Sydney has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years, and is now the most populated city in Australia. With the world’s largest natural harbour and iconic landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney is one of the most visited cities in the world.
Top Places to Visit
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk – Everyone knows Bondi beach, but this cliff top coastal walk offers a step away with stunning views, parks, bays, and other beaches to explore. The whole walk is six kilometres each way, but you can easily turn back part way if you don’t want to walk that far.
Even though you’re off the main beach, there are still plenty of cafes, restaurants, play areas and toilets. Some of the beaches along the walk offer free electric barbecues, if you feel like cooking in the beautiful surroundings.
(Note: There are some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track. Please plan ahead with comfortable shoes.)
Sydney Harbour Bridge – Who wouldn’t want to walk across this iconic symbol of Australia? There are multiple packages on offer to walk over the arches of this bridge, ranging from a one and a half hour ascent of the inner arch (which is perfect for people who aren’t fond of heights and don’t want to go all the way to the top), to a three and a half hour twilight package, where you get to experience the sunset on the bridge and watch night fall over Sydney.
The prices vary depending on the package you want, but range from AU $158 to AU $378 for adults, and AU $133 to AU $268 for children (ages 8 to 15). The full price range, and package descriptions, can be found here.
Sydney Opera House – The Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive buildings in the world, and is visited by millions every year. Whether you want to attend a performance, or just look at its fabulous roof, no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit.
If you want a closer experience of this magnificent building, there are multiple different tours on offer, from a one hour tour that runs at least every half an hour between 9am and 5pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) to a two and a half hour backstage tour which operates daily at 7am and includes breakfast. (Click here for all tour types and price lists.)
A Place to Stay
Ovolo Woolloomooloo – With luxurious accommodation, an indoor pool and fitness centre, free minibar and an iPad in every room, this five-star hotel has everything you need. It’s also set in a brilliant location, as it’s right next to the Royal Botanical Gardens and only a 15 minute walk from Sydney Opera House.
When it comes to eating, The Lo Lounge is open 24 hours a day, with nibbles and refreshments, and from 5:30-6:30pm it opens up for Happy Hour, where there is free wine, beer and snacks! And if you don’t feel like joining in, there is always In-Room dining on offer as well.
A Place to Eat
Est. – This award-winning restaurant is serves wonderful modern Australian cuisine in a beautiful heritage dining room. Executive head chef Peter Doyle is renowned for his trademark seasonal, uncluttered Australian food.
The tasting menu is extensive, with dishes including Western Australian Marron, Murray Cod fillet and buttermilk sorbet. It costs AU $195 per person, with the choice of accompanying non-alcoholic beverages for an extra AU $75, selected wines for 130, or premium wines for an extra 195. There’s also a chef’s menu, vegetarian menu and lunch menu so there’s plenty to choose from.
You can book a table online or over the phone, and the menu can also be found on their website.