Sydney city is somewhere I spend a lot of my leisure time. I have been lucky enough to travel to some of the greatest cities in the world, including London, Paris, Bangkok and New York. But for me Sydney ranks up there as the best of them.
There are so many things to see and do in Sydney – world class landmarks, beautiful architecture, numerous cultural attractions, a fantastic dining scene and great nightlife to name, but a few.
I also believe that the city has a unique vibe that really defines the place, which is possibly its most appealing thing of all. If you are heading to Sydney you simply have to visit the following places.
If Sydney is a human body, then Circular Quay is probably its beating heart. Connecting visitors to most of the city’s main attractions, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and The Rocks, regular buses, ferries and trains will also take you from here to places like Mosman, Parramatta, Manly, Cronulla, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo and beyond.
Whilst it is an excellent transportation hub, Circular Quay is also a lovely place to linger for a while. Especially if you like to people watch.
It is a vibrant and bustling area which showcases fabulous views of the surrounding waterfront. It also features a number of buskers and other street performers that are quite captivating, and some quality restaurants too.
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic man-made landmarks in the world. It is also one of my favourite too.
It is such a beautiful building; I could just look at it all day. Designed by a Danish architect called Jørn Utzon, it took over 14 years to construct.
Located down on Sydney harbour, it occupies the whole of Bennelong Point. Take a walk between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, as you will get plenty of excellent photo opportunities from many different angles.
The Sydney Opera House holds over 1500 performances a year, so check out their website if you want to see a show. If you would rather just get a feel for the place however, there are guided tours of it widely available.
Sydney is known for having great shopping and the Pitt Street Mall is a fabulous place to do this.
One of Australia’s busiest and most diverse shopping precincts it has over 600 specialty stores, including the big boys like Myer, David Jones and Westfield, within two pedestranised city blocks near to the central business district.
Everything you could possibly want to buy can be found here, so I would definitely recommend checking it out. You could easily spend an entire day perusing the different outlets, and in between shopping there are plenty of places to eat, drink and rest.
The Rocks is an iconic part of the city of Sydney. An area of rich history, its name was inspired from the original sandstone buildings that were located in the area.
Back in the day it was a fairly squalid place that was frequented by nefariously individuals. Now though it is a lively area that features some of Sydney’s oldest pubs and best restaurants, as well as boutique shops, historic laneways, a handful of exceptional museums and exquisite harbour views.
The Rocks is a place you should just amble about in. If you do be sure to head to the open-air market, where you can buy delicious street food and gorgeous handmade fashions.
I love Darling Harbour! It is such a great family friendly destination and has such a terrific buzz.
I used to take the kids there a lot to see the likes of Madame Tussauds wax museum, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Darling Quarter Kids Playground. All of which are within a couple of minutes of walk of the area.
I also used to take them to the Australian National Maritime Museum, and even now I love the tranquility of the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
If you can, you should definitely spend a bit of time around Darling Harbour. As well as these attractions, you will also find some really top notch alfresco cafes, restaurants and bars too.
The QVB as it’s also affectionately known, is one of the most historical and beautiful buildings in the centre of Sydney. Located on Geoge Street just near the Sydney Town Hall, the QVB has an excellent selection of designer retail stores on the lower floors, as well as some excellent cafes on the upper levels.