40 Things to do in Sydney
What to do
in Sydney? Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon
36 Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon
Sydney 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 Sydney Harbour Bridge. You could treat the Pylon
Lookout as an appetiser for the Sydney Bridge Climb or as an alternative.
Either way, the Lookout is excellent value.
Harbour Bridge Lookout
The climbable pylon is the
one nearest to the City on the southern end of the Sydney 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 Sydney
Harbour Bridge? Then there's the builder who fell off the Sydney Harbour
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. Back on
the job after a few weeks in hospital. Tough times - many died erecting
the magnificent structure most now drive across without much thought.
more details see the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Web site
admission to the Sydney Harbour Pylon with a Sydney Attraction Pass
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 (Cottage Point sounds like Church
Point? – well it is but different).
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.
Lunch at Cottage Point Inn
House - Royal Botanic Gardens
Government House is where the
Royals go for a cuppa when they come to visit Sydney. 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 Government House on your
own. Tours run every half an hour so no great inconvenience.
How much does it cost to
get into Government House?
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
Helicopter Flights - Sydney Helicopters
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 ‘buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’ unless
you kept your earmuffs on.
Sydney Harbour Helicopters
and Northern Beaches
It is amazing just how much
you can see of Sydney in half an hour. All you need is a helicopter.
First up is an aerial tour of Sydney's Beach Life from Coogee Beach
in the east to Long Reef and Curl Curl on the Northern Beaches. Whilst
you are still thinking about the incredible coastal scenery you'll be
flying over Sydney's Middle Harbour National Park.
Sydney Harbour and the Sydney
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 Sydney Harbour
Bridge as it looms up before you. Perhaps seeing Sydney Opera House's
famous roof 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
Flights - Sydney Helicopters
Head with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
To visit Bradley Head alight
the ferry at Taronga Wharf, climb up the hill taking the right fork into
the Sydney Harbour National Park. From a choice of three walks, 30 minutes
effort will be rewarded by a spectacular view extending from the city
to Sydney Heads at the entrance of Sydney Harbour.
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The white mast you'll see
belongs to HMAS Sydney, a WW1 battleship. 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’.
Visit Athol Hall (9968 4441)
for a good place to stop for a drink. 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 of it.