The First Time Traveller’s Guide to Sydney

The Harbour City never fails to delight first time or returning visitors
The Harbour City never fails to delight first time or returning visitors


When people hear someone say “Australia”, the first city that immediately comes to mind is Sydney. The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is home to the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and is often mistaken as Australia’s capital – deeply sorry, Canberra. The city welcomes millions of domestic and international visitors every year and if you’ve set your sights to spending your summer in the Harbour City, here are a few things that you, as a first time visitor, should never miss doing.


Take In The Sights At Sydney Harbour

Regardless if this is your first or hundredth time visiting, you should never miss out on the breathtaking sights of Sydney Harbour. Start the day by taking a leisure walk along the waterfront around Farm Cove and be transported by the serene greenery of the Royal Botanic Gardens.  Take perfect snapshots of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House by walking down Lady Macquarie’s Chair, which is the perfect vantage point for photographing the city’s most famous landmarks.

After your tour of the Opera House, head on over to Circular Quay and enjoy the gastronomic offerings of various restaurants in the area. You can also buy ice cream or fresh gelato from the cafes that you can eat while strolling down the harbour.


Enjoy The Sun and Surf at Bondi Beach

You should never leave Sydney without getting that Bondi Beach tan. This one-kilometre stretch of beach is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Australia and welcomes thousands of tourists every year. One of the best things about spending time in the beach is you can meet a lot of people – and we do mean a lot. People from all walks of life, from multi-millionaires to backpackers flock to Bondi Beach during the summer to have fun and relax.

While it is at its busiest during the summer, Bondi Beach is host to various local and international music events and festivals such as the annual City to Surf Fun Run and Festival of the Winds Kite Flying Fest. So whether you are visiting Sydney at the height of summer or any other time of the year, you can bet you won’t run out of things to do and see.


Take a Ride on the Wild Side

If you are travelling with your kids, Sydney is filled to the brim with attractions, city tours, and places where they can get up close and personal with Australia’s iconic animals. Take your family to see the wild animals at Taronga Zoo and enjoy the zoo’s commanding views of the city. If you want to go somewhere near Darling Harbour, you can take everyone to see the animals at Wild Life Sydney Zoo.

And because you are in the Harbour City, you shouldn’t let your kids miss out on seeing Australia’s aquatic animals at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Apart from various marine animals, the sanctuary has a rescue and protection program that it actively promotes to visitors.


 Spend a Day of Fun and Learning at Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is home to the the Sydney IMAX Theatre, one of the largest screens in the world so make sure you take your family for a movie night out. You can also take selfies with your favourite celebrities’ wax figures over at Madam Tussauds. Afterwards let your kids climb ropes, play water games, and enjoy a picnic in the large free playgrounds of Darling Quarter.

The Australian Museum is also a great place to spend a day of exploration and learning. The museum has a very popular dinosaur exhibit, featuring complete skeletons of 10 dinosaurs. For more interactive exhibitions, take your family to the Powerhouse Museum which has the most diverse collection of decorative arts, engineering, and science exhibits in the country. There are 12 permanent exhibitions, and regular tours and workshops for kids of all ages.


Sydney has more to offer than simply being one of the most beautiful cities in Australia. With it’s impressive skylines and breathtaking landmarks, the Harbour City emits an energy that draws the love of travel out of anyone. Regardless if you’re an Aussie or international tourist, the city never fails to impress. Ready to plan your Sydney trip with friends or family? Check out our Facebook and Twitter  page and tell us how we can help!







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