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Sydney harbor Australia is the defining characteristic of the city. It’s multiple sandstone headlands, dramatic cliffs, rocky islands and stunning bays and beaches, make it one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world.
The Sydney area was the ancestral home of the Daruk tribe, whose territory extended from Botany Bay to Pittwater. There are some 2000 Aboriginal rock engraving sites in the Sydney area, and many of Sydney’s suburbs have Aboriginal names.
Sydney is a fascinating and exciting City to Visit. There are many historical places to visit and see. My favorite is the Rocks area. The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical significance. It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum".
The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney and has recently undergone an amazing uplift, the old district being transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafes and restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls. You will find most activities center around walking, looking and eating. We love the magical historical feeling about it. The Rocks is Sydney's oldest preserved colonial district so the main emphasis is on the historical importance of the area.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit Sydney is in spring and autumn, especially around March-April or October - November. Sydney is blessed with a temperate climate and averages Summer temperatures of around 25°C (77°F).It can get up to 40 degrees C (104F) on a hot day and high humidity can make it oppressive, but torrential downpours often break the heat between October and March. Winters are cool rather than cold. Beach lovers should visit between December and February.
Bondi Beach is the grand dame of Sydney’s beaches. If you visit Bondi Beach you will find it a mix of ice cream parlors, designer cafes, greasy fish and chip shop and surf fashion stores.
The center of Sydney is on the south shore of the harbour, about 7 km inland from the harbour heads. The CBD has become a mini Manhattan of skyscrapers fighting for harbor views but its relentlessness is softened by Shady Hyde Park and the Domain parkland to the east, Darling Harbour to the west and the main harbour to the north. The Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Harbor tunnel link the city center with the CBD of North Sydney and the Suburbs of the North Shore.
If you are lucky enough to visit the most fascinating City in Australia there are plenty of things to do and see.
This tour outlines the fascinating and controversial history of Sydney Opera House. Your guide will bring to life the amazing stories behind this miracle of architecture and engineering. Take in the major venues, where over 2,500 performances are staged each year, and immerse yourself in the dramatic world of Australia's premier performing arts center.
The public cannot access the theaters, without purchasing a performance ticket. On this tour you will be guided into both the Drama Theatre and Concert Hall along with other "no access areas". Also see the beautiful glass foyers boasting spectacular views over Sydney Harbour - a perfect photo opportunity! This was one of the best tours of our visit. At a cost of only $23 per adult and $16 per child it is really worth it. The only thing I would advice is for you to wear really comfortable shoes as the Opera house has over 200 steps.
Step Out To The Edge With Sydney Tower Skywalk!
Skywalk is a unique high-altitude adventure on top of Sydney Tower. At 268meters (879 feet) above Sydney, Skywalk takes you on an exhilarating outdoor walk at the roof of the city, double the height of Sydney Harbor Bridge.
Dressed in protective clothing and safety-harnessed to external walkways, Skywalk guests experience a buzz unmatched by any other Sydney attraction. Step out onto the clouds as you venture across the glass-floored viewing platform for 360-degree views over glittering Sydney and beyond.
Expert Skywalk leaders accompany you to take your photographs and provide commentary with colorful insights, ensuring that Skywalk provides an unbeatable enhancement to your Sydney visit.
From the city's famous golden beaches to the distant Blue Mountains, take yourself to the edge of your willpower as you face Sydney like never before. Feel the high-altitude breeze, touch the clouds or simply hang out on the horizon. This is not for you if you are scared of heights but believe me you have an unbelievable view.
Located in the very heart of the city, Sydney Tower is easily accessible by public transport or car.
Sky walkers can choose between the following walks:
How to Get there:
Skywalk is wheelchair accessible. You must advise full details in the 'Special Requirements' box at time of booking.
Skywalks depart every day of the week, all year. They run in all weather conditions (except lightning), as you are supplied with an all-weather Skysuit. From your lofty viewpoint, Sydney is still beautiful even on a gray day.
Each Skywalk takes approximately 95 minutes. This includes safety briefing, suit-up and your elevator journey to the top of the Tower.
