Here are my suggestions of 5 ways to see Sydney.
1. Get out on the harbour
One of the best ways to see Sydney is from the water.
Further afield, Watson’s Bay is a great destination.
Here’s the view from Watson’s Bay looking back to the city. Beautiful isn’t it? Nearby are the cliffs and crags of The Gap & South Head where the coastal views are also incredible.
The Manly ferry is probably the most spectacular journey across Sydney Harbour as it travels across to where North Head meets the sea. In stormy weather the ferry service is often suspended.
From Manly Wharf amble along the Corso to beautiful Manly Beach.
A nice walk east from Manly Beach is along the lovely coastal path that leads to a little sandy cove called Shelly Beach. Have a swim then enjoy a coffee or lunch at Le Kiosk.
2. A room with a view
Blow the budget (even just for one night) on a room with a view.
This photo was taken from our apartment at Quay West Suites. Quite frankly I could have sat there all day and night just looking at the view and the boats on the harbour. Bliss.
Discount deals on luxury accommodation do happen. I have the photo to prove it.
3. Hang around the coat hanger
Sydney Harbour Bridge is fondly referred to as “the coat hanger”, due to its shape.
The Harbour Bridge Climb has remained hugely popular since it started in 1998. I’ve not done the climb yet but my husband has done it twice and loved it. Even Oprah went up there when she took over Australia a couple of years back. I will do the climb one day. Really I will.
Beside the bridge is the harbour side precinct of The Rocks, which is a great area for visitors.
The Rocks Market every Saturday and Sunday is well worth a visit.
Around The Rocks are lots of great places to eat and drink – including the one of the oldest pubs in Sydney, the Lord Nelson. While deciding where to dine why not have a drink at the Overseas Passenger Terminal? Here The Rocks meets Circular Quay so the bars and restaurants are located on the waterfront and directly opposite the Opera House. What a view.
When you are finished gawking go visit the Sydney Opera House. Just stand on the steps or walk around the outside. Or better still go see a concert or a show.
Finally when you need a little bit of relaxation head past the Opera House and along the harbour wall to the Royal Botanic Gardens.
4. Visit the best beaches
I love the Bondi Vet and the Bondi Rescue team as much as the next person but the truth is Bondi isn’t the best beach in Sydney.
On the south side try Bronte, Clovelly or this little beauty Tamarama.
The northern beaches from Manly to Palm Beach (which is the setting for the fictional Summer Bay on the TV series “Home & Away”) are all pretty stunning.
There are also some sandy harbour beaches like Balmoral, Camp Cove or our family favourite Neilson Park.
5. Get to know the neighbourhood
Like any city, Sydney has many diverse neighbourhoods that make this city great. A few favourites include:
Chinatown – near Darling Harbour & Central Station
Surry Hills – coffee culture & quirky shops
Leichhardt – Little Italy