It's all about the water in Australia's most popular city. Sydney’s natural charms will prove a major attraction during your stay, with dramatic beac... Read More
It's all about the water in Australia's most popular city. Sydney’s natural charms will prove a major attraction during your stay, with dramatic beaches, rock pools, and coves for cooling dips. Surfer-flocked Bondi Beach is a must-see, but don’t miss the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, lined with pretty spots for swims, snorkeling, or sipping a latte. Catching the ferry to cute Camp Cove beach at Watsons Bay or bush-fringed Shelly Beach at Manly are also great things to do. Outdoor swimming pools, such as the iconic Icebergs, and alfresco movie screenings in summer add to the healthy-meets-hedonistic fun.
Gorgeous green spaces beckon too, from Sydney’s romantic Royal Botanic Garden and the surrounding Domain to its newest harborside park Barangaroo Reserve, an artificial hill dotted with indigenous plants. For native wildlife, escape to Taronga Zoo, which boasts some of the best waterfront views in town (as well as kangaroos, wombats, and sleepy koalas).
For a different kind of animal magic, head to the White Rabbit Gallery in hip Chippendale, home to one of the world’s best private collections of contemporary Chinese art, alongside a stylish shop and teahouse. The intimate Brett Whiteley Studio and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (with its ace rooftop café) will also appeal to culture vultures. Foodies should make for the Saturday morning Farmers Market at Carriageworks arts complex.
Other notable things to do in Sydney include taking advantage of the great shopping, taking part in the lively gay subculture, or joining in on some of the city's cultural festivals. Every January for the last 40 years or so, for example, there is a massive cultural celebration known as the Sydney Festival, which lasts three weeks and features almost every artistic and musical genre you could imagine. Each mid-November, the cliffs along Bondi Beach are transformed into a sculpture garden with works by Australian artists; it's free and makes for a great walk along the shore. However you want to spend your time, look to T+L’s Sydney travel guide for tips on the best things to do.