Sydney Highlights for the First Time Visitor
Sydney is a truly world class city. A stunning natural setting, great restaurants and a huge array of tourist attractions make it a great place for a holiday. Your accommodation choices are wide as well. Sydney serviced apartments and hotels come in all styles and budgets and can be found all over the city. There will be all sorts of attractions and activities competing for your attention in Sydney and whatever you choose to do you are sure to have a great holiday. There are some things though that shouldn’t be missed on a first visit to the city.
Sydney’s greatest asset is its beautiful setting, so how better to experience it than by taking a harbour cruise. Several companies offer cruises throughout the day, many of them combined with lunch or dinner. What better way to start your Sydney experience than by taking to the water and enjoying some fine dining in the most beautiful of natural environments? There are a few different options for different budgets, but if you feel that they are all out of your price range there is a low cost alternative. Take the ferry from Circular Quay in the city centre to the beautiful Manly Beach and back again; you will get to see the best of the harbour for just a few dollars. You can even time it so that your return journey coincides with twilight, enabling you to see the magnificent sight of the sun setting with a backdrop of the city skyline, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
No first time trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the most famous beach in the world. Head down to glorious wide stretch of white sands and soak up the sun, go for a surf, or just relax and cool off in the shallows. Bondi might not be Sydney’s best swimming or surfing beach — Bronte and Coogee are two other nearby beaches worth checking out — but there is something special about this iconic location and any first time visitor should definitely experience it for themselves.
The Opera House
The Opera House is such an instantly recognisable symbol of Sydney, and indeed Australia, that is sometimes hard to believe that it has only been in existence for less than half a century. Catching your first glimpse of this extraordinary structure for the first time is a breathtaking moment and one when you really know that you are in Sydney. For many people just looking at the Opera House is enough, but if you want to get closer then why not book tickets for a performance? The Opera House is home to numerous theatres where you can enjoy performances from many fields of the arts including opera, ballet, classical music, theatre and even comedy.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Across Circular Quay from the Opera House is the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Towering over the harbour it is another magnificent Sydney icon. If you are feeling adventurous you can join one of the regular tours that climb the bridge’s enormous arch. It is not as strenuous as it looks and the views from the top are spectacular. If it sounds a little too much like hard work, however, grab a drink at one of the bars beneath the opera house as afternoon turns into evening and kick back and enjoy sunset with a spectacular view of the bridge.
Now that your appetite is whetted, it’s time to plan your trip. Book your travel, check out the huge rage of Sydney apartments and hotels, and head on down to one of the greatest cities on earth.