The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is one of Australia’s largest and most popular cities. Best known for the iconic Opera House that sits on the water’s edge of the world’s largest natural harbour, easily one of the most recognised landmarks of Australia.
The harbour, along with Circular Quay, is a lively waterfront hub of bars and restaurants. The rest of the city is no exception, with no end of choice for places to eat, drink and party in Sydney; Bondi, Kings Cross and Manly are all home to some of Sydney’s very best nightlife.
Can’t decide between a city escape or surfing break? Snorkelling in the sun or shopping fun? Pancakes for breakfast, prosecco for lunch? Life can be full of tough decisions, but why choose when you can have it all? Visit Sydney and let us be your guide.
Get yourself down the cobbled laneways of “The Rocks” where old meets new. An historic quarter that you simply can’t miss. Architecturally, this area doesn’t disappoint and if you’re searching for that iconic picture, then you’ve come to the right spot. In need of some inspiration, then why not grab a quick drink at one of our favourites, The Glenmore Hotel. An Aussie icon since the early 20’s, its rooftop bar delivers all the right feelings with perfect views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Weekends in the city don’t get much better than this.
Dedicate yourself to the Bondi Bubble, at least just for one day. We promise it’s more than just sun, sea, and lattes. Australia’s most famous beach is a sight to behold, but there are some other hidden gems just around the corner. Lace up your trainers and put on your fanciest workout gear to fully embrace the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Starting at Icebergs famous ocean pool, get ready to have your breath taken away by steep staircases, stunning views, and incredible snorkelling spots. Pack your camera, grab your mask, grab your fins, and start trekking.
Dust off your hiking boots, rent a car, hop on a train, or jump on a day tour to the Blue Mountains for an epic day out. While it’s definitely worthwhile to check out the world famous Three Sisters, we recommend taking the road less travelled to some more hidden spots like Wentworth Falls and Pulpit Rock. Catch the sunset over the blue haze before heading back to the city to have a fully triumphant day out.
Whilst many people think Newtown is full of hipsters or the more quirky characters of Sydney, it’s the one suburb of Sydney that reminds us more of London than any other. Maybe it’s the locals, maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s the huge UK influence, or maybe because it feels like there’s more life than a sterile city feel here.
Whether you are on a backpacking budget or looking to ball out amongst the cultured streets of Newtown, all walks of life are welcome here and will definitely find what they are looking for. If you’re big on asian cuisine, we definitely recommend a food tour, stopping at the vast amount of sit downs including Ramen at Rising Sun, Golden Lotus, or Lonely Mouth. Feeling like you want to get a bit more western, check out the eccentric dive bars that Newtown has to offer, including Earl’s Juke Joint and Midnight Special. With jukeboxes, karaoke, tasty spirits, and jolly regulars, these bars will be sure to make you feel at home and that you belong.
Apart from the tasty eats and libations, Newtown also boasts an amazing artistic scene, where you can spot loads of street art that tend to keep up with the contemporary social topics.
Most visitors have a trip to Manly on their list of things to do in Sydney, going head to head with Bondi for the most chilled out suburb. Hit up the public ferry from Circular Quay to catch over to Manly Wharf. Bring your beach kit and possibly a change of clothes, because you may never want to leave the pristine beauty of all eight beaches that Manly has. You should expect some of the more attractive people you have seen all who have come here for the lifestyle. With no shortage of activities, prepare yourself for a fun filled day with surfing, sunshine, skateboarding, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, beach volleyball, and more.
With a huge selection of department stores and shopping centres present on nearly every block in Sydney, there are plenty of markets that sell just about anything from clothes, antiques, street food, and produce.
The Metro Monorail is a great option runs around the main shopping district and Darling Harbour, but most parts of the metropolitan are served by buses.
We think the best times of the year to visit Sydney are the shoulder seasons which are March to May and from September to November, attracting plenty of interstate and international travellers with heaps of major festivals being the big draw.
Much work has been done to the Pacific Highway as of late, so it is definitely an easier process to get to Sydney with a campervan or vehicle of your choosing. There are also Hop On Hop Off Buses that arrive in Sydney regularly, as well as trains running a similar pattern. Sydney’s main airport is located about 15 minutes south of the CBD at Botany Bay, with a second airport located at Bankstown. Airport transfers are always readily available at your quickest needs.
For Sightseeing: Circular Quay & The Rocks
For Nightlife: Newtown & Kings Cross
For Food & Restaurants: The Rocks
For Nature: Bondi & Northern Beaches
For Shopping: Darling Harbour