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Sydney’s allure is indisputable -– a beautiful, exotic, multicultural destination on the other side of the world where travelers come to explore and escape.
As Australia’s most populous city and the capital of New South Wales, this is a bustling metropolis indeed, where rich culture, creative cuisine and endless activities create a treasure trove of experiences. And Mother Nature -– from the water’s edge to the tops of mountains -– reigns supreme here, too. Never been Down Under? Consider going during Vivid Sydney, a new 18-day festival that brings iconic landmarks to life with music and multi-colored lights, schedule this year from May 22 to June 8.
Here are a few of the other special ways to experience Sydney:
Skip the Cab, Bike The bicycle is an excellent way to take in the sights and sounds of Sydney’s CBD, or Central Business District. Sydney Bike Tours helps you figure out where to go with several self-guided tours that are also themed, like “Bike the Bridge,” Opera House & Hyde Park” and “Fish Market & Harbour Explorer.” Their two-wheelers come in various sizes and feature 27 gears, disc brakes and road tires. Rentals, available seven days a week, come with helmet and lock, and, to help you travel lighter, include a full-day locker rental. Kids’ bikes are discounted.
Skip the Bike, Walk Actually, walking may be an even better way to take in many of Sydney’s iconic landmarks. In fact, inside the CBD, and along its perimeter, you’ll find a ton of must-see sights, like Harbour Bridge and the Opera House; consider breaking up your touring stroll over two or three days. For a historical throwback, spend a few hours walking Sydney’s Rocks district. And for a respite from the city bustle, walk the water’s edge. My colleague Alex Vershen, a producer in Travelzoo Australia’s Sydney office, says, “There are tons of kilometers-long walking trails along the harbour that make you feel like you’re a million miles away from the city.” She suggests the walks from Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach and from Spit Bridge to Manly Beach. “They’re super-easy to get to by public transport and you won’t spend half your day getting to them,” she adds. “Plus, many have swimming spots along the way.” Also consider the saunter from famous Bondi Beach to the suburb of Bronte, which features spectacular scenery.
Skip the CBD, Head to the ‘Burbs For some real Sydney flavor, visit its suburbs. Vershen, a Toronto native who moved to Sydney three years ago, has a few favorites. “Newtown has an alternative vibe, some cool street art hidden in alleyways between terrace houses and is known for its cheap and affordable restaurants,” she told me. “Chic Darlinghurst/Paddington has higher-end shops, and the Centennial Parklands are nearby. And trendy Surry Hills has wonderful bars and cafes.”