Who better to highlight the top unmissable places to visit in Sydney than an actual Sydneysider (yes, that’s what Sydney residents are called)?
Frequently voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world despite its high cost of living, Sydney is blessed with the best of
both all worlds: a dynamic city life, city beaches, a rich culture and arts scene, close proximity to the mountains…
I visited in 2015 and have been dying to go back since (I have particularly fond memories of climbing the Harbour Bridge on my birthday!). Whether you’re only there on a flying visit or you want to head straight to the hotspots before delving deeper into the city, you’ll want to know where to start. Alex Johnson put together this guest post with his top 5 picks of places to visit in Sydney.
Alex is a self-proclaimed “23-year-old lover of life, interior design, brunch & adventure” who writes about his diverse passions and encourages readers to live life to the fullest on his blog Inspire A Better Life. Go check it out for more Sydney/Australia information and inspiration!
Guest post by: Alex Johnson of Inspire a Better Life.
If Sydney, Australia isn’t already on your travel bucket list, then it’s time to reevaluate and make sure one of the world’s most amazing cities is right there at the top! Sydney is known for its diversity: from its beautiful natural settings to the buzzing city life, you can have a new adventure and discover a new favourite hangout almost every day. If you have some extra time, it’s worth looking out for the hidden gems sprawled across the city. However, if you’ve only got limited time to explore, there are some unmissable places to visit in Sydney you shouldn’t pass on. Check them out below!
1. Bondi, Sydney East
The beautiful Sydney suburb of Bondi is a place that sees thousands of visitors year-round, and is much-loved by travellers and locals alike. It’s no wonder Bondi has been dubbed one of the most unmissable places to visit in Sydney: it is full of life and packed with things to do, see, and eat. It is also home to one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Bondi Beach, which is perfect for swimming, surfing, or simply for relaxing and whiling the day away. At the southern end of the beach, you can also discover the very photo-worthy Bondi Icebergs. Start at Bondi and take the iconic Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk, which takes you through some of the best and most stunning beaches on the east coast.
2. Darling Harbour, Sydney City
Aptly named, Darling Harbour is one of the city’s best-loved areas, and a major social & recreational precinct. During the day, enjoy activities such as shopping or cruising on the water. On the west side of the harbour, you’ll also find family favourites such as the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and the Madame Tussauds wax museum. By night, take delight in the range of delicious cuisines sprawled across the harbour. Later, pop into a nearby bar for a couple of drinks and a boogie, and soak up the atmosphere well into the late hours of the night (or wee hours of the morning!). Darling Harbour also hosts world famous annual events, such as VIVID Sydney and the spectacular fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.
3. Royal National Park, Sydney South
If you’re after a bit more of an adventure, simply head south to the Royal National Park for endless opportunities to explore and have fun. Experience the best of Australia’s stunning natural sceneries and magical wildlife on a day trip, or set up camp to make the most of this outdoor wonderland on an overnight or multi-night stay. Pick your own adventure: highlights include fishing, bushwalking, whale watching, and sights such as the Figure Eight Pools, Wattamolla Beach, and Wedding Cake Rock. Just be sure to pack some sunscreen, snacks, and plenty of water when heading down.
4. Circular Quay, Sydney City
Want the best seat in the house when it comes to viewing the amazing Sydney Harbour? Head to Circular Quay, and you’ll be close to some of Sydney’s top attractions. Stroll along Circular Quay for a number of restaurants and bars, while enjoying fantastic backdrop views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. From here, you can also take a ferry ride over to other Sydney hotspots, such as Luna Park and Manly Beach. Plus, just a short walk from the eastern side of the quay, you’ll find yourself at another of the unmissable places to visit in Sydney: The Rocks, a popular site for food, drinks & market shopping.
5. Harbour Bridge, Sydney City
One of the Sydney’s most iconic sights (together with the Opera House), the Harbour Bridge is recognised the world over as an emblem of the city. This 134-meter-high steel arch can simply be admired from land or from the water…but for a true thrill, you can also take a more adventurous approach and climb it! BridgeClimb Sydney offers climbs at four different times of the day (dawn, day, twilight, and night), so sunrise, sunset, or city lights? Book wisely according to what takes your fancy!
What are your top unmissable places to visit in Sydney? Do you have other Sydney hotspots to recommend? I love chatting with you, so let me know in a comment below! 🙂
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