Sydney’s visual wow factor is unlike any other. The city, which is spectacularly draped around its famous harbour, is well-known for its 20th century architecture. One of the world’s most recognisable structures, the Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. Since then, this magnificent venue has staged more than 100,000 performances and received over 100 million visitors. In 2007, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you have a head for heights then you’ll love Sydney Harbour Bridge. Bridge tours take you to the very top of this 134 metre giant, which opened in 1932, where you’ll see breathtaking views of Sydney, it’s harbour and the Sydney Opera House. Back on ground, the bridge is visible in the most surprising of places thanks to its enormous dimensions. It has 53,000 tonnes of steel making it the biggest (if not longest) steel arch bridge in the entire world.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Sydney Opera House is the Royal Botanic Garden. Covering a sizeable 74 acres the Royal Botanic Garden is a beautiful showcase of Australia’s native flora and fauna. Established in 1816, the gardens feature the Calyx, a striking exhibition space featuring a curving glasshouse gallery with a wall of greenery and temporary plant-themed exhibitions.
Just an hour away from West Sydney are the amazing Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. Whichever legend you believe brought these into being, each and every one of the millions of visitors to Sydney’s Blue Mountains are glad they did. The rock formation is said to change colour as the day progresses and is lit up at night so it stands out against the night sky.
The harbour is the beating heart of Sydney. An aquatic playground for Sydney’s locals, it’s a great base for exploring the city. Ferries depart from Circular Quay throughout the day to different parts of the harbour, while watersports await on every corner.
Elsewhere pristine beaches lie in wait - life really is a beach in Sydney - this city boats more than 40 of them! The glorious Bondi Beach is the most famous and the place to go to watch surfers catch waves, while Maroubra Beach is a lovely location for a barbeque and to simply watch the world go by. If you fancy a double dose of fun in the sun, take the popular Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach coastal walk - the stroll takes around two hours and features rock pools, secluded bays and magnificent cliff top views. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.
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