Best places to visit in Sydney

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Best places to visit in Sydney

December 7, 2010  |  Australia
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This is my third and last article about Sydney. Previously I wrote about the best bars in Sydney and the best restaurants in Sydney.

Sydney impressed me when I first saw it. Somehow, I had the feeling I was in many cities at the same time. Barcelona, San Francisco, Los Angeles, … It is the perfect city: amazing beaches, great sightseeings, good weather, healthy and cosmopolitan lifestyle, intense nightlife, … what else can you ask for!! I have been to many great places but, again, my good friends Lucía, Gonzalo and Sue helped me to complete this list of the best things to do when you visit Sydney:

  • Sydney Opera House: A top class opera house that offer multiple options such as “The Playhouse“, a cheaper ($30 a show) and more intimate option to enjoy great music.
  • Spit Bridge to Manly walk: long walk but worth it, with many secluded beaches along the way.
  • Bondi to Coogee Walk: walk along the cliffs with a view to the Pacific. You can spot the migrating whales in October/November.
  • Farmers’ Markets at the Carriageworks: Amazing selection of fresh food, cheeses, etc. A traditional weekly undercover farmers’ market in the renovated market space at Eveleigh Railyards.
  • Balmain: great neighborhood to walk around. 10 min from the city. Old docks still there, loads of cafes and restaurants and pubs. A “real” experience of a Sydney neighborhood.
  • For booklovers: the best second-hand bookshops are in Glebe, along Glebe Point Road.
  • The Rocks: the oldest part of Sydney, just in the City center, near Circular Quay. Many boutique shops, bars and restaurants, design hotels and art and photography galleries. Every weekend there are artisanal markets, gastronomy fairs, street concerts…
  • Swimming pool at Victoria’s Park: it is possible to enjoy a bath a sunbathing just in the city center. In Victoria’s park, there is a big public outdoor pool with fitness centre, to which you can have access for only $2.
  • Surry Hills: in the south-east of Sydney. A bohemian suburb in which you can find small coffee shops and organic restaurants, new designers retail shops, and curious book shops or furniture stores.
  • Picnic at Botanical Gardens: an habitual plan among Aussie people. A huge park surrounding Circular Quay and the Opera House, where you can enjoy a picnic with the typical “sushi rolls”, imported from the many Asian inhabitants living in Sydney.
  • Captain Cook Harbour Cruise: see some of the harbour’s most spectacular sights
  • Taronga Zoo: perfect plan for kids. One of the major tourist attractions in Sydney. Great place to see Australian wildlife and enjoy great views of the city.
  • Visit to Watsons Bay: taking the ferry from Circular quay, you will arrive to Watsons bay where you can find the most beautiful bays and coves from which you will admire awesome views of the Opera House and Sydney. One of the best beaches is the nudist Lady beach.

Your opinion about this list of the best places in Sydney

Is there a place that should definitely be listed in this post? Have you got any suggestion to improve this blog? If so, please place a comment

Nathan posted an interesting comment were he suggests visiting “The Rocks“. Thank you Nathan!

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  1. Hi Pedro,

    Yesterday I arrived to Sydney. Thanks a lot for the best info… in the best moment!

  2. Thanks Fran. I hope it is helpful. Enjoy and please let me know where did you finally go. Merry christmas!!

  3. The Rocks should definitely be listed as a Sydney must see thing to do. It is an important historic and cultural area of the city with many ruins, restored buildings, roads and lane-ways.

    60 – 70% of the original area was demolished over the years due to government efforts to clean up the crime, raise the standard of living and to also make way for the southern Habour Bridge approach.

    An excellent place to learn about the history is the The Rocks Discovery Museum. It is very informative and offers history about geology, Indigenous Australians, migrants, social conditions and the development of the area.

    There are a load of things to do and see that includes the shopping and markets that you have mentioned. The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb located in Cumberland Street. There are some excellent walk and bike tour companies in the area. And a number of great pubs are around including the Glenmore pub which has an outstanding roof top bar that looks over Circular Quay and the Lord Nelson which is a beautiful old pub that brews its own beer.

    I would add to your list the Blue Mountains for an excellent day trip (or weekend) out of town, The Bridge Climb for the best view in town and also a trip to Newtown for a funky and happening vibe with pubs, shops, bookstores and an interesting mix of people.

  4. Thanks Nathan! I’ve just updated my post with your suggestion 🙂

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