The beaches

Sydney’s beaches are sensational, and only a bus or ferry ride from the centre of the city. Manly, Bondi and Bronte are probably the pick if you want some waves. There are also some lovely, tranquil beaches on the harbour, notably Balmoral, and swimming laps in ocean water in one of the beachside pools is fabulous.

The Manly Ferry

Take the Ferry to Manly, one of Sydney’s loveliest northern beaches. The ferry ride will take you from Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge, past the iconic Sydney Opera House, posh Kirribilli, and the zoo out through choppy Sydney heads and back into Manly’s sheltered bay. Disembark and check out this classic Sydney beachside suburb. Have lunch at one of the cafes on the beach or grab some fish and chips and chow down on the sand itself.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

There isn’t a better view on Sydney Harbour than atop the famous coat-hanger. The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb takes about three hours and is brilliant fun. Don’t stress if you have a fear of heights,  because there are only a couple of ladders to climb and the rest is more like walking up stairs than climbing. It’s a good idea to book ahead because it’s extremely popular.

The Opera Bar

If the Sydney Opera House wasn’t spectacular enough on its own, The Opera Bar really sets it apart. With majestic views of Sydney Harbour you can sit back with a drink in hand taking it all in with live entertainment performing every night of the week.

The food

Sydney has a fantastic dining scene. Legendary spots like Doyles at Watson’s Bay are famous haunts for traditional dishes like fish and chips, but there are dozens of top-notch international restaurants dotting the city.