Welcome to cruising Australia part 6 as we discover SYDNEY, New South Wales

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Sydney on numerous occasions and it WOW’s every time! With so much to see and do I’ve narrowed it down to the best bits:

Free city tours of Sydney are available and a great way to find your bearings! Head to the Town Hall Square for the meeting point, operates twice daily.

Head to the world famous Bondi Beach, watch the life guards and surfers from the beach or one of the eateries along the front. Definitely worth doing is the Bondi to Coogee walk, a 6 kilometres trail staring at Bondi Iceberg rock pool along the headland taking in amazing views.

bondi

Sydney’s harbor is the largest in the world, the best way to experience it is from the water. With many islands dotted around the harbor take a ferry trip to soak it all in, or as I did opt for a thrilling jet boat ride!

Another great way to experience Sydney from the water is traveling from Circular Quay to Manly by ferry. Takes about 30 minutes, it’s one of Sydney’s signature travel experiences. 

Climb Sydney Harbour Bride – I overcame my fear of heights and so glad I did, the views are amazing. The guide also gives the history of the bridge which I found very interesting. They also point out places of interest along the climb too!

Interesting fact: Before Paul Hogan (from the movie Crocodile Dundee) became famous, he worked on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a painter

One of my favourite places is the Rocks, close to Circular Quay. It claims to have Sydney’s oldest pub! Markets bring this place alive on a weekend. You can now uncover the unique heritage (this is the best bit) with a downloadable app. Use the maps to discover the nearest point of interest, listen or read stories about what happened in the past (on the spot your standing on today).

rocks

Top tip: Grab at snack at Harry’s café de wheels, serves pies and mash at the road side in Woolloomooloo. Lots of famous celebrities have stopped by too!

Sydney’s Royal Botanical Garden is worth a visit and offers free guided walking tours. Thousands of fruit bats live here, stick around until sunset and watch the skies come alive when they take flight! (They fly low and come so close to you)

gardens

Its worth diving the few hours from Sydney to The Blue Mountains National Park. Take a guided tour or opt to do your own thing. Either way check out the Three Sisters rock formation and ride the worlds steepest railway. The park is famed for  the blue mist given off from the eucalyptus trees.

blue mount

Hire a car and head north from Sydney to Hunter Valley, it’s a 2 hour drive. With 120 wineries on offer, sampling wines and fine dining whilst seeing the Australian countryside.

Keep reading my blogs as more to come. Part 7 is Brisbane

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