The Sydney Opera House is, without question, an icon of the city. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007 and was built in 1957 under the direction of architect Jon Utzon. It is a modernist work and consists of several overlapping shells - an innovative piece of work that had a great impact worldwide on architecture. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II of England. The Opera House shows a variety of opera, ballet, music and theater productions. It is home to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. You can visit from 8:30 to 17:00 and take a guided tour, provided that there are no shows on. www.rodamons.net
You can't miss the Sydney Tower's viewing platform if you come to this city. I went to Australia in 1994. I don't remember how much it cost, and in any rate, the price will have changed by now! But whatever it is, I promise you it's worth it. Here you'll have a view of the city that you simply can't get from any other point. You'll really understand the immensity of the city and its great position between the waters of the bay.
This is definitely one of the best beaches I've ever been to...and only a couple miles from downtown Sydney! All of those little black spots you see in the water are surfers trying for one fo the colossal waves. The sand is soft and fine, the sun is radiant, and the oceanside walkway is a great options for those who get a bit restless at the beach.
How do you get there? A.) take a bus from the city center - you catch the bus at the pier where the ferries leave, B.) train and bus - the train leaves you at Bondi Junction and you can get a bus that arrives in about 5 minutes, C.) taxi - it costs around $40.
A veritable amusement park in the center of Sydney, Darling Harbour extends around the Bay of Cockle and is home to many of the major attractions in Sydney. Originally, the port area was in decline, but Darling Harbour was the subject of an ambitious urban renewal project which was completed in 1988. With its bustling cafes, restaurants with stunning views, shops, walks, and green spaces, you will need a full day to explore it all!
Circular Quay is in the Sydney harbor area, where you can catch ferries to different places and beaches in the city. It is a very touristy place, always full of travelers and different people walking around and you can see some of the most iconic images of the city, including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, from here. Often, there are lots of street musicians playing guitar, harp, clarinet or singing. Some of them do performances for tourists such as dances of the Aboriginal Australians, playing the famous didgeridoo and playing wooden tubes that make a peculiar sound. They also dance and paint ancient sacred drawings for souvenirs.
Sydney is a city that lives side by side with the ocean, which has allowed it to have one of the largest aquariums in the world. Situated in the port area of Darling Harbour, near the Maritime Museum, it has over 11,000 species of marine animals, splitting into several areas: open ocean where you can see wild sharks, turtles and Platypus (Platypus), Great Barrier Coral, which is an impressive transparent tunnel you need to walk throuh, where you can see a variety of animals such as white sharks and stingrays (its size is the most important).
The Rocks is the area from which the sailors disembarked on the First Fleet on January 26, 1788 and the location of the first British settlement in Australia. Today it is the historic old quarter of metropolitan Sydney, located between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Historic pubs, colonial cottages, archaeological sites, a store recreated in 1915, a Gothic church, stone paths and patios with vegetation and many shops and restaurants can all be enjoyed in this area.
To visit Australia and not see kangaroos or koalas is like not to have even gone. To see them, It's best that you go to the zoo of the city of Sydney. This park is wild because you can feed kangaroos and pet them, and let's not forget the adorable koalas. It's something out of the way, but the bus drops you off at the door. Stunning animals.
Sydney Harbour is one of the most known and famous areas of the city. You can take a lot of great photos of your trip here. Here you will find the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney business area which is full of skyscrapers. It is one of the most touristy parts of the city and there are always people walking around because it is full of restaurants, pubs, cafes and terraces. There are also street performers and musicians such as Aboriginal globetrotters. To see it all with a good perspective you can take a ferry to Circular Quay, where you can see the Opera House and Bridge from a close distance. It is also a great way of seeing the skyline. There are several companies that are dedicated to selling harbor cruises. The Rocks, a neighborhood with old houses full of traditional pubs and restaurants, can be found here, and is one of the oldest areas of Sydney.
The Queen Victoria Building is one of the most charismatic buildings in Sydney. Its construction began in the late 19th century and it certainly is a beautiful shopping centre, with a touch of classical "European" style which is not easily seen in Sydney. Bridging the gap, it is arguably a bit like the Harrods of Sydney. Apparently its construction began during a time of economic recession and the city intended to use for the construction the largest possible amount of local artisans, ve were unemployed at the time. Thus, they conceived a building that lacks ornamental detail. The truth is you'll quickly explore the mall and discover its many details. It is a "must" in Sydney.
Sydney's Chinatown is the largest in Australia and is located in Haymarket, between Darling Harbour and Central Station. Like all Chinatowns in the country, it is lively and colourful, full of Asian restaurants (not only Chinese, there are also some Japanese, Thai, Malay ...) and food stalls and even massage parlours. The latter are one of the most interesting things in the area, with stretchers in the street allowing you to get a back massage. It is also common to find typical Chinese grocery stores where you can buy all sorts of things. But it's not just food here. On the streets of Chinatown in Sydney there are dozens of modern clothing and accessories stores, Chinese cinemas, and hairdressers. Another point of interest is Market City, a kind of cheap market with thousands of products at all kinds at low prices. It's worth visiting this part of Sydney to eat some good noodles or rice, and enjoy a little slice of China.
