05 September 2014
Sydney First XI: Tourist Highlights
As Australia’s largest city, Sydney is home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants and a vibrant culture.
Sydney will host five ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches, including Australia-Sri Lanka on 8 March 2015 and a quarter and semi-final. Click here for a full list of fixtures in Sydney.
Climb an icon
The Sydney Harbour Bridge has many faces, but there’s no better way to experience this iconic structure than by climbing it. The ultimate Sydney adventure offers different climbs, including the original BridgeClimb and the Discovery Climb that takes you through the heart of the bridge. Both options include a guided climb over catwalks, ladders and arches, from where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the harbour, the city and beyond to the Pacific Ocean and the Blue Mountains. The sense of exhilaration and excitement you’ll feel on this tour is guaranteed to be one you’ll remember for a long time. Visit website.
The big house
Australia’s iconic face to the world, the Sydney Opera House, is a World Heritage-listed architectural jewel that also offers an exciting range of entertainment and dining experiences. This busy performing arts centre features a full calendar of performances by the best musicians, actors and dancers from around the world. Make sure you take a guided behind-the-scenes tour to uncover the building’s fascinating history, including stories of the stars who have performed here over the years. Dine out at the harbourside Opera Bar, have pre-theatre drinks at Bistro Mozart or a cocktail at one of the many Theatre Bars. Visit website.
Backyard to bush
Located on a headland overlooking Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay. This world-class zoo offers many opportunities to get up close with Australia’s native animals, including echidnas, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, and many birds and reptiles. The zoo features over 2,000 rare and endangered animals. A highlight is the ‘Backyard to Bush’ exhibit, where you’ll travel from the familiar world of the home through to a typical Australian farmyard, and then into the wilderness of the bush. Visit website.
Go for a coastal walk
One of the most popular walks in Sydney is a six kilometre, two hour coastal path that winds along the cliffs from Bondi Beach to Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee beaches. Stop for lunch at one of the sea-side cafes and soak up spectacular ocean views, the dramatic sandstone cliffs, beaches and inlets along the way. On your return leg, enjoy dinner or a drink at Bondi Icebergs or Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, both great spots to chill out in Sydney style. Visit website.
Let’s Go Surfing
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to surf, there’s no better place to try it than on world-famous Bondi Beach. Bondi has fantastic waves, year-round sunshine and the coolest beachside vibe anywhere in Australia. Experienced surfers will help you catch the wave of your dreams, whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced surfer looking for the best waves. Later, relax at a beachside bar, cool café or local eatery where the food flavours of the world are on offer. Visit website.
To the Rocks
The site of Australia’s first European settlement retains much of its colonial-era architecture and cobblestone laneways. The best way to uncover the stories and intrigue of life in early Sydney is to join a Rocks Walking Tour; there’s also a Rocks Ghost Tour for more intrepid visitors. The Rocks has a wide range of stylish boutiques, cafés and restaurants as well as heritage pubs with plenty of atmosphere and good food. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is a highlight for art buffs (it has a great cafe overlooking the harbour) while The Rocks Markets is packed with arts and crafts on Saturday and Sunday, and fresh produce on Fridays. Visit website.
On the high seas
One of the best ways to really experience the natural beauty of Sydney is on a ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly. The short trip takes you past some great attractions – the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo, Nielsen Park and Balmoral Beach before arriving at Manly Wharf. From here, wander along the Corso to the oceanfront promenade where you can dine at any number of cafes and pubs or sit on the beach and enjoy fish and chips. Visit website.
It all happens at Darling Harbour
This lively harbourside precinct, a 10 minute walk from the city centre, is one of Sydney's largest dining, shopping and entertainment precincts. It has a full calendar of outdoor events as well as major attractions including the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship. King Street Wharf is a prime nightspot, packed with sleek dining establishments and funky nightclubs. Cockle Bay Wharf offers waterfront promenades with alfresco cafés, bars and restaurants. Some of Sydney's most popular attractions are here - SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILDLIFE Sydney and Madame Tussauds. Visit website.
Field of dreams
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a champion player and run onto the hallowed grounds of the Sydney Cricket Ground? This tour gives you the chance to experience that feeling. You’ll be guided through all the highlights of this famous sporting arena, prepare for a big game in the dressing rooms, before heading down the players’ tunnel. Then, it’s off to a private suite and drinks in the Members’ Pavilion. You’re a winner on this tour! Visit website.
Sydney from the sky
Make sure your Sydney visit is a memorable one – take a seaplane flight that lifts off from Sydney Harbour for a sightseeing tour in a classic Beaver aircraft. Whether it’s a scenic flight over the harbour, a flight along the golden curves of the northern beaches or a romantic picnic lunch for two on a secluded beach, you’ll enjoy an experience to remember. Visit website.
Serenity in the city
Take a stroll through the romantic Rose Garden and smell the fragrances of the formal Herb Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Check out the famous pre-historic Wollemi pines, the fernery and cactus garden. Along the way admire the fountains, lakes and sculptures of this early 18th century garden that’s located at the edge of Sydney Harbour, in one of Sydney's most spectacular positions. Visit website.
Check out the video below for a peek at the wonderful things you can experience in Sydney:
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