Are you planning to take a quick break from the city life and head to the countryside? If you live in Sydney, Australia, you don’t need to plan your escape from the city to see patches of blue, lush green landscapes, wild animals, and other natural wonders — the vacation you’re longing for can be found within the city.
Are you looking for a tranquil, nature-filled getaway with stunning beaches, native bushland, and incredible flora and fauna sights? Or craving a relaxing city vacation, discovering the impressive architecture, museums, and wide-open parklands? Sydney, the heart of New South Wales, offers the best of both worlds.
1. Just chill out at the harbor.
If your idea of a perfect vacation involves the sight, sound, and scent of the ocean, Sydney is one of the best places to visit. Just run a quick Google Image search of Sydney, and you’ll see that it’s covered in water.
Your Sydney trip won’t be complete without spending a day marveling at the views of the iconic Sydney Harbor. You can have a scenic Sydney Harbor circle walk, do birdwatching, sail via H2O water taxis, catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins, and explore the Sydney Harbour National Park.
2. Get your dose of Vitamin Sea.
Aside from its spectacular harbor, the city is also home to impressive beaches.
Bondi Beach, the most famous beach in Australia, is located in Sydney. If crowded beaches aren’t your thing, you may go to Manly Beach instead. It’s a less jam-packed beach with a more chilled vibe. Aside from the beautiful setting, the beach also has a lively boardwalk and a couple of fantastic restaurants and cafes lined up.
If you want to experience more of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Manly is the best jumping-off point. Northern Beaches are located north of the Sydney Harbor entrance, while the Southern Beaches are in the Sutherland Shire area and the eastern suburbs.
3. Get lost in the urban gardens.
Sydney is home to wide-open parklands and gardens that serve as tranquil sanctuaries in the middle of the busy city.
One of the most famous parks in Sydney is the Royal Botanic Garden, a 30-hectare oasis located in the city’s heart. Its location gives you a picture-perfect view of the city and the Sydney Harbour. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and take your time smelling the flowers and appreciating nature’s beauty.
The Centennial Parklands, a.k.a, the “green lungs” of Sydney, also deserve to be on your bucket list. The parklands consist of three urban parks: Centennial Park, Moore Park, and Queens Park.
4. Visit a park during your lunch break.
What if you don’t need to wait for the weekend to have your nature escapade? Sydney central business districts have lovely parks to unwind in.
Hyde Park, the oldest public park in Sydney, is one of the must-visit places. The park is conveniently located in the middle of Sydney’s concrete jungle. Surrounded by towering buildings, the green field serves as a haven for busy and exhausted peeps who’d want to chill out on their lunch breaks, feed the birds, and relax.
If you’re in a Parramatta accommodation for a business trip, you can visit Parramatta Park. Take a break from the hustle and bustle by visiting the gardens, walking, cycling, and discovering heritage sites.
5. Bird watching is fun in Sydney.
There’s more to see when it comes to bird species than the city’s bin-scrounging ibis and pigeons. You can spot some of these avian Sydney dwellers at the Centennial Parklands, Sydney Olympic Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Warriewood Wetlands. . As for seabirds, you can watch them when you chill out at Sydney’s iconic harbor and coastline.
6. Take a scenic coastal walk.
A coastal walk is a must-try in Sydney. There are many unique panoramic paths around the city that allow you to feast your eyes on lovely coastlines along the way.
Don’t miss the Coogee to Bondi walk, which goes for 6km and links you to some of Sydney’s best beaches. Aside from breathtaking views of the sea, you’ll enjoy the parkland, secluded coves, and cafes.
Other coastal walks include:
- Manly to Spit Walk
- Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay Walk
- Hermitage Foreshore Walk
- Federation Cliff Walk
- Fairfax Walk
7. Visit Sydney’s world-famous oceanarium
If you’d love to see the majestic world under the sea, but scuba diving isn’t your thing, you can check out the Sydney SEA LIFE aquarium. It’s one of the largest aquariums in the world, with over 700 different species and 13,000 animals. It is home to the world’s largest variety of sharks and rays. You’ll also see Australia’s most famous marine animals, including the Dugong.
It’s safe to say that you haven’t seen the best of Australia’s largest and most densely populated city just by visiting the world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Sydney has a lot more to offer. The cosmopolitan city has a wealth of natural wonders that all beg to be discovered, and the best part is they’re just a couple of minutes or hours away from the heart of the city.