There are many cities in the world, some rubbish, some OK, some great and some totally amazing. And then there’s Sydney. Imagine if you will the perfect mix of cosmopolitan cool, buzzing nightlife and gastronomic amazingness, plus one of the world’s best beaches thrown in on top. That’s Sydney.
If you’ve visited the city, you’ll know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, our advice to you would be to save your pennies, hibernate for the next six months and then jump on the next available flight, Sydney bound (on a Contiki tour, of course!). From gorgeous farmers markets and stunning coastal walks to unique pop up restaurants and all night sweaty warehouse raves, Sydney has something for just about everyone. Here are 5 things you’ve just gotta do:
1 Catch a Wave at Bondi Beach
Bondi is arguably Australia’s most famous beach, and for good reason. Located 7km east of Sydney CDB, its fine white sand stretches for nearly 1 kilometre around the clear turquoise sea. Surfers and families tend to congregate around the southern end of the beach, whilst north bondi and the grassy knoll are strictly reserved for the hordes of cool kids and beach bums. Grab a board from one of the surf shops opposite the beach, or just kick back and watch the pros (and the Bondi Rescure surf lifesavers) in action.
2 Have a Drink at Opera Bar
Boasting the most enviable position in Sydney, Opera bar is located on the lower concourse level of the Sydney Opera House and offers the most SPECTACULAR views of the harbour bridge. Having a drink here is a real pinch yourself moment – order a cool glass of prosecco and some tasty food and then chill out and relax as you watch the ferries passing through the harbour. Best visited at dusk to truly appreciate the amazing colours of the bridge and harbour.
3 Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
If you’re looking for the ultimate Sydney experience, you HAVE to do a bridge climb. Don an attractive blue shell suit, buckle up and begin your ascent on one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks – once you reach the top you will be rewarded with hands down the best view of the city. To make it even more memorable, choose a sunrise or sunset climb and watch the sun as it rises or falls over the city.
4 Take the Ferry to Manly
Another iconic experience that allows you to see Sydney from a different angle - seaborne! Jump on the ferry from the terminal at Circular Quay and enjoy the 7 mile 30 minute trip taking in all of Sydney’s finest (don’t forget to keep an eye out for whales during migration season, June to November). Once in Manly there’s heaps to do – hang out on the beach, hire a surfboard, do a winery tour or just chomp on fish and chips.
5 Eat Your Heart Out
Sydney is a total haven for food lovers, with amazing options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, elevenses, afternoon tea…we could go on. Start your foodie day at Bills in Darlinghurst with a full Aussie breakfast or scrambled egg on sourdough. Make a cheeky but fully indulgent pit stop at Messina’s in Surry Hills (no arguments, the best ice cream in Sydney, maybe even the world - big words we know) before taking a leisurely stroll through Centennial Park to work it all off. Jump on the bus and make your way over to Bondi, go for a swim or surf and then pay a visit to Moo Burger (no description necessary). Head home, doll up and go out to Tapa Vino at The Rocks for dinner – tasty tapas and moreish wine guaranteed. Go home, lie on the bed and groan. Satisfaction levels at 100%.