Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, and most well-known by far, is home to the world famous Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House that stand on the waterfront near the Sydney Harbour Bridge, creating the iconic scene that is today recognised throughout most of the world. Sydney is a stunning holiday destination if you’re looking for a city break with a difference. There is so much to do, you could never expect to do it all during your stay. From world famous architecture to historic landmarks, cultural masterpieces to truly unique outdoors activities, visit Sydney and you are guaranteed not to be disappointed.
Short Term Rentals in Sydney
There is an abundance of short term lets and rentals available in Sydney. Looking for something a little more special than cheap hostel a hostel accommodation? Wimdu has hundreds of apartments for short term rent in Sydney to suit every kind of budget. From apartments with waterfront views to short term lets right in the city’s centre, there is something to suit everyone. Many of the beach resorts also cater for tourists but the accommodation, especially around Bondi beach, tends to be drab and overpriced and not worth the money you spend. Manly and the northern beaches offer a more chilled out place to stay, and better value for money, but again if all inclusive isn’t your thing and you are looking for an alternative, you are better off staying in one of Wimdu’s self-catered short term apartment rentals. Wimdu holiday rentals are rented out privately by locals who live or holiday in the area, and will be able to offer insights on where to go and what to see while you are there. So make sure to soak up all their knowledge and insight of the region.
- The Sydney Harbour Bridge is affectionately known by the locals as the Coat Hanger because of its shape.
- The Sydney Opera House ended up costing 102 Australian Dollars to build.
- It is estimated that the Sydney region has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least the last 30,000 years.
- Sydney has the deepest natural harbour in the world, estimated to contain over 504,000 megalitres of water.
- Sydney only officially became a city in 1842.
Things to See and Do
There are so many sights, attractions and activities available in Sydney that you would have to be superhuman to expect to do it all. So what should be top on your list? If you’re visiting Sydney for the first time you will definitely want to see the glorious Harbour Bridge framed by the architectural spectacle that is the Sydney opera house.
The centre of Sydney spans out from the harbour in well organised blocks, making it easy to locate the most famous sights: St. Andrew's Cathedral that dates from 1819; the AMP Tower that stands 300 metres skywards; Parliament House and the Sydney Town Hall which are both excellent examples of Victorian architecture. Near the harbour there are museums and attractions to suit the whole family, including the Sydney Aquarium.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Of course, the Harbour Bridge has to be at the very top of your list. And you could hardly miss it! Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's, if the not the world’s, most iconic landmarks. It is a vast structure that spans the harbour at one of its narrowest points and functions both as transportation route and playground for Sydneyers. For a breathtaking experience of the bride like no other, why not book one of the famous Sydney bridge tours where you can climb right to the top of the tallest point on the structure and get magnificent views over the harbour. We recommend doing the climb at night though as it can get a little sticky during the day!
Sydney HarbourWhether you just want to head down to the harbour to have a first hand look at the iconic city view, or you’d prefer to spend the day taking a cruise all the way down the waterway, the Sydney Harbour is a must see, first-hand. Feeling a little more adventurous? You can also explore the habour by canoe or kayak and a wealth of other water vehicles. After an afternoon on the water, why not retreat to one of the cafes and food halls that surround the harbour and offer some much needed shade to accompany your refreshments.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is both architectural masterpiece and fully functioning first class music venue. As Australia’s most recognisable icon, you’d think whatever goes on inside of this beautiful building must have a hard time living up to the aesthetics outside. But it copes pretty well. Some of the world most iconic opera performances have been performed here.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Every major world city seems to have its own Botanical Gardens. So what is special about the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens? First established as a veggie patch in 1816, the gardens have developed into a 30 hectare expanse of greenery within the city, complete with rose garden, prickly arid garden, climber glasshouse, bat colony and rare wollemi pine tree. Take some space for yourself and climb to the garden’s northeastern tip to look out from Macquaries Point, offering spectacular views over the whole harbour.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art is a controversial art space, challenging convention with constantly alternating exhibitions from both overseas and Australian artists. Think nothing can shock you? Then walk through the doors of this art deco building and see what you think when you come face-to-face with some of the most sexually explicit and disturbing exhibits ever displayed in the art world. It will be a relief to head back to your apartment afterwards, believe me.
The Taronga Zoo is just a short drive or ferry ride from Manly. The zoo spans over 75 hectares of bush, housing over 4000 wild animals and critters such as koalas, kangaroos, and giraffes. The great southern oceans section is a popular attraction with seal and bird shows available. You can take a safari ride or cable car through the parks grounds.
The city also boasts breathtaking beaches such as Bondi and Manly, the first of fifteen northern beaches that stretch up the coast. Bondi is Sydney’s best surfing beach and a great place to learn to surf, especially if you’ve never done it before. The waves really are fantastic here and with gorgeous beach babes and ripped surfer dudes every which way you turn, there’s some eye candy for everyone. After a day on Bondi beach, you’ll certainly get a good night’s sleep back in your short term rental.