While you do your course in Sydney you will be irresistibly drawn to the many local exciting and often unique attractions on your doorstep. Spend your free time relaxing under the gorgeous sun on the local beach or hop-on and off the regular sight-seeing bus service, ensuring you don’t miss out on any of the amazing places to visit:
1. The Sydney Opera House and Harbour
The world-famous Sydney Opera House is a distinctive architectural beauty, with its white sail-like arches set against the tranquil waters of the Harbour. The best and cheapest way to view it is by taking a leisurely ferry to the beachside suburb of Manly. You can also attend one of the daily tours or attend one of the world-class performances held there, as the Opera House opens its doors to millions of visitors every year as a performing arts center.
2. Bondi Beach
Sunbathe on the golden sands, swim or learn to surf in the warm waters of one of the world’s top surfing destinations. Alternatively, you may wish to go on a coastal walking tour starting at Bondi Beach, visiting the fascinating aboriginal rock art sites along the way.
3. The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s tallest steel arch bridge. The arching bridge is particularly attractive against a romantic sunset as you dine at the nearby Opera House. Or for a more daring adventure, walk the lower level for free or ascend the arches of the Sydney harbour Bridge in climbing gear. Prices start at $200 or view it for free from places around the harbour, including by ferry.
4. The Royal Botanic Gardens
A magnificent cluster of gardens situated on the harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens feature spectacular light displays amid an array of native and non-native flora. Enjoy the scenery or have a peaceful session of yoga under a graceful Moreton Bay Fig tree.
5. The Darling Harbour
The Darling Harbour is a must-see attraction, with lots of entertainment on offer. It comprises a zoo, with animals including indigenous kangaroos and koalas; an interesting sea life aquarium; tasty dinner cruises; an entertaining Imax theatre and many sidewalk restaurants.
6. Taronga Zoo
Located on the Sydney Harbour, the Taronga Zoo is full of many fascinating and unique animals native to Australia, such as the Tasmanian Devil. Ride on the Sky Safari Gondola for amazing aerial views.
7. The Sydney Ghost Walking Tour
If you’re looking for an unusual night time adventure, there’s the Sydney Ghost Walking Tour, which is a 1.5 hour walking tour of the haunted corners of The Rocks area of Sydney at night. Be introduced to the historical slum areas, mass burial sites, tunnels and other creepy spots, with an entertaining narrator to guide you through. You will explore the historical side of Sydney when you walk around The Rocks, which is the oldest inhabited part of Sydney. It consists of many restored or preserved buildings, with some interesting museums which are open during the day.
8. Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk
Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the glass platforms at the observation desk of Sydney’s highest attraction, the Sydney Tower Skywalk. There is also an interesting experience on offer with 2 revolving restaurants for a view of the city while you dine and an exciting 4D cinema.
9. Sydney Parks and Gardens
Visit the charming Chinese Garden modelled on the private gardens of the Ming Dynasty, with its willow trees, lotus plants and brightly coloured Coi carp fish swimming beneath the waterfalls. Or go for a bushwalk, swim or have a picnic in the Sydney Harbour National Park, containing the foreshore and islands in and around Sydney Harbour.
10 . Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair
Carved out of sandstone rock by convicts in memory of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife, the stone-carved chair overlooks the Sydney Harbour and provides perfect photo-opportunities of the Sydney opera House and Harbour Bridge.