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Tours and what to do in Sydney
Go for a cruise on Sydney harbour !
Most popular Sydney tours
If you happen to be in Sydney at the right time you can catch some of these events;
Chinese Newyear - end January or early
February this goes off with a bang (quite a few bangs actually) of Chineses
fireworks in Chinatown.
For a truly unforgettable dinner ascend to the top of Sydney Tower and dine while enjoying spectacular views all over Sydney and the harbour. More info...
Or for an equally unforgetable dinner dine afloat in the John Cadman Cruising Restaurant aboard the 'MV Sydney 2000' with three separate dining areas, atrium, 360 degree viewing deck, dance floor and music with the John Cadman Trio. Enjoy a three course a la carte dinner from the extensive menu, prepared by International chefs with a comprehensive selection of fine Australian Wines. More info...
This book features 400 of Sydney's restaurants, cafes and bars; it covers the full spectrum - from top end to bargain banquets; reviews organised by neighborhood; each restaurant rated for its vegetarian options; easy-to-use maps showing restaurants, transport routes and parking areas.
Art Gallery of New South Wales does not
charge an entry fee for its permananent exhibitions and has Aboriginal
dance shows at noon.
Customs House has free exhibitions.
Powerhouse Museum is free on the first Saturday of each month.
Port Jackson, the official name of Sydney harbour, is a huge body of water and measures 20 km. from the Heads at the entrance to the mouth of the Parramatta RIver on the west side. It contains islands, beaches and many of these places are included in Sydney Harbour National Park. Best ways to see this harbour are either from the water or from a high viewpoint like the harbour bridge or AMP tower.
To enjoy the harbour at water level hop on one of the ferries heading up to the north shore that leave from Circular Quay, join one of the harbour cruises or go sailing. Serious thrill seekers might like to go for a ride on the jet boat.
Several walks along the harbour also give you some spectacular
- You can walk or cycle across the Sydney harbour bridge.
- There is a 10 km. walk from Manly Cove to Split Bridge that includes bushland, Aboriginal engravings, a light house, beaches, you can get more info on this at the Manly Visitors Bureau, get there with a ferry from Circular Quay.
- A shorter (4 km.) walk is near the Taronga Zoo, take the ferry from Circular Quay and then find your way to Ashton Park.
- In Nielsen Park there is another walk with nice views, you can also go for a swim at Shark Beach here, scary name but it has nets in place.
To get a birds eye view of the harbour you also have several
- you can go to the top of AMP tower on Market St. where you can see (while enjoying a meal in the revolving restaurant), as far as the Blue Mountains in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east. They are open everyday from 9am till about 10.30pm.
- climb the 200 steps of the Pylon Lookout on the harbour bridge, open everyday from 10 am till 5 pm. Get there from Cumberland St. or from Milson's point on the north shore.
- For the more adventurous there is an even more exciting option, there is a guided tour in which you will actually climb to the top of Sydney harbour bridge!
To get an even higher viewpoint take a scenic flight on a plane or helicopter, they have regular or charter scenic flights ranging from 15 to 90 minutes.
The harbour also contains several islands;
- Clarke Island; no tours go here but you can get there by water taxi.
- Shark Island: Matilda Cruises do weekend trips from Circular Quay. This island has nice views but does not take long to explore measuring only 100 by 300 metres, in the past it has been used for animal quarantine and as a naval storage depot
- Fort Denison; this island was originally used to keep particularly difficult convicts and later a fort was built to defend Australia against a possible Russian invasion.
- Goat Island; this island has over the years been used as a gunpowder depot, a quarantine facility and as a movie set for the popular Aussie TV series Water Rats. Several tours are available here.
The area known as The Rocks is where Sydney started so that's where you'll find the most historic buildings, you can pick up a Sydney map from the Sydney Visitor Centre on 106 George St. and take a walk to see it all. In its early days this area housed nothing but convicts, hookers, fishermen and steet gangs, later to be replaced by ware houses of which many were also removed again to make room for the harbour bridge. This is a nice area to just stroll around and soak up the atmosphere.
Also known as 'the Cross', this is the Amsterdam of Australia;
hookers, strip clubs, drugs, crime, nightlife, you can find it all here,
together with cafes, hotels and backpacker hostels.
Many backpackers start and finish their Australia trip here and buy and sell their cars here.
Kings Cross is a popular area for a big night out with locals and tourists alike. You can book on a guided tour which might make you feel a bit safer and you can enjoy interesting commentary on the wild and wicked things that happen here. Uncover Kings Cross speckled history of fame, fortunes, murders, drug-obsessions, mysteries, crimes and romances.
