Getting ready for a first-time visit to Sydney? The experience that awaits you will definitely be amazing, but you still have to try your best and pre-plan your itinerary. That way, you’ll avoid getting overwhelmed by so many great sites and things to do and see when you finally arrive. If you stay focused on your itinerary, you’ll get the most out of the attractions and entertainment that you chose beforehand. However, it isn’t easy to opt for only a couple of places to visit and things to do, especially since Sydney has so much to offer. Therefore, take a look at the following list – these are some of the must-visit places in Sydney and they are perfect for anyone looking to get to know this beautiful city for the first time.
Sydney Opera House
This remarkable structure is undoubtedly a must-see because it’s basically Sydney’s most famous landmark. Getting a ticket to see a play at Opera House would be great, but even if you don’t manage to book one, you can always tour the place. Not only that, but you will get to enjoy some incredible views, dine at amazing restaurants, snap outstanding photos and learn more about Opera House’s history and background.
Another great thing about the Opera House is seeing the Vivid Lights Festival there and around the Syndey Bay.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The world’s largest steel arch bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge is truly a sight to behold. Make sure to take part in a nice and relaxing stroll over the bridge and get the chance to observe the city of Sydney in the most breathtaking way. Those who are more daring can sign up for Sydney Bridge Climb. There’s also a museum that will provide you with all the historical facts and info that may interest you.
Queen Victoria Building
Truly the queen of all shopping centers, Queen Victoria Building won’t leave you indifferent even if you’re not that much of a shopper. More than a century old, this unique Victorian building features hundreds of shops, most of which are high-end luxury designer brands. The true beauty of this structure lies in its masterpiece restoration – mosaic floors, stained glass windows as well as elegant domes will definitely make this visit to Sydney special and fascinating.
Hit the beaches
Sydney has more than a thousand beaches and it’s famous for its beach culture as well. Some of the main beach gems that are a must visit are definitely Bondi, Coogee, and Manly beaches. Apart from soft sand and clear waters that are perfect for water sports, you can also enjoy coastal walks, relax at a picnic and check the events that are constantly ongoing on these popular beaches. Of course, you can just lounge and sunbathe all day – it would still be a perfect experience.
Explore the Rocks
A historic district right on the harbor and just a walk from the Opera House. Here you have a chance to learn a little bit of history on the founding of Sydney and then enjoy some of the best of its modern offerings. From unique architecture to delicious spots to eat you can spend an afternoon exploring the area. On top of that, there are countless places to grab a cold beer to rest up after exploring the city.
Royal Botanic Gardens
If you’re a nature lover, Sydney won’t disappoint you. Apart from amazing coastal scenery, you should also pay a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens to feast your eyes upon some of the most beautiful and unique plants in the world. This mesmerizing oasis is a perfect place to take things slow, relax and admire the beauty of the natural world. After you get to experience these 30 hectares of natural heaven, you can also take a breather at one of the restaurants or enjoy a lovely picnic.
Of course, your list of must-visits in Sydney will greatly depend on the length of your stay. Still, the above-mentioned places are the city’s hotspots when it comes to tourist attractions and fun. In that respect, make sure to add all of these to your itinerary before you even start packing.
About the Author
Gabriella Diesendorf is a freelance writer from Australia and a devoted mother of two kids, two cats, and one large dog. She loves badgering about pets, green lifestyle choices, and parenting techniques, and if you mention attachment parenting, she will bore you to death.