11 Experiences You Can Only Have in Sydney
With a wealth of activities around, it comes as no surprise that wanderers, travellers and locals love Sydney for all of the unique experiences at hand. This cosmopolitan city boasts some serious lifestyle advantages, one certainly being its endless list of mind-blowing experiences only available here. Whether its an adrenaline-filled excursion or activities in tune with exercise and wellbeing, Sydney truly has it all.
Experience live opera at the Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s leading venues for opera. Not only is it one of the 20th century’s most recognised buildings, but it has been voted in endless lists of ‘top 10 Best Opera Houses in the World’ from National Geographic to Culture Trip. Showing over 40 performances a week ranging from music, dance, theatre, and, of course, opera, this is the ultimate venue to experience unrivalled showmanship.
Accessibility & Audience:Accessible (Wheelchair)
Atmosphere:Historical Landmark, Architectural Landmark, Instagrammable, Scenic, Touristy
Ocean pools may be a popular scene in Australia, but nowhere else are they as popular than New South Wales – Sydney, to be specific. As sparking blue waters and cream-coloured sandy beaches dot the shore, so too do ocean pools. Although an enclosed sea-filled rock pool may not be everyone’s cup of tea – especially when the sea is so accessible – for some it’s a dream! Open year round, the ocean pools have become a cultural pastime over generations. Bondi Icebergs Pool, Bronte Pool and McIver Baths (the last remaining women’s only pool in Australia) are some of the most popular.
Find a little slice of heaven at the Royal National Park, about two hours’ drive out of Sydney city. Showing the finest festival of flora and fauna, wild bushland, jagged cliffs, white-sand secluded beaches and impressive rock formations (to name a few), the Royal National Park is an experience like no other. As the second oldest National Park in the world (and the first to coin the term ‘National Park’), this experience like no other.
Whale Watching in Sydney is one of the most impressive and beautiful natural displays the city has to offer. Curious locals and travellers can hop on a ferry and experience these magnificent creatures up close between May and November each year, and all just moments from Sydney Harbour. Although tour companies are aplenty, Whale Watching Sydney is a great choice with a 99% sight success rate and free return visit should you not catch a glimpse of these friendly giants on your first visit.
Atmosphere:Architectural Landmark, Scenic
With breathtaking landscapes as far as the eye can see and over 150 wineries, Hunter Valley is certainly one of the most impressive sights just a few hours from the city; add a hot air balloon into the equation and the experience becomes like no other. Tours which include breakfast and lunch are on offer aplenty, and make for the perfect way to spend an afternoon, not far from Sydney city. Check out Beyond Ballooning for a serious selection of amazing experiences.
This multi-million six-kilometre boardwalk is one of the most breath taking attractions in Sydney. The stretch leads visitors from the bustling beach of Bondi all the way to the sleepy seaside suburb of Coogee, with stunning coastal scenery, impressive cliffs and cream-coloured beaches in abundance en route. Bring a picnic and some swimmers (Aussie slang for swimsuit) and make this a true Sydney experience.
Not far from Sydney is Blue Mountains National Park, a stunning mountain range and parklands spanning over 11,400 km². With endless hikes and walking paths, stunning rock formations, waterfalls, camping grounds, eucalyptus forests and garden trails, this is the perfect way to experience nature in its fullest – all less than a few hours from the city.