This will come as a shock to many who know me, but I have only ever visited Sydney once before in my life. I know! Despite only ever being at most 1.5 hours flight away, Sydney and the rest of New South Wales was somewhere I hadn’t visited since I was a child. But when I heard the Aladdin Musical was coming to Sydney town, I knew that I would have to make a trip down South. Luckily, my travel buddy Angela was just as keen on the idea, so our Sydney trip was quickly upon us earlier this month.
I love seeing all the touristy sites as well as discovering some local hang outs, so here are 7 things you must do when visiting Sydney:-
7. Capitol Theatre Show
Where many of Sydney’s prestigious shows come to life, the Capitol Theatre is a fantastic venue and is where (at the time of this blog post) Disney’s Aladdin musical was currently showing. Located in Haymarket, the theatre is surrounded by ChinaTown and is definitely worth seeing a show at if you can!
6. Manly Beach
Manly wasn’t somewhere we were necessarily planning to visit until a few people said that we would be missing out if we didn’t catch the ferry from Circular Quay over to Manly for a visit. The ferry ride alone is worth it for the amazing views of Sydney Harbour as you cruise by. Once you arrive in Manly at the Pier a short walk takes you to the famous Manly Beach and with sunny skies it really was beautiful. With lots of restaurants and pubs located a long the beach, a quick bite to eat and a drink whilst looking at this beautiful view is hard to beat!
5. Darling Harbour
This is where we decided to locate ourselves for out trip, staying at the Park Royal Darling Harbour. It is a fantastic area with Queen Victoria Building a short walk away, close to train access and of course, the harbour itself. There are lots of cafes and restaurants for all different kinds of cuisine, local bars, clubs and lounges for some nightlife action and the iMax theatre all in this area as well. This is also where you will find Madame Tussauds, SeaLife Aquarium and the Wildlife Zoo, there is plenty to see and do in just this area alone and on Saturday nights between 8.30-9pm there is a free fireworks show as well!
4. Sydney Tower
Also known as the ‘Westfield Tower’ is a fantastic landmark to head to the observation deck at the top of the tower for an amazing view of Sydney. Much like comparing the Rockefeller Centre View VS the Empire State Building View, Sydney Tower boats views that include the Sydney Harbour Bridge as opposed to be on top of the bridge which I love. You can also do the Skywalk around the outside of the top of the tower some 268 metres in the air, with some parts having glass floors (my definition of scary!). It really is a beautiful experience though and one I would definitely recommend.
3. Bondi Beach
Famous Bondi Beach really is stunning. We didn’t end up having a lot of time to explore Bondi but it’s easy to see why the locals love it and tourists flock to it like seagulls to chips. At one end you have the Bondi ‘Icebergs’ then at the other a sheer cliff face. In the middle are the famous Bondi Lifeguards who seem like classic loveable Aussie’s (although we didn’t get a change to grab a photo with one of them – next time!). A train and bus will get you to Bondi from most locations in Sydney in around 20-30 minutes.
2. Sydney Opera House
The second dos iconic landmark in Sydney is undeniably the Sydney Opera House. We were lucky enough to be around when Jackie Chan was filming his latest movie on the top of the Opera House ‘Sails’. You can catch different productions at the Opera House and pay to do a tour inside the Opera House and see behind the scenes.
1. Sydney Harbour Bridge
It is the iconic Sydney landmark, otherwise known as ‘The Coathanger’, there are so many ways to experience the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The easiest (and cheapest) is to walk down to Circular Quay and have a wander around for some incredible views. The bridge is a fully operating bridge as well, so you can easily drive or catch the train over the bridge for a different perspective as well. My favourite way by far though, is to do the Sydney Bridge Climb. You can choose from 4 different times of day to do the climb (sunrise, day time, twilight and night-time) and I honestly think that each time slot has something different to offer. The view from the top is unbelievable and although not a difficult climb, you really do feel accomplished once you reach the top of the bridge with your climb group and leader.
I will definitely be back to explore more of Sydney, with so much more to see and do, but this is the perfect must see list to get you started!
All posts are by Global Whispers and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.