Top 70 Things
to do in Sydney
What to do
in Sydney? Visit the Hawkesbury River
61 Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury
The Hawkesbury River is both
an impressive and attractive stretch of water. Boats run from both sides
of the Mooney Mooney Bridge and there are cafes at Brooklyn and a Brooklyn
train station. With a couple of exceptions, things to do in Brooklyn are
mostly water based including river tours and island exploring, boat hire,
swimming and fishing.
If you drive as far into
the wharf area as you can you will discover a little playground for
the kids. You could also just park by one of the cafes (if you can find
a space) and walk down with your coffee as there is a path by the water,
you don't have to walk all the way through the car park.
Walks and Pool
Beyond the playground you
can walk, or jog down to a bay, it's not far but the scenery is really
nice and/or you can read up on the history of the area from the information
boards or just take a short stroll around the swimming pool.
The missing Wondabyne Sculptures
and Mount Penang Garden (Kariong, Central Coast)
One of the locally listed
attractions is to see the "Wondabyne's Sandstone Sculptural Park",
by boat of course. Once described as a mini Stonehenge, the eight tonne
stones would have been a sight to see guarding the water's edge. The
only problem with this is they aren't there anymore.
Mt Penang Gardens
Wondabyne's Sandstone Sculptures
have been removed from Wondabyne and, after a clean and some time in
storage, relocated to Mt Penang Gardens in Kariong. Kariong is about
a half an hour's drive further north. Just follow the link below for
a map of the park and directions from Brooklyn.
on the Hawkesbury River
62 Riverboat Postman - Hawkesbury
Only an hour north of Sydney
you can hitch a ride on a boat that delivers mail and supplies to isolated
residents along the Hawkesbury River. The cruise lasts for approximately
three hours. There are other Hawkesbury river cruises if this one is fully
booked but try the Riverboat Postman first.
The Riverboat Postman is
now operating on a new boat with a new company called Hawkesbury Cruises.
Riverboat Postman 1910
The Riverboat Postman commenced
its deliveries over a hundred years ago and it will finish them eventually.
The boats are skippered by knowledgeable locals with stories to tell.
You will visit various communities along the river giving you a feel
for what it must be like to live there - 'wonderful' is a word that
comes to mind.
Kayak the Hawkesbury River
- Marramarra Creek
by the beautiful Hawkesbury River
There is nothing wrong with
going on a cruise but to kayak the Hawkesbury River is something else.
This is a common past time for many locals and is probably the best
way to really appreciate the river, particularly if you decide to stay
Kayak the Hawkesbury
63 Sydney Sightseeing and
A standard bus tour will
often cover off all the 'essentials' but never leave you enough time
to really appreciate what you are seeing. Just as well then that not
all bus tours are 'standard'.
64 Sydney Diving
Diving At Shelly Beach (North
Side of the Harbour)
Diving at Shelly Beach is very
Diving at Gordon's Bay and
Bare Island (South Side of the Harbour)
Gordon's bay (near Coogee)
has a course of things to look at. Bare Island may (near La Perouse) have
some seahorses left. Sadly their numbers are on the decline - 6 females
to every male.
Scuba Diving is a wonderful
experience and Sydney is a great place in which to learn how. The visibility
through the water is generally very good and diving expertise in this
country is second to none.
Sydney Water Park
to have the "best rides that have ever been done'' Sydney's newest
attraction 'Wet'n'Wild' will make a big splash late in 2013. The "world's
largest water park" has come to Sydney.
Is it worth it?
For locals, the big question
is whether it is worth the money (see below). For visitors it may also
be a question of the distance from the centre of town with over a hundred
other Sydney attractions that they haven't done before closer to hand.
20,000 say Yes!
It is rumoured that 20,000
will flock daily once the park opens on the 12th December 2013 to get
wet, slide down the slides and enjoy other fun stuff.
What do you get for $120
million these days?
$120 million paid for the
manager of the Wet'n'Wild to visit dozens of similar theme parks around
the globe as 'research'. Tough gig... .
There was enough left over after all the expenses (you know how expensive
visiting these places can be with the overpriced food and 'extras')
to build forty attractions.
The World's Tallest and
Fastest Water Slides
The attractions include the
world's tallest water slide and the world's fastest - so presumable
the boss took a tape measure and stop watch with him.
A Gold Pass will give you
unlimited entry and free parking at a cost of $125.
A silver pass costs $100 but you don't get free parking.
Day entry is $70 for people taller than 110 centimetres
and $55 for those below it. So kids stop growing.
Specials, Discounts and
Parking (unless you have
a Gold Pass) food and special attractions will cost more. My guess is
specials, discounts and/or packages will follow once the park has been
running for while depending on numbers and the weather.
Any Free Stuff?
We are promised a free peak
season bus service between Wet’n’Wild and the train station at Parramatta.
