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The biggest cosmopolitan city of Australia is also ethnically most diverse, with people from around the globe flocking to the Harbour City and settling there. It’s the most happening place in Australia with uncompromising spirit, be it music, partying, hip-hop or fashion. Glamour co-exists with casualness as well as dress up and show off. The food scene is lively, beaches are exquisite and shopping could be never ending. There iconic buildings, serenity of Hyde Park and one of the most iconic views in Sydney Harbour makes Sydney a complete package. Sydney is everybody’s destination, be it a business trip or honeymoon or family get-together, Sydney has everything to offer to everyone.
How to reach Sydney
Sydney is well connected to all other major cities of Australia including Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane etc. You can either drive down or catch one of the buses operating the long distances.
The city is well connected with the aforesaid cities and others by means of train too. You can make use of the Central Station to reach Sydney from different parts of the country to Sydney.
You can also use ships to reach Sydney from different parts of the country and royally enter at the Circular Quay or White Bay.
Airport - Sydney International Airport is a world class airport connected to 46 domestic destinations as well as 43 international destinations. The airport has all amenities required for passengers, having almost half the chunk of International passengers travelling to and from Australia. Three terminals are there in the airport, with two of them operating for domestic flights.
Sydney has a non-exhaustive list of places to visit and experience. The smarter thing to do will be to pick the places you want to visit depending on your choices and tastes.
- Sydney Opera House is an iconic postcard image, which was once part of the wonders of world. The place can be easily accessed on foot from the city centre.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge is another monumental structure in Sydney. You can walk around and enjoy the view or cycle in the bridge. Do snap your perfect picture with the bridge in background.
- Sydney Olympic Park is home to several sporting activities. The structure was retained after the 2000 Olympics.
- Luna Park is an exciting theme park in Sydney whose peculiar entrance can be spotted from a distance.
- Sydney Tower is located in the city centre and is the tallest structure in Sydney.
- Royal Botanical Garden is another major landmark in Sydney covering about 35 hectares. It has a rich collection of flora and overlooks the Sydney Harbour.
- Parramatta is in Western Sydney and is reminiscent of the colonial era Sydney once had.
- La Perouse is a French monument in Sydney which has an old fort and museum.
- Anzac War Memorial commemorates the Australian war victims of World Wars.
- The Australian Museum showcases the rich heritage of Australia.
- The Australian Maritime Museum showcases Australian maritime history with external exhibits along Darling Harbour.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art has a good collection of modern art.
- Taronga Zoo, Koala Park Sanctuary, Australian Reptile World, Sydney Aquarium et al are few of the wildlife attrctions of Sydney.
- Meeting of Civilisations and Aboriginal Art are perfect places to get to know more about the Australian aboriginals.
- Water sports activities including canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, swimming are all possible in various facilities available in the city.
- The city is culturally rich having three theatres to boast about in Capitol Theatre, The Theatre Royal and The Lyric Theatre.
- Music can be enjoyed at Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Angel Place Recital Hall or Conservatorium of Music.
- The city hosts a number of festivals and no month passes by without celebrating some kind of festival
- Apparel shopping options are aplenty in Sydney. Queen Victoria Building, Pit Street Mall, Oxford Street, King street, Westfield Shopping Centre, Birkenhead Point et al to name a few.
Places to Stay
Sydney, like already mention, has everything for everyone. This applies to accommodation too. You can find very cheap rooms and hostels for backpackers, budget hotels for families on vacation and splurge ones for honeymooners as well as businessmen.
If you require to be in the thick of things and do not want to leave the city, stay in the Central Business District.
Potts Point is slightly away from Central Business District and has a good variety of facilities ranging from budget to splurge.
Darlinghurst is the place you should opt if you want to stay slightly away from CBD but not in the harbour side. There are plenty of apartments to choose from.
North Shore Sydney is the backpackers’ zone. However, luxury seekers too won’t be disappointed.
Eateries in Sydney
- Sydney Fish Markets is an experience foodies that land in Sydney should not miss.
- Angus Beef is another Australian speciality and grab one at any steakhouse.
- Chinese food can be had at Chinatown.
- Plenty of outlets serve Thai food in Newton’s King Street.
- Italian cuisines are best served in Leichardt’s Norton Street, Haberfield in Inner West or Stanley St.
- Indian Food is mostly served in the Outer West area.
- Neutral Bay has number of Japanese outlets.
- Turkish is served at Auburn.
- Baba Ghanouj, Lahem Begin and Baclawa serve good quality Lebanese food.
- Enormous number of pubs and bars can be found around Sydney.
Sydney has very well developed public transport including commuter trains, buses, ferry and light rail. There are unified cards which can be used across the various modes of transport.
Train - Covering a distance of 882 km and 176 stations, the Sydney Rail is highly developed and catering millions of commuters across various destinations.
Bus - An extensively penetrative bus network is found in Sydney by which you can access almost any remote locations. The frequency of the buses are pretty good too.
Ferries - Circular Quay is the main ferry. Manly, Darling Harbour and Parramatta are other major ferries operating. In addition to being a convenient mode of transportation, the harbour side is best viewed in ferry journeys.
Light Rail - Can be used by commuters travelling between CBD, Darling Harbour and Pyrmont.
Taxi - Available in plenty in all streets. Online services like Uber are also available.
Tips for travel across Sydney
- Good climate is experienced round the year and summer lasts from December to February.
- Petty crime scenes are less in Sydney compared to Asian and European cities.
- Drunk and drug addicts are common in street and stay away from street violence that occur after dark.
- The entertainment scene of Sydney is pretty colourful and you may not want into scams out there.
- Lockout rule exists in many pubs and bars. No alcohol is served between 3 am and 5 am.
- A single travel card can be used across various modes of travel.
- Do not leave your car in case of breakdown. Wait for assistance to arrive.