Built around the glittering labyrinth of Port Jackson, Sydney is one of the world’s greatest cities. Its millennia-old history spans the length of Australia’s human story: from its original Aboriginal inhabitants, down through its years as an English convict settlement, to the sophisticated modern city visitors see today. Famous for its iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its graceful Opera House, Sydney offers its visitors an array of experiences unmatched by any other city in the world. Its iconic beaches, such as Manly and Bondi, epitomise the open, friendly and healthy Aussie lifestyle. From the cool hotels and hipster hangouts of Darlinghurst, to the luxury 5-star hotels scattered among the coves and inlets of Sydney Harbour, the city has an outstanding selection of accommodation options. You can relax in an airy apartment high in the sky above Sydney Cove, or disappear into an opulent spa retreat hidden away in a leafy suburb or bush-fringed bay. Sydney’s frenetic heart beats fast in the nightlife of Kings Cross and Oxford Street, through to it’s many late cool roof-top bars. Its daytime charm lies in the cafes and restaurants of The Rocks and Darling Harbour where you can simply sit and admire that beautiful harbour.
In Sydney there is no shortage of luxury accommodation available. Once you have chosen where to stay, it is time to decide what you would like to do with your time. There are so many different things to experience in Sydney that we have compiled a list of seven of the best things to do during your time in this famous Australian city.
The views around the Sydney Harbour are iconic, and what better way to see them than from the water. During the day, you can charter a private yacht and cruise up and down the harbour while enjoying gourmet snacks and the hospitality of your skipper. Chose between a classic monohull, spacious catamaran or modern motoryacht. Alternatively, wait until the sun sets and experience the city at night while enjoying a delicious dinner menu. Many of the night cruises also feature live entertainment and a bar.
Darling Harbour is located next to the Sydney CBD and is filled with restaurants, boutiques, attractions, green spaces, and bars. You can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, or browse through the stores at Darling Centre and Harbourside Shopping Centre. There are restaurants in the area to suit every palate and appetite, including Sokyo Lounge, Mister Percy, Waterfront Grill and Momofuku Seiobo.
Sydney is blessed with a multitude of incredible roof-top bars. What better way to take in the sights and sounds of Sydney than with a refreshing drink (beer, spirit, cocktail – or even a mineral water!) from a roof-top bar. These are especially popular over the Summer period, so arrive early on a hot day to secure the best viewing positions.
Sydney has many famous landmarks and is situated along a stunning coastline. To experience it all, you can book a helicopter tour of the city. Your knowledgeable pilot can explain the history of Sydney while flying over iconic places including Bondi Beach, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Alternatively, choose to see it from a seaplane and pair the experience with lunch at a high-end restaurant.
One of the most famous buildings in Australia, the Sydney Opera House is the perfect place to enjoy dinner and a show. Throughout the year a wide range of concerts, musicals, ballets, theatre shows, live acts and comedy sets are performed. Within the small sail of the Opera House is the acclaimed restaurant Bennelong, perfect for a pre or post show meal. Bennelong celebrates Australian culture and produce through a carefully designed menu that aims to put “Australia on a plate”.
Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s top beaches and is well known around the world. The sandy white beach and azure water make for stunning photos, and with highly trained lifeguards on watch, it is a safe space to enjoy the ocean. Overlooking the water, is Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, an elegant space to enjoy an Italian inspired meal and take in the stunning view.
Across the road from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Considered to be the best art gallery in Sydney, it showcases examples of Indigenous Australian, Asian, Classic Australian, Contemporary, and international art, and includes works from masters such as Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. There is also a rotation of touring exhibits for patrons to view and enjoy.
One of the finest restaurants in Sydney, Catalina features panoramic views over stunning Rose Bay. Their exceptional fine dining menu celebrates Modern Australian cuisine and uses high quality, local seafood. Two of the signature items are their Sydney Rock Oysters and Soy Cured King Salmon. The beverage menu features high quality wines and cocktails that use premium spirits, and their staff have a reputation for excellent service.