5 THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN SYDNEY

While visiting the Sydney International Boat Show, be sure to make time to soak in the beauty of the city. We have rounded up a few of our favorite things to do and see while you’re in town.

1- SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

 

The Sydney Opera House is easily Australia’s most recognizable building and is an icon of Australia’s creative and technical achievement. Since its completion in 1973, it has achieved worldwide acclamation for its design and construction, enhanced by its location on Bennelong Point within a superb harbour setting. The design of the building, with its soaring white roof shell shaped sails atop a massive red granite platform, has been internationally acclaimed as an architectural icon of the 20th century. As a dominant sculptural building that can be seen and experienced from all sides, it is the focal point of Sydney Harbour and a reflection of its character. A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this iconic landmark.

2- SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

 

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is another one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. It is fondly known by the locals as the ‘Coathanger’ because of its arch-based design. Walking across the bridge is one of the best free things to do in Sydney to experience gorgeous panoramic views, and for those who are a little more adventurous, you can book a bridge climb where you will be harnessed and guided over the famous steel arch while enjoying the breathtaking views from the very top.

3- THE ROCKS

 

The Rocks is the harbourside quarter where settlement began. The Rocks is essentially the birthplace of modern Sydney, and has transitioned over the last 200 years from from a rowdy settlement of convicts, soldiers, sailors and street gangs to a thriving, modern district. Walk the cobblestone streets to discover some of the oldest pubs in Sydney, or spend the day visiting elegant boutiques and galleries.

4- ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN

 

Located in the heart of Sydney, The Royal Botanic Garden opened in 1816 and is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world. It is open every day of the year and access is free. Its stunning position on Sydney Harbour, immediately adjacent to the Sydney CBD, the Sydney Opera House, and the large public parklands of The Domain ensure it is one of the most visited attractions in Sydney, and is not to be missed.

5- BONDI TO COOGEE BEACH COSTAL WALK 

 

Allow yourself an afternoon to experience this well-maintained and wonderful walk, great for the whole family. Wearing layers is recommended as the walk is known to be warm one minute and cool and breezy the next as you move in and out of shady spots – but not to worry, if it’s too warm,  you can stop for a swim at Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte or Coogee beaches, and there are a number of water fountains and even a few cafes along the way if you get thirsty. The entire walk is approximately 6km, and takes around 2 hours at a good pace. Take your time and soak in the beauty of nature on a leisurely stroll through this gorgeous trail.