15 Things to do in Sydney
What to do
in Sydney? Visit the Blue Mountains
So, what shall
we do today? We could go for trip up to the Blue Mountains to see the
famous Three Sisters. We could just go to the Zoo, how does sailing on
Sydney Harbour sound or maybe just spend the day at Bondi Beach. Isn't
it something that we can do all these amazing things so easily. The hard
bit is choosing which one..
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11 The Three Sisters in Sydney's
Drive for an hour and a half
- go up a hill, turn left into Katoomba, follow the signs to Echo Point
and the Three Sisters, look around for a park then gape at the view. It's
just incredible that a place like the Three Sisters can exist so close
to a city the size of Sydney.
Don't Look at the Three
I was tempted not to give
a link to, or image of, the Three Sisters as in some ways having no
idea what you're going see there adds to the experience. I obviously
did but you don't have to look!
Blue Mountains Tour and
Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Sydney
If you are going to leave
Sydney for any reason you should do it in style. On this Blue Mountains
excursion you will be guaranteed a seat on a special luxury air-conditioned
Featherdale Wildlife Park
You might be debating with
yourself whether you should do this or not as it will cost you a whole
day. To make the idea more attractive the tour includes a little wild
life. You will stop on route at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Featherdale
boasts a full range of Aussie critters including koalas, wombats, kangaroos,
emus, dingoes, reptiles and a large number of birds.
The Three Sisters and the
worlds steepest Scenic Railway and Cableway
This tour is not just about
the Three Sisters, although they are worth the trip alone, you can also
hitch a ride on the "worlds steepest Scenic Railway and Cableway".
The only catch is you will have to pay extra for this part of your Blue
Spectacular Wentworth Falls
You also get to see the spectacular
Wentworth Falls with the chance to do a little bushwalking to enjoy
the views of the Kings Tableland, Jamison Valley and to get closer to
Leura Candy Store
If you have a sweet tooth
you should enjoy a short stop at the Candy Store. The Candy Store is
located in historic Leura which is well known for its antiques, arts
and craft shops.
Parramatta River Cruise
Rather than a boring road
trip the return leg is via a Parramatta River Cruise to Darling Harbour
or Circular Quay. Now wasn't that something and you haven't even done
12 Blue Mountains –
After the Three Sisters
Much to see and experience
in the Blue Mountains. Wentworth Falls, Train ride down a cliff (the excellent
Scenic Railway), Skyway Cable Car, Grand Canyon, Federal Pass and many
other excellent walks and a lot of Blue Mountain lookouts to look out
Blue Mountains Tourist Information
Worth it if you can overnight
or two or three. Once you've 'done' The Three Sisters visit the Blue
Mountains Tourist Information Centre in Katoomba.
Are the Blue Mountains really
On a hazy day the Blue Mountains
may earn their name, perhaps. The official explanation is that fine
droplets of aromatic oil released by the eucalypt trees refracts the
sunlight making the mountains appear blue from a distance. Whilst on
the subject of weather - if its cloudy be patient as it may just blow
away - if the weather has set in consider a trip out to Jenolan
Blue Mountains & Australian
Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Sydney
Travel west beyond the suburban
sprawl of Sydney into the rugged beauty of the World Heritage-listed
Blue Mountains National Park, one of Australia's natural wonders covering
over one million hectares.
See magnificent steep valleys,
canyons and the magnificent Three Sisters. Then there is a visit to
the beautiful Wentworth Falls. The eco accredited guide will take you
on an amazing bushwalk through the national park. Stone hop across a
stream, follow the edge of the cliff, see awesome views, take great
photos from lookouts and sandstone caves and, of course, of the gorgeous
Australian Wildlife Park
As if all this is not enough,
you'll also visit an Australian wildlife park with an opportunity to
touch a cuddly koala and see kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and other unique
Australians. A great opportunity see Sydney, renown Australian wildlife
and the beautiful Blue Mountains in one trip. See the bush, see the
wildlife and see the Blue Mountains all in one day.
