Sydney has long been on the list of must-visit cities for travellers when in Oz. Some people swing by for a few whirlwind days, some come back year after year to experience the good vibes the city has to offer and some are lucky enough to call it home forever. With beautiful beaches, a wealth of culture in the form of theatre, music and art, plus crazy good shopping, there is truly something for everyone.
Head of Marketing at STA Travel, Tara Sena-Becker says “Of course, going to Sydney and leaving out the ‘must sees’ like the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Taronga Zoo is unthinkable. But, when you really want to get under the skin of this dynamic city and experience it in a way only a local can, where do you start? Look no further! We’ve put together four pieces of insider knowledge to help you explore the very best of your home away from home.”
SYDNEY METRO THEATRE, GEORGE STREET
This converted theatre is legendary for its reputation as a breakthrough venue for small acts before they hit the big-time. It’s a great place to eat, drink, dance and maybe be one of the first to witness the next big thing in Indie music. But it’s not just about listening to the latest feature from Triple J Unearthed. This venue also plays host to some of the world’s big name acts, including Ellie Goulding, Foo Fighters, Lorde and Coldplay. Check out the line-up here: www.metrotheatre.com.au/events/metro
ANDREW (BOY) CHARLTON POOL
Favoured by locals, Andrew (Boy) Charlton Swimming Pool is where all the cool, good-looking people hang out (so it would be rude not to show your face, right?). Set on an open-air terrace with panoramic views over Sydney’s harbour, it’s a great place to chill out with a cold drink and live the high life during the summer months. Alternatively, North Sydney Olympic Pool is a huge outdoor pool in the shadow of Luna Park’s pearly white smile with an even more epic view, plus a gym, spa and sauna. Perfect for a bit of R&R.
SHARK ISLAND, CRONULLA POINT
It may not be a secret to hard-core surfing fans but when the swell is big, this lump of rock produces some of the gnarliest waves in the world. When it’s ‘on’ it is known to attract some of the world’s top pro surfers, along with die-hard groups of fearless locals. If getting dumped by waves in a heavy swell isn’t your thing, its located next to a grassy point so you can picnic with friends above the cliff face and watch the world’s best surfers & body boarders take on the island.
Recommended for strong surfers only, but don’t be put off, Cronulla beach isn’t far off where you can take a more relaxed approach between the flags.
WHITE RABBIT GALLERY
Get your share of #culture and visit this impressive gallery showcasing some of the world’s most significant Chinese Contemporary Art from the 21st Century. Located super close to Central Station, it features almost 2,000 works by more than 500 artists from China and Taiwan. Making use of a refitted 1940’s Rolls-Royce service depot as an exhibition space, this Gallery oozes class. With two new exhibitions a year, and a limit to showing the collection at any one time, visiting the White Rabbit means every time you pop by you’re bound to see something new and exciting!
Got a hankering for a taste of life in Sydney? We can get you there! Check out our cheap flights and huge range of accommodation in Sydney on www.statravel.com.au or come chat to us about your next trip at any STA Travel store.