A lot of people who live in a certain town, city, or area in the country know about the many attractions they have close by but seldom do they visit them. Newcomers to Sydney are at first often very busy with relocating that they don’t have time to discover the endless sights and activities the city has to offer. But as they settle into their new daily routines, they can carve out some time to see the famous sights of Sydney or delve into some fun family activities. On Sundays, Sydney encourages families and individuals who have an Opal transit card to explore the city and enjoy the many attractions that the city has to offer by giving Sunday all day transit fares of only $2.50 per person when taking buses, trains, ferries, or the rail.
Here is a list of popular activities to do and places to see in Sydney:
Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Walk: Free, relaxing, and scenic, what a great way to start life as a local in Sydney. Have a swim in the beaches along the way. Whales and dolphins can be spotted in the water on this spectacular walk.
Sydney Opera House: Home to Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Theatre Company, the Sydney Opera House hosts many other international performers annually. Check their website weeks in advance to book tickets to attend unforgettable performances.
Taronga Zoo: Located on Bradleys Head Road in Mosman, a visit to this unique zoo is a must. Not only do you get to see exotic animals, you can sleep overnight and wake up to the sounds of the jungle as if on a safari. They showcase more than 300 species of animals. They offer special tours like the Wild Australia Experience, Aussie Gold Tour, Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour, the high-flying zip line Wild Ropes tour, or the overnight Roar and Snore Tour. You can even do your own self-guided tour after downloading their special iPhone application.
Australian National Maritime Museum: Take an in-depth look at what happened at sea and at the harbours during the historical landing of James Cook and years later the first settlers of Australia. You can go aboard the docked ships displayed on Darling Harbour like the exact replica of the HMB Endeavour and other more modern navy vessels like the submarine. Natives and foreigners alike will enjoy learning about Australia’s maritime history through informative exhibits and education sessions held there.
Chinese Garden of Friendship: Not far from Chinatown, the garden is at the south part of Darling Harbour. This is a great place to get some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city. Walk around elegant willows, take in the the stunning lotuses, and spot the colourful koi. The garden also features waterfalls, small lakes, ancient Chinese architecture, and is home to a large number of different bird species.
The Hard Rock Cafe: Another highlight on Darling Harbour, this iconic American restaurant takes you down nostalgia lane with its classic and modern era memorabilia. With plenty of seating available, everyone can enjoy classic American eats on the waterfront. For collectors out there, after they drink a signature cocktail the glass comes for free to take home.
IMAX Theatre: Get the almost virtual experience by going on viewing adventures with the IMAX Theatre in the middle of Darling Harbour in Sydney, the largest IMAX theatre in the Southern Hemisphere. See the latest movie hits in 3D or 2D like you’ve never seen them before.
Sydney Observatory: The place is on Observatory Hill Park in Millers Point. It offers an informative night tour that includes learning about the history of the observatory, education on the workings of astronomy, and an eye-opening 3D viewing.
Kingpin Bowling Lounge: On the third level of the Harbourside Shopping Centre on Darling Harbour, this one-stop-shop of fun will keep families entertained for days. It’s great for a budget excursion. Besides bowling, this entertainment hub includes a laser tag area, darts, and arcades.
Madame Tussauds Sydney: Families can show-off to friends having photos with their favourite celebrities including homegrown Chris Hemsworth, albeit the wax version.
The above-mentioned activities and places are just the tip of the iceberg of things to see and do in Sydney. Check out the city’s website to learn of other must-see places and exciting events happening in Sydney.
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