At Australia’s largest and oldest cosmopolitan city, there’s definitely something for everyone! Sydney is undoubtedly the most well-known city of Australia with its beautiful beaches, UNESCO world heritage sites and first-class dining experiences. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or an adventurous holiday, Sydney has something special to offer to every visitor, making it the perfect holiday destination! Be it a quick, spontaneous getaway or a thoroughly planned trip, here is a list of Sydney tourist attractions that you must not miss!
1. SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Join an exclusive backstage tour and explore the hallowed halls of the world renowned performing arts centre!
Crowned as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007, the beloved Sydney Opera House welcomes a total of 8.2 million people each year. This Australian cultural icon is an architectural masterpiece due to its unique and modern design, making it one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. While you are here, do not hesitate to join their intimate backstage tour! Explore areas such as the artist dressing rooms and orchestra pits that are only made available for performers and crew member. Lastly, end the tour by having a full breakfast in the world-famous Green Room that is situated in the heart of the building.
2. SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
Be one of the few to climb Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view!
Known as the ‘Coat Hanger’ among locals, Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s greatest arch bridge and is also one of Sydney’s two most famous landmarks. Apart from being a car, train and pedestrian access between North and South Sydney, the bridge has become one of Sydney’s most iconic tourist attraction due to its beautiful wide steel arch. Strike off your bucket-list by climbing this amazing masterpiece! Be sure to catch the sunrise or sunset at the peak of Sydney Harbour Bridge while enjoying the stunning views of the cityscape.
During the annual Sydney Running Festival, jump at your only chance to cross the main deck of the bridge, traffic-free! Do not fret if you are not an experienced runner as the event on 15 September 2019 also offers a 3.5km Family Fun Run for all to join!
3. BLUE MOUNTAINS
Be charmed by the alluring views of Blue Mountains during your day tour!
Home to the breathtaking rock formation, Three Sisters, Blue Mountains is the perfect place for those looking for an adventure! There is so much that Blue Mountains has to offer. You can choose to explore the Jenolan Caves, ride the Scenic Railway, or set out on a hiking trail through lush rainforest. With endless of activities to do, be sure to set aside a full day or two and discover this UNESCO World Heritage-listed national park!
On your way to the Blue Mountains, make a stop at the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to the largest collection of native Australian animals. Catch wildlife demonstrations and learn interesting animal facts from the keepers, hand-feed kangaroos and have your picture taken with a cuddly koala!
4. PORT STEPHENS
Choose your adventure in Port Stephens from adrenalin-pumping quad bike rides to nature walks at Tomaree Head Summit for panoramic views.
Dubbed the dolphin capital of Australia and home to the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, you can spot playful dolphins from an afternoon cruise, sand board down the towering dunes, and relax with a camel ride along the beach at sunset. Port Stephens is also a prime location for whale watching from May to November.
For an unusual marine experience, visit Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters to pat and even cuddle with friendly sharks and stingrays! The activity is open to visitors of all ages, perfect for a family outing.
5. HUNTER VALLEY
Pamper yourself and find tranquillity among the vineyards and rolling hills of the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region.
Hunter Valley boasts of more than just award-winning tipple. Go on a hot air balloon ride to catch the brilliant sunrise with sweeping views of the vineyards, taste local produce such as cheese and chocolate, savour a gourmet lunch paired with exquisite wine, and bring the children out for a day of fun at the Hunter Valley Gardens with its charming Storybook Garden, Aqua Golf & Putt Putt, and mouth-watering desserts at Cupcake Espresso.
Come winter time from June to July 2019, Hunter Valley Gardens presents a wonderland of frosty fun with its annual Snow Time in the Gardens. Build a snowman, ice skate and go on exciting carnival rides amongst the beautiful gardens before tucking into a hearty meal.