Also known as the Harbour City, Sydney is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in all of Australia. While other Australians may have some less-than-glamorous stereotypes about Sydney, they’re only envious of the world’s most beautiful and liveable city. While there is plenty of history, culture, fine cuisine, art and fashion, many of the best experiences you’ll have here are physical. Everyone seems to be outside exploring the great length of sandstone cliffs and headlands, surfing or swimming at one of the many golden beaches, or spending a day on the water in the famous Sydney Harbour.
Whether you’re starting or finishing your Australian adventure, your days in Sydney are sure to be active and engaging, and your nights decadent and enchanting. If you’ve heard it’s not the place to be anymore, then read on for some of the reasons why Sydney is still a fantastic destination.
Arts and Culture
No matter when you go, there will always be another opening, another show or another festival going on. Sydney’s cultural scene is filled with exhibitions, galleries and museums showcasing Aboriginal art, seafaring history and interactive science displays. Iconic venues such as the Sydney Opera House and The State Theatre attract audiences all year ‘round with a variety of performing arts. If you’re into the music scene, there are plenty of pubs and concert venues that showcase local and international talents. Sydney also has a vibrant gay and lesbian community, and is the host of the world’s largest Mardi Gras festival.
No matter what you’re into, there is an activity in Sydney that you will enjoy. Most people, however, come to Sydney in search of their own stretch of warm beach and to play in the surf. Beaches like Manly, Bondi, Curl Curl, Coogee and Cronulla have just what you’re looking for in terms of sand, surf and swimming. Otherwise, sailing on the harbour, horseback riding in Centennial Park, paddling in Lane Cove National Park, walking from Coogee Beach to Bondi, learning to surf at Manly Beach, or climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also fun activities to try!
Food and Wine
Sydney is spoiled for delicious food and wine options. There is an ever-growing list of fine dining, restaurants, boutique cafés, pubs and bakeries for the travelling foodie to explore. Flavours of Asia, Italy, Greece and Turkey can be found all over the city, and taking a gourmet tour of Sydney is the best way to find all of the most authentic eats and visit boutique breweries, coffee roasters, spice merchants and smallgoods specialists. There are plenty of food events and weekly farmers markets for you to enjoy as well.
Sydney is not only a great destination in its own right, but also acts as a tourist hub and gateway to other fantastic locations such as the Blue Mountains, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Royal National Park. From Sydney, you can also hop on a winery tour that will take you to all of the boutique and famous wineries of the notorious Hunter Valley wine region.
Shopping and Fashion
Do you love to shop? If so, then you will love exploring Sydney and it’s range of designer labels, homegrown fashions, trendy markets and cosmopolitan outlets. Start in the city centre to set the pace for your shopping extravaganza, and make sure you check out Castlereagh, Elizabeth and King Streets for world famous designer brands like Chanel and Gucci. To find duds to suit your more individual style, head towards Oxford Street, Military Road, Crown Street and Queen Street.