Top 70 things
to do in Sydney
What to do
in Sydney? Visit the Hawkesbury River
61 Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury
The Hawkesbury is both an impressive
and attractive stretch of water. The boats run from both sides of the
Mooney Mooney Bridge and there are cafes at Brooklyn and a Brooklyn train
station (though I suspect it might take a while from Sydney). Beyond resting
and eating, things to do in Brooklyn are mostly water based including
river tours and island exploring, boat hire, swimming and fishing with
a couple of exceptions.
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 waters 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 hours 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 up (unless you're a mailman/postie
in which case perhaps not ).
The Riverboat Postman is
now operating on a new boat with a new company called Hawkesbury Cruises.
You will still be able to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the lower
Hawkesbury River as they deliver the mail and other essentials (the
odd bottle of whisky perhaps) to the river-access-only settlements upriver
Riverboat Postman 1910
The Riverboat Postman commenced
its deliveries over a hundred years ago. The boats are skippered by
locals who have lived in the area their whole lives. You will visit
Dangar Island, Kangaroo Point, Milson Island, Bar Point, Marlow Creek,
Fisherman's Point and Milson's Passage before returning to Brooklyn
in time for the train.
Kayak the Hawkesbury River
- Marramarra Creek
by the beautiful Hawkesbury River
Kayak the Hawkesbury River
and discover the wreck of HMAS Parramatta, towering cliffs, unspoilt
bushland, history, serenity.. you get the idea. Go back in time to experience
what it was like when the first settlers arrived and, spend the night
under the crystal clear sky staring at the stars.
The cost includes all meals,
camping gear (except sleeping bag/air bed), kayak and gear, guide, National
Park fees, transfers and an indelible experience you are unlikely to
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. On top of that, you may
have already seen and visited some of the attractions on route - holiday
time is a scarce resource. It's not all bad of course, you may not have
hardly anytime at all, in which case a bus tour might be perfect. Mind
you, if you have reached this far down the list that's probably not
you. So why list bus and sightseeing tours at all? Well, not all tours
64 Sydney Diving
Diving At Shelly Beach (North
Side of Sydney Harbour)
Diving at Shelly Beach is very
Diving at Gordon's Bay and
Bare Island (South Side of Sydney Harbour)
Gordon's bay (near Coogee)
has a course of things to look at.
Bare Island may (near La Perouse)
have some Sea Horses left. Sadly their numbers are on the decline - 6
females to every male and no Viagra in sight.
Learn to Scuba Dive with
Scuba Diving will feel strange
at first, however as you ease beneath the water and inhale for the first
time, you soon forget the mask and equipment. You become light and agile,
free like you've never experienced before. If you see life as an adventure
then Learning to Dive is for you!
Learning Scuba Diving with
PADI gives you an Internationally recognised passport for diving all
over the world. To earn this qualification you must progress through
3 simple stages, which are typically taught over 4 days (duration may
be slightly longer over the winter months).
The confined water dives
are where the fun begins. Here you will learn and practice safe dive
procedures and skills, you do this, usually in a pool, always under
the supervision of your qualified PADI Instructor.
Diving in Sydney
View Hotel - Sydney
The Harbour View Hotel is
a pub with a Sydney Harbour view (surprisingly) but not from the ground
floor – take the stairs, they are located on your left as you
approach the pub. The Harbour View Hotel is on the pricey side if you
lunch but very pleasant. Nice bar with a veranda perched almost directly
under the Sydney Harbour Bridge allows you to wave at the gray suits
climbing up the bridge.
View Hotel - Sydney
the Sydney Harbour Bridge
It takes about half an hour
to cross the Sydney 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 Sydney 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.
Swans (Aussie Rules Football)
The Sydney 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 Sydneysider who regards
'Aussie Rules' as 'ping-pong' to get 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 Sydney Swans / Aussie
Rules you're watching keep an eye out for any off the ball action, boo
the officials and 'barrack' for the Swannies 'Sidnee, Sidnee, Sidnee
etc' If they get thrashed it's ok to leave at three quarter time (just
follow the crowd). Should prove to be entertaining for a couple of hours.
Australian Rules is, as the name suggests, uniquely Australian, just
ask any Irishman.
on the Sydney Swans
68 The FOOT – Captain
Cooks Landing Place, Kurnell Peninsula
Captain to be, James Cook,
first set foot on Australian soil at Kurnell Peninsula Headland in Botany
Bay on 29 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
Victoria and with a mind on the future, they thought they could do better
so headed north. Wollongong was considered but the surf was up and 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, 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”. Sydney100 starts
today, in fact, maybe we should rename a few more places – The
Spit Bridge, I ask you. Anyway, I digress, this 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
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 Sydney 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.
Opera House - Tours Links
Sydney Opera House Tour with a Sydney Attractions Pass
70 Green Point Reserve
Green Point Reserve, also known
as Laings Point, is a great picnic spot not far from Doyles at Watson's
Bay and the secluded Camp Cove. This grassy cliff-top reserve has sweeping
180-degree views across Sydney 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 it's 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. Ferry, as ever,
is the recommended mode of transport, particularly if you are new to
Sydney Harbour (again)
Have another look. Sydney Harbour
varies with 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 a
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 everyday – those who can, and are smart, commute
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