Marvel at the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, catch the ferry to Manly, have a swim at Bondi Beach and stroll through the historic Rocks district.
Bondi is also home to one of the oldest surf lifesaving clubs in the world and one of Australia’s oldest swimming clubs, iconic Bondi Icebergs at the southern end of the beach. Ancient Aboriginal rock carvings can be found in the area and tour groups can explore this heritage with indigenous-owned Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tours. It has everything you want for a great day out; take in the heritage architecture, lunch at one of the many ‘eat streets’, spend an afternoon at an art gallery or shopping the designer boutiques, head to the theatre at night and then perch yourself at one of the many cool bars.
Manly Beach is uniquely placed sitting just across the harbour from the Central Business District it has all the cosmopolitan buzz of the city centre, yet as the gateway to Sydney’s Northern Beaches it also offers a relaxed coastal vibe. For a hit of history, explore ancient Aboriginal rock engravings at Grotto Point and if nature excites you, go on a whale-watching cruise from May-November with Manly Ocean Adventures and Manly Whale Watching. This is where you’ll find Australia’s most famous beach, wonderful coastal walks and hidden harbour beaches beloved by locals.
Head south of the Central Business District to discover a relaxed part of Sydney that blends heritage and nature. When you visit the spot where Captain James Cook landed in 1770, discover the oldest national park in Australia and explore small coves and expansive, white sandy beaches that are ideal locations for a day trip or longer beach holiday.
Travel over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to discover another side of the city. Sydney’s North abounds with natural beauty, from unspoiled national parks to stunning beaches that make the perfect setting for outdoor adventures. There’s also a world-famous zoo, a fun-filled amusement park, heritage suburbs and fantastic food scene. One of the best ways to learn about and experience indigenous culture is through Aboriginal sites and rock art in Sydney.
Many of the best examples of these Aboriginal works are found in the middle or end of fantastic hikes and walks and some of Sydney’s most famous and beloved national parks are home to protected Aboriginal sites. In Royal National Park check out the enormous marine life carvings at the Jibbon Headland, part of the Bundeena to Marley Head walking track. This is one of the best Aboriginal art sites in Sydney, with an excellent viewing platform from which you can see it all. Other Aboriginal sites with rock art in the park can be found at Cabbage Tree Basin, Wattamolla and Curracurrang. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Sydney’s north is another massive national park with more than 800 Aboriginal art sites.