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Weekend Escape: Sydney

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published March 17th 2021
Explore Sydney City in a weekend with this list
Sydney is home to world-famous landmarks, hatted restaurants, bustling bars, scenic activities and attractions, and spectacular cultural venues.

Sydney impressively stretches from the iconic Circular Quay through to quirky laneways of Paddington and Surry Hills and is a melting pot of culture and cuisine, and is home to the deepest and largest natural harbour in the world!

Whether you live in New South Wales and want a short weekend break without leaving the state or visiting from the interstate, there is something for everyone to see, do and experience.

Below are the top tips for enjoying a weekend escape in Sydney.

Top Things to Do & See:

* Climb (or walk) Sydney Harbour Bridge:

A visit to the world's largest steel-arch bridge is a must!

Dominated by the Sydney skyline since its installation in 1932, the Harbour Bridge can be admired from a distance, walked across and climbed on! Sydney Harbour Bridge is home to Pylon Lookout, which features 200 steps to the top, where you will be welcomed with spectacular harbour views, views of the Royal Botanic Gardens and beyond.

If you are feeling adventurous, climbing the bridge's summit for 360-degrees views of the entire city and beyond will certainly tick that box.

Click here for the website.

* Exploring Sydney's Art Scene

Sydney is a mecca for art lovers. You will find many galleries, with each gallery featuring its own unique spin on local and international culture. Explore Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian, and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of NSW, or admire the world's most extensive Chinese contemporary collection at White Rabbit Gallery.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is home to emerging living artists works, and the rooftop café offers breathtaking views.

* Museum Hop

Sydney is also home to some of the best museums in the world,
these include the Museum of Sydney, newly renovated Australian Museum, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Justice & Police Museum, Sydney Jewish Museum, Susannah Place, The Mint, The Rocks Discovery Museum, Madame Tussauds Museum, and more.

Exploring inside the impressive ships at the Australian National Maritime Museum

* Step back in time at The Rocks

The Rocks was once a playground of convicts, sailors and soldiers; today, The Rocks is one of Sydney's most vibrant precincts. You can easily lose yourself discovering cobbled laneways, passing attractions including Cadmans Cottage (Sydney's oldest surviving residential building), Susannah Place (where four terrace houses built by Irish immigrants in the 1840s are preserved), and an array of restaurants, pubs and cafes, and more.

Click here for the website.

Getting lost in the cobblestone laneways & alleys

* Discovering Sydney's Aboriginal History

The Cadigal people are the traditional owners of the Sydney CBD land, and there is a rich history dating back thousands of years. There are several Tours where you can discover Sydney's Aboriginal History.

Tours include:

* The Rocks Dreaming Tour

* Wyanga Malu - Mini Coach Sightseeing Tour

* Barangaroo Aboriginal Walking Tour

Exploring Sydney City's Gardens & Parks

Sydney is home to spectacular city gardens and parks, including:

And many more.

Breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour can be seen from Observatory Hill

* Ferry Hop to Sydney's Islands

There are 13 islands dotted throughout Sydney Harbour, with each island showcasing something different from rich Aboriginal, colonial, to naval history.

Some Islands include:

And more.

There are many things to do, see & explore at Cockatoo Island

* Foodie Tours
There are endless fantastic restaurants, cafes, pubs & bars across Sydney City, making a food tour a perfect way to experience and discover Sydney's food scene.

Tours include:

* Taste Tours

* The Taste of Sydney Tour

* Sydney Connection Tour

* See a Show at Sydney's Iconic Theatres

Your weekend escape to Sydney will not be complete without experiencing cultural entertainment at Sydney's iconic theatres, including Sydney Opera House, State Theatre, Sydney Lyric Theatre, Capitol Theatre, and more.

* Explore Sydney's Iconic Landmarks
As both Australia's oldest and largest city, Sydney has more than its fair share of famous landmarks, including:

* Sydney Opera House

* Sydney Harbour Bridge

* Queen Victoria Building

And more.

* Explore Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a playground for attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife Zoo, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Cockle Bay Wharf, King Street Wharf, a gateway to Barangaroo, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Tumbalong Park, Darling Quarter, Harbourside Shopping Centre, 9D Action Cinema, a gateway to Sydney cruises, Darling Harbour Children's Playground, Darling Harbour Ferris Wheel, and much more.
It is also home to an array of eateries and bars, and nightly firework displays (cancelled due to Covid-19).

Click here for the website.

The Ferris Wheel at Darling Harbour

* Where to Eat:
Sydney has an array of dining options ranging from cheap eats, brunch, hatted restaurants, gourmet dining, waterside dining, outdoor dining, and mouth-watering dining precincts.

Click here for the website.

Feasting on mouth-watering dishes at Vanto, Queen Victoria Building

* Where to Stay:
There are plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including hotels, motels, hostels and backpackers stays, the apartment stays, camping at Cockatoo Island, and more.

Click here for the website.
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Why? Explore, experience & discover Sydney
When: All year round
Where: Sydney, New South Wales
Cost: Free & Ticketed Attractions
Your Comment
Great ideas, almost a bucket list for the next visit to Sydney.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3110) 189 days ago
Sydney remains a city with so much to see and do for tourists and locals alike.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3215) 189 days ago
Well said, Gillian :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|747) 189 days ago
Certainly is. Thank you, Neil :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|747) 189 days ago
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