An inlet of the Tasman Sea, this beautiful, natural harbour has 240km of shoreline, and can be explored in myriad ways. View the islands from a quaint 1850’s style sailing ship, take off in a Rose Bay seaplane, or, for a more static experience, camp overnight right in the middle on the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Cockatoo Island.
Sydney Opera House
Perched proudly on Bennelong Point on the south side of the harbour since 1973, ‘iconic’ is the appropriate word for this performing arts centre; artists, orchestras and thespians alike have played here in awe. For Danish creator Jorn Utzon, it was a technical challenge engineering-wise, solved to perfection with its curves and white sails. American architect Louis Kahn commented, ‘The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building’. It is the face of Sydney – and, indeed Australia – to the world.
Bondi Iceberg Pools
The ‘home of winter swimming’, the baths (as the locals call them) have been in place for over 100 years, with a large pool for lap swimming and smaller dip pool for children. An ondeck sauna and overlooking Clubhouse provide the laidback options and don’t panic if you forget your towel, they have ready supplies for just $3 per rental. With its roots dating back to 1907, the story goes that a group of enthusiasts started up called ‘The Icebergs’. If you wanted to intitate into the club, you’d have to brave the freezing waters three Sundays a (winter) month.
The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Bridge
Tap into the pulse of the city by heading to the place ‘Made by Many Hands’: The Rocks. It looks quietish but rest-assured, you’ll find a vibrant array of activites that bring this urban locale to life. With tons of places to eat, drink, shop and stay, this tourist precinct has a fascinating history. Speaking of which, the 1930s ‘Coathanger’ bridge screams ‘Sydney!’ on-sight, and is enough to get cameras clicking from every vantage.