Things to do in Sydney

Sydney Australia aerial view

sydney things to do

I don't know about you, but when I hop on a plane and fly somewhere and anywhere, I feel alive, excited and ready to see new things.  Travelling opens your mind to different things, you think differently, you see things differently, you become more aware.  From a life perspective, it helps you to reflect on your own surrounds while you look at how things are done in another place in the world.

My flight was to go to Sydney from Adelaide for the National Tourism Awards.  My surf school - Surf & Sun won the Best Adventure Tourism Business in South Australia in 2013 and we are now in the finals to be crowned the Best Adventure Tourism Business in Australia.  It is a pretty cool feeling, I must admit.

On the way out of Adelaide, the sky was very clear and as we hit the Mt. Lofty Ranges, there was a blanket of clouds as far as the eye could see.  It was an awesome sight.  The flight over the Hay plains showcases the miriad of paddocks, small towns, long straight roads and dry lakes and you get a sense of how large Australia is. Guranteed that Australia has a lot to offers, from mall tours to fascinating Australia adventure tours.

Flying into Sydney this morning, I thought it would be cool to showcase Australia's largest city.  Now Sydney is a great city, there is the hustle and bustle that a big city creates, there are interesting characters, there are beautiful beaches, rivers and of course, those iconic images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Arriving at the airport - of course you can catch a cab to your accommodation which is normally around $60AU or alternatively you can jump on the train and head straight to Town Hall, and walk to your accommodation.  This is easy, cheap ($16.70AU) and quick. If you are not in a major hurry, then I would say this is your best option.

Last time I was in Sydney, I stayed in Kings Cross.  During the day it is nothing special - but at night, it livens up and lives up to the reputation it is known for.  Talk about characters, there was a lady sitting in a cafe with a parrot on her shoulder, just hanging out and having a coffee.  There were drug addicts and prostitutes wandering around, there were trendy crew strutting around and there were corporate workers running around in a hurry like they always seem to be.  It was a cool place to sit and be a fly on the wall.

Having a look around Darling Harbour, this is something you definitely should do.  Check out the amazing yachts, tall ships, cruise boats, $$ on the water.  I can only imagine what a berth at Darling Harbour is worth to buy, it would be in the millions.  There are some great cafes, restaurants and bars, there is a real holiday atmosphere and it is a lovely place to watch life go by.  Luckily for me, I am staying right on the water at Darling Harbour.  Life is tough at the top!

Darling Harbour Sydney

I have spent a lot of time in Sydney for work training travel agents, promoting my experiences and having fun partying to all hours of the night and living amongst Sydney's nightlife; Australia is a great place to visit.  Some of the highlights that come to my mind are:

  • Catching the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, right past the Opera house and Sydney Harbour bridge
  • Going up the tallest tower in Sydney to experience the 360 degree views
  • Checking out the people and sights of Bondi Beach
  • Surfing at Manly Beach
  • Going out in Kings Cross
  • Checking out Oxford Street
  • Lunar Park
  • Sydney harbour Cruise

The list can go on and on.  There are a few experiences I have not yet experienced that I would like to one day which include

  • Completing the Sydney Harbor Bridge climb
  • Sailing on one of Sydney Harbour Tall Ships
  • Going for a day trip out to the Blue Mountains
  • Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • Sydney Aquarium
  • A Jet Boat Ride in Sydney Harbour

When you are coming to Australia or travelling in particular to Sydney, you should allocate around 10 days in Sydney.  Spend a day going to Manly on the ferry, explore the city, have fun, go out on the town.  Don't rush it if you can afford the time.

I hope you enjoy Sydney, I hope this gave you a couple of ideas and a mini insight into Sydney, Australia.  Go on get off the couch and explore Australia with Adventures Beyond!

Happy travels,

Luke