25 March 2015

 

Five Things You MUST DO in Sydney

I just got back from an incredible journey to Sydney and Tasmania.  While Tasmania was a tremendous experience and I enjoyed some tremendous excursions and adventures, I thought I’d also mention some of the fun and exciting activities in Sydney.  There are many more experiences you can enjoy in this stunning harbour city.  Here are my top five picks for Sydney:

 

1)      Walking Tour of the Rocks – this is an excellent way to see and learn about the historic Rocks area.  This tour was very informative, complete with super-skilled and friendly tour guides who touched on the charming heritage-listed precinct.  You’ll be entertained by some of the accounts of Sydney's colourful past as well as its cosmopolitan present times.   You’ll then explore the sandstone heritage through hidden narrow back alleys, shady courtyards, and cobblestone lanes as well as some of the city’s oldest dwellings and the gothic Garrison Church. A great way to stretch your legs after your flight.

 

2)      Sydney Opera House Tour and Tasting Plate – Don’t just simply visit and watch a show at this world-renowned site: take a tour and enjoy a gourmet tasting plate, a sumptuous three-tiered sample menu, at the Opera Kitchen.  I highly recommend experiencing this tour as it gives you the enchantment of the Sydney Opera House with the buzz and energy of outdoor dining!  Of course, you’ll also hear about the stories surrounding the commissioning, construction and controversy surrounding Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece.

3)      Panoramic Sydney morning tour – This tour offers a bit of history as you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear about the early convict stories.  This tour also includes magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as well as a visit to Sydney’s trendy Oxford street and Paddington region.  This tour isn’t complete without a visit to the renowned Bondi Beach, Dover Heights and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point for a final viewpoint over the harbour.  This is a small-group tour, which is a great way to see Sydney and surrounds!

 

4)      Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge – It's your choice to do either the full climb of half climb.  I was brave enough to do the full climb and on my way up my tour guide gave me great insight and stories on the history of this bridge.  Of course, the views you get while climbing are truly incredible – its exactly opposite of the Sydney Opera House.  This is truly an incredible experience and quite the accomplishment at that!  No worries if you aren’t daring enough to climb the bridge, you can still get great views from the Pylon Lookout. 

5)      Captain Cook Cruises (Dining Captains Club Dinner) -  This is a scenic dinner cruise that offers you gorgeous views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the calm waters of the harbour.  In addition to the scenic views, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course a la carte dining experience! Other features include a 360 degree open star deck, private dining rooms, and great live music and dancing!  You’ll also get a fantastic view no matter where you’re sitting on the boat!

 

Written By: Sherry (Destination Specialist) 

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