If you are planning to go to Australia, you should not miss any chance to visit Sydnet. You will be offered some of the most iconic sites all over the world, such as Harnour Bridge and the Opera House. However, they are not all you can enjoy in Sydney. To experience its beauty, it is a great idea to visit some of the more local suburbs.
Here are the top 10 things to do in Sydney:
1) Explore Circular Quay
The Harbour Bridge and Opera House are stunning and must be seen. For $30 you can take a tour around the Opera House but its not quite as impressive as seeing a performance in the Concert Hall. The best way to see both the bridge and the Opera House is on the water. The view from either Manly or Balmain by ferry is spectacular.
2) Admire the Architecture in the Rocks
The Rocks have some interesting buildings as this is the oldest part of the city and still has colonial style architecture to see. The market here on a weekend is particularly good too for arts, crafts and Australian souvenirs.
3) Take a walk in the Domain
The Domain is a lovely garden behind the opera house and has a backdrop of the city skyline. Look up high though to see the "flying foxes" These are fruit bats and have faces like small foxes. They tend to make lots of noise and perch in fruit trees. The Cafe in the Botannical gardens is also good for lunch
4) Explore the City
At weekends the city becomes a ghost town so try to see the city in all its glory during the week when the office workers give the place a real buzz. Take a trip up to Orbit Bar in Australia Square (George Street) and enjoy the revolving bar. You get to see the whole city in 1 hour 15 minutes. Come at sunset for the best views.
5) Shop til you drop
Whilst Melbourne is renowned for its shopping, Sydney has some wonderful shops. The QVB building in the city offers something for everyone - boutiques as well as well known chains. Try Paddington for more boutique shopping, especially the market that is there every Saturday until 4pm.
6) Take a Ferry Ride
The harbour is such an important part of Sydney's culture that you have to see the city from the water. A trip to Manly is recommended or why not go to Watsons Bay and enjoy Doyle's Fish and Chips on the beach before returning to circular Quay.
7) Explore the Suburbs
Sydney is made up of lots of different suburbs and the locals tend to go out in the suburbs rather than the city. Try Crown Street in Surry Hills for some delightful restaurants - you'll be spoiled for choice. Kings Cross, whilst having a reputation as the Red Light District, has the best bars and clubs in town. This is the place if you want to party.
8) See the Beaches
Whilst Bondi beach is really well known, it tends to be very touristy. Of course you have to go and see it, but take the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte to really experience this area (40 minute walk). The row of cafes in Bronte will be a rewarding stop off before you head back to Bondi.
9) Eat in some of the best restaurants
Sydney has some of the most amazing food on offer. Do what the locals do and pick a restaurant that allows you to BYO (bring your own wine). For cheap and chic try Napalese kitchen, Crown Street, Surry Hills or Phamish, Burton street, Darlinghurst. For something more special (not BYO) try Long Grain, Commonwealth street, Surry Hills or Ottos in Wooloomooloo (The actor Russell Crowe has an apartment here.)
10) Get with the brunch culture
One of the most popular pastimes for the Sydneysiders is having brunch with friends. There are heaps of fantastic breakfast places to choose from. Try 3 eggs in Bondi or Nest in Potts Point. For something different, the banquet (6 people or more) at the Kazbah, Darling Street Balmain is out of this world. Or how about trying Bill Granger's infamous scrambled eggs (famous Aussie chef) at one of his 3 restaurants - Bills in Woollahra is probably the best.
Whatever you decide to do in Sydney, you can't fail to enjoy yourself in this vibrant and sophisticated city.