You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking. Preferably wear enclosed shoes with no open toes that offer support and grip. You will be provided with an all-weather Sky suit to protect from the elements, as well as beanie, gloves and rain-jacket if required. The Sky suit is worn over your own clothing. No loose items will be allowed on the Skywalk. Guests with eyeglasses and sunglasses will be provided with an attachment to secure them.
No loose items can be taken on Skywalk, including cameras, cam-corders and mobile phones. Your Skywalk guide will take photos for you, and there are also fixed cameras on the viewing platforms. These photos will be available to purchase at the end of your Skywalk, from the Skyshop on Podium Level. You can purchase printed copies or a CD of images. I didn’t mind this we still got some really good shots.
Lockers are provided to keep your valuables secure, including handbags, cameras, mobile phones and loose coins. These are big enough to fit only a small back-pack. You are unable to safely store larger backpacks or suitcases.
Sky walkers must sign a declaration form that states you do not suffer from any medical conditions that prevent you from comfortably and safely completing your Skywalk.
It is absolutely your responsibility to ensure you do not drink alcohol prior to your Skywalk, as all Sky walkers will be breath tested upon check-in. You will not be permitted to take part if your Blood Alcohol Concentration is 0.05% or greater, or if you are under the influence of drugs (legal or illegal). If you refuse to be breath tested then you cannot take part, and there will be no refund of your ticket price.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
I have to say the most exciting thing that happened on our last trip to Sydney was the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. The climb is a 3- hour adventure that will take you to the top of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is scary and I almost backed out so many times but prior to your climb commencing you are thoroughly briefed by professional climb staff. A specially designed BridgeSuit (worn over your clothing), harness and communications equipment are issued to each climber. The staff are wonderful and make you relax soon my nerves where gone.
You will receive a thorough safety briefing and complete a climb practice session conducted on the climb simulator. This is great. Practicing on the climb simulator builds anticipation and confidence, before you march onto one of Australia’s most famous landmarks.
You can even listen with a communications network to enable you to share the climb leader’s knowledge. Fascinating facts about the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, surrounding buildings and harbour.
On your walk to the summit you will experience birds-eye views of the city and Sydney Harbour. Once at the summit you are treated to an uninterrupted 360-degree view from the Heads, the Eastern Suburbs, the city, inner west, Homebush Olympic Park and Blue Mountains beyond. You will never forget this experience.
Anyone over the age of 10 years is welcome. Junior climbers, between the ages of 10 and 16 years, must be accompanied by an adult on the climb and a limit of two junior climbers per adult is mandatory, for safety reasons.
Climbs take place in ALL weather conditions. Only electrical storms and high winds, will postpone your BridgeClimb. In the event mother-nature has not provided a perfect day, rest assured you will be well equipped and prepared for the challenge.
Storage of Valuables
To prevent the chance of loose items (phones, cameras, jewellery, etc) falling onto the car deck, BridgeSuits are distributed to all climbers to wear over their clothes and all personal items are stored in secure lockers. Each participant is guided through a metal detector prior to beginning the climbing training.
Personal cameras are not allowed for safety reasons. The BridgeClimb Leader will take photographs, which can be purchased at the conclusion of your session. One group photo and a BridgeClimb Certificate of Achievement are included in your climb price.
A compulsory alcohol breath test is part of the briefing. All climbers are required to test below 0.05. Anyone who tests over 0.05 will not be permitted to climb and will not be eligible for a refund. Although it is $165 per person to Climb the Bridge my family and I all thought it was worth every cent. And I am sure you will too.
Taronga Zoo is the nation's leading zoological garden, featuring Australia's finest collection of native animals. What makes Taronga something special is its location. It is situated on elevated land along the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful vantage points on Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House.
This is a fantastic Family day out while in Sydney. It is always best to start your tour of the Zoo from the top entrance. That way you'll be walking downhill facing the harbour. You'll then be continually surprised as you turn a corner and catch a different vista of the horizon. Then, when you reach the bottom you can catch the Zoo Sky Safari chair lift to take you to the top again and begin your downhill trek along a different path.If you would like to get up close to the animals and have your picture taken, then try the Animal Encounters experience. For a small fee, with the assistance of the rangers, you can enter the enclosures of some of the animals on display and have your picture taken by a professional. Note: You are not allowed in touch or hold Koalas in NSW.