6 July 2015
Home to world famous icons, abundant in natural beauty and offering a great range of attractions – there’s plenty to see and do in Sydney this winter. So whether you’re planning a day trip, a weekend away or an extended stay, you’ll be sure to find more than what you’re looking for in the harbour city.
Stretching along 6km of picturesque coastline, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk showcases the beauty of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The walk begins by the iconic Bondi Icebergs before winding its way past ancient Aboriginal rock carvings, whale watching vantage points and a handful of the city’s popular beaches, including Bronte and Clovelly Beaches. Ending at Coogee, the coastal walk passes by plenty of beachfront cafes ideal for a cold drink or coffee along the way or to simply sit and watch the waves roll in.
Don a grey and blue jumpsuit and ascend the arches of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney. Led by experienced and passionate climb leaders, the journey to the upper reaches of the bridge offers panoramic views across Sydney and its harbour. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the history of the famed structure, from its construction to the present day.
Carrying passengers to waterfront destinations around the city, including Balmain, Manly and Cockatoo Island, Sydney’s ferries are a mainstay of the city’s transport system. Making use of the waters surrounding the city, a ride aboard Sydney’s ferries presents the opportunity to savour views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city’s skyline.
Centrally located in Sydney’s City Centre, the Queen Victoria Building is a shopping destination home to international designer brands, local boutiques and retailers of items ranging from skincare to homewares, and almost everything in between. Colloquially known as the QVB, the building also serves up an impressive array of dining options, from cheap takeaways to the finery of high tea at The Palace Tea Room.
Set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House shelter a wealth of history, culture and artistic expression. Take a guided tour around the building to discover its secrets, see a live performance in one of its concert halls or admire its beauty from the harbour foreshore.
Head to the Skywalk at the Sydney Tower Eye to enjoy 360 degree views of the harbour city. Positioned 268 metres above Sydney’s busy streets, the Skywalk’s outdoor observation deck and two glass-floor viewing platforms provide a great opportunity to savour unparalleled views of the NSW capital.
Only a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is home to an array of native and exotic animals, including the cute and cuddly koala. For visitors looking to get up close to the native species, Taronga runs koala encounters throughout the day, complete with a souvenir photograph.
Travel between Sydney’s waterside locales in style aboard one of the city’s water taxis. Available for one-off journeys, private charters and short cruises around Sydney Harbour, Sydney’s water taxis are a convenient and scenic way to navigate the city’s waterway and take in its iconic sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Only a stone’s throw away from Watsons Bay Wharf, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is an ideal place to relax, unwind and make the most of great harbour views. Dine on menus filled with fresh seafood and seasonal produce, peruse the venue’s extensive drinks list or settle in for the night at the hotel’s boutique rooms.
A short trip from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is the ideal place to visit for either a day excursion or a longer stay. At just over two hours drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains’ township of Katoomba is great way to start. Home to the world’s steepest passenger railway, a glass-bottomed skyway, 2.4 km of elevated boardwalks and other great attractions, Katoomba’s Scenic World is one of the most accessible ways to experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views across the Jamison Valley as you ride the skyway or cableway, wander through tranquil Jurassic-era rainforest or take time out to admire the waterfalls of Wentworth Falls.
Carved by the elements over thousands of years, the Three Sisters are another popular tourist destination found in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba. Drawing swathes of visitors from across Australia and the world, the iconic sandstone formations appear to change colour as the sun sets and as the seasons change. Perched above the Jamison Valley, Echo Point Lookout acts as a great vantage point for viewing the popular landmark.