Sometimes when looking at the beautiful beaches of the Philippines it is easy to forget just how beautiful Australia is. Not just the beaches but the cities and the natural beauty that Australia offers. Australia has beauty in its people too and the cultural aspects that make an Aussie an Aussie. Most visitors to Australia end up first in Sydney. So what is in Sydney and what are some of the places and sights some visitors may miss?
Sydney city has the free 555 shuttle bus in the city centre and admire Sydney’s buildings from a different angle. The service operates in both directions on a loop from Central Station to Circular Quay via George Street.
Walking over the Harbour Bridge and climb the steps of the Sydney Opera House for that perfect picture to send back home Next door is the Royal Botanic Gardens, a 30-hectare oasis of tropical plants, green lawns, ponds and shady trees overlooking the harbour.
Dont forget Bondi seduces many a nomad into staying put; chances are you won’t hurry to leave. Swim, sunbathe or sign up for a surf lesson or take in the spectacular stretch of sandstone cliffs and coves of the Bondi-to-Bronte walk along a one-hour, 2.5-km coastal path. And if you dally past dusk, swing past the White Revolver, on the corner of Curlewis Street and Campbell Parade, a bijou club where Bondi’s style set converges.
For the cost of a ferry ticket, tour Sydney Harbour at your own pace from Circular Quay. Take the kids island-hopping and discover Sydney’s convict heritage, maritime past and great spots for waterfront picnics.
Sydney’s early convict days live on in the Rocks, a jumble of cobblestone streets and cul-de-sacs just five minutes from Circular Quay. You only have to step off the harbour foreshore to find the sandstone terraces and cottages and some of Sydney’s oldest pubs. This historic precinct also draws both visitors and locals with its museums and galleries, lively weekend markets and hotels with harbour views. The past and present collide in the best way in the Rocks, home to both ghostly tours and some of Sydney’s liveliest celebrations.
The month of January sees an emptied city center, free of cars and transformed into a spectacle of music and surprise, featuring a mesh of talent ranging from bands of international and local fame to acts including a burlesque circus and indigenous arts practice. Overall, Sydney Festivall, Australia’s largest cultural event ushers in more than 1,000 artists and offers free and freewheeling events including Festival First Night.
Explore bushwalking trails for all ages and fitness levels, from the coastline to the inner harbour, forests and waterways. Work up a sweat on the spectacular Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.
Sydney Olympic Park also has many great attractions for the whole family and most of them are free. Walk through rejuvenated wetlands or take your bike for a spin along the cycle tracks. The park’s BirdLife Discovery Centre is open every weekend and admission is free. Kids can learn about beautiful native birds as well as those feathered friends who visit Australia throughout the year.