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Things to do in Sydney

Sydney, Australia - from penal colony to world class living

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales, and home to nearly five million people, making it the most populated Australian city.

Originally formed in 1788 as a penal colony, it has matured into a world famous, high ranking city with a high quality of life for its citizens.

 

Things to do in Sydney

Holiday goers won’t want to miss the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which opened in 1932.

The arched bridge goes across Sydney Harbour and is used by rail, vehicles, bikes and people that travel between the central business district and the North Shore.

Until the Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver was built, the Harbour Bridge was the world’s widest long-span bridge.

 

Sydney Opera House

Music lovers should visit the Sydney Opera House, which is visited by more than a million people every year and holds more than 1,500 performances a year.

 

Sydney Aquarium & Sydney Zoo

If you have kids, don’t miss either the aquarium with its more than 650 different species and 6,000 fish and other sea animals or the Sydney zoo, which consists of 52 acres of land, and is the home of more than 340 different species and 2,600 animals.

 

When to go to Sydney

Sydney is in a temperate climate zone with warm summers and mild winters. There are always tons of fun things to do in Sydney, and many tourists choose to come in January or February, as that is Australia’s Summer, with average temperatures ranging from 18.7°C to 25.8 °C 78.4 °F.
It’s the coldest in July, with average temperatures of 8.0–16.3 °C (46.4–61.3 °F).

 

Sydney Marathon

Runners should come in September to be a part of the annual Sydney marathon. First run in 2001, there is also a half marathon, and a nine kilometers (5.6 mi) ”Bridge Run, as well as a three and a half kilometer (2.2 mi) ”Family Fun Run.”

 

Things to do in Sydney

Sydney Facts

Population4 627 345
CountryAustralia
Longitude151.211111
Latitude-33.859972
AirportSydney Intl, Australia (SYD)

Sydney average temperatures

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
24~28 °C 24~27 °C 26 °C 23 °C 17~20 °C 15~18 °C 14~17 °C 16~18 °C 19~21 °C 21~23 °C 22~26 °C 24~27 °C

UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Sydney- Sydney Opera House

If you think of Sydney, the first image that most probably will come to your mind is the Sydney Opera House, one of the most iconic attractions of the city. In case you didn’t know the history behind it, here’s a brief summary: in 1956 the New South Wales Government organized an international design competition with no cost limit or specific design requirements in order to attract the greatest designers in the world. The winner was a young Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, with little experience (and, in fact, no engineering advice at all!). At that moment and also today, its design was considered extremely modern and innovative, and in June 28th 2007 it entered UNESCO’s World Heritage List. If you plan on going, keep in mind that it is easier to get there with public transportation than by driving. Also, you will need to walk a few minutes to get to the building itself, but the effort is worth it. From the outside, you can enjoy the amazing views of the Opera itself or the Harbour Bridge and Botanic Gardens among others. If you go inside, guided tours are offered and if you have the chance to view any performance, do not miss it! You will enjoy the amazing acoustics and the range of shows and prices is very broad, from talks and movies to theatre pieces.

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OPERA

Sydney Opera House

This iconic opera house, built in 1973 by the late Danish architect Jørn Utzon is located on the tip of the Royal Botanic Garden peninsula. Its status among the most beautiful and impressive opera houses in the world was cemented in 2007 when it was considered for when the New7Wonders Foundation announced candidates for a new list of world wonders. While it didn't make the final cut, it did become a UNESCO World Heritage Site the same year which is a testament to the quality of the design and engineering that makes The Sydney Opera House arguably the most famous opera house in the world. The opera house features several auditoriums, where the Concert Hall is the biggest, seating not only 2679 people but also the largest organ in the world with over 10,000 pipes. While Opera Australia, the primary opera house company in Australia, resides here, so does also many other performing arts companies. No matter what kind of entertainment you are looking for, you will probably find it here!

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WATER-PARK

Water Parks in Sydney - Large wave pool at Wet 'n' Wild Sydney

Wet’n’Wild Sydney is located in Prospect. The water park offers loads of different water slide attractions just waiting for you to swoosh down on. The area consists out of a large wave pool in the middle and four water slide towers around, grouped after what level of thrill you are seeking. The smallest children have an area all to themselves, Wet’’n’Wild Junior, which is a miniature version of the main attractions in the park. A day at Wet’n’Wild Sydney will amuse most people, no matter if you are 5 years, or 35 years old!

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MARATHON

Sydney Marathons

Participate in Western Sydney’s premier running event by running the Western Sydney Marathon! The course offers you scenic views over the Lower Blue Mountains with a course that takes you around the Sydney International Regatta Centre lakes. It is a flat race and it also offers a half-marathon, a 10K run and a 5K family run. The course of Blackmores Sydney Running Festival takes you through some of Sydney’s most known historical places, such as the Harbour Bridge and their Opera House.

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GOLF

Golf in Sydney

If you want to watch some top level golf you should go to Sydney late in November as that is when The Australian Open is held and it usually takes place near or in Sydney. In 2014 it was held in the suburbs of Rosebery in The Australian Golf Club, a top 10 golf club in the country. Other great courses include the Lakeside Country Club and St. Michael's Golf Club, both delivering golf experiences of the highest standards!

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THEME-PARKS

Theme Parks in Sydney - A cinematic experience at Luna Park

Located on the northern shore of Sydney Harbor you find the amusement park Luna Park Sydney. A fun thing, besides all the exciting roller coasters and attractions of course, is that this park is a popular location for filming movies and television shows. So maybe you’ve already seen the park, while sitting on your sofa at home.

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