Of course, you won’t want to leave Sydney without taking a trip over to the world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but there is so much more to the city than this. Sometimes, it is a good experience to get off the tourist trail a little bit and experience some of the alternative sights that a city has to offer. This guide is here to give you a helping hand to do this.
So, start by sorting out accommodation – you could book Darling Harbour hotel – and travel and we will help you to spend your time in the city wisely.
Explore the Rocks
The oldest part of the city is the Rocks, and it is an area where you can wander its narrow lanes past some of the finest colonial buildings anywhere in the country. Almost torn down in the 1970s to make way for high-rise apartments, it is now a place where you can enjoy the markets, art museums and street entertainment. For a great view over the city, check out the Sydney Observatory Hill Park.
Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley
North of Sydney is one of the country’s premier wine regions, the Hunter Valley. If you are looking to get out of the city for the day to explore a little bit more of the surrounding countryside, look no further. Another activity which you could enjoy while you are out here is cycling – though you should probably avoid combining this with a day of wine tasting if possible!
Enjoy One of the Coastal Walks
They say that one of the best ways to really get to know a place is to walk around as much as possible, and this is certainly true on Sydney. The two-hour Coogee-to-Bondi walk is certainly the most popular of the different options that you can try, but you can get away from the crowds a little bit with a short stroll along Watson’s Bay or the incredibly scenic Split-to-Manly walk.
Take a Trip to the Blue Mountains
The magnificent rock formation of the Three Sisters is well worth the trip over to the Blue Mountains on its own. Hiking is a must when you are in this part of the country, and you will be able to enjoy plenty of views across the valleys, cascading waterfalls and lush, green forests. You can get the 90 minute train over here from Sydney, but it is probably worth staying overnight if you want to get a full experience of the area.
Go by Ferry to Manly Beach
The ferry ride over to Manly is one of the best ways that you can enjoy views across the harbour. At the other end, you wind up in the northern part of the city which is much less explored than the downtown area. If you want to enjoy the classic Australian beachlife and surfing, this is the place to go.
So, take in these five attractions and you will get to enjoy a totally different side of Sydney.
Contributed to Fair Dinkum Traveller