The city of Sydney, capital of the New South Wales region, is a destination on the other side of the world, a city with mad charm and is one of the most important stops for visitors to Australia. Between its architecture, the strolls on the port, its bubbling cultural life and its proximity to remarkable sites, the reasons are infinite to leave to the conquest of this metropolis which reserves many surprises. A trip to Sydney is still the opportunity to stroll through neighbourhoods with a unique identity, to enjoy the gastronomy, to meet an open-minded population and also to recharge your batteries in places open to nature. Here are the must-sees of Sydney, an exceptional metropolis in more ways than one
Go see the Opera House
The Opera House is an iconic Australian landmark. With an exceptional location on one of the most beautiful bays in the world, it attracts the eye with its architecture which, according to the imagination, evokes the shape of sails or shells. You can see it from afar, so take the time to stroll along the wide promenades around the building. An opportunity to take a close look at the Opera House and enjoy beautiful views of the bay. Those who wish to do so can also visit the interior and for the fans, attending a show in the evening means enjoying an unforgettable moment in one of the most famous Operas in the world
A walk at North Head Sanctuary
North Head Sanctuary is part of Sydney Harbour National Park and is easily accessible from Manly. It is a place for long walks, with many places of interest. You can take North Head Scenic Drive or Fairfax Lookout for exceptional views of Sydney Harbour. Fairfax Lookout is also a whale watching point. History buffs will enjoy a walk along the Australian Memorial Walk, a memorial trail that honours Australian soldiers from all wars, with six memorials. And for the curious, there is also the possibility to visit the Q Station. This former quarantine station for passengers on ships arriving in Sydney is now a charming hotel residence.
Walk the Harbour Bridge
It's the second symbol of the city of Sydney. The Harbour Bridge is called the "old coat hanger" by the locals and was completed in 1932. There are many ways to enjoy this incredible monument. By car, it allows you to quickly reach the north shore of the bay. To cross it by bike, you have to go to the west side and if you prefer to walk, you have to go to the east side. If the view you enjoy once you start the crossing is already exceptional, those who wish can climb the 200 steps located in the south-east tower to enjoy the Pylon Lookout. It is from this point of view that the view of the bay is the most striking
Getting to Bondi Beach
What makes Sydney such a great city to live in is also its proximity to the beaches. The most famous one is Bondi Beach. On the hottest days, they attract locals, surfers and travelers who take the time to sit on the sand and enjoy the sun and sea. It is north of the beach where swimming is the safest. The southern part is reserved for surfers, notice to the amateurs who wish to take advantage of the waves, it is an inescapable spot and lessons are given. Other activities include swimming, of course, but there's also a golf course nearby, the Marine Discovery Centre to learn more about the seabed and art spaces, the Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery and the Bondi Art Lounge.
Going green at the Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are a veritable oasis in the heart of Sydney. You can walk on the lawns and settle down for a picnic, smell the flowers or cling to the branches of the trees. It is a popular place for walkers, joggers and anyone who just wants to take a breather in a green setting. The information kiosks offer leaflets to help you make the most of this large 30-hectare park, where, in addition to the areas dedicated to walks, you can admire the incredible collection of exotic plants and see surprising animals such as giant grey headed bats, ibises and white cockatoos with yellow crests.
Stroll to the National Gallery of New South Wales
The National Gallery of New South Wales is Australia's second largest art gallery. In this imposing building designed by the architect Walter Liberty Vernon and situated on the edge of the Domain, one can discover splendid collections of Australian, European and Asian art, all on five levels. On level three, don't miss the Yiribana Aboriginal Gallery, dedicated to the art of the Aboriginal people and the Torres Strait. You can then end your visit with a visit to the bookshop, which is a delight for students and art lovers.
A walk in The Rocks
The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney. This is where the first British settlers settled. The area faces the Sydney Opera House and is located at the foot of Harbour Bridge. Its charm and history have remained intact, as the town wished to preserve it as much as possible. It is a place where it is pleasant to stroll through the different streets to enjoy the architecture and to go and see Argyle Place, a place with English charm. There are also many pubs, cafes, shops, museums and restaurants. Life is full at The Rocks and there is also a super market at the weekend: The Rocks Markets
Marvel in the Chinese Garden of Friendship
This place symbolizes the perfect integration of Chinese culture into Australian life. The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a traditional garden in Chinatown and was donated to the city by Guangdong Province in 1988 during the bicentennial celebrations. It is a place full of serenity and peace where it is good to stroll and rest. It reproduces on a reduced scale waterfalls, mountains and lakes, full of meaning and symbols. You can reach the bamboo forest or the Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, where the lake and garden are enveloped in the subtle scent of lotus flowers. A traditional Chinese tea room is available to walkers for a break with a good hot drink.
A moment dedicated to art at the Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in the stunning Art Deco building on Circular Quay, where modern art enthusiasts can spend long hours in the aisles contemplating a large collection of Australian and world art. The exhibitions are numerous and constantly renewed in order to offer multiple experiences to locals and tourists alike. For history, the museum opened its doors in 1991, with works from the University of Sydney, inherited from the collector John Power, including pieces by world-famous artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. To end the visit, don't miss the shop on the ground floor, which offers original items and the art bookstore, which is also exciting.
A trip to the Sydney Observatory
The Sydney Observatory is a science centre that has gradually been transformed into a museum. It was built in 1858 on top of Windmill Hill, the highest point of Jackson Harbour. The first thing that strikes you is its architecture, one of the oldest monuments in Sydney, which was built with local stone. It was also the first observatory in the country, and we have the opportunity to see historical telescopes, but also more modern ones, as well as scientific objects. A visit allows you to learn more about space and astronomy, and there are also performances at the planetarium and Space Theater. As an observatory, it is nice to spend time there at sunset or to admire the symbols of the city and the sky with the help of telescopes