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Sydney: The Harbour City

Posted on 18/01/2018 by Whitestar Travel

If you’re lucky enough to fly in during the day from the north, there are few cities on the planet that will wow you quite like Sydney on that initial descent.

You’ll get the full show: the vast natural beauty of the cliff faces and Sydney Harbour, the grandeur of the CBD and then the stunning city beaches, Bondi and Bronte.

The best part is, once you land, you don’t have to travel far to see this beauty. It’s already there, all around you, as you wander through Australia’s showiest city.

In the city’s heart, there are the iconic sights like the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The adventurous might choose to book a BridgeClimb and scale the bridge itself – best done at sunrise or sunset – but for a more laid-back time, wandering around the sparkling harbour and through the many public gardens will provide you with more than enough charm to get through the day.

Come evening, you can have a drink at the Opera Bar then catch one of any number of shows at the Opera House, which usually hosts more than 40 performances each week. You can even sign up for a two-hour backstage tour, operating daily at 7am, which will take you behind-the-scenes, with a full cooked breakfast thrown in to boot!

In the middle of Sydney Harbour lays Cockatoo Island. Often home to art installations and concerts, you can book a ‘glamping’ package on the island to wake up to one incredible view.

A short ferry ride away, you can visit the animals at Taronga Zoo. Here you’ll find more than 4,000 exotic and native animals, including chimpanzees, bears, tigers, giraffes and, of course, koalas. Not done ‘glamping’? You can also stay overnight at the zoo, sleeping in luxury safari-style tents with the Roar & Snore experience.

A trip to Sydney isn’t complete without a visit to at least one of the world-class restaurants on offer. Mr. Wong on Bridge Street is a local favourite, serving modern Cantonese cuisine. Feel like something else? A quick online search will uncover a plethora of options.

The Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee (or vice-versa) is a must. A six kilometre walking track that traipses the eastern beaches, you’ll wander past Aboriginal rock carvings, idyllic swimming and surf spots, and a seemingly endless supply of beautiful people working out along the way. Come in October and you will also get to enjoy the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, with over 100 unique sculptures by artists from around the world.

Finally, a visit to one of the national parks that sit right on the fringe of the city is well worth the effort. As you wander one of the many paths through the Royal National Park, less than an hour south of the CBD, with not another soul or manmade object in sight, you’ll have a hard time believing you are so close to one of the world’s most famous cities.

Stay at Mrs Banks Hotel on Oxford Street.

Fly there with Virgin from Melbourne for $218* or Brisbane for $198*.

For more information, call 03 9042 3321 or email info@whitestartravel.com.au

* Subject to dates and availability

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