If you are a Brisbane resident, chances are you have or will take a trip to Sydney–it’s the place to be in Australia. With so many tourist attractions and places to see in Sydney, most Aussies find themselves planning trips to Sydney frequently. Well, here are a few things you Brisbane residents simply must do in Sydney. From visiting the famous harbour to things that are far more unique and interesting.
1. Sydney Harbour
Brisbane residents have the ocean nearby, but the harbour area in Brisbane doesn’t compare to the glamour and appeal of the Sydney Harbor. Enjoy a quiet afternoon on one of the secluded beaches in Sydney Harbor, or simply tour the shops and restaurants in this area. Another great idea is to take a ferry ride out to one of the harbour islands in Sydney, or just cruise around the harbour itself. It’s a refreshing and fun adventure you won’t soon forget. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens and their fantastic fauna, or the Observatory. Or, cruise past the Hornby Lighthouse for a truly scenic picturesque view.
2. Taronga Zoo
Brisbane residents have the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, but Sydney Residents have The Taronga Zoo. This large zoo on the shores of the harbour is divided up into zones where you can view different types of animals. There are literally thousands of furry creatures to see and enjoy. It’s one of the largest and best zoos in the country.
3. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a must-see for anyone visiting Sydney for the first time. This historic and beautiful venue is featured on postcards and marketing brochures around the world. However, it has truly earned its reputation. Whether you simply want to stop by for a photo at Opera house with your friends, or you are taking in one of the unforgettable shows here, you will create a memory you’ll not soon forget. The Sydney Opera House is open for tours during the day and hosts numerous events from ballets to theatre. Plan ahead and book your tickets in advance because shows often sell out fast.
4. Art Gallery of New South Wales
If you want a real Aussie treat, stop by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This museum is home to hundreds of beautiful works of art including modern works, and classics by masters. It’s only a few short minutes from the city centre.
5. Sydney Observatory
The Sydney Observatory is a famous landmark and historic site in Sydney. Take an afternoon to visit the observatory and see a unique and inspiring virtual sky experience in the Planetarium. At night, experience a wonderful telescope viewing and Space Theater event. Your typical night time visit lasts an hour and a half, leaving plenty of time for dinner at one of the surrounding restaurants, before or after. It is unlike any other attraction in Sydney.
6. Bondi Beach
Take the day to relax on the warm sands of Bondi Beach. This beach is minutes from the city. It stretches out to a beautiful turquoise sea. There are shops and restaurants to enjoy, plus you can also see the Bondi Beach Pavillion which is a sight in itself. You can also opt to take the beach walk which extends from Bondi to Coogee beaches. The walk offers wonderful cliff-side views of the beach and surrounding area.
7. Sydney’s Hotels
If you are going to Sydney from Brisbane you certainly need to stay at one of the fabulous Sydney Hotels. There are excellent choices including the luxurious Park Hyatt Sydney. Or, opt for the more affordable but still very nice The Langham, Sydney. Both hotels plus many more will offer you comfortable, attractive and modern accommodations with plenty of creature comforts.
There are more interesting and fun things to do in Sydney no matter where you are from! Take the time to explore this modern city steeped in history and you’ll find your own favourite attractions.
Guest post by Mark Machaalani
Mark Machaalani is a Solicitor Director & Co-founder of Unified Lawyers. Mark is an experienced litigator and commercial lawyer practising in the areas of commercial litigation, property law, debt recovery, building and construction, bankruptcy and insolvency, insurance law, asset protection, retail and commercial leasing, the sale or purchase of business and conveyancing. Read more about Mark on the Unified Lawyers website.