My top ten things to do in Sydney!

When I visit a new destination, I don’t just want to see it. I want to experience the culture and lifestyle of the place. Apart from the usual highlights that Sydney has to offer, these are my top ten favourite things to do in Sydney.

1. Sail on Sydney Harbour. The best way to do this is either by private yacht or private boat. Allow yourself a good half day to really take your time to enjoy this gorgeous harbour. Be sure to include a seafood platter and sample some of our finest oysters and king prawns!

 

2. Enjoying one of Sydney’s many coastal walks, like the Bondi to Coogee walk. You might even like to pack your swimsuit and stop at Gordon’s Bay for a refreshing swim. Afterwards, grab something to eat at one of the many cafés/restaurants in Coogee.

3. Sydney markets are a great place to get fresh produce, have a coffee or just see what’s around on a Saturday morning. Forget Paddy’s market and go for places like Glebe Markets, Paddington Markets, Orange Grove Markets or Carriageworks Farmers Markets. Forget having breakfast at the hotel and enjoy breakfast while you are out, market style. Depending on the day, you might even want to purchase some locally made produce and have a picnic at the Botanical Gardens later that afternoon.

4. Explore the grungy neighbourhoods of Enmore and Newtown – home to the best of Sydney street art. See giant murals by social realist painter, Fintan Magee. Magee’s work is driven by his recognition of the power of murals to communicate political and social viewpoints and thus divide or unite communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Enjoying a craft beer at The Grifter Brewer Co. or a premium gin at Archie Rose distillery. Sydney has many passionate brewmasters, winemakers, and distillers all creating their own perfect drop. Join an intimate tour and learn about their history and techniques in crafting their locally made brews and beverages.

6. Strolling through the 19th century grandeur of the Queen Victoria Building where you can shop elegant boutiques and; antique stores. The Strand Arcade and Pitt Street Mall are also popular places to find just about everything you could possibly need.

7. Operating only on the last Sunday of the month is the “Taste of the House” tour. A deluxe tour perfect for the inner foodie in you. From learning how to craft the perfect Sydney Sling, to experiencing a dine-around of all the Opera House venues from Raw Bar, Opera Kitchen, Portside and Bennelong. Catch a glimpse of past Concert Hall performances and end the day with some funky live jazz music.

8. Join a tour to the Figure 8 pools located in the Royal National Park. These amazing rock formations are found at the bottom of a coastal rock shelf, approx a 3.7mile hike each way. NSW Parks and Wildlife service were improving the track when I last hiked down there. This isn’t for the faint-hearted, and you need to be physically fit to join this type of tour.

9. One of the best ways to enjoy a drink is from the rooftop of one of Sydney’s buzzing rooftop bars. Some have great views, some don’t…but you can be sure there is always a great vibe. The Glenmore has picture-perfect views of the Harbour and Sydney Opera House; see Barangaroo from up high on Crown’s 26th-floor Also check out Zephyr Bar at the Hyatt Regency Sydney for cocktails and views over Darling Harbour. If you prefer something more casual, try Old-Mates Place or Bar Ombré.

10. Head out to the Blue Mountains, and if your budget allows this, do a private tour as you will see more and it is more personalised than the larger group tours. I can never get enough of the Three Sisters and the blue haze of the Blue Mountains. It just is magical!

You might not have time to do all these things during your stay, but just pick and choose which appeal to you the most and I’m sure, you won’t be disappointed!