Have you visited Sydney? And it’s Labour’s day holiday this weekend in New Zealand. Want to travel to somewhere outside NZ yet not to far away? Australia! Here are just a few of the must-see destinations:
Flying in to this beautiful city
This mural from the well-known Sea Wall at Bondi Beach has been a feature of the beach since the 1970s and showcases art from a range of sources with political and social undertones. These pieces of artwork are constantly changing and give the area a hip and contemporary vibe which brings the beach to life. It offers a fantastic backdrop to the breathtaking sea views.
The beach itself is located around 7km east of the Sydney central business district. This beach, famous for its beautiful white sand and bikini-clad surfers, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Australia.
The Bucket List Café, Bondi Beach
This glamorous café just off the beachfront is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the sunset after bronzing on the beach or a hard day’s surf. Famous for its cocktails, delicious tacos, seafood and burgers, the colourful and quirky interior offers a unique setting on Bondi. I had their tacos, the prawn ones are the best. If you’re a fan of local produce, sustainable seafood and a relaxed atmosphere, all at a very reasonable price, then this is the place for you.
Sydney Opera House
This iconic arts-centre dominates the Sydney Harbour skyline and is a must for any visitor. Recognised as one of the world’s most distinctive buildings, the centre was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and has been attracting visitors since its inauguration in 1973. The four resident companies Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra put on internationally acclaimed shows year-round. You have to be guided inside, so check the tour time beforehand would help you plan your trip better.
Part of interior of opera house
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Connecting the central business district with the city’s north shore, this impressive steel arched bridge has carried pedestrians, trains and vehicles alike since its opening in 1932. Along with the Opera House, the bridge completes Sydney harbour’s stunning skyline and is known as the ‘Coat-hanger’ because of its arch-based design. The tourist lookout on the south-east pylon is a great way to take in the breathtaking central district. Beside that, the most common activity is climb/walk on the bridge. I am its breathtaking, but instead we decide to see the harbour bridge from the water.
Australian Cruise Group
There are a range of Sydney Harbour cruises to choose from run by the Australian Cruise Group. A particular favourite is the Sydney Showboat Dinner Cruise, which takes in the sights and lights of the city at night. This is a romantic experience not to be missed!
They have lunch and dinner bookings, we went for dinner slot, but definitely regretted, it was nice view at night as sun goes down, but it was cold, so we were not able to enjoy dinner on the deck but inside. So if you are choosing this cruise, make sure you pick the lunch time, otherwise you can just go with normal cruise for the night views.
St Mary’s Cathedral
This beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral is located on College Street in the city centre and offers a refreshing break from the bustling city. This stunning example of gothic architecture features exquisite stained glass windows which make the church well worth a visit.
From cool cafes to beautiful beaches to amazing architecture, Sydney really does have it all. But wait! This is only half the list. Make sure to check back for the next post, which will have even more travel photos and must-visit spots in Sydney.