Whether you’re a Sydney-sider or just stopping-over, there are a few experiences totally vital to anyone visiting the sunny city. Here are our top 7 picks you gotta try!

1. Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Pack your walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat because this is one walk you won’t want to miss. It starts just behind Bondi Iceburgs and will take you all the way to Coogee beach where you can stop and have a delicious brunch or a drink at Coogee pavilion.

2. Ferry to Circular Quay to Manly 

Not only is the ferry a great way to get around, but it’s also a great way to see the city! From the ferry you’ll be able to see Sydney landmarks including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and you will arrive in beautiful Manly where you will find amazing cafes, restaurants all along the wharf! Go for a swim in Manly beach one of the most beautiful beaches on the Northern Beaches or Sydney for that matter.

3. Hang 10 at Bondi Beach

It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or highly experienced, the waves at Bondi lend themselves to every kind of surfer! There are a tonne of board rental places as well as surf schools, so all you need is a good attitude and a pair of togs!

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4. Cruise the Harbour at Sunset

You can book your sails for up to 12 people so you really get to soak up the good times without feeling like you’re on too much of a tour. It’s a great way to soak up the Sydney atmosphere while having a social and relaxing time with friends!

5. BridgeClimb

See the City in a whole new way, from the lofty heights of the Harbour Bridge. With 360° views, all the way to the Blue Mountains in the west, BridgeClimb will give you a truly spectacular sense of Sydney’s spread. Choose a dawn climb and see the sun rise over the Pacific, or a twilight climb to see it sink into the Blue Mountains and plains in the west. Night climbs are also available, so you can see Sydney sparkle in all her glory.

6. Blue Mountains / Jenolan Caves Tours

Just beyond the outskirts of western Sydney are the majestic Blue Mountains, easily accessible by train or car. Katoomba’s famed Echo Point offers stunning views across the Megalong Valley and the Three Sisters sandstone rock formation. Visit Scenic World and jump on the Skyway, Cableway or walkway to fully appreciate the view. The Blue Mountains are dotted with charming towns, such as Leura and Blackheath, with quirky shops and abundant cafes. Jenolan Caves are also nearby, offering family-friendly walks and tours.

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7. Helicopter ride over Sydney

For a truly incredible experience, jump in a helicopter and get a beyond-birds’-eye view of Sydney. If you’re brave enough, open-sided tours offer incredible access to the landscape and scenery – perfect for photographers. Experience all of Sydney’s well-known sites – Bondi to the Hawkesbury, the Northern Beaches and Sydney Olympic Park. A thrilling way to get your bearings before embarking on land-based exploration.

Accommodation in Sydney

When you’re visiting these amazing places in Sydney, you’ll need a comfy stay. Choice Hotels has amazing accommodation options for you. For people who want to live in the heart of the city, take a look at the fabulous Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection. Additionally, check out Choice Hotels in the surrounding areas including Quality Inn Sunshine Haberfield and Comfort Inn North Shore.

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