Opera house is by taking in the sights of 30-hectare themed grassland of the nearby Royal Botanic Garden. Filled with foliage, trees and 1800 roses, the garden is celebrated for the horticulture and the recreational events conducted during festivals.
A golden spire scraping the skies of Sydney, the Tower Eye comprising the observation deck and SKYWALK glass platform is perfect for checking out the aerial view of stellar Sydney. Food is a lifestyle best enlivened at the rotating restaurant of 360 Bar and dining at the top of the edifice.
Worldly known and grammable, Sydney Harbour Bridge is the landmark that needs no introduction nor convincing to visit. Fondly named the “Coathanger”, the Harbour Bridge is the largest arch offering amazing activities like the guided Bridgeclimb tours, with scheduled stops to take in the panoramic views of the city in every direction. At the end of the tour, smile widely for the complimentary photo and don the BridgeClimb cap along with fellow Aussie cheerers.
Touristy and outdoorsy, Sydney Harbour is strewn with some of the notable restaurants of the world overlooking the stunning harbour. Scenic flights from Sydney Seaplanes offer a bird’s eye view so exemplary and only fitting of the magnificent harbour. The hop-on and hop-off Coffee Cruise or the Whale-Watching cruise during the winter migration are some better ways to appreciate Sydney’s sparkling water scene.
To the south of the Sydney Harbour is the cliff of South Head, where the walk is just as scenic with quaint cottages and secluded beaches as the views from the cliff. North Head also juts into the ocean while the pathway includes the quarantine cemetery and military sites to admire.
Vibrant bars, art galleries, top-rated popup restaurants and flourishing markets are what makes the Rocks a historical, tourist landmark. Visit the Rocks Discovery Museum, which traces the area’s fascinating transformation from traditional aboriginal lands to convict slum to a tourist hotspot, for a walk down Sydney’s historical development. Museum of Contemporary Art features futuristic, modern art from Australia and around the world. The art deco building is striking amongst its traditional neighbours.
Manly wharf is heritage-listed for its incredible recreational sites attracting tourists from afar with its high-class restaurants serving imported wine and impeccable seafood. Ferrying to this relaxing, tourists-preferred dock from Sydney, making it a must-do for enjoying the breezy atmosphere with plentiful, brilliant pubs and facilities at leisure.
Shark Island lies off the coast of Sydney Harbour not far from Point Piper and Rose Bay. Kayaking to the island is an adventure in the shark-infested waters, though being cautious of the sharks is integral. The island is the perfect picnic spot for families to chill at and can be reached by ferries.
Darling Harbour’s business square is just as famous for its Sea Life Aquarium as it is known for several museums like the Powerhouse science museum, nautical-buffs loving National Maritime museum and internationally acclaimed Madame Tussauds wax museum.
The world down under has the coastal line to rival all else with the iconic Bondi beach outshining the rest of Sydney beaches. Views along the coast from Bondi to Coogee is spectacular while Manly’s seaside promenade lures many people to enjoy the beach life like Sydneysiders.
Queen Victoria Building bewitches all to its premier shopping lanes with artfully stained windows and beautiful mosaic floor. An elite Tea room QVB hosts a posh High Tea under crystal chandeliers.
Adventurous is the exploration of Gordons Bay, accessible only by foot, a pleasure to chance upon exquisite sea life under turquoise waters and snorkel to your heart’s content.
Conventional touristy attractions of zoos, national reserves and beaches along with wonderfully Aussie activities of shark-swimming and snorkelling guarantees an excellent exploration of the urban wonder that is Sydney. Pickyourtrail’s extraordinarily colourful Sydney packages to warm Sydney is sure to delight your wanderlust.