Sydney, the city of warm weather, wonderful beaches and unusual buildings, welcomes its visitors with tasty food, entertainment, and interesting places. It is a family-friendly city that has something to offer to everyone.
PLACES TO VISIT
Many visitors begin their sightseeing at the Opera House, undoubtedly the most famous building not only in Sydney but in Australia. This extraordinary construction is amazing both during the daytime, with its unusual silhouette against the blue sky, or illuminated at night. It is a venue for numerous events and shows.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a well-known tourist sight, but also a challenge for the most adventurous visitors. If you prepare yourself well, you can climb the bridge and have an exceptional view of the bridge and the harbor.
Visitors can go to the top of the remarkable Sydney Tower Eye, the tallest building in Sydney for the most amazing views of the city. The most adventurous visitors can take a Skywalk tour of the outer perimeter.
If you visit Darling Harbour, an entertainment complex, you will have awesome views of the river and a lot of fun. It has a lot of attractions, and you need a whole day to see all of them. You can do the shopping, have a meal there and visit the museums and the aquarium or enjoy the great nightlife.
You should certainly visit the biggest market in Sydney, a hundred and fifty years old Paddy's Markets. Visitors come there to get souvenirs and to try tasty food. Another famous marketplace is Sydney Fish Market, a spacious place where you can purchase fresh seafood, or have a pleasant meal.
Visitors should not miss St Mary's Cathedral, the Roman Catholic church, and the seat of Archbishop of Sydney.
Wandering around the city, you will certainly come across two heritage-listed buildings from the 19th century, the Sydney Town Hall, where the Lord Mayor of Sydney is seated, and the Queen Victoria Building.
In the west of the city, the large sports complex of the Sydney Olympic Park is waiting for visitors to offer entertainment.
All visitors of Sydney come to Circular Quay, with countless ferries that leave every few minutes and take visitors to many attractions. It is also a commuting link for the locals. The vibrant atmosphere doesn't change at weekends when people come to nearby areas to have meals outdoors and to enjoy the view of the Harbour Bridge. This is one of the most attractive and most significant historic parts of the city.
SYDNEY FOR FAMILIES
What can kids enjoy more after long hours of sightseeing than a beach? Take them to Bondi Beach, a fabulous piece of coastline never too busy to find enough space for yourself but always exciting.
If you want to make your trip educational too, take the kids to the Royal Botanic Gardens, founded in 1816 and let them learn about magnificent Australia's plants. It is close to the Opera House, so you can take a break from sightseeing there.
All kids love amusement parks, and Luna Park in Sydney is the one they fall in love with at the very entrance – a great spot for selfies. Roller coasters and other rides, and a lot of fun are awaiting visitors there.
Absolutely different from the city's hustle and bustle, Taronga Zoo houses different animals, and you can even spend the night there in safari-style tents.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the north of the city is another great place to refuel and rest.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES IN SYDNEY
There are many interesting museums in Sydney – the Museum of Sydney, the Justice and Police Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, the Sydney Jewish Museum and many others.
However, Sydney can also boast of great art galleries like the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brett Whiteley Studio, the White Rabbit Art Gallery, the Michael Reid Sydney Art Gallery, the TAP Gallery, the M2 Gallery, and more.
Take a walk back in time in Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace and see what the cinemas looked like in the past. It was open in 1953!
If you want to spend some peaceful time, Elizabeth Farm, the oldest homestead in Australia, is the right place to go. Walkthrough the house doors right into the beginning of the 19th century and see how the first Australian settlers lived.
For a longer walk through history, go to the Rocks, the place of the first European settlement in Australia and visit Cadman's Cottage, markets, art galleries, and restaurants.
In Chinatown, stroll along the picturesque Dixon Street, a pedestrian mall with great dining options.
In Sydney, visitors can easily find family-friendly accommodation. They can book a hotel with family rooms, swimming pools, and children's television networks. If parents want to have time for themselves, babysitting and child services are available.
For a more home-like atmosphere, you can rent a home that also offers children's books and toys.
WHAT TO EAT
The multiculturality of Sydney means a great variety of dishes. Here are some of them.
Hamburger with beetroot is an Australian dish that you probably can't eat anywhere else in the world – a hamburger with a piece of root on top.
The fusion of Thai chicken green curry and a pie means Green chicken curry pie, a delicious Australian dish.
You can also try Chinese Chicken and corn soup, Fantales (a dessert, caramel coated in milk chocolate), Crab Sticks, Barramundi (a kind of fish), or Grilled kangaroo.
The day begins early in Sydney, before the daily heats.
You can get breakfast at any time of the day.
You should bring a raincoat; it is not always sunny in Sydney.
Restaurants and shops shut early.
TIME TO VISIT
October and November, February and March are the best months to visit Sydney. The days are sunny, but not too hot.
An important thing to have is an Opal card. It can be used on ferries, trains buses, and Light Rail. Ferries could be the most convenient means of transportation. There are often delays, so start early.
You can also choose Uber and GoCatch, both cheaper than a taxi.
If you need a break from the gloomy winter weather on the Northern Hemisphere, take a break and visit the Land Down Under. While the people in the north are struggling with rain and snow, Aussies are enjoying themselves on the beaches. My daughter and I had a wonderful month exploring the Land Down under and memorable memories in Sydney and it is for sure a city to visit!
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