What to do in Sydney.
Sydney is often mistaken for the Capital of Australia. It was the first part of Australia to be founded. Sydney was my home for the first 20 years of my life and it still makes me in Awe every time I see it, making it hard to leave.
Sydney being the largest natural harbour in the World makes it hard to see why life is based by the water. It is a multi-cultural hub of Australia being home to people from all over the world. With a rich history going back 200 years. Sydney offers a diversity of experience for all who visit its shores. Here is a list of my favourite places in Sydney.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1931 connecting both sides of the Harbour. Known as the Iron Lung, it brings life to all of Sydney Surroundings. The Harbour Bridge offers two walks across. The first being a Pedestrian walk between The Rocks and Milson's Point, giving great views of the harbour and is free to walk across. The second Walk is The Bridge Climb which is around a 3 hour walk up on top of the bridge making it once in a life view of Sydney.
Luna Park is located on the North Side of Sydney Harbour. It is the Happiest Place on Earth. Luna Park offers many rides and hours of fun. Luna Park is easily reached via ferry from Circular Quay to Milson's Point. For further information refer to my blog.
Barangaroo is the newest jewel that Sydney has to offer. For the last century it has been a dockland, wharf and a storage place for Shipping. Redeveloped into a Park Reserve opening Sydney Harbour up to nature. Barangaroo South hosting offices, a new Ferry Wharf to give way to a new Nightlife area with a large selection of restaurants. Barangaroo has expanded Sydney making in a vibrate new hub.
The easiest way to get to Baranagroo is through Wynyard Station which has now opened an Art Installation using the old escalators from the Elizabeth Street Exit. A must see for Sydney Art.
The Rocks is as Old as Australia. During its early years there was a reputations for being a bit rough on the edges. There have been Slums, Sailors, Ladies of the Nights and the Bubonic Plage. Get to know The Rocks but having a walk around to experience is varied History. It is the hub of Traditional Culture in Sydney. It hosts the Oldest Surviving Pubs in Sydney. Some of the Pubs in the area are The Hero of Waterloo, The Glenmore Hotel and The Argyle . There are many Museums based in The Rocks. The Museums are a mixture of Old and New. The Museum of Contemporary Art being the most popular, It is free entry into the Museum with Current Exhibitions Tickets being sold. For History on the area, there is The Rocks Discovery Museum and Susannah Place Museum, they are wonderful to learn about the history of The Rocks. The Rocks hosts many markets throughout the month including Art, Vintage and Food.
Circular Quay is the hub of Harbour Life. Being the base of Sydney Ferries transporting you all over the Harbour. Circular Quay offers many parks to enjoy watching the Seagulls fly by, a walk along the Quay depicting the Original Shoreline, Restaurants of all sorts as well as creating a vibrant night life along the Quay with Bars showing off Sydney Harbour at its best.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House is the Architectural Jewel of Sydney. The Opera House hosts multiple venues performing Arts, including Shakespeare, Music and Opera. While in Sydney I suggest taking in a Show, there is always something on and such variety. If seeing a performance isn't for you the Opera House offers a behind the scene tour. The tour last for an hour, giving you a detailed understanding beneath the Sails. If you don't have time for a tour, enjoy a walk around the Opera House getting up close and personal with this Jewel. At night The Opera House becomes the Heart of the Harbour. The Sails project a light show of traditional Art from the Badu Gili People at Sunset and 9pm. A must do is joining all the locals at The Opera Bar, with great cocktails and views overlooking this iconic harbour. If you feel like treating yourself, try out Bennelong Restaurant. The Restaurant offers a delectable menu and the best view in town.
The Botanic Gardens is located in a stunning shade of Sydney. The gardens are over 200 years old and is one of the most historic botanical gardens in the world. The Gardens have a variety of Australian Nature on offer, along with historic icons situated all through the park like, Mrs Macquarie Chair (hosting a Open Air Cinema during Summer), Government House and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Take your time to enjoy a long walk throughout the Gardens or stop and have a picnic overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW is situated the Heart of Sydney showcasing Iconic Australian Art from the likes of Grace Cossington Smith, Tom Roberts and Brett Whiteley including an extensive gallery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art work. Entry into the Gallery is free apart from Wonderful Exhibitions from across the World.
Hyde Park, is just a little bit different to its Namesake in London, but just as beautiful. It offers a sanctuary in amongst the cityscape, with ideal places to rest your feet and an iconic image of a Corridor of Trees and the famous Archibald Fountain. Be warned of the Local Bin Chicken in the Area also known in Latin as a Ibis Bird, they are harmless but will try and take food if they see you enjoying it too much.
Pitt Street connects all the main shopping in Sydney. It showcases a wonderful juxtaposition between The Old and New of Sydney. With Modern and Old Architecture offering retail therapy for everyone's needs.
QVB also know as The Queen Victoria Building, is an Romanesque Revival homage for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The QVB offers 4 levels of shopping and Cafes. Experiencing this Architectural wonder is a must in Sydney, offering a look into Sydney historical past including The Royal Clock and The Great Australian Clock as great momuments to the lives who build the nation.
Sydney Theatre Life
Sydney offers many different Theatres hosting multiple Arts, from Opera, Musicals, Comedy and Drama. There is something for everyone. If you have a passion for theatre head on over to one of the Theatres.
Belvoir Street Theatre
Hidden between Martin Place and George Street is unique Lane way covered in Birdcages. It was created by Michael Thomas Hill known as "Forgotten Songs". It is a perfect place to have a break from city life and look up into a world of Birds. Martin Place is accessible via steps from Angel Place. Martin Place is the hub of the business world in Sydney. What makes it special is the Architectural GPO from 1900. Being beautiful iconic building that is continually changing through time.
Darling Harbour is a pedestrian haven for Harbour Life, Museums, Restaurants and Gardens. It is impossible to get bored in Darling Harbour.
The top list of what to do in Darling Harbour is:
Harbourside. Offering a range of shops, bowling and restaurants from Seafood to Moroccan.
Cockle Bay Wharf. With great dining experiences.
Tumbalong Park. Offering many fountain displays to run along, parkland and a playground.
Chinese Friendship Gardens. A garden demonstrating the connection behind Australia & China
Powerhouse Museum. A Museum on Applied Arts & Science. Starting from Victorian Times to Now. It is a must see, with the collection always changing and offering exhibits.
Australian National Maritime Museum. Gives an insight into Maritime life into Navigators, Early boating life and Navy.
Taronga Zoo has been a iconic spot for over 100 years. Without a doubt the best Zoo in the World. With wonderful views of Sydney Harbour and getting up close with Animals in their natural environment. Best reached from Circular Quay via Ferry and taking a Gondola Lift to the top to start your adventure. For more information on Taronga Zoo refer to my blog.
Manly is located on the Northern Beaches, reached from the City by Ferry. Manly offers many beaches with the Main Beach and Shelley Beach being the favoured by locals. Manly has a variety of water sports like Kayaking, Paddleboarding and my favourite Paddleboard Yoga. After enjoying time on the water, eat at one of its many restaurants located on The Corso. For more on Manly refer to my blog.
Bondi is the most famous Beach for visitors and closest to get to from the City. Bondi has so much on offer as well as Beach Life. Enjoying the huge range of Cafes, Aboriginal Rock Carvings, Skate Park, Surf School, Bondi Icebergs Pool and the Famous Bondi to Coogee Walk. For more on the Walk between Bondi and Coogee refer to my blog. Bondi is easliy reached from the City via Bus from Central Station or Train to Bondi Junction.
Enjoy Sydney and all it has to offer.