Sydney has hundreds of things to see and do if you are living here for a long time, but if you are in the city for a short holiday (2 days) or business trip or on a trip around Australia and want to see and do the most popular things only to make your trip memorable, then read on……
This is one of the iconic structures of Australia which attracts millions of visitors every year. The best time of the year to see its beauty is during Vivid – a festival of lights where there will be outdoor immersive light installations and projections. Situated on the Sydney Harbour area, apart from offering scenic beauty, this building also houses many Concert halls, Theatres, Playhouse, Studio, Forecourt etc. There are several restaurants on the way, to dine and drink at the same time when you are having a visual treat of the site.
How to get here? : You can get here by Bike or Car. However, if you are using Public transport then from Sydney Airport, you have to catch ‘T8’ line train, or from Central Station you can catch ‘T2’ / ‘T3’ / ‘T8’ line train and get down at Circular Quay station.
Next to the Opera house, is this magnificent steel structure that connects Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. Not only you can take the photos of the bridge but also you can climb it to experience and see the beautiful Sydney City view like a bird. Check out ‘https://www.bridgeclimb.com/’ if you are interested. Best time of the year to see its magnificence is during NYE as there will be spectacular fireworks display. However, if you don’t want to spend much money but want to have the city views from the top then you can visit http://www.pylonlookout.com.au adjacent to Harbour Bridge.
Madame Tussauds Museum
Most of you would know about this famous wax museum. There are several wax statues of famous local and international personalities here. You can buy tickets at the gate or online to see this attraction.
How to get here?: You can get here by Bike or Car or Public Transport (nearest station ‘Town Hall’). Or you can walk to this place from Opera house.
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
This venue has thousands of sea animals on display, largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world, Marine Turtles, Reef Sharks, Tropical fish, Penguins, jaw-some sharks and huge rays. You can also explore the Penguin Expedition boat ride, South Coast Shipwreck, Dugong Island, Penguin Passport experience, Fish feeding, Shark Dive Xtreme and many more. You can buy tickets at the gate or online.
This venue is next to Madame Tussauds museum.
Wild Life Sydney Zoo
Here you can see and experience hundreds of Native animals which you will not easily find in the wild. The animals include but not limited to Butterflies, Tasmanian Devils, Koalas, Wallabies, Kangaroos, Crocodiles, Snakes, Birds, Wombats, Platypus, Quokkas, Spiders, Bees and many more. You can buy tickets at the gate or online.
This venue is next to Madame Tussauds museum.
Sydney Tower Eye
This is one of the tallest structures in Sydney which has an observation deck from where you can see beautiful and spectacular views of Sydney city and surrounds including Opera House and Harbour Bridge. This structure also has Restaurants, 4D Cinema and many more. You can buy tickets at the gate or online to access this place.
How to get here?: You can get here by Bike or Car or Public Transport (nearest station ‘St. James’). Or you can walk to this place from Opera house.
Bondi beach is one of the best and iconic beaches of Australia. You can swim, get tanned, play Volleyball, Dine and drink at Restaurants, party in the park, Skate, and much more all day. If you are a surfing freak then you can hire surf boards or enrol in a surf school to learn surfing. At the southern end of the beach you can swim in Bondi Baths, a saltwater pool and a children’s pool. Just above the pool is the iconic ‘Bondi Icebergs’, which is the most Instagrammable swimming pool in Australia.
How to get here?: You can get here by Bike or Car or Bus. However the best option is to catch ‘T4’ line train from Central Station to Bondi Junction and then catch Bus number ‘333’ or ‘380’ to the beach.
If you have a child within you or you are travelling with kids who likes games and rides then this amusement park is a must visit. Apart from this the park also has restaurants and party halls. Entry to the park is Free, however you can buy tickets or passes to the rides and events at the gate or online.
How to get here?: You can get here by Bike or Car or Bus or Ferry. However the best option is to catch ‘T1’ line train from Central station to Milsons Point station and then walk to the park;
This Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals of 350 species native and international. You can buy tickets to the Zoo at the gate or online.
How to get here?: You can get here by Bike or Car or by Ferry from ‘Circular Quay Wharf’ next to Opera House, or by Bus number ‘M30’ from Central Station.
This place is a hidden gem in Sydney which many people don’t know. One scene of Mission Impossible 2 movie was also shot at this location. Here you have beautiful Congwong beach, Bare Island Fort, La Perouse Museum, Scuba diving and fishing spots, places of historical importance, Little Congwong nudist beach, walking tracks in Kamay National Park etc.
How to get here?: You can get here by Bike or Car or if you want to use public transport then Bus is the only option. You can catch bus number ’391’ from Central station to reach here.
Featherdale Wildlife park
This Wildlife park is located in the western suburb of Sydney called Doonside. This has a large collection of Birds, Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, Crocodiles, Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats, Wallabies, Echidna, Dingo, Bats and many more. You can have personal experience by feeding the animals and cuddling them. You can buy tickets to the Zoo at the gate or online.
How to get here?: You can get here by Bike or Car or bus or by taking T1 line train from Central Station to Doonside station and then walking to the Park.
Wet ‘n’ Wild
Wet’n’Wild Sydney is Australia’s biggest water park. If you have a child within you or you are travelling with kids who like water rides, then this has over 40 rides, slides and attractions. Also it has great calendar of special events, delicious dining options, plenty of shade and fun merchandise shops. You can buy tickets to the Zoo at the gate or online.
How to get here?: The best option to get here is by Car, because Public Transport involves Train, Bus and a very long walk by which you may lose energy that is required to spend in the park.
After experiencing all these memorable places in Sydney city region, if you have still not quenched your thirst to explore more, then below are some of the places you can visit or things you can do;
- Take a Ferry ride to Manly and back at night to see colourful Sydney Harbour
- Cockatoo Island camping
- Visit various Museums of art, culture and maritime
- Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
- Coogee beach
- Take a Ferry to Parramatta from Circular Quay
- Do Scenic flights and Cruises over Sydney Harbour
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