Sydney

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Sydney is wildly exciting under both the blazing sun of the day and the shining lights and stars of the night sky. The city is the most dazzling in Australia and is forever racing forward in its innovation of food, partying, entertainment and architecture.

The sights of Sydney are straight from everyone’s bucket lists and there’s no other feeling like gazing upon the wonder of the Opera House or bravely climbing the heights of the Harbour Bridge. An undeniably urban landscape is still in balance with the exotic wildlife and historic nature of the city surroundings to create an exciting and unique trip of your dreams.

Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House.
Sydney Opera House.

The defining feature of the city is, of course, the Sydney Opera House and it stands in all its striking glory at the end of Bennelong Point in the Harbour. Not only is it symbolic of Australia, but its soaring white roof resembling a yacht’s sails is internationally acclaimed as an architectural icon of the 20th Century. Five performance spaces make up the building and host opera, dancing, theatre and concerts year long. To best see the Sydney Opera House in all its splendour then attend a performance or take a guided tour around the space and even explore backstage.

Bondi beach.

Iceberg pool at Bondi Beach.
Iceberg pool at Bondi Beach.

Bondi beach is one of the world’s best. Year round a fabulous variety of people visit here, whether they’re backpackers or luxury holiday goers they come to see the world famous sand that stretches beautifully for 1km. Surfers characterise much of the beach as there’s two surf clubs and great waves. There’s also an outdoor workout area on the beach if you fancy sweating in the sun with a view. One of the most photographed places in Sydney is the Iceberg outdoor swimming pool at Bondi which prides itself on being a winter swimming spot and has a historical members club.

Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Dubbed the giant ‘coat hanger’ this masterpiece has been open since 1932 and stretches gloriously across the harbour. The bridge is a whopping 134m high, 1149m long, 49m wide and weighs 52,800 tonnes making it the largest and heaviest steel arch in the world. This will come as no surprise when you visit the city and spy the bridge from anywhere and any angle. The best views from the bridge come from walking across it, so take your time and soak in the scenery. One of the most popular ways to experience this structure is to go on an adventure and go up it on the Bridge Climb. Up and up its arches until you reach the summit of the Harbour Bridge at 134m above sea level providing some spine tingling views of the city and its surrounding.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

Darling Harbour.

Darling Harbour.
Darling Harbour.

A pedestrian district filled with fun and interesting things to do and see. The area is famous for its LG IMAX theatre which is home to the largest film screen in the world! There’s also the Harbourside Shopping centre if you fancy a splash of cash on clothes or Australian gifts and souvenirs. There’s also a bowling alley, a kids playground, the Australian National Maritime Museum and multiple delicious cafes and restaurants. All on the beautiful waters edge.

Royal Botanic Gardens.

Royal Botanical Gardens.
Royal Botanical Gardens.
(photo courtesy of easyweddings).

The Royal Botanic Gardens fill a 30-hectare space and are a delightful idyll tucked into the city. The gardens date back to 1810 and are said to be the oldest public gardens in the southern hemisphere. The gardens house thousands of plant species, colourful birds, fruit bats and even water dragons. If it’s a sunny day take a picnic and enjoy the oasis of the gardens as well as its sweeping views across the harbour.

Seaplanes.

Seaplanes harbour view.
Seaplanes harbour view.
(Photo courtesy of seaplanes.com.au).

Another amazing view. Sydney Seaplanes run around 15 flights a day, all year and fly over the coastline and the city for a fabulous experience of Sydney by air. Get a view of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and the other iconic sights of Sydney from a birds eye view. The company offers a fly and dine experience. ‘Fly over the city’s iconic buildings, its sparkling waters and pristine beaches before enjoying a leisurely, gourmet meal in an exclusive, waterside restaurant. Then have our pilot bring you home. It’s a truly unforgettable afternoon!’

The Rocks.

The Rocks market sign.
The Rocks market sign
(photo courtesy of Australia.com).

The Rocks is the charming historic district of Sydney, characterised by cobblestone streets and lively markets. It’s wonderfully trendy with lots of popular bars, cafes, museums, shops and a rich cultural history to explore. The pubs are some of the oldest in the city and house lots of lives music and entertainment to enjoy. The district is also conveniently situated right near the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. At the weekends there are lovely arts and crafts markets and a food market to amble around to pick up some quirky gifts.

Nightlife.

The Glenmore, The Rocks.
The Glenmore, The Rocks.
(photo courtesy of Concrete Playground).

Sydney’s nightlife is exhilarating for everyone as it’s so varied and vast. There’s parties, undercover bars, live music, big concerts, gigantic clubs, cocktail bars with beautiful views and a huge gay scene. Glamourous in its essence, the city offers the opportunity for you to dress up in your best glad rags and head into the sparkling lights of the city. But one of the great things about the city is that if you want to party in a t-shirt and jeans then most places will still be welcoming. Finish your day at the beach, sun-kissed, and watch the sunset on a roof terrace before exploring around the city to find a wild party or a booming nightclub such as Arq or Soho.

Food.

Inside Hubert, Sydney.
Inside Hubert, Sydney.
(photo courtesy of I’m Still Hungry).

Sydney prides itself on being home to some of the finest restaurants in the world. Eating your way round the city would be the perfect way to experience it. There’s an exciting modern and experimental influence on food that flows through the city and restaurants serve up some of the most delicious vegan meals, health foods, seafood and cuisine of a beautiful mix of different international influences such as Japanese and Thai. Time Out voted Hubert as Sydney’s best restaurant and its certainly worth a visit. Time Out describes the experience: ‘Like Alice down the rabbit hole, as soon as you walk through the big wooden doors, you feel instantly detached from the outside world and what lies before you is the promise of incredible eats and show-stopping wine in a music-filled, candle-lit Belle Epoche-style bunker.’

Sunglasses.

To explore Sydney it helps to have the perfect eyewear.

Men:

Double Bridge Metal Round Sunglasses in Pale Gold by Prada.
Double Bridge Metal Round Sunglasses in Pale Gold by Prada.

Fit in to the glamour of Sydney city life in these effortlessly chic and timeless Prada sport sunglasses in Pale Gold. One of our new arrivals.

Women:

Ornate Metal Wire Sunglasses in Silver Mirror by Miu Miu.
Ornate Metal Wire Sunglasses in Silver Mirror by Miu Miu.

Fabulously modern in style and structure, these Miu Miu sunglasses are bang on Sydney trend.