Hop on a ferry and ride under the Harbor Bridge!
Continuing on in our tourism segment that began with Athens, then went on to the United Arab Emirates and left off in London, today we will head… downunda to see what the beautiful city of Sydney has to offer its visitors.
Most people tend to confuse the “emerald city” for the capital of all of Australia, but that honor goes to the less known town of Canberra that is further to the south of the country’s eastern shoreline.
Australians are known for their friendly personalities, their warm characters and their willingness to help one another, so if you happen to find yourself lost somewhere in this admittedly large city, don’t feel too uncomfortable to ask someone in the street for directions. You’ll be relieved to discover that they’ll be more than willing to help you out.
As for what you can do in your spare time in Sydney, well, the options available to you are more than enough to keep you busy!
- Take a ferry ride across the Harbor
One of the greatest views you’ll ever see in your entire life is at Barangaroo. You can hop on one of the ferries that will carry you all the way across to Circular Quay for just a bit over $7 per person and experience one of the greatest boat rides of your life.
You’ll get to go right under the Harbor Bridge, one of the largest and most popular bridges in the entire world (alongside San Fransisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.) Eventually, the Sydney Opera House will also appear in sight, placing you in the ideal position for a most memorable photo and quite a popular upload to your social media accounts.
Once you get off the ferry at Circular Quay, you’ll have plenty of options available to you, as you can either hop on the shiny new tram (completed in 2020), the metro or continue on to one of the many cafes and bars near the Opera House.
2. Head down to Darling Harbor for food and drinks
Another popular attraction among both tourists and locals within the same area is the Darling Harbor. With many options to choose from for your wine and dining needs, this area more than has you covered. And if you’re in the mood for a bit of exploration, you can continue on to nearby Barangaroo (which is in walking distance) to see Sydney’s version of the Madame Tussauds wax museum or underwater aquarium.
In fact, Barangaroo has plenty more to offer, especially during the evening, with a wide variety of restaurants, bars and even karaoke for those that are feeling a bit more… adventurous! Or you can hop on one of the many boat-bars and have a couple of drinks as you cruise around the harbor — the choice is yours!
No matter where you go, you’re guaranteed to have a great time in the heart of Sydney!
3. Hit up one of Sydney’s trademark beaches
Whether its the more popular Bondi, Coogee or Maroubra or even the lesser known Malabar, La Perouse or Brighton-le-Sands, Sydney has a beach that suits every need.
If you prefer the livelier, more busy and crowded type of area, then Bondi and Coogee are definitely the places for you! With huge waves that can take you right back to shore no matter how deep you go, surfing boards all around, people trying their hand at some beach volley and others simply just soaking up the sun while laying on the sand, if the weather’s good these places are sure to be packed until the early evening. Just remember to respect the rules: no drinking on the beach!
But even after dark, if you think these beaches go quiet, then you’re in for a shock. With bars that play live music and DJ’s that keep things going until the early morning hours, this is the place to be if you enjoy a good party.
If, on the other hand, you prefer your privacy and piece of mind, maybe heading down to Malabar or Brighton-le-Sands would be more for you. Then afterwards you can head up to one of the many restaurants available in the area to soothe those post-swim cravings.
4. Catch a movie… on the water?
While this once again takes us back to the Darling Harbor area, it is something so unique that we feel deserves its own mention.
Watching a good movie is in and of itself a great way to spend a couple of hours, but who knew you could do it on the water?
Well, thanks to ‘Mov’in Boat’, which is located right in the Darling Harbor, you can!
With beds and mattresses that sit on small platforms or even tiny boats just big enough to fit a couple of people all facing towards a large screen, now you can enjoy your favorite film while feeling the cool water breeze not just from next to you, but from beneath you. While this may not be the price of your average movie ticket, the once-in-a-lifetime experience more than makes up for it. I mean, realistically speaking, when are you ever going to watch a movie on the water again?
Just remember not to fidget around too much unless you want to end up watching the movie from under the water.
5. Sydney has some great museums — take a tour!
Home to some of the most spectacular museums you’ll ever find, the city of Sydney is a nest of knowledge. From the Australian Museum to the Sydney Aquatic Museum and Heritage Fleet at — once again — Darling Harbor, all the way to Fort Denison, there’s no way you can go wrong.
Most of these in fact are interactive and updated quite often, which means that you’ll be spending your time having quite a lot of fun while learning at the same time, which makes your visit all the more worthwhile.
And if you’re worried about prices, there’s no need! You can get in to most of Sydney’s museums free of charge. So all you need to focus on are travelling expenses and learning.
And there you have it! Five things to do in the great city of Sydney that‘ll make your time there seem to fly by. Of course, as always there are many more things you can do that simply would not fit on our list, but we feel that if you leave this city having done at least these five things, then you can call it a time well spent.