The Weekly Getaway: Sydney, beyond the Opera House
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The Weekly Getaway: Sydney, beyond the Opera House

Marie Nieves | 15 February 2017
Best time to go:
Mar-May and Sep-Nov
Ideal trip duration:
4-5 nights

No one can stand indifferent in front of the sandy beaches, clear blue waters and flickering lights of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As Australia’s largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan centre, Sydney has the reputation of being one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities not only in the country, but in the world. Since you won’t be able to resist its many charms, you shouldn’t count on just sunbathing on the beach, but be prepared for the most adventurous time of your life.


Sydney Tower Eye, Image by Seb Zurcher

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is an iconic Australian suburb that features beautiful sandy beaches and spectacular ocean views. If you happen to visit Sydney in December, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the “Aussie summer” with tourists from all over the world. If you’re looking for a way to truly relax, you can join the Yoga by the Sea class and enjoy the most magical experience in your life. On the other hand, you can satisfy your adventurous spirit by taming the Australian waves.


Bondi Beach, Image by Jeremy Bishop

The Rocks

As the first European settlement in Australia, The Rocks is home to rich history and the Gadigal culture. This is a destination that should be on the must-visit lists of any tourist looking for an authentic Australian experience. If you’re interested in learning more about the native culture, you should visit the Aboriginal Art Galleries and explore the collections of the most authentic Aboriginal artworks, crafts, ceramics, etc. While there, head to Dawes Point Park, a historical site where you can enjoy the scenic views across Sydney Cove.


The Rocks, Image by Mertie


A visit to Manly is yet another occasion for an exciting day trip that will result in some lasting memories. Experience one of Sydney’s main attractions and take the Spit to Manly Walk that will take you from the Spit Bridge through Sydney Harbour National Park and past Manly Cove to Manly’s famous beach. However, if you’re not in the mood for walking, you can rent a bike and explore Manly Dam, and then take the Manly ferry across the harbour on your way back.


Manly, Image by Patty Jansen


  • Sydney Opera House – you cannot visit Australia without seeing one of its famous landmarks. To explore the interior of this sail-like structure, sign up for either the Backstage or the Essential tour and learn about the moving history of Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge – as another Sydney’s iconic construction, Harbour Bridge will leave you breathless with most spectacular views. You can try the Bridge Climb and walk over its top – if you dare, that is
  • Taronga Zoo – spend a beautiful, sunny day connecting with most diverse animal species, both native and exotic. If you really want to reconnect with nature, sign up for the Keeper for a Day program and spend a day taking care of animals
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – as one of the finest galleries in the country, the MCA features both Australian and the international contemporary art. It’s located at the edge of Sydney Harbour and it overlooks the Circular Quay, so you can enjoy both the art and the view
  • Royal Botanic Gardens – if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of this urban city you don’t have to go far. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in the very heart of Sydney and explore flora from all over the world

Sydney Opera House, Image by Patty Jansen


Sydney Harbour Bridge, Image by skeeze


Taronga, Image by Stevie


Royal Botanic Gardens, Image by PublicDomainPictures


MCA, Image by Sardaka


  • The Darling – if you have problems finding the right pillow for a good night’s sleep, you should look at the pillow menu of the Darling hotel. Not only will the friendly staff welcome you with open arms, but they will also cater to your every whim.
  • Primus Hotel Sydney – whether you’re travelling alone or in company, don’t miss the opportunity to try their selection of cocktails at the rooftop bar and pool.
  • Randwick Accommodation – originally built in 1888, the boutique Randwick hotel has a rich history of heritage-listed Victorian mansion behind it. There’s no better place to stay than in a luxurious room near the city centre.

The Darling, Source: @thestarssydney on Instagram


Primus Hotel, Source: @primushotelsydney on Instagram


Avonmore on The Park, Source: Avonmore Boutique Hotel on Facebook


  • Ester Restaurant and Bar – located at Chippendale, this chic restaurant will delight you the moment you enter. You can try the simple, yet delicious dish of prawns in butter, or go with something stronger, such as heavily spiced morcilla sausages with caramelised onions served at soft steamed bread
  • Lucio’s – this luscious restaurant decorated with artwork collections is the place to go if you have the cravings for the Italian food. Enjoy a glass of fine Friulano pinot grigio while waiting for the roast duck with pickled cherries, chicory and poached fennel
  • Hubert – as one of Sydney’s hottest new restaurants, Hubert definitely lives up to its reputation. After trying rabbit rillettes topped with Melba toasts or spicy and cheesy kimchi gratin, order one of the many delicious cocktails the restaurant offers
  • Nel – In the Nordic wooden furnishings, enjoy crisp barramundi dressed with soft rings of squid, tomatoes and green sauce. For dessert, try soft guava and pistachio caramels with edible wrappers

Ester, Source: @ester_au on Instagram


Lucio’s, Source: @luciospics on Instagram


Hubert, Source: #hubertsydney on Instagram


Nel, Source: @nelrestaurant on Instagram Sydney is the city of many attractive options that will meet the needs of any tourist. Whether you choose to relax at a beach or walk over the top of the Harbour Bridge, you will definitely experience the authentic Aussie vibe.

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