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6 Best Reasons to Visit Sensational Sydney

Updated on February 26, 2013
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Iconic Bondi Beach | Source
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The beautiful Cronulla Beach Baths | Source
Kylie Kwong - Duck in star of anise & clementine sauce...amazingly delicious.
Kylie Kwong - Duck in star of anise & clementine sauce...amazingly delicious. | Source
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Delectable deserts | Source
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Campo's rich consistently good blend | Source
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Planning Your Next Vacation - Consider these Top Reasons to Visit Sydney

If you are planning your next vacation and haven't considered a trip down under yet perhaps after reading the following article Sydney, Australia will top your list.

An avid Sydney lover from childhood I can personally guarantee that Sydney has a lot to offer any visitor with it's spectacular Harbour surrounding the city; the inviting historic Rock's precinct; Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Opera house with it's world class restaurants and entertainment quarter and our famous coat hanger the Sydney Harbour Bridge with it's mind blowing arc climb through the day ( not for the faint hearted ) spanning from one side of the city to the other, and at night standing out brightly lit, a well loved city landmark.

Sydney has -

1. Best Beaches -

With so many excellent beaches on offer close to the cities center your only problem will be deciding which one to enjoy the sun and sand on. Known for it's attraction to tourists and locals alike the iconic Bondi Beach with the warmth of it's azure colored water draws crowds all summer long with thousands flocking to it.

If crowds are not your thing then anywhere along the Eastern seaboard from Tamarama to further north at Dee Why you are sure to find a quiet spot in a calm bay. Coogee is a popular choice so to is the lovely Bronte Beach. If Bronte is your choice make sure to take time to enjoy a meal at the Bathers Pavillion, a beautiful spot to enjoy a delectable meal. Further north is Avolon and it's famous sister Palm Beach where Sydney's long standing series 'Home and Away' is filmed. Sydney truly has some of the best beaches in the world and as a local in the Sutherland Shire I would have to say that Cronulla Beach is every bit as good if not better than it's inner city rivals.Twenty minutes south of the city CBD, Cronulla is a water wonderland for surfing and boating enthusiasts alike. Surrounded by beautiful bays Gunnamatta and Burraneer; beaches such as Wanda, North and South Cronulla, and Shelley beach; and with the Georges River in it's background it is well worth taking the time to travel south. The Sutherland Shire is also known for it's significant historical aspects with Captain Cooks landing place at Kurnell on Botany Bay the 'birthplace of modern Australia', and the landing spot of explorers Bass and Flinders at Port Hacking point.

Sydney beaches - what can you say other than they are definitely some of the best in the world for recreation and competitive surfing.

2. Great Food -

Sydney like so many cities around the globe these days is loaded with celebrity chefs and has had three restaurants in the S Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant list for a few years. Tetsuya's, Quay and Marque.

For a unique dining experience a little more affordable try Billy Kwong in Surry Hills with the famous and fabulous Kylie Kwong. Fresh, organic and fair trade sourced Billy Kwong not only offers delectable food but by it's very nature of productivity it heralds a voice in the industry both environmentally and sustainably. Delicious Modern Vietnamese at Luke Nguyen's Red Lantern in Surry Hills. If it's celebrity style eating you are looking for try Matt Maran's Ariah restaurant at the Opera House; or Bill Graingers Bills for breakfast at Surry Hills and Woollarah. Famous for his buttermilk hotcakes; beautiful creamy scrambled eggs; and sweet corn fritters, or try dinner at Bills Darlinghurst restaurant where fresh Salmon and other delectable dishes are on offer; Jamie's Italian at the Darling Harbour precinct or Neil Perry's Rockpool at the Rocks.

Adrianna Zumbo - But if you are a real sweet tooth and love pastry you must try Adriana Zumbo's Lab in Rozelle. Known as the Macaroon King, Zumbo is a genius in creativity with his sweet bakes and a visit to his tiny shop is literal eye candy.

Burke Street Bakery - I have to include the delectable pastries at the Burke Street Bakery. A long time fan some must tries are their Strawberry or Ginger Creme Brulee; exquisite Lemon curd or Chocolate and Raspberry tart; Of course it's savory fare is just as delectable with a Beef brisket,red wine and Mushroom pie; For the vegetarian try Eggplant,spinach,chick pea and fetta Sausage roll; or one of my favorites Pork & Fennel sausage roll.

3. Best Coffee -

Apart from Italy I have to say that Sydney is up there with Cities offering the best coffee in the world. I have tried coffee in London, Paris, Amsterdam & various parts of the Netherlands, Copenhagan, SanFrancisco, Vancouver, New Zealand, Hong Kong and in Sydney we are definitely spoiled for choice. I am a bit of a coffee junkie and a self confessed coffee snob who has one of the best Barista's in Oz as a son in law ( yes I am biased ) And because I only have two per day I must say they have to be dam good. My two personal favorites for a consistently even blend are AllPress found in various spots across the city and for when something a little stronger is needed Campo's is one of the best brands and is found in the MLC center in the CBD and is available from the Italian grocers on Crown Street Surry Hills. Single Origin Roasters in Reservoir street Surry Hills serve great coffee and Toby's Estate found right across the city serve an equally great brew.

