Australia may be a rugged and untamed land but there is nothing rugged about Sydney. The very modern and bustling city is very much alive. This city is located in the south west corner of Australia right near the coast. It is the largest and oldest city in Australia and that attracts more tourists than any other city in the country.
Sydney’s Harbor is by the far one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. Millions of tourists a year flock to Sydney to enjoy the magnificent views from the bay. You can enjoy ferries, dinner cruises, and speedboats or even take a hands-on sailboat adventure around the bay. There are many ways to enjoy the harbor, even from above at the AMP Tower. Here you can see the entire city while eating dinner. The restaurant slowly rotates giving you a panoramic view of the city without ever moving.
Sydney Harbor Bridge & Opera House
The Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House are globally recognized and the top tourist attractions that Sydney has to offer. The bridge is not only one of the most distinguished bridges in the world but also offers you the chance to climb it. Groups leave every day to climb the unique arches and enjoy Sydney from an entirely new perspective. These tours are very safe and have been running for years. Tours are also available through the Opera House that gives you a backstage look of this amazing international symbol. The Opera House is not big enough to have a grand opera perform there unfortunately, however there are still many things to enjoy including the concert hall, opera and drama theater and a recital hall. A fifth theater was also built in 1998. The Opera House also has many restaurants, bars and even can host a special reunion or party. This truly is a special place to visit and perhaps you will have time to enjoy a performance.
Sydney offers many unique experiences including visiting Observatory Hill. This small hill is the home to one of the oldest telescopes in the world built back in 1858. Here you can see a completely different sky if you live north of the Equator. The Big Dipper constellation cannot be seen from Australia, however they have just as popular constellations. The Southern Cross is easy to recognize and only can be seen “down-under.” The observatory has added some modern features including a computer system that will point the age-old telescope to any star. Reservations are essential, as the observatory cannot handle hundreds of people at a time. They will take you on a tour of their facility as well as give you a chance to look through the telescope at different celestial objects.
Sydney also has some of the best beaches you can find. If you plan to soak in some rays at the famous Bondi Beach, make sure you know that the climate in the southern hemisphere is the opposite of the northern hemisphere. Australia’s summer is in January and July and August is the coldest time of the year. Of course, their summers are much longer; you should expect about 8 months of sunshine.
What makes Sydney great along with its unique attractions is that everyone speaks English. This may sound obvious but traveling to a strange country where everything is new takes some getting use to. If you cannot understand anyone, it makes it even harder. Their version of English is different from Americans and different from those in England. It may take some getting use to but Australians may use the same words but they have different meanings than we are use to in the States.
If you need help or have a question, you will find that Australians are quite warm and more than happy to help. I found that asking for help resulted in hours of conversations as we shared cultural differences and similarities. This is great vacation family destination where the sun always shines and the hospitality never ends.