So we know the entire world is in lockdown right now, but we also know that the lockdown will come to an end, so why not start planning what you want to do now and get involved! We’ve got a top 10 things to do in Sydney list, for all travellers heading to Australia.
1. Circular Quay to Manly ferry ride
You can enjoy all the iconic sights that make Sydney famous around the world. The ferry ride can be taken from circular quay, and it takes you past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The ferry will chug along the harbour past beautiful coves and inlets such as Shark Beach and Camp Cove. You can spot Taronga Zoo and its peninsula which jets out into the harbour. On most days you can dreamily watch sailboats circle the harbour.
2. Coogee to Bondi coastal walk
Experience what the locals experience by living the Australian beach lifestyle by grabbing a coffee and doing a coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi. The walk stretches for more than 6kms along some of Sydney’s stunning eastern suburbs. There are countless things to see: coves, beaches, cliffs, even a coastal cemetery! You get to experience some of Sydney’s greatest beaches such as: Gordon’s Bay, Clovelly Beach, Bronte Beach, and Tamarama Beach.
3. Ferry from darling Harbour to Cockatoo Island
You can take a regular ferry from Darling Harbour to the island and enjoy a relaxing beautiful ride up the Harbour up towards where the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers meet. Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour. It was formally a prison to house convicts and was later used for shipbuilding and repairs. Today it’s predominantly a popular arts and exhibition space. Check up on the latest happenings.
4. Hold a Koala at Taronga Zoo
Get up close and personal with Australia’s native cuddlies. The zoo is a great place to learn up on Australia’s iconic species but also to relax and take in some of the best views the city has to offer.
5. Relax and take in the views at the Royal Botanical Gardens
Spreading over 30 hectares the Royal Botanical Gardens is effectively an urban oasis in the heart of the city. The gardens are open to the public and is a great place to go to relax and recharge. There are countless plants and species from Australia and the world, there are regular tours and events held in the park. Make sure to take in some of the best views of Sydney Harbour and the city!
6. Get out of town and explore the Blue Mountains
The blue mountains is a wild and beautiful region west of Sydney. It’s famous for its dramatic scenery. There are numerous trails and lookouts. There are cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens. You can grab delicious meals and coffee in the town of Katoomba.
7. Sydney Fish Markets
Experience some of the great local catches of the day at the Sydney Fish Market. It doesn’t get any fresher than this. If you are a seafood lover don’t miss out on this one!
8. Paddy’s Markets
If markets are your thing. Don’t miss Haymarket’s Paddy’s Markets. It’s a veritable rabbit warren, a real-world maze. You’re guaranteed to get lost in here. From giftware to electronics, to fresh produce, this market has it all. It’s located in the centre of the city in Sydney’s Chinatown and is in walking distance of Darling Harbour and its surrounding attractions.
9. The Gap
The Gap is a very dramatic set of cliffs located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The surrounding area of Watson’s bay has dramatic trails and beautiful parks that give some stunning views back to the city. There are some local watering holes such as the Watson’s bay hotel that are worth checking out.
10. Royal National Park
Sydney is very lucky to have so many natural wonders on its doorstep. The Royal National Park is a showstopper park with to die for pristine beaches, cliffs and waterfalls. Some notable mentions are: Wattamolla Beach, Wedding Cake Rock, Figure 8 Pools, Eagle Rock and Garie Beach.