Set sail for a magical experience on Sydney Harbour, one of the most stunning waterways in the world. Relax and enjoy the feeling of the wind in the sails and the sights of Sydney or take the helm. Learn a little about the art of sailing from your skipper who’ll also provide commentary on points of interest on Sydney Harbour.
BridgeClimb offers the ultimate Sydney experience with a guided climb to the summit of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge day or night. The exhilaration and personal satisfaction achieved by reaching the top of this Sydney icon is as rewarding as the breathtaking view of the city and harbour.
Historic city arcades are surrounded by slick new fashion centres in the centre of Sydney. Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall is at the centre of the shopping action. Make sure you also pop into the beautifully restored Queen Victoria Building (QVB), with its vast array of high street fashion, designer‐style, jewellery, antiques and art.
Complete your visit in Sydney with a trip to the Sydney Opera House, a World Heritage architectural jewel, where you’ll enjoy a diverse range of dazzling performances. Join a tour to experience the beauty of the House and obtain a sneak peek behind the curtain, or enjoy an evening cocktail while watching the sunset from the Opera Bar..
Packed with world‐class attractions such as Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour is a great place to see some of Sydney’s best attractions. At Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf, you’ll find excellent bars and restaurants for savouring the harbourside views.
There are many other stunning waterfront dining options on Sydney Harbour including Café Sydney and award-winning Quay Restaurant where diners can enjoy the harbour scenery and the Sydney Opera House clos-up.
Enjoy the waves of famous Bondi Beach from this stylish bar and restaurant. Get amongst Sydney's cool set and enjoy a No 2 Martini with crab sandwiches at the bar before moving into the restaurant for lunch.
Located on Blackwattle Bay, this boisterous market is a must-see experience for any serious seafood lover. The range of produce on offer at the second-largest seafood market in the southern hemisphere is just amazing. Lobsters, fresh tuna, Sydney rock oysters, crayfish and Atlantic salmon are just some of the varieties, together with a handful of sushi bars, cafes and seafood restaurants.
Harry's Café de Wheels is a Sydney icon and one of the city’s favourite street food venues. Join the queue at 2am for a legendary pie floater and you’ll find yourself rubbing shoulders with everyone from a glamorous local party gals and tourists from all over the world. So Sydney!
Like most great international cities, Sydney has a thriving coffee culture. Over the past few years, the city has fallen under the spell of the roasted bean and café life is a vital part of the city. Taste some of the best at cute café and hideaways in Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Newtown, Potts Point and Bondi Beach.
This sensational stroll is a symphony for the soul, wrapping up the very best of the city’s coastline. In an easy, one‐hour walk, the trail winds around the headlands, cresting high to offer a view ofsea‐carved sandstone and crashing waves, then dipping down for a close‐up look at some ofSydney’s iconic beaches. At either end, you’ll find cosmopolitan cafes where you can chill with a bluewater view.
A coastal drive south from Sydney, Grand Pacific Drive is simply sensational, a stunning scenic route with gorgeous beaches, rainforests and small‐town treasures along the way. While the drive is short enough for a day trip from Sydney, it’s also a great start to a weekend away.
Only 90 minutes drive to the west of Sydney, the dramatic rock formation known as The Three Sisters is one of the icons of this World Heritage area. Stepping out from the edge of the cliffs into the vast trough of the Jamison Valley, these towering rock stacks have defied the elements, remaining intact while the rest of the cliff has eroded around them. At their romantic best when the moon bathes the rock in a softly glowing light.
With Sydney Harbour as its backdrop, Taronga Zoo is a must-do experience for visitors. See a huge range of Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos and emus as well as rare and endangered species from around the world. Take the cable car ride from the ferry wharf to the zoo entrance and enjoy the spectacular views
The Hunter Valley is one of the state’s most popular winegrowing areas – and there are few more novel ways to see it than from the basket of a hot air balloon. The views are simply breathtaking. The flight ends with a champagne breakfast and sublime memories of sunrise over the vineyards.
Cycling is the ideal way to explore Manly Beach. Hire a bike and discover secluded coves, stunning beaches and breathtaking coastal views. With over 20kms of dedicated bike paths and off road trails, Manly caters for all levels of riders.
One of the highlights of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Jenolan Caves is a labyrinth of stalactite‐lined limestone chasms carved by underground rivers. Set in a deep and secluded valley in the Blue Mountains, the pure underground rivers and amazing formations inside the caves make this one of the finest cave systems in the world. Many of the caves are open for public viewing, offering both guided and non-guided viewing options.
Located a few hours south of Sydney, Jervis Bay is famous for its pristine clear water and white beaches. Join a cruise and see breathtaking sandstone cliffs, a meandering coastline, sea caves and seal colonies. Experience close encounters with dolphins, or whales from June to November.
Glenworth Valley is Australia's largest horse riding and outdoor adventure centre. Go on a horse riding adventure and escape amongst 3,000 acres of the finest wilderness located in the hinterland region of the NSW Central Coast.
South of the aquatic playground of Port Stephens and stretching for more than 30 kms, the Stockton Beach sand dunes offer a world of adventure. Several adventure operators offer trips among the dunes, from dune buggies to quad bike safaris to horse riding, camel treks and dune tobogganing. Hop on a quad bike and get set for the thrill of a lifetime!
Sydney Festival is the city's biggest, boldest cultural celebration and is regarded as one of the world's best festivals. Throughout January, top performers and artists from all over the world converge on the city and transform it into a diverse, thrilling stage where you can see international names and great shows around the clock. The kaleidoscopic program designed by director Lieven Bertels comprises around 300 performances and 100 events performed by over 1,000 artists in at least 20 venues. Many are free and family friendly. 2014 must-sees will include Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz's opera Dido and Aeneas, and a new all-day party featuring the best French sounds and tastes, So Frenchy So Chic in the Park.
Event Dates: 9 - 26 January 2014
Watch the opera on Sydney’s most spectacular stage along with great dining, a dynamic moving set and dazzling fireworks against Sydney’s Harbour night vista.
Event Date: 21 March – 12 April 2014
Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical takes to the stage in March 2014 for its global premiere season. An inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart, the musical will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way onto the stage thanks to the original creative team behind the classic 1992 flim.
Event Dates: 25 March – 1 June 2014
Sydney Royal Easter Show has been celebrating the best of Australia since 1823. Taste Australia's best produce and, over 14,000 animals on display, hours of family fun, carnival rides, hours of free entertainment and more. Bringing the country to the city each year to celebrate the best Australia has to offer, the Show attracts more than 900,000 people and one of Australia's largest annual event. As a cultural icon, it welcomes visitors from more than 60 destinations each year coming to sample Australian life in the heart of Sydney, at Sydney Olympic Park.
Event Dates: 10 – 23 April 2014
Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 23 May - 9 June 2014. Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and 3D projections; performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers.
Event Dates: 23 May – 9 June 2014