What to do in Sydney

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Elia Tabuenca García
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I was recently in Sydney, and I was enchanted by this fantastic city. When walking through the streets of the CBD (Central Business District) you really feel like you are in a metropolis, with the large number of people coming and going, the traffic, and the huge and modern buildings. However, this “feeling” disappears quickly if you go for a walk on one of the beautiful beaches that are scattered around the city.

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Here is a list of my favorite things to do in Sydney:

1 – Observatory Hill Park

How about a picnic with a panoramic view of the Sydney Harbor and Harbour Bridge? This park is in the middle of the city center and has one of the most incredible views in Sydney.

2 – Harbour Bridge e Pylon Lookout

Walking across the Harbor Bridge should be on everyone's itinerary when visiting the city. The bridge, which took eight years to build, links the CBD to the northern part of the city. It is possible to climb the bridge as well, but I found the price quite steep (the price varies according to the time of day, but the cheapest is AUD$218), and I ended up opting to enjoy the view from the top of the Pylon Lookout, which is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM and costs just AUD$13.

3 – Royal Botanic Gardens

Covering 30 hectares, Sydney's Botanical Garden is like a haven in the middle of the bustling city centre. To get to know everything the place has to offer, I recommend setting aside an entire day. You don't have to pay anything to enter, and in addition to the various species of plants, the park also has a sensational view of the opera house and Bay of Sydney.

4 – Trek from Bondi to Coogee

If I had to recommend just one thing to do in Sydney, it would be this hike. There are 6 km of wonderful landscapes, and with the possibility of stopping to rest and refresh yourself with a dip in each of the beautiful beaches that you pass along the way. Most people take the route Bondi-Coogee, but I chose to start with Coogee and enjoy the late afternoon in Bondi, one of the hottest from Sydney.

5 – The Rocks District

to area older of Sydney, today with a wide range of restaurants, cafes and shops, has had its charm carefully preserved. The contrast between the historic buildings of The Rocks District and the modern buildings of the CBD is huge, even though they are neighboring districts. If you are in Sydney for a weekend, be sure to check out the famous fairs:

The Rocks Markets:

  • 10am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays
    Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place

The Rocks Friday Foodie Market:

  • 9am - 3pm, Toda sexta-feira
    Jack Mundey Place

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