Insider tips: Sydney
Grab yourself a coffee and a bit of local know-how, and you’ll be surfing Sydney’s sinuous curves like a pro.
So much to do, so little time…
Set aside an entire day to visit the Powerhouse Museum – it’s Australia’s largest and most popular museum for good reason.
Stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens and pop in to the nearby Art Gallery of NSW.
Need to work on that tan? Throw your towel down on some of the less well-known city beaches like Shelly Beach near Manly and Camp Cove near Watson’s Bay.
Walk around Cremorne Point and take in the beautiful gardens and fantastic city views. It’s on the other side of the harbour from the Opera House, and you can ride a ferry each way.
Hang out in Darlinghurst and Surry Hills and eat/drink/shop til you drop. The Book Kitchen is a yummy rest stop.
Ponder the contrast between the old and the new on Balmain’s main street.
Check out Kings Cross – Sydney’s colourful red-light district. It’s not for prudes but plenty of budget travellers make it their temporary home thanks to its cheap lodgings and plentiful bars.
After all that sightseeing, treat yourself to a cocktail or an ice cold beer at Opera Bar at the Opera House – the views are spectacular.
Wanna see more? We’ve got heaps to show you.
Newtown has a heap of great restaurants and cafes, especially for weekend brunches. For a serious caffiene hit, join the locals at Campos on Missenden Rd.
Crown Street in Surry Hills is lined with eclectic eateries. Chow down on affordable delights from two of Australia’s top chefs at Billy Kwong (Kylie Kwong) and bills Surry Hills (Bill Granger).
Hungry for more? Get seconds.
Forget the cut and thrust of the CBD, sophisticated shoppers head for the boutiques, cafes and bookshops of Paddington (Dinosaur Designs; Collette Dinnigan; Morrissey), Glebe (Gleebooks), and Newtown (Better Read Than Dead, Holy Moley) .
The trendy set will fall in love with the Surry Hills Markets held the first Saturday of every month. The markets are great for picking up a bargain, and the people watching cannot be beat.
See what else is on the rack.
If you’re travelling solo, save by catching the train from the airport to the city rather spending big on a taxi. But if there are two or more of you it is worth taking a cab (they come with baby seats if you request them).
Don’t bother with the monorail. It’s pricey and doesn’t take you far. The CBD is easily walkable.
Get a ferry ANYWHERE. The views are awesome and there’s always something worth seeing at the other end.
Jump on the Neutral Bay ferry or Mosman ferry from Circular Quay about 30 mins before sunset and get a world class view of Sydney Harbour for under $10. Don’t bother getting off, just stay on the ferry until it returns to Circular Quay.