Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, provides a truly cosmopolitan backdrop for the 50th ASM. Home of the majestic Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, Sydney also boasts the worlds’ largest natural harbour, as well as countless award winning restaurants and top attractions.
A diverse city, Sydney is home to some of the most beautiful parks, as well as iconic beaches. Take a relaxing stroll through the Botanical Gardens, with free walking tours offered daily at the Visitors’ Centre. Wander along the harbour to Circular Quay and hop on a ferry to Manly Beach, or if you’re up for a little exercise, the Bondi to Coogee walk provides breathtaking views of the East Australian coastline.
For those who are interested in Sydney’s cultural side, there are plenty of museums and galleries to explore. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is displaying a collection of Andy Warhol’s early works until the end of May, as well as a number of other collections alongside their permanent exhibitions. Wander down to the Rocks, where you will find The Museum of Contemporary Art nestled amongst some of the oldest buildings in Sydney.
Satiate your shopping needs with a visit to the Queen Victoria Building and Pitt Street Mall, where you will find a great range of international and local brands. If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind, grab a drink at Opera Bar and soak in the beautiful harbour views that have made our city famous.
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Activities in Sydney
Feel free to wander around Bennelong Point and explore the fantastic exterior of the Sydney Opera House. Most of the interior rooms are only accessible to those who have tickets for concerts or events. St Mary’s Cathedral and St James’ Church are both open to the public for tours after Sunday mass. The Harbour Bridge pedestrian walkway is open 24 hours. For bridge climb information and bookings please visit – www.bridgeclimb.com
Free walking tours of the city depart twice daily from Town Hall Square. Hop-on-hop-off open air bus tours of the city are also available, as well as countless private tours.
Sydney Comedy Festival
The annual Sydney Comedy Festival runs from 24 April to 21 May and showcases both local and international comedy acts. For more information visit www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au
Sydney is known for its’ weekend markets. Find yourself something unique at the Balmain Markets, Paddington Markets or Glebe Markets (amongst others) open every Saturday – rain, hail or shine. The Rocks Markets also run each Saturday and Sunday.
Sydney Fish Market
The Sydney Fish Market is the worlds’ third largest seafood market, and forms an iconic part of Sydney’s food culture. The Sydney Seafood School regularly runs cooking classes here with guest celebrity chefs from some of the finest restaurants in Australia, and around the world. For more information, and to book a class, please visit www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/SeafoodSchool
There are plenty of things for kids to do in Sydney. Darling Harbour, home to the Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and the Darling Quarter Kids Playground is a popular place for families. For little thrill-seekers, head over to Luna Park in Milsons Point, take a ride on the rollercoasters and make sure you visit historic Coney Island. And don’t forget Taronga Zoo, which houses over 340 different animal species.
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