A wonderland of beautiful beaches, historical sites, fabulous shows, delicious restaurants and much more, Sydney is brimming with memorable experiences. The majestic Sydney Opera House is on one of the world’s great natural harbours, and the iconic Bondi Beach is an amazing destination all year.
Savour delicious food and fresh produce at Sydney’s cafes and markets
Savour delicious food and taste Australian wines at delightful cafés and bars around Sydney Harbour and at beautiful beaches. Sydney is famous for its easy-going lifestyle – and great coffee. Order your cappuccino or macchiato at one of numerous good cafés with which the city is blessed and peruse the menu for tasty food and cooling drinks.
Bite into a scrumptious apple plucked straight from the tree on a visit to an orchard in country NSW. Follow a designated food and wine trail, where you can visit farms such as Carriageworks Farmers Market and EQ Village Markets and enjoy fresh produce and stalls selling cooked food.
Watch majestic whales on their annual migration in Sydney and NSW
In Sydney and its surrounds, there are 38 vantage points on land to watch whales. Two spots near popular beaches are along the cliff-top walking trail from Bondi Beach to Coogee and North Head lookout near Manly. Beyond Sydney, spot the humpbacks in Port Stephens, kayak with whales in Byron Bay or embark on a cruise to marvel at whales migrating along the coast.
The annual whale migration runs from May to November, peaking in July and September. You may be lucky enough to catch a humpback breaching – launching itself out of the ocean. Other awesome sights are whales lifting their head out of the water, called spy-hopping, and mothers and calves playing together.
Refresh yourself with a walk in Sydney
Walking in Sydney is a delight, with paths and trails leading to some of the city’s landmark attractions and glimpses of the harbour around every corner. Discover new panoramas of the Sydney Opera House and enjoy sweeping views of the harbour from rocky headlands and tranquil beaches.
Stroll alongside crimson and bright red waratahs and colourful kangaroo paws, which are among the native flora on show in public and private gardens and at flower festivals in Sydney and regional NSW.
Enjoy scenic drives and road trips in Sydney and NSW
Take on the Grand Pacific Drive as it takes you from the Royal National Park towards Wollongong, and further south to Kiama, while you explore seaside villages, swim at quiet sandy beaches and marvel at areas of ancient rainforest along the way.
Or enjoy coastal scenery, spectacular national parks, abundant state forests, golden surf beaches and friendly villages along the Legendary Pacific Coast drive up the North Coast, visiting places such as Central Coast, Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Byron Bay.
Take in the iconic sceneries of the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains get their name from the natural blue haze created by vast eucalypt forests in this World Heritage area. Tiny droplets of oil released from the trees mix with water vapour and sunlight to produce the distinctive colour.
Marvel at this wilderness region from cliff top lookouts. Explore waterfalls, valleys and rugged sandstone tablelands, and learn about the region’s ancient Aboriginal heritage. Deep inside the Jenolan Caves you’ll discover limestone crystals and underground rivers.
See the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point Lookout at Katoomba; it’s also the gateway to many walking trails. Board the world’s steepest passenger railway and descend into an ancient rainforest with Scenic World Blue Mountains. Or get a panoramic view of the mountains from a glass-floored cable car suspended above a steep gorge.