As one of the world’s top cities to visit, Sydney has a vibrant buzz year round with its endless list of high profile events, iconic landmarks, popular beaches and stunning harbour. If you want to get a feel for Sydney, here’s a tip: head straight to Sydney Harbour, one of the most photographed locations in the world. Nothing compares with seeing the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House with your own eyes.
Take a stroll along Circular Quay and soak up the atmosphere. As well as being a main transport hub, Circular Quay has some of the city’s best restaurants, including Quay, Aria Sydney and Café Sydney. Only a 10 minute stroll from the Sydney Town Hall, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious harbourside meal or experience the energetic nightlife.
As an absolute shopper’s paradise, there are seemingly endless options whatever you’re looking for. In the heart of the CBD is the Queen Victoria Building, dating back to the 1890s, this grand and beautiful building is one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. Further south you’ll find Chinatown, with Paddy’s Markets and some great Chinese restaurants on offer.
There is no denying it: Sydney is one of the premier destinations for events in Australia. The city ends each year and kicks-off every new year with a world-renowned display of fireworks, plus there are countless festivals, cultural exhibitions, days of celebration, and sporting events filling Sydney’s calendar.
Discover famous coastal beaches such as Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Manly and Palm Beach, all popular with backpackers, billionaires, board riders and the body beautiful.
Renowned for beautiful golden beaches, surf culture and a laid-back lifestyle that’s just a little bit hippy, luxury resorts and fi ne restaurants sit alongside yoga schools and market stalls offering treats like locally grown organic coffee. Once you’ve experienced the spectacular coastline, head into the hinterland where you’ll find more stunning natural scenery including national parks like Mt Warning and Mooball.
Ten times older than the Grand Canyon, the Blue Mountains combine adventure, romance, fine dining and indulgent shopping, all within coo-ee of Sydney, an easy 90 minute drive away. A few nights here and you’ll feel recharged and refreshed thanks to the crisp, fresh mountain air. The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area stretches for over a million hectares filled with a fascinating mix of wildlife, rainforest, canyons and tall forests.
In the Hunter Valley, a region that extends inland around 150km from Newcastle, there are over 120 cellar doors where you can sample the best known product of this region. The Hunter also offers award-winning spas and golf retreats in which to relax and unwind after the rigours of all that sampling, or you can simply sit back and soak up the scenery: acres of undulating vines, all hemmed in by the beautiful Brokenback Range.