Locations That Will Make Your Sydney Holiday Unforgettable

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As Australia’s largest city, Sydney has a wealth of things to see and do, from the obvious tourist highlights that the city is known for, through to adventures right off the beaten track that will leave you with a unique story to bring home. No matter how long you’ve got, there’s no doubt you’ll find a way to pass the time in Sydney, and here are some real highlights to consider:

1. The Opera House and The Harbour Bridge

Maze - Make Your Sydney Holiday Unforgettable

No trip to Sydney can go without a selfie or two on the Bridge or in front of the iconic Opera House. And here’s the best thing about them; they’re within walking distance of one another, so you can do both in the one day. To really enhance your experience, go on a bridge climb in the morning (you’ll get to stand literally on the top of the Harbour Bridge), and then treat yourself to an opera or ballet in the Opera House. The acoustics and décor inside are every bit as dazzling as the sails on the outside!

2. The QVB

One of the most gorgeous, architecturally-important buildings in Australia is the QVB, located right in the heart of the city’s CBD. While the outside makes it look like it could be some kind of museum or government building, inside is the best shopping in Sydney. There’s something for everyone with a wide range of high-end fashion, brilliant cafes and restaurants, and plenty of art and hobby enthusiast stores.

3. Bondi Icebergs Pool

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Swimming, the beach, and Sydney all go hand-in-hand, and there’s one particularly iconic pool that people love to both swim in and photograph, because the aesthetics are just so stunning. This pool is located right next to the coast, so you can enjoy the calm water of a pool while looking out over the surf. For fitness fanatics the area also has a gym, yoga-by-the-sea class, and sauna.

4. Royal Botanic Gardens

People who visit Sydney often neglect to go behind the Opera House. In front of the Opera House you’ll find Circular Quay, with all the excellent food and bars you could want, but behind it there doesn’t seem to be much at first glance. That first glance is deceptive though, because it hides the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, and there isn’t a nicer walk through nature in the city, or a more scenic location for a picnic.

5. Taronga Zoo

There’s no better view of the harbour than the one at Taronga Zoo. One of the world’s most scenic zoos, Taronga is a sizeable, full zoo experience. Delight the kids with a mix of native Australian animals, exotic big cats and elephants from all around the world. It’s not just for the kids, though. One of the lesser-known delights of Taronga is the Roar ‘n’ Snore experience, where two dozen or so guests get to stay in a luxury tent overlooking the harbour overnight. This is a rare opportunity to wander around the zoo after it’s closed and there are no other people about. The animals behave very differently, we assure you!

6. Darling Harbour

There’s so much to do at Darling Harbour that you could easily spend a day there alone. Madame Tussaud’s and the Aquarium are there on one side, as is a row of waterfront restaurants that are the hottest place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Sydney. On the other side there’s the National Maritime Museum and, just a little further away from the water next to Sydney’s Chinatown is the delightful Chinese Garden of Friendship – a great place to unwind with tea and ponds of koi fish.

7. Oxford Street

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The centre of Sydney’s alternative cultures, Oxford Street is a long shopping street known for the unique and eccentric fashion, food and bars at one end, all at great prices for people just looking to have a great time. It doesn’t stop there though, at the other end you’ll find Paddington, any designer brand lovers haven. “Eclectic” doesn’t begin to describe what you’ll see, do, and buy on a trip to Oxford Street.

8. Goat Island

Get a sense of some of Australia’s oldest history (since colonial settlement) with Goat Island. It’s a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, and once you’re there you’ll be taken on a tour of an island that still has classic sandstone buildings previously used for prisons, weapon storehouses, and more.

A memory in the making

For many more ideas when planning your perfect backpacker’s holiday to Sydney, be sure to check out the Maze Backpackers blog. You’ll find all the information necessary to make the most out of your time in Australia’s greatest city. Need accomodation while you’re in Sydney? Maze Backpackers offer affordable accomodation in the heart of the city, with all the facilities and freebies you’ll need. Book online today.