Harbour City, which is a nickname christened to the city due to its location by the coast, is often mistaken as the country’s capital due to the immense worldwide recognition it garners. It is home to OZ’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Opera House—a stunning multi-performance centre doubling as an architectural masterpiece—and the Coathanger or the Sydney Harbour Bridge—the world’s largest and widest steel-arch bridge. The Sydney Tower also makes the list—a golden glory and the city’s tallest freestanding structure.
*Fun facts: The Sydney Harbour Bridge is nickname because of its shape and the Sydney Opera House’s intricate and unique design almost didn’t make the cut when the contest was on-going. Meanwhile, to support the Sydney Tower’s skyscraping height, it is filled with water.*
Things To Do in Sydney
You may know Sydney because, well, everyone does but we’re here to give you a quick guide on how to travel in Sydney and all the things to do while travelling with motorhome or campervan. Without further ado, here are (in no particular order) Salamanda Travel’s top seven:
Vivid Sydney Festival and more!
It’s not Sydney if the calendar is not bursting to the seams with activities and festivities. Any day you visit there’s sure to be a celebration somewhere in the city. It’s extremely difficult to choose a favourite but if we think of something we’d never forget, it would be Vivid Sydney. A festival of elaborate technicalities, the event projects a stunning display of lights projected to the Sydney Opera House’s walls synchronised to fantastic music. Oh, by the way, if you need help prepping up for a festival, we’ve got you covered.
We really do feel so sorry those who have allergies with seafood because they just won’t be able to take the plunge like us. One of Sydney’s main draws lies on its seafood from prawns, lobsters fish and other edible sea creatures transformed into culinary masterpieces. In the city, all you need to do is drive to Darling Harbour to find really cheap and always fresh seafood. If you’re up for some quality cooking, head on to some of the top-rated restaurants like The Sardine Room, ONE6EIGHT Balmain, Slide or Tetsuya’s.
While we’re on the subject of food, never EVER forget The Rocks. The urban locality rounds up some of Sydney’s top calibre restaurants fit for opulent dining; some are well-known even outside the city and have become favourites in the country. The Rocks mixes old and new with its charming like feel brought to life with exciting and trendy boutiques, shops, bars, museums and markets. You can get here by train, bus or by ferry but the best ways is always through a campervan because you have everything you need within your reach.
Bondi and 99 more beaches in Sydney
If you’re up for some quiet relaxation, Bondi Beach is not really the place to be. The fine gold and white sands and stunning shores are buzzing with activity from sunrise to sundown. There are plenty of things to do aside from people-watching. Many beginners travel here for the surf schools while those with experience move on to the beach’s south end for their fair share of ecstatic beach life. To see more of the other beaches, take the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk with the Guides. Plus, since it’s only 10 kilometres from the city centre, most celebrations and festivals are done here. Now that’s what we call exciting!
So if you still might not entirely convinced to add Sydney to your road trip itinerary, get this: Sydney is family-friendly too! The city houses a collection of cool places for the entire family to enjoy. Drive to, yes you guessed it, Darling Harbour and visit Madame Tussaud’s for wax figures of celebrities and watch a flick at the world’s largest IMAX Theatre. At The Rock’s, go to the Sydney Observatory for some science and technology. Next up, drive a little further, arrive at Circular Quay and learn even more at the Australian Museum.
Visit Sydney’s Most Popular
This seems like a cliche but it never is a true-blue Sydney road trip if you’re not going to see the best of the city. First up, take a snap with the the most photogenic and most photographed building in Sydney Opera House. After that, get tickets to see the variety of shows and performances. Head on to Bradfield Highway, park your car and climb the skyhigh Sydney Harbour Bridge. BridgeClimb Sydney will equip you for the climb of your life! Next, the Sydney Tower, a member of the World Federation of Great Towers, doesn’t stand for naught. See the bridge from top to bottom through a knee-bending skywalk!
When all seems to be buzzing in a blur, that’s when you need to take a few minutes of respite. Heck, make it a day! The Chinese Garden of Friendship, which is located only a few minutes away from Darling Harbour, is often described as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stroll across lush vegetation, feed some carps or contemplate. If you want a real get away but one that is not too far, go to the Blue Mountains in the west, drive to Gerringong or Jervis Bay or visit Kangaroo Island, Hunter Valley or Bowral.
See, we always knew that there was so much things to do in Sydney! With Salamanda Travel, you can have all these and more with a campervan or motorhome! Book with us today by calling our friendly customer service team at +61 (0)7 3265 9295. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!
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