Top sights in Sydney
Another of our favourite cities to visit is the Australian city of Sydney. Located in the state of New South Wales, Sydney is Australia’s most populous city and is home to nearly 4.3 million people. That’s nearly 20% of all Australians live there.
Well if nearly 20% of Australians live there then surely Sydney must be an awesome city? Well we certainly think so, and it’s no wonder that the city attracts over 15 million visitors a year (7million domestic and 8 million international).
The city is stunningly beautiful, the streets are clean, the architecture is a heady mix of colonial and modern, the climate is great all year (236 sunny days a year), and the people are fantastic.
Sydney is not the cheapest city to visit, and prices here can be high. The mix of its popularity and the strength of the Australian economy, all make for an expensive trip. Hotel prices rival any other major developed city, as do food and drink prices. A great way to make it economical is to combine it with another destination as a stopover such as Bangkok
On top of the cost of staying there, is of course the cost of getting to Sydney. Now unless you are already in Australia or maybe New Zealand, then getting there is going to be a trek. It will involve nearly 22hrs flying time from Europe. This makes getting here not only a pain but also expensive.
IF you do decide to spend your hard earned cash on a trip to Sydney, then you will want to get the most bangs for buck that you can. Do not waste money on things you don’t need to see, or are not worth seeing, use our experience of the city to ensure you get the most out of your trip you can.
Sydney Harbour Bridge has to be one of the most famous sights in the world, spanning the beautiful Sydney harbour this steel built mammoth is the world’s largest steel arch bridge. Catching a glimpse of this spectacular piece of architecture is a must for any visitor to the city. Simply take a stroll along the Southern shore and or sit out at one of the many cafes and bars near the opera house, and you will be able to appreciate its magnificence.
Viewing the bridge is of course free of charge and makes for some great holiday snaps. However if you are a little more daring then consider taking Bridge climb tour, which is one of the city’s most popular things to do. Small groups of around 10-15 people have the amazing opportunity to climb to the top of the arch. Once atop the arch you will be rewarded with some truly breathtaking views of the city. The most popular and therefore the most expensive times of the day are dawn and dusk, there really is no better way to view sunrise or sunset in Sydney than from the top of the bridge. Word of warning do not have a beer with lunch before you climb, safety is paramount here and all climbers are breathalysed before the tour starts, and they operate a zero tolerance policy, you will not be refunded if they do not allow you to climb.
Sydney Opera House
Another world famous sight that Sydney can boast is its opera house, the UNESCO world heritage site gracefully adorns the harbour. Designed to mimic the bellowing sails of the clippers that used to trade through the harbour, any trip to Sydney would not be complete without a photo.
For those who are a little more interested in the history of this famous building, guided tours operate daily, where you get to explore all of the building. Of course you can always book into to see one the shows for a remarkable evening out. Shows are not cheap mind.
We are obsessed with zoo’s we must have visited over 30 of them across the world, and Sydney’s is up there with best. Enjoying some of the city’s most sought after real estate with majestic views right across the harbour to the CBD, this has to be the most beautiful zoo we have been to.
The Australian continent is so isolated geographically, that the evolution of its wildlife and fauna is vastly different to that of Europe or the America’s. And if you want to learn more and see it up close you have to visit Taronga zoo.
Entrance to the zoo is $44aud for adults and $22aud for children, but it is well worth the cost and if you are here with your family this would be our recommendation for a family day out.
I know why travel all that way to Australia and visit a mini China? Well the Chinese and the Australians have had a great trading relationship for over 100years that this part of town is now a true part of life in Sydney. It is also a great budget way to spend a few hours.
Take a wander around and enjoying the different smells and sights of China Town you will not be disappointed. If you are there over a weekend then head down on Friday night for Yum Cha, the street market. During which you can sample food from all over Asia not just Chinese regions.
The Royal Botanical Gardens
Sydney is a working hub is very densely populated just like any other major city. A welcome oasis form the hustle and bustle is the Botanical Gardens, which are located only a short stroll from the harbour. There are over 30 hectares of impeccable maintained gardens to explore.
Entrance to the gardens is free and you are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on one of the many green spaces around the gardens. The mid day heat in Sydney can become unbearable at times, so for those who can face walking around they operate a hop on hop off bus around the gardens.
This is an outdoor attraction so make sure you are in sensible clothing, and have adequate protection from the sun.
Sydney should be on everyone’s must visit list. It really s a city that offers it all and is regularly voted one of the best cities to visit and live.
If you get the opportunity then please, please take it and visit Sydney.