When you’re at the oldest, biggest and most beautiful of all Australian cities during the Australian Open, there’s so much to do in such a short time. We give you the top 10 places to go in the city of Sydney
Sydney Opera House
One of the first things that comes to your mind when we say Sydney. You cannot visit Sydney and not go to this great tourist destination. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, you get a sight to behold with the harbor being right by its side. With its unique shape being so intriguing, this venue offers tourists from around the world the luxury to relax at one of the restaurants, stroll around its exterior, or take an organized tour of this magnificent structure, which encompasses theaters, studios, exhibition rooms, a concert hall, and cinema. A place not to miss when you’re at Sydney.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
It’s lovely when you have a city that has two prime located at a very short distance from each other. Right next to the Opera House will one find the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Supported by massive double piers at each end, it was built in 1932 and remains, to this very day, the world’s largest steel arch bridge, connecting the harbor’s north and south shores in a single curve rising 134 meters above the water. You can enjoy a nice stroll along the walkway or opt for a guided ascent through BridgeClimb for a breathtaking panorama of the city and harbor.
The Bridge offers something that adrenaline junkies would absolutely love. Those wanting to climb 134-meter-high summit can do so by booking the Sydney BridgeClimb. This is a spectacular opportunity that takes groups of up to 13 people on an approximately 3.5-hour climb to the top of the outer arch. Tours run throughout the day, beginning with a dawn climb and ending with a night climb.
Harbor Cruises from Circular Quay
You can’t visit a harbor without going on a ferry ride now can you. Home to the city’s main ferry terminal, you’ll see thousands of commuters at the Circular Quay around the many cafés and restaurants on the waterfront where one can be delighted by the street performers along the sunny walkways. Hop aboard the cruise that should take you nothing more than three hours and see Sydney from a completely different perspective. The go-to spots during the cruise are the Manly and Watson Bay as well as the Taronga Park Zoo. If you plan a trip to Sydney during the winter, there’s a good chance that you might to get to see some whales by going for the Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise.
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney is far from the concrete jungle that you think it is. Far away from the crowd and hustle-bustle will one find the Royal Botanic Garden at Farm Cove that’s a walk away from Sydney Opera House. If you’re asking for space, you can’t ask for more with 30 hectares of themed gardens with towering trees, palm groves, orchids, ferns, and flocks of fruit bats. The go-to places here are Palace Rose Garden, which includes some 1,800 roses, and the Glasshouse Latitude 23 and Fernery
Queen Victoria Building
You can do away with the modernity that Sydney brings with it and delve into a bit of history by visiting the Queen Victoria Building. Originally built as a market hall between 1893 and 1898, this elegant building is crowned by a high central dome surrounded by 20 smaller domes. Today, more than 200 high-end shops line its light-filled galleries. It’s worth a visit, even for those who shun the shops, just to admire its successful restoration, as well as its beautiful stained glass windows and mosaic floors.
The Sydney Tower Eye
Those who suffer vertigo, stay away from this one. Soaring above the city skyline, the 309-meter-high Sydney Tower Eye is the city’s tallest building. While up there, you can enjoy panoramic views of Sydney and its surrounding suburbs or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the revolving restaurants or the café. Also on offer is a 4D cinema experience, which provides an overview of the city’s major icons.
Sydney is famous for its fabulous beaches. Less than a 15-minute drive from the city, iconic Bondi Beach beckons where one can surf for hours and enjoy a meal and drinks at its cafes. For fantastic ocean views, it’s best to take the coastal walk along the cliffs from Bondi to Coogee. Other ocean beaches include Cronulla, Bronte, Tamarama, and Maroubra.
Australia is popular for its exclusive and diverse wildlife. And a visit to Taronga Zoo is where you can enjoy such close-up encounters with the iconic wildlife and other animals from around the world, plus superb views of the Sydney skyline. Highlights include the Lemur Walk-Through, Koala Encounter, and Seal Show.
St. Mary’s Cathedral
This striking landmark, in neo-Gothic style, is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney. Topped by twin spires, the building was modeled on Lincoln Cathedral, and reflects the design of Notre-Dame in Paris. Inside the cathedral, one gets to see the many intricate stained glass windows cast beautiful patterns of light. One of the best times to go here is during Christmas where one will see the cathedral all decked up with lights and decorations.
Inhale the fragrance of sizzling Szechuan spices, shop for Chinese specialty items, or feast on authentic Asian cuisine at Sydney’s Chinatown. Framed by lion gates at each end, this small district lies in the pedestrian zone of Dixon Street between Darling Harbour and Central Station. The time around the Australian Open is a brilliant time to go here as the streets of Chinatown come alive during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Near Chinatown, Paddy’s Markets, is a Sydney institution from Wednesdays through Sundays with hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce, bargain fashions, and souvenirs.