Sydney is a beautiful city with so many places to see with different things-to-do for different people. You can even decide not to do anything and yet manage to spend the whole day without getting bored. We had an amazing time at Sydney and hope you too have a great time. The 10 Must-Do things I would recommend for a true ‘Sydney experiences’ are as follows:
Sydney Harbour and Opera House
Charter a yacht or paddle or a kayak from Rose Bay and sail past the Opera House. Or you can even take a scenic cruise from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, past national parks, Goat islands, etc. From Circular Quay you can take beautiful picture-postcard photos of the famous Sydney Harbour and the the Opera House. In the evening you can book an advance ticket for any of the showboats that cruise the harbour. The experience is amazing!
Paddington Street and Oxford Street
Shop till you drop! That’s Paddintong Street! You can browse through boutiques, souvenir shops, branded shops and lot more here. The paths are stroller friendly, so mums don’t worry! These streets are lined with art galleries and antique shops also.
Walk the Bondi Beach
The famous Bondi is an interesting area, where you can swim, wander the shops and stop for brunch overlooking the Icebergs pool. You can walk the cliffs to Bronte and have a relaxing cup of coffee in one of the beachside cafes.
Ghost Tour at Quarantine Station
The Sydney’s Quarantine Station (commonly called the “Q” Station) is famous for paranormal activities! It offers various ghost tours aiming at families, individuals, groups, enthusiast etc. You can also learn about the history of the Station with its historical buildings and passenger’s stories. Quarantine Station has there own webpage and tours, so you might want to look those up before trying anywhere else.
Manly Beach is a very interesting beach. It sits between two pointed land masses and has some of the best ocean surfs in the world! You can even learn to scuba-dive at nearby Cabbage Tree Bay. (P.S. the surfers here have amazing body and it gave me serious body complex for next 3 months!)
There is no one word that can describe Darling Harbour to the fullest. It has hoards of shops, eateries, places to see, things to do, etc, etc. The Sydney Aquarium is one of the places in Darling Harbour that must be visited. Darling Harbour even has a website of its own! [www.darlingharbour.com]
Aboriginal Interactions or Tours
Aboriginals were the original inhabitants of Australia and they still have preserved so much of their ancient culture and tradition. I would suggest that you must take a tour related to aboriginals, whether it is an interactive tour or a visit tour. Met this gentleman in one of the tours that we took and he was oblivious of the facts that tourists were sitting next to him and taking snaps! We decided not to disturb him till he finishes his music and afterwards it was a pretty interesting sign-language conversation!
This is one of the most famous activities in and around Sydney. Sydney is a coastal city and hence, it provides ample opportunity to do a lot of whale watching. Whales are spotted during their annual migratory season, which is between May to November. Whales are more visible from specific parts of the shore or from higher cliffs. The option would be to take a ‘Whale Watching Cruise’. The whales that are sighted here are generally the Humpback and Southern Right whales. Some of the reputed cruises that you might book into are:
- Oz Whale Watching
- Australian Whale Watching
- Whale Watching Sydney
- Go Whale Watching Sydney
- Whale Watching Cruise with Fantasea
- Departure point is either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. Click the individual links for further details.
Blue Mountain (Day – Trip)
Blue Mountains is approx. 3 hours’ drive from Sydney and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reason for granting it this honour is stated as, “… it is noted for its representation of the evolutionary adaptation and diversification of the eucalypts in post-Gondwana isolation on the Australian continent… The site provides significant representation of Australia’s biodiversity with ten percent of the vascular flora as well as significant numbers of rare or threatened species, including endemic and evolutionary relict species, such as the Wollemi pine, which have persisted in highly-restricted micro sites.” Blue Mountain Range is a thrilling combination of rugged mountains, pristine greenery, massive rocky outcroppings, cascading waterfalls and some of the most beautiful and rare flora and fauna. Don’t forget to take a picture near the ‘Three Sisters’ formation and a ride on the downhill free-fall train!
Jenolan Caves is a network of ancient limestone caves of different sizes. Since this cave-system is in the Blue Mountain vicinity, hence both can be clubbed together. There are several tours offered tailored for different age groups, tastes, interests, etc. The general timing of the tours are from 9am onwards. Some of the different caves tours are the Adventure Caving at Mammoth Cave Tour, Adventure Caving at Aladdin Cave, Temple of Baa Cave, River Cave Tour, Chifley Cave Tour, Cave Tour, Ribbon Cave Tour, Imperial Cave Tour, L Cave Tour, Orient Cave Tour, Imperial Cave Tour, Plughole tour.
So, I wrap-up here with all-important links at your disposal! Have
fun & you can thank me later!