40 Things to do in Sydney
What to do
in Sydney? Climb the Harbour Bridge Pylon, visit Cottage Point for a special
lunch and feel like Royalty at Government House!
36 Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon
Harbour Bridge Pylon is the 'tower' nearest to the camera
For slightly more than a burger
and chips at Circular Quay you can climb the 200 steps to the top of the
southern pylon of the Harbour Bridge. You could treat the Pylon Lookout
as an appetiser for the Bridge Climb or as an alternative. Either way,
the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout is excellent value.
Harbour Bridge Lookout
The climbable pylon is the
one nearest to the city on the southern end of the Harbour Bridge and
is assessable by foot. You'll get a nice view from the top and as much
information about the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its construction as
you could possibly want.
No Support for the Harbour
For example, did you know
the Harbour Bridge Pylons are cosmetic and do not support the Harbour
Bridge? Then there's the builder who fell off the Bridge but had the
presence of mind to throw his tool bag ahead of him thereby breaking
the water tension and saving his own life. The poor guy was back on
the job after a few weeks in hospital. Tough times - many died erecting
this magnificent structure most now drive across without much thought.
more details see the Harbour Bridge Pylon Web site
admission to the Harbour Pylon with an Attraction Pass
Cottage Point is a lovely out
of the way place within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Sydney's
north. This can be included as part of a trip through the Northern Beaches,
or as a separate little escape to get away from big city without actually
leaving it. One of the best things to do at Cottage Point is to have lunch.
Lunch at Cottage Point Kiosk
You can seaplane, ferry cruise
(from Palm Beach)
or drive to Cottage Point. Lovely spot by the water surrounded by bush.
A chill out affair with the option of a bush walk or a visit to West
Head if you so desire.
Lunch at Cottage Point
The award winning Cottage
Point Inn restaurant is in an awesome location seemingly a million miles
away from Sydney, yet you are still in the harbour city. The beautiful
and tranquil surrounds will welcome you as your seaplane touches down
close to your restaurant and taxis up the seaplane dock. You'll feel
like you are in a scene from old James Bond movie. This will be a romantic,
fun, exciting, relaxed experience, whichever way you want it to be really
and you haven't even eaten yet.
House - Royal Botanic Gardens
Government House is nicely
situated in the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens a short stroll from Circular
Quay. This is where the Governor-General hangs-out and where the Royals
go for a cup of tea when they come to visit. Worth your time for the views
and garden let alone the stately home. The downside is you have to go
on a tour; you can't just walk around on your own. Tours run every half
an hour so no great inconvenience.
How much does it cost to
get into Government House?
So how much do you think
it costs to visit this beautiful place? This will surprise you - absolutely
nothing. Government House is only open Friday to Sunday - 10am to 3pm
but the grounds are open every day - 10am to 4pm.
House Web site
Pricey, short lived, noisy
and why don't these things screw themselves into the ground (?). When
it’s over you'll probably say something like ‘that was fantastic’
to which will come the reply ‘buzz’ unless you kept your earmuffs
Harbour Helicopters and
the Northern Beaches
It is amazing just how much
you can see of Sydney in half an hour. All you need is a helicopter.
From Long Reef in the middle Sydney's wonderful Northern Beaches to
Bondi Beach further south. Whilst you are still thinking about the incredible
coastal scenery you'll be flying over Sydney's Middle Harbour National
Sydney Opera House
Arguable the best comes towards
the end of your flight as you head towards the fabulous Sydney Harbour.
Do you take photos or just stare at the awesome 1500ft Harbour Bridge
as it looms up before you? Perhaps seeing the roof of the Sydney Opera
House from above will bring forth that niggling thought that has been
residing at the back of your mind - 'I'm not sure I can leave this place'.
Head Amphitheatre with views of the Harbour Bridge
The best way to get to Bradleys
Head is to catch the ferry to Taronga Zoo Wharf from Circular Quay. When
you arrive, climb up the hill taking the right fork into the Sydney Harbour
National Park. From there you will be presented with a choice of three
walks. Roughly 30 minutes of effort will be rewarded by spectacular views
extending from the city to Sydney Heads at the entrance to the Harbour.
Bradleys Head Amphitheatre
Bradleys Head can be a place
of sadness and frustration when cameras fail to operate. Make sure this
does not happen to you and that your photographic device is fully operational
and ready for action. There are classic Sydney views to be had from the
Amphitheatre and it is also a great spot for a picnic or to go fishing.
The white mast you'll see
belongs to HMAS Sydney, a WW1 battleship. If you are there late or early
in the day you might catch a glimpse of some ring-tailed possums and
water dragons. Rainbow Lorikeets may also drop by to say ‘G’day’.
You can continue through
the peaceful Taylor's Bay Reserve and on to Clifton Gardens, at Chowder
Head, where there is a picnic area and ocean pool. It'll take you around
four hours to walk from Taronga Zoo to Chowder Head and back. Like all
these walks, the more time you take over it the more you'll get out