THE staggeringly stunning harbor city of Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and Oceania.
Located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson, Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas, and 15 contiguous regions. It is constantly bustling with Sydneysiders (as locals are called), things to do, places to eat, and a chockfull of adventures.
Picture-perfect are its skyline of skyscrapers and the stark blue waters of its busy waterways, as well as its sun-splashed shorelines and eclectic range of trendy waterfront eateries.
It is no wonder that Sydney remains one of Australia’s top destinations.
The sights do not come more thick and fast than around Sydney’s beautiful blue harbor with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, and the historic Rocks district all peering out at you from around every corner.
Let your feet do the walking around Circular Quay and take in all the iconic sights. You can cross the 502-meter long bridge by foot or car (small fee), sail under it, or even climb it (fee involved).
For a quintessential experience of Sydney, and one that does not cost a penny, take a dip in the crystal clear waters of world-famous Bondi beach. While crowded at times, the experience is usually memorable. Learning to surf at Bondi is another popular experience for those visiting Sydney and only costs about AUD50 for a lesson.
Alternatively. go on a full-fledged beach adventure when you beach hop along the coastline around the city. Sydney’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. Some worth visiting include Maroubra, Chinaman’s, Manly, Coogee, and Balmoral.
Sydney is also liberally littered with markets selling everything from food to clothes, jewelry, hats, and souvenirs. Spend what you will at places like Paddington, Bondi Junction, Kings Cross, Manly, Castle Hill and Parramatta or simply people watch, go with the crowds and enjoy the live music.
To add on, Sydney is one of the safest places in the world. According to The Economist’s 2019 Safe Cities Index, which ranks the world’s cities’ ability to handle everything from climate disasters to cyber-attack, Sydney is Australia’s safest city and the fifth safest city in the world (out of 60).
The Economist’s ranking is judged according to crime rates, public health, digital and infrastructure security, hospital quality, terrorism risk, natural disasters, and road traffic deaths, as well as 49 other statistical indicators.
So whether you are a solo traveler eager to explore Sydney for the first time or a parent with a couple of tiny tots in tow, rest assured, your Sydney-siding adventure will be nothing short of memorable and for all the right reasons.