Sydney is a bustling city with plenty of things to do. I lived there for 3 months back in 2010 so got to experience a fair amount of what the city has too offer. Here’s a few ideas from my own experiences.
Visit the Botanic Gardens and Take a Photo of the Sydney Opera House
The Botanic Gardens offer probably the most iconic view of the Opera House. Mostly because the backdrop is the famous harbour bridge. Of course once you’re there, it’s worth a walk around as Sydney’s Botanic Gardens have a beautiful and wide selection and makes a good get away from the usual city sprawl.
Visit the Royal National Park
The Royal National Park is full of spectacular views. I won’t go into too much detail as I’ve already written a post about it. But to summarise it is a one hour drive south of Sydney and you can go either on your own at your own leisure (I believe parking is free) or with a tour group who will have knowledge of the best places to go in the time you have allocated there. There isn’t any traditional accommodation nearby so be sure to book it as a trip with a travel company or hire a car.
Sydney Olympic Park
We might just be coming from the great London 2012 Olympics, but lets not forget the year 2000 Olympic games were held in Sydney and they were quite spectacular too. The Olympic park is very much in use and you will most likely find some event on if you turn up, you can always watch the skateboarding there too at the active park. The large arena is host to concerts these days too. It’s another place worthy of its own post which I done way back and covers the other attractions at this site in more detail. It’s accessible via train or car and there is lots of paid parking and a few free spots if you go out of peak time (i.e. when a big show is on).
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime museum is around the Darling Harbour area (also worth a look as it contains many other attractions including multi ethnic restaurants, an IMAX theatre and boat trip options) and as you may expect had a lot of boats related to the history of Australia in the water. Being a big island (well continent), you can imagine there is a fair amount of sea, from when the British landed in Australia and it’s not as boring as you may think!
Chinese Friendship Garden
The Chinese Friendship garden was a gift from China in 1988, Sydney’s bicentennial celebration. It was designed by Sydney’s sister city and is certainly authentic being very easy to lose yourself inside. While you can lose yourself, you can’t get lost as it is small but still easy to find in the Darling Harbour area and worth a quick walk through.