Everyone hates to admit they get a little touristy when they’re on holiday, but it’s something that just has to be done. There are certain landmarks that you simply have to visit when you go abroad, and here is my list of places you absolutely can’t miss when in Sydney!
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Harbour Bridge is probably my favourite tourist spot in Sydney. It really is a sight to behold. Personally, I found it most impressive when driving through the actual structure, however there are spectacular views of the bridge from the ground too. The best view of the bridge, though, can be viewed via the ferry. On my last night in Sydney (on my brother’s recommendation), we took the slow ferry from Sydney to Manly at Golden Hour and the view was absolutely spectacular. It is something that isn’t often thought of by tourists, and absolutely should not be missed.
Sydney Opera House
It goes without saying, but the Opera House is a must for any tourist who finds themselves in Sydney. It is considered one of the most iconic spots in the City, and it’s architecture is studied worldwide. Jørn Utzon’s unique design was constructed with the idea that, if it were literally picked up and pieced together, it would form a complete semicircle. Not only is the structure itself a marvel, but the shows that take place there are works of art in themselves with consistently good reviews. Once again, the slow ferry provides a stunning view of the Opera House.
Newtown was one of the edgier parts of Sydney. I could probably relate it most to Camden in London, with an abundance of stunning street art, really unique and quirky shops and the widest range of food you can find in the city. I found myself in Newtown a few times during my stay in Sydney, and found something new every time I went there. I can’t rate the food in Newtown highly enough, ranging from Turkish ice cream parlours, to Chinese restaurants, to doughnut companies, to burger joints, and so much more. The vintage charity shops there were also great, and it was all I could do not to spend all my Australian Dollars on thrift store finds.
I’ve mentioned this before in another blog post, however I really can’t emphasise enough how necessary a trip to Bondi is. I’m a beach baby anyway, so a day by the sea is always fulfilling, but it’s a well known fact that Bondi is one of the most frequented places in Sydney by tourists, and for good reason. We had to go at 7:30 in the morning to avoid the crowds (and it was still busy then), so keep that in mind when planning your trip, but a trip to Sydney’s most iconic surf beach was, for me, one of the highlights of my trip. The food, the waves and the sun made for a perfect morning.
If you find yourself in Sydney any time soon or have been to these iconic landmarks before, let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Until next time,