Blue Mountains Bells Line
The Bells Line of Road to
the North is my preferred route in and out of the mountains. Stop at
the Botanical Gardens and Birds / Kurrajong Hills for nice views back
Richmond and Windsor
You should also take the
Kurmond and Freemans Reach Turnoff the main road to avoid Richmond and
Windsor and a few traffic lights (potentially cheap petrol at the BP
Station just before the turn off but these things change so make you're
Three Sisters, Blue Mountains
Links and Information
Whatever you do please be
careful, stick to the paths and don’t go abseiling without a rope.
on Sydney Harbour
Arguable the best way to see
and experience Sydney Harbour. Wind in your hair, the sound of water against
the fronty bit and in the sheet thing above. "Land ahoy!" "There
she blows!" "Shiver me timbers"- its in our blood (or television
Tall Ship Twilight BBQ Dinner
Step back in time as you
step aboard the tall ship. Welcome to the 1800's when Sydney was still
a baby. You'll be entertained throughout the cruise by many stories
about the discovery of Sydney Harbour. Everyone is encouraged to get
involved. You can get a bit ropey, play about with the sails, make useful
suggestions like 'err, I think sail thing goes up there(?)' or simply
sit back enjoy the sight of someone else doing all the work.
Beautifully gorgeous Sydney
All that hard work, or hard
watching it, is bound to generate an appetite, but "no worries",
you will be well catered for as you cruise past many of Sydney's top
sights and attractions. Indeed, you will get to see the Sydney Harbour
Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Taronga Zoo,
Luna Park and Admiralty House to name but a few. Whilst all this magnificence
glides past your eyes, just allow a moment or two to let the whole experience
embed itself into your memory as the sun gently sets over the beautifully
gorgeous Sydney Harbour.
Zoo - Sydney's premier Zoo
Everybody loves the zoo - well
maybe some of the lions might look a little fed up with it but most humans
seem to enjoy it. Taronga Zoo also boasts classic views across Sydney
Harbour including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Catch
the ferry from Circular Quay.
Taronga Zoo Sydney Harbour
Anything less than a dozen
pictures with the Sydney Opera House/ Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background
and you are just not trying. There is a cable car leading from the ferry
wharf to the Zoo or you can bus your way up the hill. Don't walk it
unless you are mad.
Specifically for families
Taronga Zoo includes a kiddies zoo, an excellent well shaded play-ground
and farm animals for brave under fives to pat. These areas are a little
away from the major attractions so can be a pleasant escape from the
crowds assuming you are used to screaming kids. But maybe it's the screaming
kids that keep the crowds away..
Tree Tops Cafe
The facilities at Taronga
Zoo are surprisingly good with a number of food options from traditional
fast food to the pleasant Tree Tops cafe with excellent, if partially
obscured, views of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo Do's and Don'ts
You may find Taronga Zoo
Do's and Don'ts particularly useful if you have kids.
Family Friendly Zoo Pass?
- Not Yet :(
Anyway and ask them if they
have a family friendly pass / flexible ticket. If enough people ask
maybe Taronga Zoo might reconsider their ticketing options.
The Peoples Beach. Bondi Beach
is home to a diverse crowd, and Bondi can get crowded at times. Cafes
and drinks are available by the Pavilion. When its open, the Bondi Pavilion
Balcony is a neat place to watch the waves, wavers and other passerby's.
There is a bar upstairs allowing you to take drinks out onto the balcony
but opening times vary.
The Bondi Pavilion has exhibits
and show plays, particularly during the Sydney Festival. Some are fun
and some aren't but they are often short and you can take your drinks
in with you. If you want to try your hand at surfing why not learn how
to at Bondi Beach:
Learn to Surf at Bondi Beach
Recommended by: Sydney Top
Ten - The Guardian (UK) and What's Doing in Sydney, The New York Times.
This popular beginner surf session teaches you how to safely get out
and up onto your first wave. Here you'll be taught in a small group
setting of 6 students or less, so you get plenty of hands-on help. You'll
be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.
When you arrive you could
just have a splash in the Bondi waves and try your body at body surfing.
If you have no inclination to get wet you can just stroll on or along
side the beach (but really should give surfing a try whilst you're here..).
Try Dry Bondi
Ok, you are allowed to experience
Bondi without getting wet: