Sydney is the most popular and exciting city in Australia, and trust me, as a local Sydney sider there truly is so much to see and do. Sydney is the ideal city for people who love the sun, beaches, nights out in the town and people who love to explore old and beautiful buildings (dating back to 1788). If you find yourself in Sydney for a stopover, a weekend or for a getaway, then I have all you need to know to get the most out of your stay.
Arriving in Sydney
Sydney City is only a twenty minute commute from the airport making it a super easy city to get too. If you are a foreigner, then travelling into the city via train is the best option for you as it is cheap and you are able to view amazing sights of Circular Quay on your way into the city.
Getting around Sydney Airport is easy as the airport is signposted extremely well and if trains aren’t your thing you are able to hire a rental car (be aware of this however as parking in the city is extremely costly), buses and shuttles and even taxis.
Beaches to Explore
Sydney is a famous city due to it’s incredible position as it is located right next to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches.
Bondi – Bondi is the most famous beach in Sydney, and is incredibly easy to get to from the city. You can catch a pre-paid bus from all over the city or the faster option is getting a train from Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, King Cross and Edgecliff taking you too Bondi Junction Station. From here, there are regular buses taking you down to the beautiful Bondi Beach.
Manly Beach – Manly Beach for the locals of Sydney is the most popular beach to visit and to spend a summers day at. Getting to the beach from the city, you are able to catch a Ferry from Circular Quay which takes you right into the centre of Manly and leaves you with only a small walk to the beach. Manly has hundreds of beachfront resturants, cafes and ice-cream parlors.
Bronte Beach – Bronte Beach is the beach over from Bondi, so to get to Bronte you will have to catch the same transport as you would if you were going to Bondi. Bondi has a famous coastal walk that takes you to Bronte so after a long breezy walk, you can dive head first into the blue waters of Bronte Beach.
Balmoral Beach – This is my personal favourite place to escape in Sydney. Balmoral is about a 20 minute trip out of the Sydney Centre and is the perfect getaway hotspot for locals. The beach is filled with yachts and boats, you can even rent one to go fishing or to take it out and swim in the deep blue ocean water. Balmoral Beach is lined up with a heap of takeaway shops and even has a few waterfront resturants to escape the blazing Australian heat.
Best Sydney Eats
Sydney is a very cultural city, so it has a heap of food options from Asian cuisine to American burgers.
The Grounds of Alexandria – The Grounds is a beautiful lunch spot just out side of the city. There is a lunching spot right under a roof of blossoming flowers and also a delicious restaurant in a barn like shed. The restaurant is a bit pricey so it’s best to go to the take-away food shed and eat amongst the millions of flowers. The grounds has fresh flowers everyday which you can buy and also a mini farm to entertain the kids. Its even a perfect brunching spot on a sunny day.
Glebe – Glebe is a neighbourhood sitting right under the nose of the city and is perfect for vegans and vegetarians. There is a ton of amazing foodie resturants with non-meat options and also has shopping markets on Sunday’s at the local Glebe public school.
Centre Point Tower – Centre Point is the tallest building in Sydney with a revolving restaurant 309 metres above the city. If you want to dine with the best view of the city, then this is the restaurant, as you can not only see the city but on a clear day you can see up to 90KM away. There is a buffet and a restaurant called ‘360 Bar & Dining.’ The restaurant is very pricey so if you are on a budget and still want the most amazing view out of all of Sydney, then the buffet is the option for you (the food at the buffet is still incredible!).
Things to do
Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and Wildlife Zoo – Wonder down to Darling Harbour and you will find, right there on the dock, a jam packed day with all three attractions right next to each other.
Taronga Zoo – Through Mosman, Sydney’s zoo is filled with animals from across the world. You will even catch an amazing view of the city as you watch the Giraffe’s eat from your hand and Meerkats run a muck as they show of to their audience.
Luna Park – Luna Park possibly has one of the most spectacular views of the city. Be sure to ride the Ferris Wheel and don’t forget your camera as the view from up there is worth snapping.
The Rocks – The Rocks is a neighbourhood in the city centre and the richest part of the city historically. It’s urban feel and vintage buildings makes you feel like you have gone back in time to the 1700’s. The Rocks is filled with vintage restaurants and markets on the weekends. Taking a stroll through The Rocks is an activity in itself, and it’s free!
Hyde Park – Hyde Park is a park right in the middle of the city. It’s Sydney’s version of Central Park New York (except a micro of the size). It’s a perfect place to relax, read a book or have lunch away from the buzzing movement of the city.
A Bunch of Museums and Art Galleries – From The Rocks to Circular Quay, Sydney is packed with museums and art galleries. Some of the most popular include the Powerhouse Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Museum of Sydney and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Best Places to spend a Sydney night out
Sydney, for Australian’s is known as the ‘lamest’ place to go out at night because of the lock out laws that don’t let you enter a bar, nightclub or cocktail bar after 1am. So you are left in the street with literally nothing to do. But if you can make it to a club before 1am (I’m sure you will) and make it to a good nightclub, you are sure to have an amazing night out.
Ivy Nightclub – Ivy is a nightclub that is one of the most expensive out of all of Sydney. It is right in the centre of the city so making getting to and from this club is easy and cheap. The club is also a restaurant during the day time. The nightclub has numerous rooms and levels, including a rooftop pool open on Sunday’s during the summer months and at night time (numerous bars are also around the pool).
Argyle – The Argyle is a bar and nightclub in The Rocks. It is also expensive yet this place makes for a good night out. There is a cloak room and a taxi bay right out the door of the nightclub.
Taylors Roof Top Bar – Music, drinks and good company is all you need to have a good night out at this roof top bar. Again, this bar is right in the centre of the city and makes it an easy bar to get too.
Surry Hills – Surry Hills is just outside of the city (10 minutes on train) and has thousands of cocktail bars, bars and food joints which makes for a night a bar hopping simple and easy to do. You’ll see party buses driving up the streets on Saturday nights as bar hopping in Surry Hills is a popular activity.
Sydney is an incredible city with so much to do all throughout the day into the night. Comment your favourite thing to do in Sydney or your top bucket list things ti tick off in Australia’s more popular city.