When people mention Sydney, Australia, what goes through your mind? Is it the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach? While these attractions are undeniably iconic and are part and parcel of what makes Sydney unique, Sydney has other sights and attractions to offer as well. Immersing yourself in the Sydney lifestyle means spending a lot of time outdoors and pursuing some active pursuits, but it also means spending time harnessing your creativity, whether it’s through art, music, dance, and so on. Sydney is one of the most enticing cities you will ever visit, and its combination of the great outdoors and excellent man-made attractions makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. So, are you planning a visit Sydney? Here are the top things for you to do.
Spend a day or two at Bondi Beach
This iconic beach is a definite must-see when you go to Sydney. It has featured in plenty of films and shows, and for good reason. Bondi Beach stretches for a full kilometre, and its curving shoreline plays host to numerous sun-worshippers. The significant aspect about Bondi Beach is its combination of beach relaxation and a ‘big city’ vibe. To make your day at Bondi Beach even more special, take a hike from Bondi all the way to the Coogee Coastal Walk, which is a total of six kilometres. Whether you like to sunbathe on the sand or walk along the fabulous esplanade, Bondi Beach is a must-see when you are in Sydney.
Visit the Art Gallery
New South Wales’ Art Gallery is a true haven for art aficionados, and it was built in 1871. The gallery, located near the Hyde Park area, is a classical, beautiful structure housing a fine collection of art, including Australian art and colonial art as well as classic art from various European painters. What’s best about it is that admission is free, although you may have to buy tickets for some shows.
Traverse the Harbour Bridge
There’s another name for the Harbour Bridge in Sydney: the ‘coathanger’ and you’ll immediately see why. It is the largest bridge made of steel in the world, after all, and it links the North Shore with the Central Business District of Sydney. You have the option to walk across the bridge or hop on a bicycle to cross it, but both options can give you a great view of Luna Park, the harbour itself, and, of course, the Sydney Opera House. If you have a more adventurous spirit and you’re not afraid of heights, you can even go up and climb the bridge for ultra-spectacular views.
Ogle at the Sydney Opera House
Of course, while there are plenty of things to do in Sydney, any visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Sydney Opera House. The Opera House is the city’s symbol, and its location at Bennelong Point makes it hard to miss. The Opera House has hosted plenty of music and dance performances from such names as Bjork, Lorde, and Bob Dylan. It’s also home to a total of seven companies specialising in the arts, including the Sydney Theatre Company, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare, and Opera Australia, so it wouldn’t be hard to catch a special show or two as well.
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