Bondi is one of Sydney’s most famous beaches – home to the lifeguards of Bondi Rescue and to a sizable population of tourists, including many New Zealanders, enjoying the beach lifestyle Sydney offers. There are also a number of other beautiful spots North of Bondi, namely Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra. You are never far from the beach when you are in Sydney. You can get to most major hot spots on the bus or train.
Sydney central is a mecca for shopping with everything from high fashion and designer boutiques to department stores and speciality shops at your finger tips, as you stroll the city streets. Head up to Circular Quay and stop off at Pitt Street or check out the alternative fashion on Oxford Street.
Sydney is a city that knows how to live it up. Whether you are out for a meal in one of the many fine restaurants or out on the town for a night, you’ll remember there is a plethora of entertainment for all tastes. Be sure to check out Darling Harbour and Kings Cross.
Sydney is a city surrounded by water so make the most of it and take a cruise to Manly. You can jump on a ferry and soak up the sun for as little as $10 AUS. It’s a great way to get to Manly beach and take a tour of the Sydney Harbour.
The Sydney Opera House
Whether its architecture, romance, photography or food you’re interested in, Sydney Opera House has plenty to offer. With an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, amazing views, live music, craft markets, tours and exquisite shops there is something here for everyone. For more information on planning your visit go to www.sydneyoperahouse.com
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Along with the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an icon of the city. You can climb the bridge or do a bridge walk when you are in town. The bridge climb is quite tough if you are not fit but you can still catch the views of this spectacular city on the bridge walk, if you’re game for an adventure. Costs for the climb vary depending on the time of day, day of the week and whether it’s peak season. The price ranges from roughly $140-$200 AUS for a child and $200-$300 AUS for an adult.
The monorail gives you a good tour of the city and is perfect for the traveller on a short timeframe and a budget. For $5 AUS you can take the 15 minute eight stop trip around the city centre.
The Rocks is an area important to Australian history, it is an area that was one of the first settled parts of Sydney. Located south of the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks is now home to the Museum of Contemporary Art and a great range of shops and restaurants.
For those who like their adventure’s extreme, Sydney’s Oceanworld in Manly will allow you to get up close and personal with their resident sharks. An introductory program will set you back around $250 AUS but you will not only get to meet their eight large adult nurse sharks but all manner of marine life like turtles, eels and stingrays.
A stroll around Paddy’s Markets is a great way to spend some of your time in Sydney. Paddington Markets offer a huge array of stalls to satisfy your urge to shop, an assortment of delicious food to satisfy your taste buds and a colourful and vibrant atmosphere to satisfy your senses.
A stroll around Darling Harbour is sure to make you fall in love with Sydney. Enjoy a sunny lunch at one of the many fine restaurants harbour side and soak up the atmosphere of the busy waterway. For more on Sydney and it’s attractions visit www.sydney.co.nz