How You Should Explore Sydney on Your First Visit

If you’ve never visited Sydney before - what on earth are you waiting for? There are many reasons that Sydney is one of the most famous cities in the world, and we’ve listed just a few of them below to keep you busy on your first trip.

Take a Tour of the Opera House
One of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Sydney Opera House is truly a sight to behold. Standing by Sydney Harbour for almost 50 years, this one of a kind performance house, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, hosts over 1,500 performances per year.

There are a number of tours that you can participate in that help you to discover the interior of the spectacular buidling. Places in the tours tend to sell out quickly, so it’s best to book before you go. While you’re there, don’t miss out on checking out Opera Bar - you’ll get to take in one of the best views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Harbour Bridge is synonymous with Sydney - it would almost be impossible to visit the city and not catch a glimpse of it. There are many places around town to enjoy a spectacular view of the bridge and the city. There’s possibly no better view though, than the view from the top of the bridge itself.

The bridge climb is one of the most sought after tourist attractions in Sydney, and although it’s not for the faint of heart it’s not a particularly difficult achievement to get to the top. Climbers are secured by tethering onto guiding ropes and a manageable incline means most people can easily get to the top. This is certainly an adventure you’ll never forget.

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Swim at Bondi Beach
The beautiful Bondi Beach attracts millions of visitors each year, and if you’ve ever seen a picture of this magnificent place you’ll know it’s for good reason. Whether you plan to relax on the sand, take a dip in the ocean, learn to surf, or even swim some laps that the Icebergs ocean pool,  you’ll want to take a picnic and settle in for the day. Only 8km away from the CBD it’s easy to get to by public transport. Time your trip to take in the sunset - you won’t be disappointed.

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Take the Ferry to Manly
Used by commuters to get to and from the CBD, the ferry to Manly doubles as one of Sydney’s best sightseeing trips. Board the Ferry at Circular Quay and head out into the blue of Sydney Harbour, taking in the magnificence of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the view back towards the CBD.

Once you arrive in Manly there’s plenty to do, from relaxing on the beach to lunch at the local watering hole, or shopping in the strip mall. It’s the perfect place for a day trip.

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Visit the Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of NSWPhoto Credit: Felicity Jenkins, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Featuring a huge collection of Australian, European and Asian artwork, the Art Gallery of NSW is a cultural haven. Not only does the gallery host a number of exhibitions each year, but they also run regular workshops and talks and stay open until 10pm each Wednesday night making for the perfect evening of learning.

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Find the Catch of the Day at Sydney Fish Market
If seafood is on your favourites list, you can’t go past a trip to the Sydney Fish Market. There’s plenty of eat-in options, or buy up big and take your fish home for a gourmet cook up in your fully-functional kitchen at Zara Tower. It’s also possible to head on an early morning tour of the market, make sure you book in advance.

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7 February, 2019


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