Sydney is a major world city with enough attractions to keep you occupied for weeks, if not months, and in this article we’ll have a look at what you can do if you only have a day to spare. Some of the attractions detailed can be doubled up, meaning you can do one in the morning and one in the afternoon, perfect if you want to get the most out of your trip to Sydney.
Aside from city sightseeing which you can pretty much do independently, there are other things that are generally not included on the average tourist’s itinerary which are certainly worth doing, some of which are situated outside of the city but can be easily visited with the assistance of an experienced tour provider. Some of the highlights detailed are much more than attractions, they are experiences that everyone should try to do at least one of when in Sydney.
As previously mentioned, some of the attractions/experiences detailed below don’t usually make the list of ‘must do’s’ when visiting Sydney and as a result you will really have something to tell your friends and family when you get home.
- Whale Watching – Whale watching off the coast of Sydney is a unique experience and you can expect to see humpback whales as they pass off the coast of Sydney on their annual migration. The best time of year to see these mighty kings of the sea is between September and November when they are travelling south and June-July when they are travelling north. This is an experience that is on many people’s bucket list and is highly recommended.
- Helicopter Trip – The lunch trips offered by leading tour companies based out of Sydney give you the best possible view of the city, a sight that few people will witness in their lifetime. A helicopter ride Hunter Valley can provide is something you should not miss for it will be an experience you will never forget. It takes approximately 50 mins each way. The prices quoted generally include return helicopter trip, lunch and wine, photo opportunities with the pilot, full commentary via headset and a panoramic view of Sydney that comes as standard!
- Sydney Opera House Guided Tour – Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic buildings and although you can visit it independently, a guided walking tour will give you more insight as to the history of the building as well as other fun and interesting facts about Australia’s number one tourist attraction.
- Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise – This is the ultimate romantic dinner date with stunning views of Sydney by night.
- Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – An oasis of calm amidst the big city, the botanic garden is a must-visit for those with more than a passing interest in the native flora of Australia.
There are, of course, many more attractions in Sydney that can be visited during your time in this great city and the selection above doesn’t even scratch the surface, you need to get out there and explore!