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Sydney Area Highlights & Essential Things To Do
Discover Your Local Sydney Area
They say you go on holiday to Sydney and never return home. Ask its four million residents and that's pretty spot on. Not even those born and bred in Sydney are modest enough to deny its wow factor. You know that one charismatic person who effortlessly commands a room, charms everyone and gets away with absolutely anything? Meet Sydney.
That sparkling sapphire harbour is the city's vertebrae with everything in Sydney sprouting outward from its endings. World famous beaches welcome you on your entrance into the harbour with Bondi in the East rivalling Manly in the North. The Harbour Bridge and Opera House will exceed your expectations and are best enjoyed on a private boat with Veuve Clicquot. If you can't afford this, the ferry to Manly is just as impressive. As you round Kirribilli House, choose which penthouse apartment will be yours in twenty years when you make it big time.
As you sit back, relax and let the ocean spray caress you, you'll notice the perfectly manicured parks skirting the harbour. The Botanical Gardens shadowing the Opera House blossom all year round with its deep-rooted figs, low slung branches and canopies of Jacaranda during the springtime. After a full morning of sightseeing, spend the rest of the afternoon laughing and dozing beneath an Evergreen till dusk. If you're sightseeing all day, get a cab to Nielsen Park and be mesmerised by that glittering distant skyline. As Sydney's velvet night falls and silvery birches frame your view, you'll start to seriously contemplate your move.
Start your next day the way all Sydneysiders do: with a deliciously lazy cafe breakfast. Breakfast in Sydney is a culture in itself and Bill's in Surry Hills is the Godfather. Bill's prescribes the ultimate hangover cures. It was here that scrambled eggs were revolutionised by just adding cream. Genius! Bill also placed a sanction on breakfast being a three hour exercise. If you don't wake up early enough to get a table there, Sydney's inner city villages are over-peppered with similar joints. Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Marrickville and Alexandria are all fabulous alternatives.
Didn't finish brunching till 4pm? It's completely normal. Work off all the calories by getting lost inside Sydney's gentrified inner city maze. Newtown and Balmain are perfect if you're looking to kick on at the pub after dark. Become disoriented in these shady Eucalyptus lined streets where the summer rain makes the sap steam off of the pavement. Peer through the fly screens of Victorian terraces and imagine yourself in one of them for good. Quench your thirst afterwards at a pub of your choosing. There's one on just about every corner.
Venture beyond the inner city suburbs and you'll find a plethora of cultural microcosms living and breathing in Sydney including Little Italy in Leichhardt, the Vietnamese in Cabramatta and Jewish populations in Randwick and Bondi. Sample some of the cultures who have made Sydney home and made Sydney the fascinating melting pot it is today.
Try to resist Sydney's charm and you'll fail miserably. You won't be going home.
Sydney Events & What's On
- 2017 Sydney Harbour Challenge - Manly Manly Wharf
- Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas - Bondi Bondi Pavilion
- 2017 Secret Garden Festival Brownlow Hill Farm
- Australian Open of Surfing Manly Beach
- 2017 Sydney Harbour Regatta Middle Harbour Yacht Club
- Sydney Mardi Gras 2017 Horden Pavillion
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