Sydney is very friendly, whether you have been here umpteen times or are visiting it for the first time. It is a beautiful, safe city that has so much to offer to its visitors. There are good vibes everywhere whether it is the beaches, the restaurants or the culture. However, it can be a bit complicated for the first timers as to what to do and see in Sydney. After all, there are so many favorite attractions and things to do in Sydney for tourists here. It can be a bit confusing as one makes through the urban design and one-way streets.
Here’s how to survive and enjoy the city!
The right time to visit Sydney
Due to its temperate climate, Sydney boasts of perfect year-round weather. However, it does get warmer during December to February when the maximum temperatures can reach over 40°C. March and June get the highest rainfall. So, plan your trip accordingly, based on your conveniences and what you want to see.
Get familiar with the public transport system
The extensive public transport system in Sydney includes buses, ferries, and light rail. For public transport, just buy an Opal card that allows you to use any kind of systems. Getting taxis and Uber can be expensive. It is advisable to hire a car but must have a driver’s license. Be aware of the speed limits.
Lodging and accommodation
There are plenty of hotels and hostels for both long and short stays, particularly around Circular Quay. Most of these hotels are close to public transport, and a good option for families is to say close to the Darling Harbor. You can also rent a house or an apartment.
Must see for the first time visitors
Pick up the Sydney Pass to save on admission on major Sydney attractions and activities. Plan an itinerary that coverts the gorgeous city and create great memories.
- Spend the Day at Manly Beach for an ultimate summer’s day out. Enjoy the scenic journey and relax on the golden sandy beach and explore the part-pedestrian mall lined with cool pubs and cafes.
- Visit Bondi Beach to bask in the sun on the beautiful sands. Hire a surfboard or take a leisurely stroll along the promenade.
- Explore the Rocks along the southern shore of Sydney Harbour. Get a historical glimpse into Sydney as the area is filled with shops, pubs, eateries, shops and vantage points.
- Enjoy lunch at the Sydney Fish Market where one will find fresh seafood cooked on demand. This is a go-to destination if looking for freshly-shucked oysters and live crayfish.
- At Sunset, head for the Opera Bar for cocktails and sip on a cocktail as you watch the sun go down.
- Explore Cockatoo Island, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After enjoying the art, relax at the Island Bar for cocktails and tasty bites.
- Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to some dizzying heights to enjoy panoramic views of the city.
- Head to Watsons Bay to get a very different view of Sydney. Enjoy fish and chips along with a refreshing drink as you walk up to the lighthouse for outstanding views.