Planning a holiday in Australia? Well, if you are given a choice of just one place in Australia where you would want to be, then that definitely and should be Sydney. Even if you are an Australian yourself and have never been to Sydney, you must immediately start planning on a trip to Sydney, just to be mesmerized with the great city icons, amusement and knowledge parks and of course, the breathtaking beauty of the harbors and add to that the vibrant life that you can enjoy in the city; all combine to give a strong reason to be in the city at least once in your lifetime.
When in Sydney, you will be bewildered to find what actually the city has in store for you; everything from soul inspiring to awe inspiring. However, visiting all the places or attractions in Sydney would take quite a long time, which, sadly, most of us do not have. So, if you are only for a few days in Sydney, then its ideal that you make a trip to the most important attractions of the city. To ease your task, here’s a list of the top ten places that you must visit once you are in Sydney:
The Sydney Opera House
There cannot be any doubt that the Sydney Opera House should be on the list of the top ten attractions of Sydney and in fact, it deserves the first position too. Attracting millions of visitors every year, the architectural caliber and the beautiful location make the Opera House a must visit. Built on the fringe of the land and actually on a finger-like extension, this is one of Australia’s topmost iconic attractions. As you get close by, you will marvel at the impressive structure of the Opera House and if you happen to pass by it on one of the many harbor cruises, you are sure to be mesmerized by its beauty against the backdrop of the city and the extensive, clear blue sky.
Reaching the Opera house is quite easy. You can drive there directly from the Sydney airport or from the hotel that you are staying at. The car fares are around $10-$30, if you are traveling from hotels like the Novotel, Park Hyatt, Shangri La or the nearby areas. The cab fares will be around $20- $50 if you are traveling directly from the Sydney Airport, Central Railway Station or White Bay Cruise Terminal.
The Government House in Sydney
Another architectural beauty reminiscent of the colonial history of Australia, the Government House can be dubbed as the “hidden gems” of the city that’s ready to mesmerize you with its gothic influence and a long history of being the abode of 27 governors since 1846. Being the place that accommodates men of international importance and hosts important meetings of the top ranked Government members, the Government House is the home to a huge number of priceless paintings and furniture that you can marvel at.
Reaching there is easier if you hire a cab. The cab prices will range between $10-$50 if you are boarding from the airport, railways station or hotels like the InterContinental.
The Sea Life Aquarium
Want to marvel at a habitat that’s more endowed than what you see on the land? Visit the Sea Life Aquarium and you can witness the marvelous creation of nature. Five distinct marine habitats featuring species that you know oh-so-well and a lot more that you will see for the first time in your life. And you thought that we humans were the best of God’s creation!
The Aquarium is located at the very center of the city and is a very small trip in a cab that will cost around $10-$15.
The Sydney Harbor Bridge
Another man made beauty that attracts the attention of anyone who visits Sydney. Ranked as the best amongst the structural beauties of the city prior to the Opera House, the bridge is often called as ‘Coathanger’ by the locals of the city and till date ranks as the 6th longest steel arch bridges in the world.
The best way to enjoy this beauty is to take a ride over the bridge in your own car or a hired cab or having a lazy walk on the walkways, sinking in the beauty of the blue waters on the either sides.
From man made architecture to natural endowments, Sydney is blessed with all. If you have already been amazed with the structural beauty of the Opera House, it’s time that you get a feel of the natural beauty of Australia. A bit outside the main city of Sydney and actually located in the greater Sydney area, the Jenolan Caves are sure to make you awestruck with its ethereally beautiful caves, fantastic rock formations and also a series of underground rivers that are known to be amongst the best of its class in the world.
You can easily hire cabs or self-driven cars from the city and a drive of about 2.5 hours from downtown Sydney will take you to the caves. The average cost of the trip will be between $100-$300.
The most important ferry terminal of Sydney is worth a visit due to the vibrancy that it is imbued with. From the traffic of the busy hours to the innumerable cafes in the area to the being the start point for touristy cruises, the Circular Quay is the perfect manifestation of the local life and culture.
The importance of the Quay is due to its very central location that makes it very easy to reach from different parts of Sydney. A cab ride will cost you around $15.
Queen Victoria Building
Love shopping? Well, make sure that you keep this place on your list of the Top 10. Housing a number of different brands and chains, the Queen Victoria Building is sure to give you a lifetime shopping experience. It’s not what you get in the place that will amaze you, but the traditional shopping experience that offers you the essence of the royalty is what make people go gaga over this place. Even window shopping for sometime can really be a treat for your eyes; added to that the glamor of the facades, tinted glass windows, intricate tiling and a majestic staircase.
A hired cab can take you to the iconic building for somewhere between $10-$15 from central Sydney.
National Maritime Museum
Whether you are interested in ‘water travel’ or not, do not give this museum a miss as they have the most interesting displays on board that is sure to make you interested. Nothing heavy that will be a lot to process, but just the perfect blend of sensational information and high quality shows to make it worthwhile for visitors of varied interests and age groups.
Being centrally located close to the Sydney Harbor, it is easily accessible and must be a part of an interesting day spent visiting the nearby places.
Luna Park Sydney
Traveling with kids? Or want to have some fun yourself? No worries! Unwind at the Luna Park in Sydney. Enjoy the traditional Ferris Wheel, go crazy at the Tango Train, find the funny ‘you’ at the Giant Slides or try out your luck at the Crazy Crooners. If you have had enough for the day and thoroughly enthusiastically exhausted, you can sit and gaze at the beautiful harbor views of the Sydney Harbor. Enjoy ice-creams, sandwiches, salads, Fairy Floss and a lot more and live your day ‘just for fun’.
A ride to the park from the city center will set you back by around $10-$30.
If you are traveling solo or with a group of friends, then the Kings Cross will offer you a different flavor to savor during the day and at night as well. This red light area of the city may be avoided by many, but the Bohemian culture of the area is something that will intrigue you. Enjoy the hip cafes, boutique hotels and the delicacies that can be a different experience all together.
Kings Cross is located at a drivable distance of around 30 minutes from the Internation Airport in Sydney and about 15 minutes from the Central Railway Station.