Exploring Sydney on foot
Get your walking shoes on and take in the city’s iconic landmarks by foot.
Starting from Observatory Hill you get a 360 degree look around Sydney before you walk down through the historic Rocks area. Get a glimpse into Sydney’s rich history from the life of the first European settlers, the convict era through to the changing waterfront. On the weekend The Rocks Markets are worth a browse for gifts and souvenirs. Check out the “Walking the Rocks” app for a self guided tour through these cobblestoned laneways history as well as a guide to whats on when you’re there. Have a pitstop at the Glenmore Hotel and enjoy a cold beer or lunch on the rooftop overlooking the harbour.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
No visit to Sydney is complete without walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, from the Rocks walk up the stairs from Cumberland street to the Harbour Bridge walkway and enjoy panoramic views and 3 levels of exhibits from Pylon Lookout along the way. The lookout is open daily 10am-5pm and costs $15. Once across the bridge to the North side you can check out Luna Park or go for a swim in Sydney Olympic Pool before enjoying a few drinks and dinner in Kirribilli.
Not content with just walking across? Climb the bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney for uninterrupted views over Sydney harbour and an unforgettable experience. Prices vary between tour routes and time of day but start around $250. For safety reasons you cannot take your own camera but the price does include a group photo.
The Opera House
For many the Opera House is an icon to be admired from afar, a visit to Sydney isn’t complete without the token selfie but if you’re going to do it do it properly! For the best picture head to either Mrs Macquaries Chair in the botanic Gardens or if you want the House in all it’s glory without all the crowds head to the Overseas Passenger Terminal get the left up and head to the roof for beautiful unobstructed views, keep this one quiet though, it’s my secret Sydney hideaway!
Don’t stop with just the outside, go in, listen and feel the acoustics for yourself and learn some history to tell when you return home. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known the world over but did you know that the Sydney Opera House nearly never came to be? Find out the tumultuous story behind this iconic landmark with a guided tour. Tours run daily for 1 hour and cost $37 per adult.
Bit of a culture vulture? Don your glad rags and attend an opera, play or concert and experience the Opera House for what it was intended. Tours and shows can be booked online at www.sydneyoperahouse.com
From the Sydney Opera House walk around the harbour to the entrance of the Royal Botanic Gardens behind the House. Take a stroll through the immaculate gardens to Mrs Macquaries Chair where you get the city skyline, Bridge and Opera House in one perfect panoramic view. The Gardens are the perfect location for a picnic in the sun before returning the Opera House where you can enjoy a sundowner at Opera Bar with live music most evenings.
Sydney Beaches and Coastal Walks
You are spoilt for choice in Sydney for beaches. Whilst Bondi is by far the most famous the plentiful coastline around Sydney offers many more stretched beaches and quiet bays.
The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk offers the chance to see, swim and surf some of the better known beaches. Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte are good for surfing while Gordons Bay and Clovelly offer placid waters for swimming and snorkelling. You can continue the less busy coastal trail all the way to Maroubra crossing the rocks as you go.
On the North shore, Manly is another popular spot with a long surf beach as well as Shelly beach for flat waters perfect for kids to swim and for diving and snorkelling. You can either catch the ferry to Manly or opt for a 3 hour scenic walk around the coast and headlands from the Spit.