When born and raised Sydneysider Kristy Sayer met her Southern Gentleman husband and brought him to Australia, she discovered her city all over again, this time from an outsider’s perspective. Here are her top picks in the city.
(1) Soak Up Sydney Harbour
Sydney is a beautiful city with so much to do both day and night. Don’t just stay in one spot, go out and explore all that the city has to offer. I highly recommend going on a harbour cruise to learn about Sydney and also to see the city from a different perspective. Captain Cook Cruises offers some incredible Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruises and hop on hop off passes. If you want to explore by yourself you can check out Sydney Ferries.
(2) Explore some of Sydney’s Markets
If you fancy yourself a bit of a foodie, be sure to check out some of Sydney’s weekly markets. There’s a huge variety of markets so you’ll find everything from handmade jewelry and unique souvenirs to fresh from the farm produce and gourmet delights. My favourites are The Rock’s Markets (held in The Rocks every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm), The EQ Village Markets (held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park – be sure to also stop and check out Centennial Park which is right across the road) and The Eveleigh Farmer’s Market (held every Saturday from 8am at Wilson Street, Eveleigh).
(3) Caution Wildlife Ahead
Animal lover? Definitely check out Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, which you can catch a ferry to. Also look out for Sea Life Sydney Aquarium if you’re a wildlife fan.
(4) Visit Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are a natural oasis in the heart of Sydney and the perfect place to relax and unwind. Here you’ll find a variety of different plants and wildlife, showcasing Sydney’s diversity, including a Rainforest Walk, Native Rockery, Traditional Rose Garden and even a Succulent Garden. Be sure to check the web to see if there are any special events or tours on when you’re visiting (as there is always plenty of free entertainment).
(5) Leave the City Behind and See The Stunning Blue Mountains
One of my favourite places to explore and just 90 minutes from the heart of the city, The Blue Mountains is a magical place with stunning scenery. See the Mountains from a variety of different angles – by Cable Way, Railway ( it’s the world’s steepest railway!) and Skyway (where you view the forest floor from 270 metres above with panoramic views). The Candy Store is a must stop in Leura for anyone with a sweet tooth!
CSL Picks 3 Places to Stay Near Sydney Harbour
Park Hyatt Sydney
This hotel exemplifies location – situated between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. With 155 guestrooms and suites, an art gallery, and 24-hour butler service it’s luxury at its best.
The Langham, Sydney
Expect old school elegance (including antiques) at this 96 room hotel which also boasts high tea.
Sydney Located in the Rocks district all 563 guestrooms and suites have views of the harbour.
This original travel article first appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.