The beautiful harbor in Sydney, Australia, home to the iconic Sydney Opera house, is just the beginning of exploring “The Harbour City,” which is both cultural and linked to its surrounding waters. Here you can kayak under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or catch a scenic cruise from Circular Quay or Darling Harbor to see waterfront mansions, national parks and the Shark, Clark, Rodd and Goat islands. Get a bit of history on Sydney’s first inhabitants on an Aboriginal culture cruise. Walk the Royal Botanic Gardens, where you can enjoy views from within and out as it overlooks the harbor.
As one of the world’s greatest cities, Sydney offers so much in terms of culture that just begins with the Sydney Opera House. It is also home to the Sydney Symphony and other numerous theaters. There is no shortage of museums either, with highlights including the Australian Museum for natural history and anthropology, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Australian National Maritime Museum. And if rugby is your game, you’ll fit right in with the locals. Sydney is home to nine of the 16 teams currently in the National Rugby League. Cricket is popular as a summer sport.
The Rocks is great for walking through cobblestone cul-de-sacs to check out weekend markets in this historic precinct. Shop Paddington’s Oxford Street boutiques, Saturday markets and antique shops and art galleries. Centennial Park is a good spot for bike riding, roller blading or a picnic lunch. At night, the historic pubs are bustling, or you can catch a film at an art-house cinema.
Bondi Beach is one of 70 of Sydney’s beaches, and is the place to be for action. Coogee draws visitors for its calm waters. More fun in the sun can be enjoyed with a walk along the winding, sandstone cliffs between Bondi and Coogee. A ferry ride to the beach town of Manly offers the chance to experience the Manly to Spit Bridge walk along native bushland. Afterwards, enjoy the shops, cafes and fine dining along Corso.
There’s no shortage of great places to eat and drink in Sydney, and the city takes full advantage of its multicultural mix and large choice of fresh produce. Add some fantastic views in and dining is a true event to enjoy here. Head for Macleay and Victoria Streets for trendy bars and fine dining, while Woolloomooloo offers more than 200 choices in food and drink.
Direct nonstop flights are available from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Sydney. A good way to get around the city is to get a SyndeyPass, offering unlimited travel on all the regular Sydney buses, ferries and central CityRail services. It also gives you return Airport Express transfers.
Sydney is a year-round destination, with warm summers and cool winters. The seasons are reversed to those in the U.S. January is the warmest month with an average daily temperature of 80.6° F. July is the coldest month with average daily temperatures of 50° F.