Manly is a suburb in northern Sydney, Australia. The easiest way to get there from the city centre is to catch a ferry at Circular Quay which will take you to Manly in 25 minutes while providing the perfect opportunity to see the stunning Sydney Harbor, including the bridge and the Opera House. Manly is a residential neighborhood that is best-known for its beach, the second-most popular in the city after Bondi. It's an ideal place to go surfing, kayaking, sunbathing, diving, or hanging out in the sand. There are other ways to get to Manly: bike, bus, car, or even water taxi. In the neighborhood you can find all kinds of services, from diving or surfing schools to restaurants with food from around the world or hostels for backpackers.
At over 15,080 hectares,Royal National Park is the second largest national park in the world, after Yellowstone National Park in the USA. It's located 32 kilometers south of Sydney and has over 25km of coastal hiking paths with spectacular views of the cliffs and white sandy beaches. Generally, Sydneysiders think that this park boasts the most beautiful beaches in Australia. It's a beautiful place to walk, cycle, camp, picnic, have a barbecue, swim in the sea, enjoy nature, para-glide, hang-glide or surf on the huge waves. Be sure to visit the visitors centre where you'll get all the information you need to see the park and get to know its incredible natural beauty. You can get refreshments in the cafe and buy park souvenirs.
The Royal Botanic Gardens or The Queen Victoria Park is a place of natural beauty, where people come to learn about plants and animals. The surrounding green area of the park is a wonderful place for sport and entertainment. I recommend that, if you don't want to walk the whole way, there is a small train that runs through the park. We started walking and this place is wonderful but it was almost 39 degrees in January and it was too hot to walk. We spent more than two hours at the park and, afterwards, we went to see the music conservatory. Continue reading and looking at the photos at: http://www.rutasfotograficaszaragoza.com/
The Chinese Friendship Garden (Garden of Friendship) in Sydney is a must-see if you have the opportunity to travel to this city. It is located in Darling Harbour, Sydney city center, which is near the sea, shopping area and Chinatown. This garden was a gift from China to Sydney and it first opened in 1988. It has a lot of cultural interest because it is one of the few traditional Chinese gardens that can be seen outside of China. It's very beautiful, I had never been to a typical Chinese garden before and I was really impressed knowing that it's entirely handmade and that it took two years to complete. The design is authentically Chinese and is based on the Taoist theory of yin and yang. In it you can see small waterfalls, lakes and beautiful forests. There is also a section with bonsai trees and the lake in the middle is stunning, it's full of fish and surrounded by weeping willows and all kinds of trees of Chinese origin. There is another area where there are thousands of planted bamboo branches where you can even take pictures with a woman dressed in traditional Chinese clothing. The Garden of Friendship also has a Tea House where you can try different kinds of Chinese teas and it can also be rented for weddings or photo shoots. The entrance fee is approximately 3.5 euros for adults, and 1.80 euros for children.
When you are in the Opera House and see all that you have to walk by to get to the viewpoint, you think about it, but it's definitely one of the places you can not not go! If you are passionate about taking pictures, from here you get the best ones. If you are a lover of architecture it is one of the best places where you can see both the bridge and the opera as skyscrapers. If you are a lover of nature there is a botanical garden that you have to go through to get there. You'll love it as it is full of trees that are not only ancient but exotic and some even thought of to be extinct! Even if you are not a fan of the above things, the views are impressive, I cannot even describe it with words!
Catch a ferry to Watson Bay from Circular Quay in Sydney, and you'll get the opportunity to see an amazing sunset behind the city. The tall buildings in the CBD make for a stunning view with the sun setting in the background. Afterwards, walk the streets and see the houses in the area, or enjoy dinner at a restaurant overlooking the sea. Highly recommended to any visitors to Sydney looking for an amazing sunset.
Are you organizing your trip to the city, but don't really know what to do in Sydney? Well, it's the largest city in Australia so don't worry, there are many things to see in Sydney that will surprise you, pretty much anything you can imagine. Of all the places to visit in Sydney, probably the best known is Sydney Harbour, also called Port Jackson. It's a natural port around which the largest urban agglomeration of Australia is located. There are many areas and small bays that make up the whole harbour, which is certainly one of the most important attractions in Sydney. The city's main landmark, the Sydney Opera House, is the next stop on the list of stuff to do in Sydney. Following that, spending the day at one of the beaches, like Bondi Beach or Manly Beach, is one of the best Sydney activities you can experience. These huge beaches are perfect for relaxing in the sun. You can also climb the 305 meter tall Sydney Tower, one of the best things to do in Sydney if you're looking for a beautiful view of the immense and most populous city in Australia. Finally, the city zoo and aquarium are two other Sydney attractions that won't leave you indifferent. Both of them are huge! And there's nothing better than to enjoy the city's night life. Sydney is a city that doesn't sleep, so you won't be disappointed when you visit!