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Published November 13th 2014
What to do and see when you have just a day in Sydney
As one of the most popular cities of Australia, Sydney has caught fancy of hundreds and millions of people from all over the world. Great weather, iconic buildings and warm people only add more to this hot-spot of tourism.
If you have lived in Sydney for a while now chances are somebody might have already asked you "What can we see in Sydney in just one day?" This, much rhetorical, question can fall from anyone from your overseas family members, friends, colleagues or from a newly turned Sydneysider. With a huge gamut of options in shopping, walks, movies, and sightseeing to restaurants, clubs and places the decision to choose becomes a mammoth task.
For all such occasions and many others here's my quick guide to "See Sydney in a day".
Kick start your day from The Sydney Tower Eye, which is just a short walk from the Town Hall train station and gives you a bird's eye view of the entire city. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking view of the Sydney city and spot your favourite building, park or scenery from this highest view point. If you are feeling particularly gutsy that morning try your hands at the famous Skywalk at this tower.
Who doesn't love shopping be it for themselves or for their near and dear ones? Situated on the Pitt Street in the Sydney CBD this is the best place to buy things that you love as you will find all major brands and stores nestled in this mall. If you have more time on hand you can check out other amazing shopping centres in Sydney.
The art lovers can devour the resplendence of art and culture inside this magnificent building and discover amazing facts and creativity about Aboriginal Art, Colonial and 20th-Century European-influenced Aussie art, and galleries featuring tributes to old European and Asian masters.
This is the national icon of Australia and over the years has become synonymous with Sydney and even Australia. Situated on the sea side Opera House spells complete elegance. Some quick step climbs will take to the inside of this building form where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the cruises, Royal Botanical Garden and the Harbour Bridge itself. I personally prefer the night view of the Opera House when it stands tall - glittering and glowing against the dark sea just like a star in the sky.
Inspired from an American bridge's design, Sydney's Harbour Bridge is as much a major landmark of the city as it acts as the lifeline for thousands of people every day who commute for work and pleasure both. If you an adventurous soul then bridge climbing is something that will definitely take your fancy here.
This sprawling green velvety garden sitting in the lap of Sydney CBD is almost a miracle amidst the racing vehicles and the growing chaotic lives of daily commuters. Take a stroll, feel the grass and enjoy some mind blowing time with nature and flora here.
One of the best beaches in Australia Bondi Beach never sleeps. Well almost never sleeps. The white sand, clear water and an absolutely great weather act like magnets for the tourists as well as the locals here. You can grab the famous Bondi burger from the eating joints near the beach and enjoy your meal with a great view by the beach or the lawns right before the beach.
And lastly if you are only a tourist don't forget to pick up some exciting and fun Sydney souvenirs as a memory of your good time in Sydney.