Probably the most famous city in Australia (and the one that a huge number of people mistake for the capital!) Sydney is a beautiful destination to visit. Its distinctive harbourfront with the towering Sydney Opera House is probably one of the most iconic travel pictures in the world. But beyond that, you will find a rich and vibrant city that is bursting with culture, blessed with a beautiful climate and surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
If you are looking to appreciate the city and surrounding area including national parks to its fullest, it’s probably a good idea to get a Sydney car rental. To give you a good overview of what to do and see while you are here, take a look at the top five attractions in Sydney.
Sydney Opera House
Okay, let’s start with the famous one we’ve already mentioned. When you visit here, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to miss it! Perched on a finger of land and surrounded by water, the Sydney Opera House has to be up there with the most distinctive buildings in the world. You’ll probably want to start by snapping a few pictures around the exterior, but you should also take a guided tour around the grand interior as well.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Before the Opera House came along and took all the credit, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was probably what you would most associate with the city. It remains the world’s largest steel arch bridge which is no mean feat. Driving over the bridge presents clue water views, or you can even join a guided ascent which will provide a truly unique view of the city and harbor area. Definitely an experience you won’t forget anytime soon!
This area provides a great meeting point for locals and tourists alike. The pedestrianized zone features a wide range of shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and exhibition venues. One of the highlights is the Australian National Maritime Museum, which allows you to board a replica of Captain Cook’s famous ship. Another option is the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which provides a tranquil area to relax.
Surely you couldn’t take a trip to Sydney without relaxing on one of its world famous beaches?! One of the most famous is the beautiful Bondi Beach, which can be found less than a 15 minute drive away from the city centre. Take the coastal path along from Bondi to Coogee and you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views for miles around. Collaroy, Dee Why, and Narrabeen are the best spots for people wanting to go surfing.
Well known for being the oldest street in Australia, George Street is home to a combination of office blocks, shops and historic buildings. The elegant Queen Victoria Building is probably one of the most famous, and today contains more than 200 high end shops. Not far away is the Sydney Town Hall and another highlight is the neo-Gothic St Andrew’s Cathedral.