Sydney is a vibrant coastal city offering a wealth of sightseeing attractions, along with a multifarious range of activities for visitors to enjoy. Photograph the iconic Opera House, sunbathe on the legendary golden sands of Bondi Beach, partake in a little retail therapy of the global fashion houses and street markets, take a tour of the Olympic Park on over thirty kilometres of off-road cycle paths and picnic at Sydney Harbour National Park, which protects a collection of Aboriginal sites.
The Blue Mountains
The breathtaking Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site, which gets its name from the blue haze given off by its thousands of Eucalyptus trees, can be reached within a two to three-hour drive of Sydney. Amongst its valleys, forests, canyons and waterfalls are a host of sites of Aboriginal sites, while wildlife to keep an eye out for includes kangaroos, wombats, a variety of birds, reptiles and frogs. It's perfect for bush-walking and adventure pursuits.
Byron Bay is renowned for its thriving arts scene and individuals with a creative or spiritual side are drawn here by the laid-back lifestyle and outstanding natural scenery including pristine beaches and sparkling turquoise waters that are amongst the very best in Australia. As well as a plethora of art galleries, popular activities include yoga, nature walks, horse-riding, hot-air balloon rides, kayaking, mountain bike tours, hang-gliding and whale-watching (Humpback Whales migrate along the coast between May and November).
Lord Howe Island
About a two-hour flight north east of Sydney, Lord Howe Island has a World Heritage-listed eco-system providing sub-tropical splendour, a reef-fringed lagoon, marine park, majestic volcanic peaks and a rainforest hiking trail to Mount Gower.
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If you’ve a head for heights, it is possible to book a place to climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, day or night, for some of the most incredible views over the city or alternatively hire a kayak (or take a boat tour) and explore the famous harbour.
Pay a visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House to admire its unique architecture - take a tour of the backstage areas and perhaps enjoy a concert or performance.
Sydney has three botanical gardens that are open to the public and would offer a peaceful respite from the bustle of the city, including the splendid Royal Botanical Gardens, with its magnificent location overlooking Sydney Harbour and no fewer than eighteen feature gardens, including areas devoted to palms, succulents, native plants, ancient wollemi pines and rare and endangered plant species from around the world.
With no fewer than seventy gorgeous sandy beaches - the most famous being the kilometre-long Bondi Beach - visitors can have a surf lesson or enjoy a number of other sporty activities, such as rollerblading, volleyball, surfing or jogging - otherwise, a spot of sunbathing or swimming may be just the ticket after your long flight. There are a number of restaurants and bars lining the beach's promenade when the lure of lunch or a cold beer proves too hard to resist.
Families are superbly catered for in Sydney and when you've had your fill of the beach, why not pay a visit to Tarongo Zoo, home to almost 3,000 exotic and native species, or explore SEALIFE Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour, boasting fourteen themed zones and over 700 species of aquatic life?
A great place to explore is The Rocks, a jumble of cobbled streets, sandstone cottages and some of Sydney's oldest pubs, which date from the 1800s. The historic area boasts a number of interesting places to visit, such as The Justice and Police Museum, where countless European criminals were 'processed' after landing at Sydney Harbour. To get a real sense of The Rocks' history, why not take a guided walking tour during the day or join a nocturnal ghost tour through tiny lantern-lit alleyways?
There are designer boutiques and art galleries to peruse, in addition to surf shops, jewellers and fashion stores - if your credit card needs flexing.
Time your visit to Sydney for the end of February and you could be amidst the sequins, fake tan, elaborate costumes and uplifting soundtrack of the annual Mardi Gras. This glamorous, fun and effervescent three-week festival culminates in the famous parade and parties that have been known to last right through the night!
The Blue Mountains
Take a guided bushwalk in the Jamieson Valley amongst the gum trees, canyons, waterfalls and sites such as the ‘Three Sisters’ rock formation. The area is also home to the Jenolan Caves, and if you time it right, you may be lucky enough to catch a musical concert in the ‘Cathedral Cave’.
Visit Scenic World to ride the world’s steepest passenger railway, at a 52-degree incline, down into the rainforest and walk along the boardwalks amongst the trees.
Watch the surfers, or try yourself, at Wategos and Main Beach. Main Beach is also where you can kayak, with a good chance of spotting dolphins. Visit Rocks Marine Park for some fantastic snorkelling and scuba-diving.
Hikers can walk around the peninsula on the Cape Byron Walking Track. Take a 4WD tour of Byron’s hinterland and discover the rainforests, or perhaps a night vision bushwalk through the Nightcap National Park.
Every September there is a ‘Taste of Byron’ festival that showcases local foods and coffee from the area’s best restaurants and baristas.
Lord Howe Island
Cycling around this idyllic island, is one of the best ways to explore.
The island is home to rare and unique plants and birds; see if you can spot the flightless Woodhen or a pair of Red-tailed Tropic Birds who have the most incredible courtship dance including somersaults.
As well as plenty of gentle hikes leading to incredible views, it is possible to take a strenuous guided hike to the summit of Mount Gower.
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