Too expensive? Alternatives
The bigger the family the
more it might make sense to visit the Gold Coast theme parks in Queensland
or Jamberoo Action Park (covered in the Travel
Guide) just south of Sydney which boasts the "Funnel Web -
the best attraction of its kind in the world''.
Alternatively just keep working
your way through the top 100 list. Most of the other top things to do
in Sydney are cheaper than Wet'n'Wild.
We have ranked the world's
biggest, fastest, greatest etc. Wet'n'Wild at 65 based on the distance
most Sydney visitors will have to travel to get there, price and nature
(the world is full of water parks). As with everything else, we will
review its ranking based on your feedback.
the Sydney Harbour Bridge
It takes about half an hour
to cross the Harbour Bridge on foot. A wire suicide fence impedes the
view a little. Don't forget to smile sympathetically at the bored looking
security guards as you go by. If you commence your journey on the city
side of the Harbour Bridge you can catch a train back into the city
when you finish your walk. Milsons Point, McMahons Point, Kirribilli
and North Sydney are all relatively close by if you want to keep going.
Follow this link for a little
video of the walk across the bridge
Swans (Aussie Rules Football)
The Swans roost in the Sydney
Football Stadium east of the city (but only a short cab ride) and next
door to the Entertainment Quarter and Fox Studios. They occasionally fly
around at Homebush. Ideally you'd be taken by a local who regards 'Aussie
Rules' as 'aerial ping pong' to get the maximum enjoyment.
Rugby League (NRL)
Try counting the rules. If
you need more than one hand you've probably been duped into see the
Roosters play Ruby League. Assuming it is the Swans / Aussie Rules you're
watching keep an eye out for any off the ball action, boo the officials
and 'barrack' for the Swans 'Sid-nee, Sid-nee, Sid-nee' etc. Australian
Rules is, as the name suggests, uniquely Australian, just ask any Irishman.
on the Swans
Cook's Landing Place
Captain to be, James Cook,
first set foot on Australian soil at Kurnell Peninsula Headland in Botany
Bay on 29th April 1770. This was the moon landing of the 1700s. History
was in the making, a new nation was born.
Walking in Cook's foot steps
You would think there would
be a huge deal made of this place. But no, not really, but don't let
that put you off, it is still worth going to, perhaps more so for its
understated nature. Stand where Cook stood and think of England, I mean
Captain Cook first sighted
the Victorian coastline but thought they could do better so they headed
further north. Wollongong was considered but the surf was up, and you
don't get decent surf in England, so they decided to keep going. In
the end Cook headed into Sydney, and can you blame him.
Well the Aborigines were
not impressed, they threw stones and then got into a bit of a huff.
Might have had something to do with a musket being fired, maybe a bowl
a sugar would have been a better idea.
Whilst Cook wrote out a few
postcards, wonderful beaches, nice weather, wish you were here that
kind of thing, the Aborigines spread the word that the Poms had arrived.
Accounts of “The Foot” where Captain Cook took his first
step exist in parts of Aboriginal Australia that Cook never actually
explored. Such was the bush telegraph in those days.
Eventfully, somebody will
rename Kurnell Peninsula the “The Foot”. We start today,
in fact; maybe we should rename a few more places. Surely we can do
better than 'The Spit Bridge'. Captain Cook's Landing Place is a good
place to take your feet and have a walk about, just no huffs, stone
throwing or musket firing – perhaps that's why Sydney doesn't
make a big deal of this place.
Cook's Landing Place
Some buildings look more
impressive from the outside. Still, worth a visit if only for the tortured
story of its birth and after all, the Opera House is the building in
Australia to visit. It is just a shame the government of the day were
too short sighted to realise it.
House Tours Links
Opera House Tour with an Attractions Pass
70 Green Point Reserve
Green Point Reserve, also known
as Laings Point, is a great picnic spot not far from Doyles at Watsons
Bay and the secluded Camp Cove. This grassy cliff-top reserve has
sweeping 180-degree views across the Harbour taking in the city skyline.
Whilst it is a popular picnic spot it has limited shade, so bring your
own, or at least a decent hat.
Green Point has great family
appeal during the day. As the set sets, it can get a little less reserved
and little more romantic. The attraction for most though is its fantastic
views of Sydney. You can sit there for hours and watch the harbour's
comings and goings.
How to get to Green Point
Most options are available
excluding the train. There are even parking spaces. The ferry, as ever,
is the recommended mode of transport, particularly if you are new to
Sydney Harbour (again)
Why not have another look at
the harbour as what will catch your eye will vary depending on the weather,
the time of day and (obviously) from your vantage point. Don't make the
mistake of thinking been there - done that, because that's when you're
missing a huge orange moon rise above Sydney Heads, a couple of whales
gallivanting off of Darling Harbour or maybe just the realisation that
you really need to stop working so hard. I remember a ferry master claiming
to have the best job in the world because Sydney Harbour was different
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