February 4, 2013
If you are looking for one of the hottest holiday destinations on the planet where you can find a mix of the wildest of celebrations and yet the quietest of solitudes and you’re not finding one, NO WORRIES. Welcome to Sydney! Also known as Australia’s famous harbor city, this capital city of New South Wales is already touted to be the best in the world. You might’ve thought, “Hey! Wait! Isn’t New York the best?” New York may be the top financial city in the world but when it comes to being endowed with a great range of leisure choices (such as arts, culture, food, fashion etc.), temperate climate, a reasonable cost of living as well as high levels of safety, education and healthcare, Sydney comes second to none. Be it family-friendly fun, a big-city experience or a huge dose of action and adventure, Sydney has plenty of attractions to entertain, surprise and excite people of all ages. With a population close to 4.3 million, touring Sydney can never be complete without these 10 to-do things a.k.a attractions.
Sydney Opera House
Home to the best in live-performing arts, the Sydney Opera house hosts close to 1600 performances including ballet, theatre, opera, dance, music, comedy, kids shows, talks and much more. Also known as a World Heritage site, this masterpiece of modern architecture is one of the world’s most creative and busiest performing arts centers in the world. Be sure to take a tour across this magnificent building, built by the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon in 1973, with extraordinary interiors surrounding some of the most breath-taking theatres and venues. Come this summer and you will be in for an unforgettable extravaganza of entertainment when the best illusionists and magicians take centre-stage to perform the most spectacular magic show ever witnessed on earth.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbor Bridge is possibly Australia’s most photographed landmark (replacing the Sydney Opera house) and is also the world’s largest steel arch bridge. Spanning a length of 1149 metres and the top of the bridge standing about 134 metres above the harbor, this bridge is a treat to watch from both far and near. Affectionately called by locals as the ‘Coathanger’, there is also an exhibition of the bridge at the South Eastern Pylon where you get to see a 3600 view of the bridge and also witness the display of how the bridge was built. Make sure you travel by this bridge and do not forget to take a picture as this is one landmark/monument that you cannot miss.
Having claimed a spot in the world’s most famous beaches, the ‘Bondi’(or ‘Boondi’ as it is called) beach is more than just a choice of places to spend your holidays. It’s indeed a choice of lifestyle. Equipped with an exclusive belt of hotels, this beach is also home to sports and recreation activities such as the ‘City to Surf’ run which happens every year in August and also ‘Flickerfest’ which is an international short film festival (that happens every January). It is also the perfect place to spend Christmas as the entire beach is lit up to embrace you with the spirit of the season. Truly, a tourists’ paradise.
Another beach that you cannot miss is the Manly Beach. The beach got its name from Capt. Arthur Philip who attributed this name to the confidence and manly behavior exhibited by the indigenous people living there. To reach this, you need to take a ferry from Circular Quay in the harbor and though it is a half-hour ride to the beach, you can meanwhile feast your eyes on the seaside view of the Sydney Opera house and the Harbor Bridge. Hosting about 30 water and land-based attractions each year and also comprising of shops, night clubs, restaurants and dive bars, this beach has come to be known as Australia’s favorite holiday resort.
Opened in 1916 and located on the shores of Sydney harbor, this zoo is home to over 2500 different animals and is a must-see on your itinerary. The quickest way to reach the zoo is by public transport. Officially opened on 7th October 1916, this zoo is managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales. With a wide range of attractions such as Zoo Adventures especially for children, you will be amazed by the wide range of native Australian animals and activities that happen within the zoo premises. Not only is this zoo a total family entertainment destination but it is also actively involved in various schemes that support the longevity of wildlife. A wholesome life-changing experience indeed. Book a tour now.
Glowing in autumn, cool in winter, colorful in spring and refreshing in summer! This is what the Blue Mountains can be likened to. With a postcard-perfect mountain region and a plethora of activities surrounding this wonderful and beautiful place, one can never be left wanting more. Spend a day in these exotic surroundings, be it cycling, horse-riding, taking guided tours or even relaxing in day-long spas and you will leave with memories of nothing short of having visited paradise. Truly, the one place you cannot miss.
Having gone through the locations that you ought not to miss, lets now shift to eating destinations. THE ROCKS. This is where Sydney began. This centrally located neighborhood with 19th century warehouses is packed with great restaurants, stylish bars, best shopping outlets and museums. Its close proximity to Circular quay with views of the iconic Harbor bridge as well as the historic nature of many of its buildings makes it a popular destinations for tourists.
Having had a glimpse of land, let’s go down to the waters. The Sydney Aquarium is a public aquarium located in the city of Sydney and contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life. With more than 6000 individual fish on display and with the entire area being split into as many as 14 newly-themed zones, this aquarium is a must-see destination for tourists and locals alike. Sharks and stingrays swim above visitors in acrylic glass tunnels and you also witness the most exotic display of the Great Barrier Reef coral environment. This is just the aquarium in a nutshell. Do check this out to have a life-transforming underwater experience.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Spread over 30 hectares in the heart of the Sydney City, the Royal Botanic Gardens is home to an outstanding collection of plants from both Australia and overseas. From rare and threatened plants to the romantic rose garden, this exhibits the diversity and the beauty of nature. One key feature of the garden is the Cadi Jam Ora – First Encounters, which is a garden that remembers and acknowledges the Cadigal who were the original inhabitants of Sydney City. Be sure not to miss this flowery extravaganza that will captivate and engulf you in its beauty.
Sydney Tower Eye
Last but by no means the least, the Sydney Tower Eye is more than what meets the eye. Noted as the highest point of Sydney, this place give you a 360 degree view of the city all the way from the golden beaches to the Blue Mountains. Once you buy a ticket, you will experience Australia’s first 4D cinema experience which takes you to the fourth dimension with engaging and evocative in-theatre effects including wind, bubbles and fire. The newly renovated Observation Deck hosts state-of-the-art technology including high-powered binoculars and multi-lingual touch screen panels giving information about every landmark in the city.
With such a wide range of beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants and a unique vibrant culture, visiting Sydney may very well be the best holiday destination you would be looking for. So, are you still waiting?