There are a number of attractions you’ll want to see on your trip to Sydney. Start with a tour of the must-see Sydney Opera House. If you think the outside is breathtaking, wait until you see the inside. The Rocks is another can’t-miss attraction, full of unique shops, eateries, museums, galleries, and theaters. The Museum of Contemporary Art has Australian and international contemporary art exhibits, including a collection of Aboriginal Art. Enjoy dancing and singing in Broadway-style shows at the Sydney Lyric Theater. See an array of other shows at the State Theater, Sydney Theater Company, and Belvoire St Theater.
Stay close to Sydney’s culture by choosing a hotel near one of the city’s museums or theaters, such as Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection Hotel in Dawes Point. It’s minutes from Colonial House Museum, close to Sydney Opera House, and a short walk from Sydney Theater Company. Room rates aren't necessarily cheap, but the amenities and location of the hotel make it worth the price.
In addition to soaking up Sydney's culture, you definitely should soak up some Australian sun. Sydney's many beaches let you explore, surf, play, hike, or just take a relaxing nap in the sun. Just remember to use sun screen!
The iconic Bondi Beach is made so due to its golden sands, turquoise waters, and perfect waves, but also for its surrounding area. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and coastal walks, as well as a buzzing nightlife. Explore the area with friends or family, and enjoy a bohemian Australian vacation with a stay at the nearby Bounce Sydney, the number one hostel in Australia and one of the least expensive. Hostels offer great accommodations and are cheaper than hotels in Sydney, Australia near the beach.
For a more relaxing beach vacation, Cronulla offers fishing, hiking, and whale-watching. You can also take a snooze while lazing on the quiet beaches. The sparkling outdoor café scene makes it the perfect beach for a relaxing day. Take a ferry ride across Port Hacking River to the peaceful village of Bundeena. Complete this beach vacation by choosing one of the rentals from Sydney Airbnb. You’ll save a lot of money on these cheap rentals and find accommodations for everyone in your party.
Sydney offers plenty of things for families to see and do, including zoos, landmarks, museums, and sports. Taronga Zoo offers a spectacular display of wildlife, as well as a spectacular view of the city. For aquatic wildlife, visit Sea Life Sydney aquarium and Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. For a breathtaking birds-eye view of Sydney Harbor, scale the Harbor Bridge via BridgeClimb Sydney. The top of the Sydney Tower Eye offers 360-degree views of the city and family dining at the 360 Bar and Dining Room.
If you’re looking for more cultural things to do, take a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House or book tickets to a family friendly show. Visit one of the Sydney museums for a day of fun and learning. The Australian Museum features a dinosaur exhibit complete with ten dinosaur skeletons that are very popular with kids. The Powerhouse Museum comes to life with exhibits featuring interactive science technology and space exploration. The Australian National Maritime Museum allows you to explore impressive submarines and ships. Your kids will be exposed to Sydney’s culture while having a fun day exploring the city.
Top your vacation off with a great Sydney hotel that will accommodate your entire family. Look for Sydney hotel deals with breakfast included, such as the Sydney Boulevard Hotel, conveniently located near the Sydney Opera House, Australian Museum, and Sydney Harbor Bridge.
What better way to see Sydney than by taking a walkabout. There are plenty of walkabout tours you can go on to take in Sydney’s culture, history, and lifestyle. Tour itineraries are designed for families, sophisticated travelers, and even private walkabouts for couples. You can book a tour for a full or half day and even take in some of Sydney’s fine cuisine on your travels.
Before you book your tour, determine what you want to see. If you’re looking for an overview of the city, you’ll want a traditional Sydney Walkabout, which takes you through the city’s scenic, historic, and cultural sites. If you’re looking for a little more spice on your tour, try an exclusive walkabout, such as the Ku-ring-gai Walkabout, which takes you through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, a landscape of natural bays, sandstone plateaus, and magical bushland.
To see more of Sydney’s culture, the Paddington Walkabout takes you through the historic streets of Paddington and some of Australia’s finest galleries. Foodies especially enjoy the Gourmet Walkabout, which takes you on a tour to discover Sydney’s best food and wine.
You can even put together your own walkabout, taking in Sydney’s art and culture on your own time. The Y Hotel Hyde Park is the perfect base camp for your walkabout. It keeps you centrally located in Sydney, steps away from many of the city’s cultural icons, and it's very affordable.
Sydney offers more than the traditional tourist attractions. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you content. If you’re looking to take in more culture, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, located in Sydney’s Chinatown, is a tranquil garden complete with waterfalls, bridges, and fish-filled ponds. The Sydney Jewish Museum tells the story of Australian Jews from the First Fleet to the present. Hyde Park Barracks Museum was once a house for convicts; orphans; and ill, impoverished women. Madame Tussauds Sydney is a unique museum featuring an all-star cast of the world’s best known personalities and heroes in wax.
For a completely unique experience, visit Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Designed by architect George McRae, it was built in the late nineteenth century in the business district of Sydney. Today it serves as a glamorous shopping center with unique specialty stores. If you’re visiting during Christmas, you won’t want to miss the gorgeous decorations that fill QVB.
These are just a few examples of Sydney’s unique attractions. There are several more museums, theaters, and attractions that will hold your interest during your stay. Be sure to schedule some time to eat during your adventures. Sydney offers several unique dining experiences too, such as dice games, tap beers, and burgers at Mary’s; Japanese Ramen dishes at Gumshara; Jamaican cuisine at Queenies; and Argentinean-inspired food at Porteno.
You can continue your visit off the beaten path by booking a room at a hotel that is unlike any other, such as Tandara*, a unique camping spot in the Lane Cove River Tourist Park, located in the heart of Sydney.
No matter what time of year you visit, sports enthusiasts will find plenty to do during in Sydney, including cricket, football, tennis, and surfing.
In the summer, take in the Cricket World Cup, international cricket’s greatest prize. Race fans can enjoy the Sydney 500, when the streets of Sydney Olympic Park are filled with the roar of engines. The Apia Sydney International tennis championship features top-seeded players every year at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Manly Beach features the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing, offering surfing enthusiasts another reason to visit the city’s gorgeous beaches. Horseracing fans can enjoy the spring racing carnival at Rose Hill and Royal Randwick Racecourse.
If you’re planning a trip during a specific sporting event, be sure to book your accommodations early enough to ensure you can get an affordable rate and the type of room you desire. You may want to check into hotels near or in Sydney Olympic Park to be close to all the action, such as the ibis Budget (formerly Formule 1).
Sydney has a unique and wondrous environment. You can go to the beach one day and visit a wide range of animals the next. There are so many activities and attractions to take in, different cultures to explore, and many historical sites to see that formulate the Australian essence.
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