There are many harbour cities around the world but few are as famous as Sydney, Australia, highly recognizable by its beautiful Opera House and the Harbour Bridge that spans across the Sydney Harbour. It is the capital of New South Wales, the oldest and most populated state in the country, with more than one-third of Australia’s inhabitants calling it home. Soak up some summer rays this season on the pristine beaches, immerse yourself in the fabulous culture and join in on the fun of the festivals and outdoor activities that Sydney summers entice everyone to engage in. If you thought you knew every shade of blue there is on the colour spectrum, you will be shocked to find how many more hues of blue and blue-green your eyes have never gazed upon, until you visit Sydney and the surrounding areas of Australia! Surrounded by three oceans and the splendour of the natural environment, you will feel that you have found paradise on earth.
A stunning city sitting on one of the loveliest harbours, you must expect that a majority of your visit will be spent outdoors. With ferry rides available to you as well as surfing and other water activities at any of the 70 beaches, and not to mention the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race that takes place each summer on Boxing Day, it is recommended that you pack those sunglasses and extra sunscreen. Unlike other large cosmopolitan cities, the lifestyle in Sydney is relaxed and laid-back and it is the only way to be in a place where the selection of leisurely activities is innumerable.
Visit the myriad of gardens and parks, hit the greenways for some golfing, embark on an excursion through the national parks on a guided tour or explore some walking trails on your own. There are many different vantage points as well from the national parks to catch a spectacular view for whale-watching. One of the best locations in Sydney is said to be at Cape Solander in Botany Bay National Park.
Discover the Sydney Harbour Islands: Cockatoo Island, Fort Denison and Shark Island, Clark, Rodd, and Goat Island to name of a few, and learn about the rich history, both colonial and Aboriginal, and be dazzled by the breath-taking landscapes and views.
If you want to find the best shopping experience, head to the city center and locate the Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building, affectionately referred to as the QVB by the locals. Find designer styles and delectable chocolates at the Strand or fancy some collectible and antiques over at the QVB among other classic shops. If you enjoy the luxurious fabrics and styles of a European flare, then the Westfield Sydney and the DFS Galleria will be your desired spots.
As part of the summer fun, wine and dine alfresco style as you get a harbour-side seat in any number of fabulous restaurants or enjoy a drink on a rooftop bar. Some notable places to put on your list are: The Bar at the End of the Wharf, Rockpool on George Quay and The Bucket List in Bondi. Of the many dining and bar venues that you can hit up, be sure to try the Opera Bar at the Opera House. There is no other venue that has a view as magnificent as that at the Opera Bar. As you sit under a clear evening sky you can watch the lights from the city bounce off the ripples of the water, as the lights also illuminate the sails of the Opera House brightening the horizon on one side, while the glow of the Harbour Bridge looms over on the opposite side.
If you are looking for a postcard perfect place to visit, Sydney is what you are looking for!