From pristine beaches to outstanding dining and shopping experiences in spectacular locations, Sydney is one of the most unique cities in the world. Enjoy stunning stretches of coastline, great bushwalks in beautiful national parks and the awe-inspiring Australian outback when you visit its Surrounds.
Grand Pacific Drive: Coastal Lifestyle & Adventure
The spectacular Grand Pacific Drive is a stunning route that meanders through coastal rainforest, seaside towns and along a string of uncrowded beaches, with the Sea Cliff Bridge being the main highlight. Be adventurous and try your hand at hang gliding, or experience the thrill of jumping out of a plane at 14,000ft with amazing views over Wollongong. At Jervis Bay, join a Dolphin Watch Cruise to see wild dolphins at play.
Port Stephens: Dolphins, Whales & Sand Dunes
Port Stephens, often referred to as the ”Dolphin Capital of Australia”, is home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins. To see these playful animals up-close and personal, take a dolphin-watch cruise (Go whale watching from May – Nov). It is also home to the largest coastal moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere where you can go quad biking, horse riding, camel treks and sand dune tobogganing.
The Blue Mountains: Nature and Wildlife
A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the dramatic region of the Blue Mountains. Just 90-minutes from Sydney, the sandstone plateau of the Blue Mountains is part of the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed area. Enjoy fresh Eucalyptus scented mountain air as well as a range of outdoor activities that include easy bushwalks, wildlife-spotting and exploring the world’s oldest limestone caves at Jenolan Caves. Be sure to visit scenic world to ride the world's steepest Railway in to the valley, or take Australia's highest Skyway string across cliff tops.
Hot Ballooning in the Hunter Valley vineyards
The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine growing region- – and there are few more novel and breath-taking ways to see it than from the basket of a hot air balloon. Visit over 150 wineries and cellars, taste cheese, chocolates and the abundance of fresh local produce.
Harbourside dining with magnificent waterfront views
With so many beautiful waterside locations to choose from, you could spend your entire Sydney holiday dining at a fabulous bar, café, pub or restaurant. The best harbourside neighbourhoods are Cockle Bay, Pyrmont, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Walsh Bay and Woolloomooloo Wharf.
Fall in love with Sydney’s café culture
Sydneysiders love brunch and, with so many great choices of style and location, you will too! Check out the great value, all-day traditional breakfast menus in Bondi and Newtown, enjoy mouthwatering yum-cha in Chinatown, or discover bakeries with a gastronomic twist in Surry Hills, Balmain and Paddington.
Taste fresh and yummy seafood at Sydney Fish Market
Teetering out over Blackwattle Bay on the city’s western fringe, this boisterous market is a must see for any seafood lover. The range of produce is amazing. Lobsters, fresh tuna, the famous Sydney rock oysters, crayfish and Atlantic salmon are just some of the varieties arrayed in glistening ranks, together with a handful of sushi bars, cafes and seafood restaurants, staffed by a cast of colourful characters from the local fishing industry.
Fresh Produce at Farmers’ Markets
Sydney’s outdoor markets are another great place to check out! Enjoy a wide range of food and local fresh produce at Carriageworks Farmers Market, an award-winning authentic Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday. Another fabulous market is The Rocks Foodies Market, opens every Friday, and you get a smorgasbord of seasonal and artisan produces.
Catch spectacular sea views along Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
This short and sensational stroll is a symphony for the soul, wrapping up the very best of the city’s coastline. In an easy, one-hour walk, the trail rides the headlands, cresting high to offer a view of sea-carved sandstone and crashing waves, then dipping down for a close-up look at some of Sydney’s best-loved beaches. Definitely stop by the Bondi Icebergs POOL for an Instagram - worthy photo opp or better still, relax with a view at the stylishicebergs Dining Room & Bar.
Get up close to wildlife at award-winning Zoo
With Sydney Harbour as its backdrop, Taronga Zoo is a must-do experience for visitors. See a huge range of Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos and emus as well as rare and endangered species from around the world. An unexpected adventure is the cable car ride from the ferry wharf to the zoo entrance. Families would also love a visit to the kid-friendly attractions in Darling Harbour, like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds.
Explore Sydney Harbour
Sydney's harbour is truly breathtaking and there are many ways to enjoy it. Explore stunning Sydney Harbour on a Sydney ferry, a relaxing sightseeing cruise or a thrilling high-speed jetboat. For something unique, consider concuring the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge with the Bridge Climb City Skyline of course, complete your visit with a trip to Syedney Opera House, a World Heritage architectural jewel. consider conquering the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge with the Bridge Climb City Skyline of course, complete your visit with a trip to Sydney Opera House, a World Heritage architectural jewel.
Discover your own sense of style at Sydney’s best shopping destinations
From designer labels to high-street fashion, Sydney’s favourite shopping streets are perfect for serious retail therapy. You’ll find major international and Australian brands at boutiques and shopping centres like the Pitt Street Mall and the historic Queen Victoria Building. Discover Sydney’s many quaint precincts, from funky Newtown to eclectic Surry Hills for unique boutiques and high street fashion.
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