If you are new to Sydney or have only recently moved to Sydney and just a bit unsure of what to do or where to start, then I would recommend you do the following activities:
1. Sydney Opera House
This one is a no brainer. Considered as one of the world’s famous 7 wonders in the modern world, it is both a cultural and key icon that one simply cannot miss.
Sydney Opera House is one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world — hosting over 1,500 performances each year and attended by some 1.2 million people. It produces and hosts a wide range of in-house productions and accommodate numerous performing arts companies, including the four key resident companies: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. More than seven million people visit Sydney Opera House each year, with 300,000 people participating the guided tour annually. This one is a must see when you are in Sydney to tick off things to do in your bucket list.
2. Catch a ferry to Manly beach and see the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge along the way
Another favourite pastime of Sydneysiders is catching a ferry to Manly from the city, Circular Quay (which acts as both a harbour and a station) and see the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as Sydney Opera House along the way.
Manly is a beach-side suburb on the North of Sydney. What makes Manly famous among the locals and tourists alike is that it gives the visitors a Gold Coast feel where rows of shops lined up just before you get to the beach and there also waterfront restaurants with million dollar views overlooking the harbour/ water. For those who prefer to go a bit more casual, you can go to a takeaway fish and chips shop, order some fish and chips and bring them to eat at the beach while watching local talents surf.
Manly also hosts the annual Hurley Australian Open of Surfing aka the ASP, where you can see firsthand both the local and world’s best surfers compete in Australian waters, while enjoying the whole culture of surfing and skateboarding packed with action sports, music, art and fashion.
This FREE festival goes on for 9 days and it’s something that you don’t want to miss!
3. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to go to Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo, in my opinion, could easily be deemed as one of the world’s best zoos. Situated in Mosman, one of the most upper class suburbs of Sydney and close to the water, its location meant that there’s some parts of the zoo that allows you to see the Sydney skyline from afar. The view would take your breath away and makes you feel how lucky you are to be in Sydney.
The zoo itself, home to over 2,600 animals of 340 species and is 21-hectare (52-acre) wide, attracts nearly 1.7 million people last year, based on their annual report. From these total number of visitors, over 40% are locals who reside in Sydney, 15% from interstate and 34% visitors are from overseas! Need I say more? This needs to be one of your top things to do list when you’re in Sydney.
4. Hang out at Darling Harbour
If you are in Sydney, you can’t miss Darling Harbour. It’s a harbour that’s home to some of Sydney’s major attractions such as: the IMAX movie theatre which has the world’s biggest screen; Australian National Maritime Museum that features museum ships such as the HMAS Vampire and SS South Steyne; Madame Tussauds - world famous wax museum featuring both famous Australians and celebrities from around the world; Sydney Aquarium; Star’s Casino; Harbourside Shopping Centre and endless restaurants that will suit everyone’s tastebuds.
There’s always something on in Darling Harbour, from free movies to celebrating Valentine’s day with love heart fireworks for all to see, to hosting different cultural festivals… this is the place to be. For more info on what’s coming up, go to http://www.darlingharbour.com/whats-on/culture-beats.aspx
My favourite restaurants in Darling Harbour are Braza which is a very famous Brazilian all you can eat BBQ/ buffet. It’s a bit pricey but worth your every cent. They serve all different kinds of meat that will surely entertain your tastebuds. The next one is Meat and Wine Co, where they serve a modern day Australian cuisine. These places are a must try when you’re in Sydney!
5. Going to the Beach
Another famous activity that the Sydney locals love to do is going to the beach. We go to the beach for various reasons, to tan, swim, hang out with friends, surf or play volleyball. Sydney’s beaches such as Bondi and Manly are world famous. White sand, clean beaches that makes you want to dip your toes in and swim in clear turquoise waters are what many Australians like to do. We love the sun and we are proud of our beaches. Just a heads up though, you need to be a good swimmer before you decide to go in and swim as the unpredictable waves could easily take you out further to the sea and it’s really important that you know how to swim your way back
About The AuthorThis is a guest post by Beatrix Tanuwidjaja. She’s a blogger for Local Culture Guide where she talks about everything to do with culture from the local food to try, cultural values that may be foreign to some or about… interracial dating. Beatrix currently resides in Sydney. Besides blogging, she also likes to travel, meeting new people and has a keen interest in understanding what makes people tick. This is Beatrix’s first post for Pinoy Adventurista so please support her!
NOTE: Article and photos were provided by the contributor. Any views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views on www.pinoyadventurista.com.
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