For numerous visitors to Australia, Sydney is the primary destination whether they spend all their holiday time in this harbour city or head off from Sydney to Australia’s many other vacation spots, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback. Sydney the oldest, biggest, and most beautiful of all Australian cities, lies amid a seductive intermingling of land and sea. Glide along the glittering harbor on a ferry, see the white sails of the Opera House gleaming in the sunshine, admire the graceful arch of the Harbour Bridge, and it’s hard to imagine this vibrant state capital of New South Wales was once a convict colony. In 1788, it was at Sydney Cove where Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet, established the first British colony in Australia.
Where to Eat Local Cuisine
- Two Good Eggs Cafe – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – serving some of Sydney’s best cafe cuisine for the last 12 years. Specialising in a European inspired breakfast and lunch menu Two Good Eggs has become an institution in the heart of Sydney.
- Four Ate Five – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – remains as popular as ever with loyal Sydney crowds, found on Crown Street in Surry Hills. The design is simple and the feel is snug; local artwork hangs from cream walls and the buzz of cheery conversation fills the room with a warm ambiance as friends share communal tables or slide into booths.
- Cafe Sydney – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – captures the essence of Sydney from its amazing location on the rooftop of Customs House with spectacular harbour views, delicious food, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a relaxed, contemporary interior.
- Graze MCA – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – located on the Ground Floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art, George Street The Rocks. With stunning views of the Opera House and Cirqular Quay, innovative menu at an affordable price, Graze MCA is a popular choice for both locals and visitors alike.
- Farmhouse Kings Cross – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – everything is kept simple. We offer a five course set menu. Half the menu changes every 2 weeks, meaning every 4 weeks it’s completely different.
- The Ternary – Veg Friendly, Vegan Options – we work hard to ensure that every customer’s experience is a memorable one.
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The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the building was formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon’s 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The Government of New South Wales, led by the premier, Joseph Cahill, authorised work to begin in 1958 with Utzon directing construction. The government’s decision to build Utzon’s design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the architect’s ultimate resignation.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia itself. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.
The Rocks is an urban locality, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney’s city centre, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, immediately north-west of the Sydney central business district. This historic area was once home to the Gadigal aboriginal people and later became the country’s first site of European settlement. The name of the Rocks comes from the rocky coast on the west side of Sydney Cove, where the convicts pitched their tents. Today, more than 100 heritage sites and buildings jostle along the narrow streets, including Sydney’s oldest surviving house, Cadman’s cottage, built in 1816.
Harbor Cruises from Circular Quay
One of the most popular things to do here, is to hop aboard a harbor cruise, like the popular two-hour Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise. Ferries also depart from here to prime spots, such as Manly, Watsons Bay, and Taronga Park Zoo. During the annual winter migration, the Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise take passengers out past Sydney Heads to view these magnificent creatures.
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is a heritage-listed major 74-acre botanical garden, event venue and public recreation area located at Farm Cove on the eastern fringe of the Sydney central business district, in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia. Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world.
The Sydney Tower Eye
Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The name Sydney Tower has become common in daily usage; however, the tower has been known as the Sydney Tower Eye. The Sydney Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. The tower stands 1,014 ft above the Sydney central business district (CBD), located on Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets. The tower is open to the public, and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, being visible from a number of vantage points throughout town and from adjoining suburbs.
Unusual Things to Do in Sydney
Museum of Human Disease
Australian museum dedicated to human health and lack thereof.
The Museum of Human Disease contains over 2,500 specimens (also known as “pots”), which display diseased human tissue preserved in formalin. Specimens are obtained both from organs removed surgically and from tissue obtained at the autopsies of those who have donated their bodies to science.
Wendy’s Secret Garden
Built over an abandoned train yard, this hidden gem is full of winding paths and offers gorgeous views of Sydney Harbour.
After Wendy Whiteley’s husband died in 1992, she realized she needed an outlet for her grief. To distract herself from the pain, she began clearing garbage and weeds from an old abandoned railway yard. She’s spent the past 25 years transforming the patch of land into something incredibly beautiful: a secret, hidden garden.
‘Forgotten Songs’ Sound Sculpture
A collaboration of art and ornithology mourns the calls of Sydney’s lost birds.
Suspended above Angel Place, a pedestrian lane that runs between George and Pitt Streets in Sydney, there are scores of cages. In combination with the delicate visuals above, sound artwork rises from below in a wave of calls of long-vanished birds.
Justice and Police Museum
This grim museum collects artifacts and evidence of some of the most sensational antipodean crimes.
At the edge of one of Sydney’s most sun-drenched tourist hotspots, the ferry port of Circular Quay, a handsome yet unassuming building lures curious visitors away from busking circus refuse and the constant stream of didgeridoo techno to reveal the darker side of the city’s past. Past the spiked iron gates and through the sandstone-block archways lurk traces of Sydney and New South Wales’ seedy underbelly of crime, violence, and gangsters from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.
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