6 Reasons Why you Need to Visit Sydney

Sydney has long been a backpacker favourite, and if you’ve ever visited, it’s easy to see why. However, Sydney has way more appeal that than sand, surf and sun, although lying on the beach whiling the day away is hard to beat. Sydney is truly a city no backpacker should miss, and here’s six reasons why you should make Sydney your next travel destination.

1. The weather

Any Sydney local will be the first to complain to you about a rainy day or high humidity in Summer, but to anyone from the Northern Hemisphere – or anywhere that snows – Sydney weather is heaven. With endless thirty degree days in summer and a mild winter, Sydney is a truly year-round city.

Who could say no to staying tanned 365 days of the year!? If that doesn’t put you in a good mood, then the daily dose of Vitamin D will.

2. The beaches

Alright, let’s get the obvious ones out of the way. Any Sydneysider will boast to you that their beaches are the best in Australia, and you’d be hard pressed to argue. You’ve heard of Coogee, Bondi and Manly, but what about some of the local favourites?

Milk Beach

Tucked away at the base of Hermit Bay within the Sydney Harbour National Park, Milk Beach is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets. With a gorgeous view of Sydney Harbour, Milk Beach is a favourite for fishing, snorkelling, picnics or a lazy float in the sun.

Shark Beach

Don’t let the name scare you, this beach got its name because it’s protected by shark nets! Right around the corner from Milk Beach, Shark Beach is the perfect spot for a swim and a barbeque.

Bronte Beach

Set between Bondi and Coogee, Bronte Beach is a picturesque Eastern Suburbs beach perfect for swimming, surfing and enjoying a coffee from the best local cafes. Take the famous Bondi to Bronte Coastal walk for a bit of sun, salt and fresh air and reward yourself with fish and chips at the end!

3. The food

The food in Sydney is fresh, delicious and has something for every taste and budget, with cuisines available from all over the world. For the best Yum Cha, head to Chinatown in the south of the city’s CBD. Here a plate of dumplings will set you back ten dollars at most, with as much jasmine green tea as you can drink!

The inner west suburb of Newtown is home to over 100 restaurants that run down its main road – King St – and there’s something to suit every taste in this foodie haven. Newtown offers a wide variety of culturally diverse cuisine options, vegetarian and vegan restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and takeaway joints. On any night of the week the streets are bursting with activity, and the hardest decision you’ll have to make is deciding where to eat!

If you feel like splashing out, the fine dining options are out of this world. Half the fun of eating a great meal in Sydney is in the view, and Quay Restaurant at Circular Quay features a five star modern Australian menu and an even better view of Sydney Harbour. Make sure to try their famous Snow Egg dessert!

If you’re a seafood lover, then you’re in the right place. Head down to Sydney Fish Market first thing on a Saturday morning and enjoy the catch fresh from the ocean. Sydney Rock Oysters are a local favourite, and are served with a glass of champagne. Yum!

4. The people

The closer you get to the beach, the more laidback the people. In a place where it’s sunny all year round and snow is unheard of, it’s hard to imagine ever being in a bad mood in Sydney. Locals are always up for a chat and will be happy to take any opportunity to brag about their amazing city.

5. The music scene

Want to catch some live music while you’re in town? For big name acts or local indie bands, Sydney’s got a bunch of amazing live music venues, ready to please your eyes and ears.

Oxford Art Factory

Oxford Arts Factory, known as ‘OAF’, is a bar, nightclub and music venue. It’s a favourite of local DJ’s, mainstream artists, indie rock bands and hip hop acts you haven’t heard of yet.

Sydney Opera House

Yep, the Opera House isn’t just for opera! The Music at the House Program offers the best across loads of genres, from electronic to acoustic to rock and everything in between. There’s no better way to start a night of live music than with a drink at Opera Bar overlooking the sunset on Sydney Harbour Bridge.

6. The places nearby

One of the best things about visiting Sydney is that you’re just a car trip or train ride away from some of the most beautiful terrain in Australia. About an hour inland are the gorgeous Blue Mountains, part of the massive mountainous region that makes up the Great Dividing Range. There are loads of hikes and incredible rock formations to check out, including The Three Sisters. Check out the view of the entire valley from the scenic cable car. You can book a tour with us for $79 to the Blue Mountains!

Take a drive up or down the coast to check out the seaside towns of Australia’s East Coast. Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Kiama and Coffs Harbour are all a little slower paced than Sydney and have some of the best beaches in the world.

When planning your trip around Australia, make sure you’ve got plenty of time set aside to enjoy Sydney. Trust us – you’ll never want to leave!