4. Great Markets -

Eveleigh Markets in Redfern and Fox Studio Markets in the Entertainment quarter at Moore Park are a great source of fresh,local and organic produce, while Kirribilli, Paddington, Glebe, Surry Hills and Roselle markets are a shopaholics delight with fresh new designer clothes alongside good quality second hand clothing and other flea market bargains.

And if you are here in Spring, Sydney is filled with outdoor activities. October sees Hyde Park the cities main park area transform into the Night Noodle Markets where dozens of local quality restauranteurs come together and give Sydney siders a taste of their superb offerings. The park is set up with food tents and lanterns and fairy lights creating an inviting atmosphere that showcases the city's best Asian fare. Thousands crowd to enjoy Pork dumplings, Tai curries etc which are enjoyed at twilight under the stars.

5. Top Tourist Attractions -

Depending on your preference there is much to see and do in the City. Visits to the The Sydney Aquarium, NSW Art Gallery and Domain, Sky Tower with it's revolving Bar & Restaurant offering a superb 360 view of the city sky line and the towers new glass viewing deck, Taronga Zoo and Lunar Park will keep the active visitor satisfied. And if you are planning a visit between April and September the SCG will be an exciting event for the sporting fanatic. Be sure to head to the Sydney Cricket Ground the home ground for the Sydney Swans Football Club and take in a thrilling and skillful game of Australian Football League with Sydney's beloved Swans team. A little like the atmosphere at a European soccer game, sport fans are soon hooked, if not with the game, definitely by the lively and enjoyable atmosphere.

Sculpture by the Sea is another of Octobers best spring attractions which locals and tourist flock to each year. Unique, fresh and inspiring. The sculptures each year blow your mind with the creative thinkers minds, stretching the artistic mind and birthing new ideas.

If you visit in Autumn make sure you take in the Archibald Prize at the NSW Art Gallery. It is NSW's major art prize which show cases Australia's most talented artists. It runs from end of March until June and draws record crowds each year. Surrounded by controversy for various reasons, the Archibald is an art lovers favorite exhibition as much for it's fine and beautiful works on offer as it is for it's controversial nature.

6. Sensational Weather -

Last but not least one of the most attractive attributes about Sydney is without doubt it's even temperate. Even through it's winter months it's not unusual to have continual temperatures around 18-25 celcius. Whenever you decide to visit, whatever the season the cities mild climate is sure to impress any visitor and makes for an enjoyable outdoor experience.

Sydney Harbour Tours Many water and boat enthusasts take to the water and there are plentiful tours to enjoy which highlight the beautiful Harbour surrounding the city. Depending on your preference there is a tour for any taste. Try the Captain Cook seafood lunch tour; a twilight champagne cruise or for the adventurous and those that are willing try boarding the replica of captain Cooks Endeavor to try your hand at learning to sail. With a delicious lunch which includes fresh Australian seafood you can't go wrong.

Open Air Cinemas - If you visit in summer the city has much in the way of entertainment on offer. Pack up a picnic basket and rug and take in a outdoor movie in lush garden surrounds in Centenial Park; or head to the Domain and Mrs Macquaries chair precinct and enjoy a movie with the beautiful Harbour bridge and Opera house as a back drop; or take a ferry ride and enjoy a concert under the stars hosted by Taronga Zoo in the Taronga Outdoor Concert Series with the spectacular Harbour in the background.

Night Life - the cities night life draws crowds all year long with many new and funky wine bars too numerous to mention opening up across the city in recent years to cater for the twenty something's after work. Your city travel guide will point you in the right direction and with rooftop bars, cider bars, dance bars, and small bars found down city lanes, Sydney caters for every taste and wallet. Two of my favorites include the long standing Marble Bar. An aesetically beautiful old bar built in 1890 for great cocktails and party atmosphere on Friday/ Saturday nights and the Blue Bar on level 36 of the Shangra-La Hotel. An exclusive cocktail bar high above the city with stunning views of the Harbor Bridge and Opera House. The Crossroads Bar in Sydney's Swissotel is also a great and central place to meet up with friends and enjoy a night out in comfortable surrounds. But be sure to have plenty of cash on hand, a night out in any city Sydney included, can break the bank if you are not prepared.

With plenty to see and do or if it's a great place to relax that you need, make Sydney your number 1 holiday destination. Trust me you won't be disappointed.


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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for that Gma & so glad you enjoyed your time of the things I appreciate & probably take a little for granted is Sydney's almost all year round temperate climate, it makes living a lot easier not having to battle extremes for the most part..Cheers

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I loved visiting Sydney and would definitely return. It is one of the few places in the world worth visiting once again. I remember the parks were exceptional.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for that Elias & for your vote & pin, much appreciated.. & so hope you make it to Sydney sometime, the city has some fab things going for it..

