As TripAdvisor awarded Sydney the ‘top destination in Australia’ in the 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards, it’s time to revisit why so many travellers fall for Australia’s most famous harbour city.
A global city renowned for its coastal lifestyle, physical beauty and exuberant spirit, Sydney’s physical allure and laidback outdoor lifestyle make it one of the most enjoyable cities in the world to visit.
With world-class attractions, record breaking events and Instagrammable vistas everywhere, here are five reasons why Sydney is simply the best – in case you needed any more convincing.
- Iconic Sydney Harbour
The world famous Sydney Harbour needs no introduction. With two of Australia’s most famous icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House at its heart, Sydney Harbour boasts hundreds of kilometres of shoreline, national parks, beaches, islands, waterside dining, foreshore walks, sailing, swimming, kayaking and diving. It’s easy to see why the harbour is so intrinsic to the city’s psyche and defines the coastal lifestyle Sydney is so famous for.
- World-class food with a side of blue
Innovative chefs and a culinary style evolved from a multicultural heritage, premium fresh produce and fabulous backdrops are some of the ingredients that make Sydney a desirable dining destination. Waterfront dining is what Sydney does best – from fine dining in restaurants with magical views to eating takeaway gourmet fish and chips on the beach with your toes in the sand.
- Beaches, beaches, beaches
In which other city in the world can you go from suit to swim in an instant? Sydney is an ocean and harbour city with unparalleled access to the water and more than 70 beaches. Step straight from surf and sand into urban beach villages with bars, dining and shopping to suit every mood. At Sydney’s heart, Sydney Harbour National Park includes bushland remnants of Sydney’s original ecosystem, more than 70 Aboriginal historic sites, 200 historic buildings, beaches galore and the towering cliffs of North and South Head at the harbour entrance.
- The home of fun
Sydney is the perfect place to play, with a wide range of exciting tours and attractions that offer plenty of challenges, adventures and chilled-out ways to discover the harbour city. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb or experience indoor skydiving inside a very tall, glass tunnel at iFly Downunder in Penrith.
- All of the lights
Sydney offers a 12 month calendar of exciting events, many with an international flavour and appeal – from glittering theatre performances to adrenaline-charged sports matches. The star of the show is Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. The 2015 festival attracted a record 1.7 million attendees including domestic and international visitors to NSW. The event in 2016 will be bigger and better than ever, offering 23-nights of showstopping lights, music and ideas across the city.