From fashion to frivolity Sydney, Australia, is a city that oozes with style and substance. Deriving substance from iconic landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, this vibrant city also sparkles with style in the arts, entertainment, fashion, food and culture. And while everyone can breathe in the peaceful bliss and surf the waves at Bondi Beach, there are certain cultural activities that a savvy traveller simply can’t miss in Sydney. Here’s just a few:
Haul yourself over the Harbour Bridge
As one of Sydney’s main attractions, it would be madness not to clamber to the stone-cold-steely top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Yes, madness. Like a mountain-top flag, once you reach the peak you will be greeted with a reward, a 360 degree view overlooking the harbour. Bobbing with boats by day and alit by night, this taxing climb is made worth the while by these beautiful birds-eye views. This is not an activity for the faint-hearted however, with the highest point of the arch reaching 134m above sea level; you will have to be made of substance more than style….
Admire some Aussie Art
As an international centre for architecture, Aussies know how to impress; just look at the Syndey Opera House and you will see that the proof is in the pudding! However to get up close and personal with some amazing Aussie art, stroll along the stretch from Bondi Beach to Tamarama during the summer and you will stumble upon a giant sculpture park. Scattered with over 100 pieces by varying Australian artists this annual even known as ‘Sculptures by the Sea’ is a great way to breathe in the beach air while admiring local art all at the same time.
Gorge on Gastronomy
Overflowing with restaurants serving delicious local and international cuisine, Sydney is fast becoming a competitive gastronomic centre. Brimming with places serving Spanish, Italian, French, Mexican, Asian and Australian cuisine, you are more than spoilt for choice in Sydney. However, my own personal favourite has to be Seans Panorama which is found on Bondi Beach and serves-up some of the tastiest and most authentic Australian treats around.
Try a Tipple or Two
Scattered around Sydney and New South Wales are plenty of wineries where you can try a local tipple or two. Established in 1858, Tyrrells Vineyard is one of the best places to learn a little a little about these fruits of labour, housing some of the most delicious and distinguished Australian grapes. And don’t worry, even if you can’t taste the difference between a Penfolds Grange and a Jacobs Creek, the lush green Hunter Valley here is not to be missed.
Curl-up in Comfort
Hotel rooms in Sydney range from the comfortable to the crème de la crème. However, after all these cultural activities I feel that it is only fair you rest your weary head on some super-soft eiderdown. With this in mind, my top pick would have to be Stamford Plaza Double Bay located in the exclusive harbor side village. With an outdoor heated swimming pool, sun-deck, a gym and cocktail lounge, you will find the best activity here is some personal pampering time. Well, after all those grueling cultural activities it couldn’t hurt could it?
By Isabella Rose