Situated in the state of New South Wales is the city of Sydney. It’s the most populated city in Australia and a popular tourist destination because to its exciting attractions.
If you’re visiting Sydney for the first time, you need to know the best places to visit in order to truly enjoy the trip. So, without further ado, here are the top five must-visit destinations in Sydney.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is at the top of our list. Brace yourself for a visual treat. Opened in October 1973, the iconic landmark has accommodated millions of visitors from around the world.
Located on the waterfront of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House is a gargantuan brown structure with a white, multi-level curved roofline that is designed to look like sails (some would argue that it looks more like a shell). Either way, this building is a cultural centre that is home to Australia’s best operas, orchestras, ballet and theatre.
There are many ways to enjoy your visit to the Sydney Opera House. If you have a couple of hours to spare, then you can join the regular behind-the-scene tours that will even give you the opportunity to stand on the stage and view the world through the eyes of an actor.
If, however, you want a good view of the Opera House, simply sit on one of its many steps and enjoy the view. The Sydney Opera House is also a regular place for “Sydneysiders.” The locals love to hang out with their families. There are cafes, restaurants and coffee shops, too.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Nicknamed “The Coathanger” or “The Bridge”, the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932. This bridge is over 1 km long, connecting Sydney’s North Shore to the Central Business District (CBD) area.
One of the most amazing things about this bridge is that you can walk on it for free. The bridge has 8 road lanes (4 on each direction), plus 2 railway tracks that run beneath the main roadway. Additionally, there is a pedestrian walkway and a bicycle lane on opposite sides of the bridge, both of which are open to the public.
The views, when standing in the middle of the Harbour Bridge, are magnificent. You can view the CBD, the Opera House and the Circular Quay shopping area, to name just a few landmarks.
If you want something more adventurous, you can pay for a Harbour Bridge climb in which you get to walk over the top of the bridge’s tall arches. You’ll be joining other people, climbing 134 metres above sea level. If you’re afraid of heights, you don’t need to fear as you are safely tethered to the bridge every step of the way.
After you have had your fill of climbing adventures, it is time to head off to one of the most famous beaches in Sydney: Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach is located just 7 km from the CBD, and you can reach it by bus, train, taxi or car.
This beach is so famous that a television series was inspired by it. The opportunity to bathe in the sun while sinking into the golden, white sands is priceless. Bondi Beach is a popular tourist attraction because it fits every traveller’s budget.
If you’re thirsty and hungry, there are plenty of restaurants and ice cream shops to visit. Going out for a swim? Remember to stay between the yellow and red flags for safety. In case of emergency, just raise your arm to alert the gorgeous lifeguards.
Another great place to check out is Darling Harbour. The Darling Harbour complex is located on the shores of Cockle Bay. You can reach it by ferry, train, bus and taxi. If you have your own car, remember that public parking isn’t free.
Darling Habour is home to the Sydney Aquarium. If you feel like watching a movie, there’s an IMAX theatre as well. There’s also the Chinese Gardens, Maritime Museum and plenty of cruise boats that you can ride to enjoy an exquisite dining experience.
In addition, Darling Harbour is a great spot to watch one of Sydney’s famous fireworks displays. More than 1 million people crowd the harbour to witness the magnificent fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
A visit to Sydney would not be complete without a trip to the famous Taronga Zoo. One of the best ways to get there is to hop on board a ferry at Circular Quay. Why? Because you’ll get to see Sydney from afar. The ferry ride is only 12 minutes long, and the ferries usually depart every 30 minutes.
The Taronga Zoo is home to about 2,600 animals of 340 species. That’s a lot of animals to see. The zoo is open 365 days a year including Christmas. However, be warned that the zoo gets a little busy during school holiday periods. Don’t forget to bring your camera. You can also pay to have a photo taken with adorable animals. .
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