6 great places to explore Sydney City
Sydney is a spectacular city, not only because of the imposing Sydney Opera House and the massive Sydney Harbour Bridge, but also because of its stunning contrasts, its lush green parks, its historical buildings, its beautiful architecture, its markets, its lovely beaches.
Sydney is a city of celebration. Anywhere and throughout the year. You can get a feel of the city just strolling around in its tiny backstreets, in its beautiful parks, in the beachfront avenues, everywhere you can soak in the distinctive flair of this unique australian city. When in Sydney you do not actually need a city map to find your way and reach your destination. Just step out of the door to naturally wander off, let Sydney guide you through its vibrant city life. These below are the 6 enchanting places I can recommend when visiting Sydney City.
Sydney – The Rocks Precinct
The Rocks Precinct is my favorite place in Sydney. Whilst walking through its narrow streets you may feel you are on a theatre setting with stunning contrasts. A gorgeous mix of old buildings, tiny streets, shops, pubs, land and sea landmarks all around you. Each angle offers a different and rich view: slices of the massive harbour bridge peep out of old buildings, the deep blue of the ocean water mingles with the dark grey of the asphalt, the glimmer of water reflection on the creamy tiled roof of the Opera House. The Rocks Precinct has an interesting history from the time of convicts to the maritime commerce to todays historical tourist precinct. The Rocks precinct gets a special charme at weekends, with The Rocks Markets. An array of local arts and crafts stalls attracting multitudes of people. Learn more about the Rocks Markets here. In the Rocks you can find the best eateries of Sydney.
Sydney Hyde Park and its surroundings
You will not be able to walk past Hyde Park without stopping there for a while. The major attraction of the park is definitely the J.F. Archibald Memorial Fountain. This fountain with its beautiful sculptures is popular among tourists for taking pictures and for admiring the St Mary Cathedral on the opposite side. This park is also a popular location during the day, with many park benches where you can sit for a lunch break or for a rest from shopping, listen to street music performances, relax on the grass, watch people walking by, or just enjoy the shade of lush towering trees on the Hyde Park boulevard. It is truly a focal point in Sydney for a variety of daily activities. From there you can also visit the Australian Museum located in the nearby College Street. This museum is really worth a visit.
Sydney Circular Quay
Circular Quay is one the major focal points of Sydney not only because of the huge commuting hub with the ferry quay and the train stration, but also for being a popular location for entertainment with buskers, street vendors, walkaways, parks. Circular Quay is linking on the eastern side to the Sydney Opera House. On the western side a short stroll along the harbour walkaway takes you to the Rocks District, and to the Museum of Contemporary Art where you can view a fine collection of modern art from Australia and around the world. The park around the museum is also a popular location at weekends for a lunch break or for chill out on the green. The photo you see here was taken on a sunny sunday morning.
The Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is the most iconic building of Sydney. The Sydney’s symbol is a masterpiece of architecture and its beauty has become an iconic symbol in the world too. To stand in front of the Sydney Opera House gasping in amazment is one of those “once-in-a lifetime-dreams” everyone wishes to fulfill one day. If you want to see the Sydney Opera House up close, you can view this complex magnificient architectural building from inside with one of the Sydney Opera House Guided Tours. The guided tour takes you through the major public theatre halls and will give an insight into the rocky building history of this Opera House. You can learn more about the Sydney Opera House Tour on a separate page.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a beloved Icon of Sydney. A truly imposing bridge that links the southern and the northern point of the harbour and joins Sydney central city to North Sydney.
You can cross the bridge by car, train, bike, and on foot. The cycleway is on the western side, and pedestrians use the eastern side. Walking over the bridge is a good way to experience it, however the Harbour Bridge climb is something special.
To reach the summit, 134 meters above Sydney Harbour, you must not be suffering from giddiness, and not be afraid of heights, though. The sight from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the most rewarding view over the city you can get.
But if you are afraid of height, do not worry, there are many more ways. You can have a stunning view of Sydney Harbour Bridge from Pylon Lookout. Located at the south end entrance of the bridge, this is the cheapest and easiest way to view the harbour from above.
Click here to learn more about all Sydney Harbour Tours. These are just a few of the many places you will discover and love of Sydney!
If you are an adrenalin junkie, then check out this page with fun things to do in Sydney.
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Enjoy Exploring Sydney!