Summer feeling! Sydney is masterful at celebrating the summer. The most cosmopolitan city in the Southern Hemisphere shines with white sandy beaches, surfers, excellent restaurants and of course some of Australia's top attractions such as the Opera House and harbour bridge, the most famous in Australia.
Why locals as well as tourists love this world metropolis: It is certainly the diversity. In one moment you can go shopping in the Central Business District and try delicious dishes, in the next moment you can relax on a beautiful beach or admire the flora and fauna in the nearby national parks.
In order to start the day perfectly in Sydney, there is of course one thing not to be missed: the visit to one of the numerous breakfast bars of Sydney. So first order a typical avocado bread with poached egg or pancakes, so that one can start the new day strengthened. By the way, the centre of Sydney can be easily explored on foot.
We start at the central Circular Quay, where there are photogenic views to Sydney's opera to the right and the not less famous harbour bridge to the left. It is only a few minutes walk to the Sydney Opera House, which was designed by the Danish architect Jörn Utzorn and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. For those interested in architecture, we recommend an hour-long guided tour of the Opera House, which is also available in German.
After visiting the opera, it is worth taking a stroll through the nearby Botanical Garden with the Governor's Palace. The building was built in 1846 in neo-Gothic style and is reminiscent of a castle. It was intended to awe the power of the British Crown, and was also visible from every ship that entered Sydney Harbour.
After a midday refreshment, the sea and the beach are tempting. Did you know that Sydney can boast over 70 beaches? So there's no question that the perfect day in Sydney includes a trip to the beach. Besides the most famous beach in Bondi, which is probably well known because of the rock pools, I recommend the Palm Beach, which is located at the tip of a long peninsula and is mainly known for its palm-like shape. Walk up to Barrenjoey Head and enjoy the breathtaking view. Back at the beach there are different ways to spend the afternoon: At the south as well as at the north end there are beautiful beaches and also for those interested in sports Palm Beach has a lot to offer: diving, sailing, kayaking and of course surfing.
On the way back in the late afternoon light it is worth having the camera ready when the ferry arrives back in the harbour. The panorama with opera and Harbour Bridge is unique. The 503 metres long harbour bridge was built between 1923 and 1932 and is a project of the world economic crisis. Via a staircase, one gets from the city district The Rocks to the side to the pedestrian path that leads over the bridge and leads to the massive supports. Already on the way there, one has impressive views over the bay of Sydney, to the city centre, the Circular Quay and the opera house. The views become even better when one climbs the 200 steps of a supporting pillar.
Afterwards, the evening can be finished in the district The Rocks. The oldest buildings of Sydney can be found to the right and left of the old, winding streets. One of them is the oldest preserved pub in Australia, which was opened in 1828. And it was here that the European settlers settled for the first time. From a settlement of convicts, soldiers, sailors and street gangs, the district developed into a flourishing modern quarter. Today, The Rocks is famous for its open-air artists' market, The Rocks Markets, especially on weekends, and you will certainly find your restaurant here.
How you get there:
in connection with a stay in Australia
How long should I go:
2 - 4 days
Best travel time:
all year round, warmer in winter half year
Opera, Harbour Bridge, surfing at Palm Beach
Tip for overnight stays:
Youth Hostel The Rocks
Ribs & Burgers The Rocks