Sydney is recognised as a vibrant multicultural and multidimensional city, ultimately known to be the heart of Australia. Its relaxed outdoor lifestyle sits comfortably alongside an edgy cosmopolitanism that gives rise to a thriving arts, music, theatre, sports and dining culture.
Set on the world’s largest natural harbour, Sydney is Australia’s iconic face to the world. It’s home to the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tops most people’s list of dream destinations. The city consistently ranks high on global measures of liveability, sustainability, and health, safety and security.
THE TOP SYDNEY EXPERIENCES
CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
If you are looking to get a taste of Australia’s rich multiculturalism, Sydney will be holding the official Chinese New Year festival. This is one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia and will be held in Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship, built to celebrate the friendship between Sydney and their sister city Guangzhou in China. This event will offer phenomenal lion and dragon dances, dragon boat races, sensational fashion, vibrant markets and authentic Asian infused food, an event not to miss. The festival starts on the 5th February and runs for seven days.
CLIMB THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
The Sydney harbour bridge is one of the most iconic monuments representing the face of Australia. This daring bridge climb offers a world class, 360 degree view of the city. Whether it is to witness Sydney’s spectacular sunsets or take on an inspiring challenge, this is a one-time unique experience Sydney has to offer.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and vibrant performance space. With over 40 shows a week, there is something for everyone. Events, tours, kids activities, food and drink are all on offer. Take a picture perfect selfie on the steps with the sails in the background, immerse yourself in a guided tour and discover everything there is to know about the Opera House or even enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many harbourside restaurants.
MEET OUR WILDLIFE
See Australia’s extraordinary wildlife at one of the nation’s most highly attracted Zoos. Taronga zoo, located adjacent from Sydney Harbour, allows you to witness the stunning views of the city whilst immersing yourself in the outback wildlife experience. The zoo takes care of 4,000 animals, over 350 species, many of which are endangered. This, offers a unique opportunity to interact with them within a more naturalised setting, tucked away in the native outskirts of Sydney.
SHOPPING & LEISURE
Sydney is the ultimate shopping destination, providing a balanced mix of high fashion international brands to local Australian brands. Some hot spots include the 19th Century Queen Victoria building offering three levels of designer fashion or the harbour side, historic Rocks area. Other more diverse and creative spots include Paddington, Kirribilli, Glebe markets or the bustling district of China town. Lastly, Pitt street mall and Westfield offers multi-layer complex of stores all in one place.
Experience one of the many natural Australian wonders of white sands, clear waters and sandstone cliffs at Bondi beach. Also iconic for its iceberg pool and picturesque scenery, Bondi is just located 30 minutes away by public transport from Townhall. It is the homeland to the oldest surf lifesaving clubs and is starred in Australia’s Bondi Rescue lifesaving series. Whether you want to just go for a local swim, eat great food or take on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, February will be prime season to experience this blue wonder of Sydney.
ST GEORGE OPEN AIR CINEMAS
Located on the forefront of the harbour side, the open air cinema offers a relaxed but vivid atmosphere. The cinema consists of 2,000 seated grandstand, offering catered delicious meals, snacks and beverages, making it the ultimate social and relaxation getaway. Running in the Sydney Summer months, you will be able catch the beautiful Australian sunsets, whilst enjoying the many films they have to offer.
OTHER WORTHY SYDNEY EXPERIENCES:
Here is just a glimpse of the many things you can see within your stay in Sydney.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (https://www.mca.com.au/), located adjacent from Sydney Opera house on the harbour. Here, they exhibit a mix of cultural and vibrant works some of which were from international artists such as Anish Kapoor and Yoko Ono.
- The Rocks Discovery Museum (https://www.therocks.com/things-to-do/the-rocks-discovery-museum/ ) provides you a rich historic experience of pre-European era through interactive visual and audio mediums.
- Royal Botanic Garden ( https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/) is the green hub of the city, offering tours, walks, leisure activities, drinking and eating. But also provides a rich cultural understanding of Aboriginal heritage as well as showcasing their innovative environmental projects.
- Powerhouse Museum (https://maas.museum/powerhouse-museum/) is internationally recognised in Sydney as the museum of innovation and creative thinking. Here they bring together the transdisciplinary of arts, industry, technology and applied science, showcasing some of the most impressive innovative exhibitions.