      Happy travelling..cheers

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great travel guide. Sydney is definitely a worth visiting city. Voted and pinned!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh wow Peggy so glad I sold it too you:) & sure hope when your ship arrives you can come on down!! Thank you for your follow,very kind comments &'s was easy for me to write about something I love ..and you're right the bridge when it lights up is truly something else!! So hope you get to see it one day..cheers

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      OK....Sold! This would make for a great tourism ad for visiting Sydney, Australia. I would love to see it someday...but like Bill mentioned at the top...I am also waiting for that ship to arrive. Ha! That bridge, harbor and the opera house are iconic sites which we get to see televised on nights like New Year's Eve. Seeing the fireworks in person must be something! Thanks for all of the other information you packed into this hub. UUI votes and will share.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh wow MPG you are too kind - we are a bit biased aren't we!!

      But I do have to agree with you:)

      Oh & btw it would be awesome if TA took a look at it - thank you so much that you think it good enough!! Cheers

      Ps some of us Sydneyites should have a get together some day right?

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much prasetio for your comment & vote! I sure hope you make it over here someday! So nice of you to mention the photos too.. Cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Easy Exercise, thanks so much for your great comment and how fantastic that your dad's name is that name!! Not sure but I think the butterflies may have been at Taronga Zoo? It's the only one that I can think of, but things change over nice of you to make that comment about Aussie are welcome any time..but I so hope the jewelry shop you are talking about wasn't Tiffany & co..I would be mortally offended if that were the case..:) Lol.. So hope you get back here one day..cheers

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      Kelly A Burnett 4 years ago from United States

      I loved our trip to Sydney. My father's name was Sidney so it had special significance.

      I thought it was just outside of Sydney that we visited the butterfly farm and took the tram? Is this close? It was very memorable.

      The people in Australia and the language was simply fascinating!

      We stopped at some jewelry shop that bored me to tears but I recall the central park and the monumental trees I felt as if I were in a natural cathedral.

      I do wish to do back and take my husband so I will be sure to review your list more closely.

      Voted up! Wonderful place in the world and celebrated in a great manner with wonderful experiences for you and your family.

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      Marie Giunta 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great looking hub about a beautiful city, actually I'd say the best in the world, but then I'm biased because I live in Sydney too. Voted up and beautiful. Maybe Tourism Australia should take a look at this :)

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very well written and I hope I can go there one day. The photos you included are the best. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks mr veg, so glad you enjoyed my hope you get here one day!!

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Wow nice informative and beautifully written hub. Carter.. Now one more place on my checklist to visit to :)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thanks so much Larry, that's kind of you to vote..your choice of the Blue Mountains is an excellent one as well, be sure to stop by the pretty village of Leura for a treat..btw you are too funny with the bears & vegemite!! I didn't know the trick behind the ears worked:)

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi carter,

      Impressive hub and great photos! Voted up and beautiful.

      Being a bumpkin at heart, I'd be more interested in the quiet Nature spots in your area. My first choice would be a hike in the Blue Mountains.

      And yes, I know all about the Dropbears. I'll be sure to put a dab of Vegemite behind my ears first. :)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh Thanks Nell, there are so many similarities between our two's funny even though your weather is vastly different I love London with a passion!! have only been 3 times but would live there in a heart beat..

      Perhaps as Billy has said earlier when our ship comes in Nell!! cheers

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi carter, with Hyde Park and Kings Cross I would think I was in London, but then I saw the weather! lol! I would love to visit Sydney, I often see it on tv, but until my pockets get bigger its just a dream, but what a dream, it sounds wonderful, voted up and shared! nell

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for dropping by Til and the votes.. I do love this city and all it has to offer and I know I take the beach here for granted way too much, I am so blessed to be so close & walk along it every week..let's hope that ship is not too far away for all of us..have a great day..cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Mike, I love that you said refreshing, thanks for that & for dropping by..

      How nice is it to spend a few minutes dreaming about summer holidays and destinations?? So appealing right? Cheers.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have an acquaintance who loves Sydney and has been there several I know why! This hub makes it so inviting, the beaches alone could get me there. Seems Bill, you and I might be waiting for the same ship, but its on my list.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This was a refreshing way to spend a few minutes. A mini escape to the land down under. Great Hub Mary.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Eddy thanks so much for your kind comment & share. Coming over your way soon. Cheers

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thank you for sharing.


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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I love Sydney too!


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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much point2make for your very kind glad you enjoyed my info about this fantastic city and I do so hopoe you make it down here sometime..and absolutely keep the coffee tips in mind, if you are like me and need your fix you'll def want to know where to find it!! so important:)


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      point2make 4 years ago

      What a great, informative and excellent travel hub......well done!. You make me want to start my packing tonight. I enjoyed your tour of Sidney and look forward to seeing it for myself soon. I will try some of your suggestions and I'll keep the coffee in mind as well. Thank-you for your most enjoyable hub... I appreciate you efforts. voted up

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hey Billy thanks for stopping by..Know what you mean about the ship, I'm waiting for mine too:) Wishes for sooner rather than later for you my great writer friend, you will get there!!


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Believe me, Carter, I would love to, but until my ship comes in I don't see it happening. Sooner or later someone will offer me a huge book deal and then I'll be heading that direction. :) Nice job; you make it very appealing.