SITN | Discover the Coastal Metropolis That Is Sydney
You’ve most likely seen images of the iconic Sydney Opera House with its unique sail-like design presiding over Sydney Harbor. While it’s a must-see in Sydney, there’s a lot more to experience in one of the largest cities down under.
Sydney was colonized by Great Britain in 1788 but indigenous Australians have resided in the area for thousands of years, making it a rich source for Aboriginal artifacts and sites like the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Located about 16 miles north of Sydney, the park has a diverse geography made up of coastline, rainforest, and bushland. Visitors to the park can enjoy a wide range of activities from picnicking and fishing to bushwalking (the Australian version of hiking).
No trip to Sydney would be complete without a day spent at Bondi Beach. Often referred to as one of the best beaches in the world, Bondi is quintessentially Sydney. Locals and tourists alike can be found sunbathing on its white sands or surfing the mighty waves brought in by the South Pacific. Grab a bite at the Bondi Icebergs Club before starting out on the famous Bondi to Bronte walk. It's under three miles and connects two of the most famous beaches in Sydney with panoramic views of the ocean and coastal cliffs.
Despite the introduction of lockout laws in 2014 which mandate lockouts at 1:30 a.m. and last call at 3 a.m., this vivacious city and its residents still know how to boogie after the sun goes down. See world-famous DJs spinning tracks at Chinese Laundry or dance under the moonlight at the Ivy Pool Club. For more of a throwback experience, check out the neon lights and classic tunes playing at the Soda Factory.
After a fun night out, it's time to refuel. The food scene in Sydney is about as famous as its beaches, with award-winning restaurants and diverse communities, there's something for everyone. Start your day off right with a hearty brekkie of house-made vegemite and avocado toast at Three Blue Ducks. For a romantic meal with a view, make a reservation at Bennelong inside the Sydney Opera House. Or get a taste of southeastern China at Mr. Wong where they serve modern Cantonese dishes like roasted duck and mud crab.
Sydney is a city filled with possibilities and rich with adventure. Whether it's your first time or your hundredth time visiting, there's always something new to discover.
- Sydney North Shore, Australia