Sydney is Australia's biggest and most popular city, and with its many harbours, vibrant city life, beaches, and easy access to the Blue Mountains it's easy to see why.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Circular Quay is a must visit for any traveller who finds themselves in Sydney. Here you will find the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of Sydney's most impressive harbour views, and ferries that will take you out to many places including Bondi Beach, Manly Beach and North Sydney.
Sydney Opera House at Night
Me at Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
Bondi is not Australia's prettiest beach, but it is its most famous and iconic, and despite how much it has been built up, it is a beach you must visit when visiting Sydney.
Bondi is also a buzzing area with bars, restaurants and a thriving backpackers community, making it a fun place to hang out, party, and live.
Me on Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour is one of the entertainment centres of Sydney, with bars, clubs, restaurants, Sydney Aquarium, a shopping centre and a casino. All this pretty much guarantees that there is something here for you to do.
Darling Harbour Sunset
Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour
Bondi's main rival Manly is another beach area of Sydney. It tends to boast slightly fewer tourists, meaning you will get a bit more of the beach to yourself. But it is still a beautiful part of Sydney, and a lively place to visit in the evenings.
One of the most exciting things you can do in Sydney is at Manly Aquarium. Here you can actually dive in the aquarium, with the Grey Nurse Sharks, even if you have no diving experience. I highly recommend this to everyone!
Me diving in Manly Aquarium
Watson's Bay offers fantastic views of the city, and a great place to escape the hectic lifestyle of the main city, and areas such as Manly and Bondi.
View of Sydney CBD from Watson's Bay
Me at Watson's Bay
Bronte is another one of the many beachside suburbs of Sydney, and Bronte Beach is just a short walk down from Bondi Beach. The walk from Bondi is well worth doing if you get the chance.
On the walk from Bondi to Bronte
The walk from Bondi to Coogee
A bit further down from Bronte you will find Coogee, another suburb of Sydney. Coogee is also walkable from Bondi (with Bronte being on-route), and again the walk is beautiful and well worth the effort.
Me at Coogee
Me on Coogee Beach
Cockatoo at Coogee Beach
A busy day on Coogee Beach
Darling Point offers some of the best views of Sydney Harbour, and tends to be a lot less crowded than other parts of the city.
Me at Darling Point
Me at Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, and is the only place in central Sydney where you can see wildlife indigenous to Australia, as well as wildlife from the rest of the world as well.
Sydney Harbour from Taronga Zoo
One of the most impressive sights at the zoo are the Komodo Dragons. This is the only zoo in the world where I have seen them.
Me with a Koala Bear
Collaroy Beach offers sanctuary away from the tourists of Sydney, as one of it's northern beaches from the main areas. Apart from its beach and good surfing the area does not have a great deal to offer.
Palm Beach is not just another Northern beach of Sydney, it is also the home of the Australian soap opera Home and Away.
Me on Palm Beach
Ossie Rules at Telstra Stadium
Ossie Rules and rugby are practically 2 religions in Australia, so make sure you go to a game of both while you are there. The Telstra Stadium is a great place to go do that, as it's a huge Olympic stadium which has hosted many major events over the years.
The Telstra Stadium
Hyde Park is a beautiful park in the centre of the city, perfect for lounging around in the sun, walks and getting away from the city.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Bats in the Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical gardens are a beautiful garden near Circular Quay. Their main attraction however is that it is where a large number of bats sleep during the day.
The bats sleep in the trees, occasionally flying around, which during the day is quite an amazing sight.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Me at The Royal Botanical Gardens
Me in Woolloomoloo
Woolloomoloo is a Sydney suburb where you will find several naval ships docked, and also Harry's - a world famous little cafe famous for its pie and mash dishes. Harry's has had many famous visitors over the years, and is definitely something you should try if you are in the area.
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Due to its large Chinese community, areas such as Sydney's Chinatown and the Chinese Gardens are large bustling places and worth visiting.
The Chinese Garden of Friendship can be found near Darling Harbour, and are modeled on the typical private gardens of the Ming Dynasty.
The beach in Nielsen Park, part of Sydney Harbour National Park, faces Shark Bay in the east Sydney suburb of Vaucluse. Because of its location, the beach is properly known as Shark Beach but is popularly known simply as Nielsen Park.
The area is known for the shark nets around the bay, making it a popular swimming destination.
Me at Sharks Bay
Centennial Park is a beautiful and large public park that occupies 220 hectares in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is located 4 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district, in the City of Randwick.
Spider in Centennial Park
Marouba is an Eastern suburb of Sydney, and its beach is a popular place for surfers.