Held every year around February/March, this annual street parade gets watched by well over half a million people that pack Sydney's streets. Gay and lesbian party animals fly in from all over the world for the celebrations that carry on for much longer than the actual parade runs. Visit the festival's website for more info...
Find out what's going on at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art
Just for something different for those who are bored with spotting kangaroos and drinking Fosters.
Although Australia does not have nuclear energy for electricity generation it has a nuclear reactor for research at Lucas Heights, and will be open to the public the first Saturday of each month from July 2004.
6 Day Sydney to Melbourne - Take a walk on the wild side with this 6 day adventure trip along the coastal stretch between Sydney and Melbourne to encounter glorious scenery and wildlife, picturesque countryside and heritage villages.
It’s an unspoiled area of pristine beaches and headlands, coastal lakes and estuaries, small settlements and fishing villages, historic reminders of gold mining and whaling days, shipwrecks and maritime museums, mountains that seem ready to fall into the sea, and Aboriginal cultural sites that attest to strong continuing traditions.
It was the first part of the Australian mainland sighted and charted by Captain Cook in 1769-1770 as he turned north towards Botany Bay. Much of it has been included in a series of marine reserves and national parks and has some of the best opportunities in Australia for sighting a variety of marine life, birds and animals.
The area is rich in natural and cultural heritage, and is inhabited by laid-back, friendly locals who are only too keen to share their good fortune with visitors.
Highlights of your journey through this landscape include:
Grand Pacific Drive and Sea Cliff Bridge - Jervis Bay (world’s whitest sand) – whale and dolphin watch cruise – national parks of the South Coast – Montague Island cruise (seal colony and whale watching) – historic Eden – Twofold Bay whaling heritage – Eden Killer Whale Museum – lighthouse tours – Bataluk Culture Trail – mouth of the Snowy River – Krowathunkooloong Aboriginal Cultural Museum – headland walks in Victoria’s eastern coastal parks – Gippsland Lakes cruise – Ninety Mile Beach – Phillip Island Penguin Parade. More info and reservations....
A design competition in 1955 produced 233 entries but it
was Danish architect Joern Utzon who won the job though he never finished
it as he quit in 1966 when he ran into huge arguments with the builders
who had considerable trouble to convert this idea from a design on paper
in to the real thing. Construction took far more time and money than expected
and ran from 1959 till 1973 when it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth
II . The original $7 million budget blew out to $102 million and a team
of Aussie architects were left to finish the interior design after Utzon
quit, by then it was realized that though it looks nice from the outside
it is a bit cramped inside where beneath the ten spectacular arches lies
a complex maze of over 1,000 rooms covering nearly two hectares.
You can go on one hour tours between 08.30 and 17.00, visit the Sunday craftmarket or see a performance of classical music, ballet, theatre, film, or, as you might have guessed, opera. Book your guided walk here.
If your time in Australia is limited you can still see some outback as it is never far away from the coast, this four day tour out of Sydney includes outback, wine tasting, history of the gold rush, Blue Mountains etc.
What better way to enjoy Sydney harbour than to sail around it and enjoy the views of the harbour bridge and the city skyline. More info...
Sydney has some excellent beaches for surfing, on the south
side try your luck at Bondi, Coogee, Maroubra or Tamarama.
On the north shore there's even more to choose from such as Manly, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Palm Beach, Newport Reef etc.
Avoid the busiest waves unless you know what you are doing, surf rage is a growing problem, to the point where authorities in some places have put up signs to advise new surfies of surf etiquette, Australia might have a laid back reputation but get in the way of a serious surfer and you will find they are not so laid back at all.
Before you explore Sydney on foot visit Walksydneystreets.net , the website of 90 year old Alan Waddell who has walked every street of 135 Sydney suburbs. He has done over 2000 kms now without ever having been attacked or threatened, showing you what a friendly city Sydney is.
Explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste award-winning regional foods and wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn of the winemaking process. Spend your time strolling amongst the vineyards, purchase some wines or just enjoy the beautiful Australian countryside. More info....
.Just 12 minutes from the city by ferry Taronga Zoo (you can buy a combined ZooPass) is home to more than 4,000 animals on some of Sydney’s best harbour side real estate. Special emphasis is placed on Australian wildlife exhibits for you to be close to koalas, kangaroos, wombats and other famous Australian animals. Open daily, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman.