Sydney is a great example of a city with lots to offer. Especially for someone coming from a small hometown compared to Brisbane. Every weekend I made it a mission to do or find something different to explore. Personally I found my favourite spots were the hidden gems of the city – the places you had to find if you look past the usual tourist spots.
Sydney for me is a tourist city; lots of things to do and very expensive of course. I quickly came to realise why people were the way there were in Sydney. Very career-focused and fast-paced, mainly to keep up with the expensive lifestyle, and even though they lived in a city that offered so much to do, the people of Sydney just didn’t have the time to enjoy the beautiful city that they lived in.
This is the advantage of being a Traveler. Visiting a city knowing you only have a limited amount of time motivates you to experience as much as possible within a city.
Places to Dine ♦ Sydney
Discover Sydney and its culinary adventures through my travel diary of the places to eat, drink and socialise in Sydney. Also keep up-to-date with events and things to do in Sydney.
~ Aria Sydney ~
~ Babylon Rooftop & Garden Bar ~
ethically sourced produce through an innovative menu.
~ Icebergs Dining Room and Bar ~
Casual Places to Dine ♦ Sydney
The original Chat Thai located in Thai Town Sydney and open until 2am every night. Experience the Thai street food in a buzzing open kitchen. A great find for a late-night eat. Fun-fact a visit to Chat-Thai is actually on the list of top things to do in Sydney!
One of the best charcoal chicken restaurants with the garlic sauce alone will have you coming back for more! I have actually become addicted to this place even getting the late-night cravings here. The fatoush is full of flavour
Located in the inner-city in Darling Harbour and attracts many tourists and generally the city demographic. Overlooking the water and wheel of darling harbour, it is a great destination for the occasions to indulge and best shared in larger groups. Although portions of the sides and salads are small, the main feature of the menu is the ribs.
Overlooking the beach in an immensely spacious restaurant, this is a great beachy location to socialise with a view to enjoy the food.
~ Hotpot City Bankstown ~
One of the biggest hotpot restaurants with a large variety of ingredients and DIY sauces to choose from in an all-you-can-eat @hotpotcitybankstown #HotPotCity
Social atmosphere great for large groups and occasions. Also on display are Thai ornaments available for purchase. Although this restaurant seemingly reminded me of the Thai tourist restaurants, when the food came I can safely say the dishes were better than expected with amazing and great flavours and friendly staff.
~ Umi Sushi + Udon Darling Quarter ~
With over 100 sushi dishes to try on the sushi train as well as udon noodles and a la carte in a Kyoto-style restaurant. An exciting combination of flavours is the Lychee Salmon Californian Roll and the Raindrop Cake with Matcha and Tapoica.
Australia ∞ Sydney ♦ Melbourne ♦ Brisbane
Places to Socialise ♦ Sydney
The social venue on the Eastern Suburbs.
A modern Japanese restaurant with a dining area and private karaoke rooms. Incorporating a touch-screen menu for self ordering food as well as drinks including jelly shots - a great social destination for the karaoke lovers!
Address: Level B1/488 George St, Sydney NSW 2000 | Hours: 3.30pm-12am | Fri-Sat 2am One of Sydney's best hidden gems beneath the Hilton Hotel in a Victorian-style marble and mahogany interior. Hosting some of the best cocktails and talented bartenders. During the week the bar attracts many business workers for after work drinks with Friday night bringing a heavier crowd for the RNB night and live bands from Soul Empire to Brown Sugar. Get in early as there is usually a line by 10pm!
Enter discount code: 'Leong'
Retro-chic decor with modern Australian food and pizza.
Another amazing beachfront location popular for events and social gatherings and a great venue for a day out.
Australia ∞ Sydney ♦ Melbourne ♦ Brisbane ♦ Cairns
Places to Explore ♦ Sydney
Sydney is a city of opportunities. Every weekend there's the opportunity to do something different, an event or festival and even a simple new restaurant to try. But why is everyone in Sydney either too busy working or not busy appreciating it enough! I realised early on the difference between the states and it comes down to the lifestyle.
Tours and Activities in Sydney
Sydney Eye Tower
View Sydney in all its breathtaking glory from Sydney Tower Eye and the Observation Deck. At 309 meters (1000 feet) the Observation Deck is the highest viewing platform in the city, and boasts 360-degree panoramic views across the skyline. State-of-the-art multilingual touchscreens and the high-powered binoculars provide an interactive introduction to some of Sydney's famous landmarks.
Elevator ride to the top of Sydney Tower Eye
Sydney Tower Eye, 4D Experience
Entry/Admission - Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck
Sydney Bridge Climb
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with an expert guide for the ultimate Sydney experience. Get amazing views and learn all about the iconic structure during your climb to the 440-foot (134-meter) summit. You have several options for your climb, including a sampler tour that goes halfway up. No matter which option you choose, ascending this famous landmark gives you a spectacular perspective on Sydney and an exhilarating sense of achievement. Each BridgeClimb is limited to a maximum of 14 participants to ensure personalized attention in a small group.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Options: Day, Twilight, Night Climb, Express
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
Experience an insider look at the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House on this 1-hour guided walking tour. Go behind-the-scenes with a knowledgeable guide who will explain the history and architecture of the Opera House’s controversial construction, enjoy backstage stories about the stars and thousands of performances that have taken place since the Icon opened in 1973. Enjoy photo opportunities from unique off-limit vantage points.
Make a day of it and upgrade your tour to include a Tasting Plate at Opera Kitchen or Tour & Dine at the famous Opera Bar with stunning waterfront views.
Local guide and Headset
Tasting plate at Opera Kitchen (if option selected)
Meal provided at Opera Bar (If option selected)
Entry/Admission - Sydney Opera House
Price: from $42 AUD per person | $22 AUD per child
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience
Sydney Tour with Optional Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise | Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
Discover Sydney and its surroundings on a full-day tour that combines a morning visit to Manly with an afternoon tour of downtown Sydney and a drive out to see The Gap. Throughout the day you’ll get great photo ops of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Manly Beach, Bondi Beach and other iconic sights. Have the choice to upgrade with a luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour. You'll see so many highlights of beautiful Sydney on this full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide!
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Sydney and Bondi Beach Private 4 Hour Morning Tour
Personalised Sydney Tours have flexible itineraries from a relaxed pace to one that packs in every sight. We can take a set route or customise your tour to any interests.
We can visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden, Woolloomooloo, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Paddington, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach.
Visit the Sydney Harbour National Park for local wildlife, stroll to Hornby Lighthouse at South Head or the Bondi to Coogee Walk.
Full-day Luna Park Admission Ticket in Sydney
Luna Park is Sydney's most iconic amusement park and tourist destination.
Sydney Attractions Pass: SEA LIFE Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye, WILD LIFE Zoo and Madame Tussauds
Gourmet Lunch at Jonah's by Seaplane from Sydney
Departing Sydney Harbour late morning your seaplane flight tracks north past Sydney's spectacular northern beaches before touching down in the expansive waterway of Pittwater. Jonah's courtesy vehicle will meet you at the dock and transfer you the short distance to the restaurant. Jonah's is set upon the clifftop overlooking Whale Beach, truly one of Sydney's most spectacular outlooks. Fly over Sydney's famous Northern Beaches, including Manly, Dee Why Newport and on to Palm Beach on the return flight you will soak up the sights of Sydney Harbour.
Perched high on the edge of a cliff, enjoying dramatic views of Whale Beach and the sprawling Pacific Ocean, Jonah's at Palm Beach is one of Australia's most prestigious ocean retreats. Something of a Sydney institution, Jonah's salubrious guest list has included Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall.
All Inclusive Blue Mountains Small-Group Day Trip from Sydney
See all that the majestic World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are famous for! Pay the one price and see it all with our expert guides in a fun small group atmosphere of 12 - 20 passengers. Highlights include Featherdale Wildlife Park, Lunch with a variety of options, Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway at Scenicworld, lookouts off the beaten track, Three Sisters and a river cruise back to Sydney Harbour.
Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney Including Scenic World
Explore the beautiful Blue Mountains on a day trip from Sydney. Start your day with a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park where you'll see a number of native Australian animals. From here, head to Echo Point for the perfect view of the iconic Three Sisters. For those nature lovers, a visit to Scenic World won't disappoint. Enjoy a cable-way ride with glass-floor cabins offering stunning views over the valley. Then, finish your day with a river cruise up the Parramatta River back to either Circular Quay (finishes at 6.15pm) or Darling Harbour (near Barangaroo at 6.30pm).
Wollongong Tandem Skydiving from Sydney
Skydive directly over North Wollongong Beach with a professional tandem master, jumping from an altitude of up to 15,000 feet. Experience the ultimate thrill of a one-minute free fall, then soak up coastal views of Wollongong and the Southern Sydney beaches while you drift down for a few more minutes under the parachute canopy. This small-group experience, limited to eight skydivers, includes round-trip coach transport from Sydney, which is located just one hour from the drop zone.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Figure 8 Pools Hike and Royal National Park Tour from Sydney
Did you know that the Royal National Park is the Worlds 2nd oldest National Park? That's right! You will also hike down to the famous Figure 8 Pools which are only accessible to reach by foot and spot wildlife along the way.
Sydney's Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Small-Group Tour
Explore Sydney’s famous Northern Beaches and enjoy a day of sun, sand, and surf on this small-group sightseeing tour. Take a stroll along the golden sands of Narrabeen, visit Palm Beach where the famous Aussie soap ‘Home & Away’ is filmed, and look out along the coast from The Spit and Long Reef. Learn about Sydney’s fascinating Aboriginal heritage with a visit to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, admire the affluent waterside properties along Whale Beach, then taking the ferry from Manly to Circular Quay (optional).
~ Olympic Pool | North Sydney ~
Find yourself between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park Sydney for one of the picturesque leisure spaces during Summer in Sydney at the North Sydney Olympic Pool! Enjoy the sun under with a captivating view including that of the city and water. While you're here explore the restaurants including Ripples Chowder Bay Milson's Point.
~ Luna Park| North Sydney ~
Explore the theme park at Luna Park and keep up with the Rooftop Cinema that screen throughout the year. Make the most of your day while on the North side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
~ Taronga Zoo| Mosman ~
Easily accessible from the city via the ferry where you can experience the zoo with a Sydney City backdrop
~ Bradley's Head| Mosman ~
~ The Spit to Manly Walk ~
~ Milk Beach | Vaucluse ~
Gardens & Greenspace
~ Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain | Sydney ~
The Australian Botanic Gardens located in the heart of the major Sydney CBD
~ Australian Botanic Gardens | Mount Annan ~
The Australian Botanic Gardens in Mount Annan is a great place for
~ Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens| Mount Tomah ~
The Australian Botanic Gardens in Mount Annan is a great place for
~ Auburn Botanic Gardens| Auburn ~
Featuring a Japanese Garden, the Auburn Botanic Gardens is popular during Cherry Blossom season in late-winter to early spring. These delicate blossoms can be seen for a short time when they bloom just before Spring and especially during the annual Hanabi Cherry Blossom Festival.
~ Wendy's Secret Garden | Lavender Bay ~
~ Paddington Reservoir Gardens ~
~ Katoomba Blue Mountains ~
Explore the Three Sisters, Lincoln's Rock and the many hikes to do only 2 hours from Sydney.
~ Sparadise Japanese Bathhouse Blue Mountains ~
Yes there's actually hot springs in Sydney! On the other side of the Blue Mountains you can find this relaxing getaway amongst the hot springs. Take time out to detox and enjoy the scenic location and Japanese garden as you explore the different areas of herbal steam baths and even dip yourself into the cave hot springs.
~ Terrigal Central Coast ~
~ Kiama South Coast ~
When you fancy a drive take a scenic drive down the south coast of Sydney. Compared to driving up north it offers much more natural landscape. 3 hours south will take you to Kiama where you'll find the Kiama Blowhole. I was lucky to take a trip down and take the leap of faith, with the encouragement of the boys (!) by jumping off the cliffs into the ocean. I had done something similar in Chiang Mai Canyon but definitely not flowing out into the ocean. A group of guys happen to be there when we arrived and they were able to assure us that it was safe knowing what they were doing. Definitely an experience I don't regret and glad that I was able to experience it!
~ Jervis Bay South Coast ~
Well known for the many coastal beaches, Jervis Bay offers white sand beaches away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For a relaxing spot on the beach head to Hyams Beach and find a great spot to enjoy the stunning white sand and blue water.
~ Illawara Fly Treetop ~
More of a tourist attraction, after experiencing some high adrenaline and natural activities that didn't have a price tag this was one of the more pedestrian activities I've done but none the less something to experience and see.
~ Hunter Valley Wine Country ~
Camping in Sydney
Lake St Clair (North)
Lake St Clair is nestled among the undulating hills at the foot of Mount Royal Range, approximately 30 minutes north of Singleton. The lake provides a premium outdoor leisure facility. Swimming, sailing, water skiing, camping and fishing are only a few of the popular activities enjoyed on the lake.
Price: Schedule | Getting There: 2.5 hour drive north towards Newcastle
Mystery Bay is a small seaside town in New South Wales, Australia. It edges coastal Eurobodalla National Park, home to kangaroos. The park’s Bingi Dreaming Track traces an ancient route of the Yuin Aboriginal people. Mystery Bay Lookout offers views of the Pacific Ocean and migrating whales. Nearby 1080 Beach has strong surf. Montague Island Nature Reserve, with its 19th-century lighthouse, shelters little penguins.
Getting There: 4.5 hour drive south towards Eden
At the sparkling entrance of the beautiful Clyde River is Batemans Bay, a charming seaside town surrounded by natural beauty. Batesman Bay Red Gum campground is a beautiful riverside camping area, just a short drive from Batemans Bay
Phone: 1300 662 808
Price: Free | North Head $7 vehicle access
Getting there: 3.5 hour drive south of Sydney
Honeymoon Bay | Shoalhaven
Honeymoon Bay is set in a picturesque location in Jervis Bay. It is approxi mately 10 kilometres from the edge of Currarong along the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse Road. Honeymoon Bay is a must to spend a family day in the shade by the beach or maybe you'd prefer to do a little fishing instead.
Location: Corner Lighthouse Road and Currarong Road
Currarong NSW 2540
Camping Locations: Depot Beach | Honeymoon Bay
Price: Unpowered site nightly rate: $24 per night (2 pax) | Powered site nightly rate: $34 per night (2 pax)
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