The Rocks is the historic part, where the first settlers established but is now a vibrant hotspot full of charming boutiques, art galleries, eateries and restaurants, ideal for a charming day out.
Yet New South Wales is much more than just simply the capital city’ and everything she has to offer. This region of Australia is home to the famous Blue Mountains National Park, the outstandingly beautiful World Heritage Listed site with its endless vistas of eucalyptus covered canyons, waterfalls and forested expanse - the ideal place to watch for birds, hike or simply get back to nature. For wine lovers, head to Hunter Valley where more than 100 wineries have been established.
Top Sights in Sydney Harbor
Sydney Harbor is truly one of the top destinations in the capital. The harbor area is inundated with little coves and hidden beaches; the best way to see them is on one of the many boats or on the water taxis. The iconic Sydney Opera House is located on the end of Circular Bay, with the Harbor Bridge on the other. You can climb up the bridge as part of a tour and indulge in some incredibly vistas of The Rocks and the Sydney Observatory. In addition to these, visitors can enjoy seeing some of the city’s other leading attractions, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and Woolloomoolloo Bay, all of which can be seen on a trail around Circular Bay.
Sydney is home to several amazing beaches, including the world famous Bondi Beach; loud, brash and busy, it is located in the Eastern Suburbs. Other beaches to try are the Northern Beaches ideal for surfing, Tamarama with its glamorous ambience, and a range of quieter ones along the harbor which includes Camp Cove and Cremorne.
Whether you want to shop till you drop at high end boutiques or browse through funky little stores, Sydney is the ideal shopping paradise. There are a number of shopping destinations including the Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross. Don't forget to purchase another suitcase to bring back al your new treats!
Art and Sport
Sydney is well known for her arts and sports scenes. The Sydney Opera holds shows on its five stages and the city holds numerous festivals and art events throughout the year - the world famous Sydney Festival of the Arts and the Sydney Film Festival.
Sports are a big part of Australian culture with various sporting activities held close to the harbor and Circular Quay, along with numerous other parks in the city, including Centennial Park and the Domain.
Sydney is home to a range of other attractions which are certain to keep visitors of all ages amused. The Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art are ideal for art and culture lovers; families flock to the Aquarium, the Chinese Gardens and Taronga Zoo; for those interested in the city’s colonial history, then head to the Queen Victoria Building, the Strand Arcade and St Andrews Cathedral.