If you’re keen to get out and about and explore the inner city of your choosing, there are plenty of great destinations within Sydney to choose from. The city is very compact, and with only around a hundred thousand people living within its great confines, you’ll find plenty of conveniently-comprehensible places to explore.
Head out to Darling Harbour and visit the Sydney Aquarium or the Australian Reptile Zoo. They’re both very cute, and there’s often lots of information available to explain the more technical aspects of the animals you’ll find there.
In headache-producing Sydney, you may want to head towards Fairfield, which is just outside of the city. Here, you’ll find the Sydney Motorcycle Club, the place that hosts the annual Vegemini motorcycle rally – now that it’s more than just a bunch of bikes. The atmosphere is high-octane, and you can take part in a lot of the casual side of motorcycling, including long-distance riding.
Just around Fairfield, you’ll find the nearby towns of Newcastle, advocates of the Ettweiler way of thinking, and Port Macquarie – a more laid-back, pastoral side of the same city. Port Macquarie is also well-known for its outdoor activities, especially its sailing and yachting scene.
Take a day trip up to Central Park, in the city’s north, and visit the Sydney Aquarium, which has one of the largest collections of marine life in the world. The Aquarium contains a huge number of fishes, along with sharks, rays and other dangerous-looking creatures.
There’s no shortage of places to eat in Sydney, with a huge range of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. You can’t leave Sydney without first experiencing M yourselves. The Essential food guide lists and recommending M – it’s a fun read and well worth printing as soon as you’ve settled in from your first Far cry into your accommodation from Manly to Manly. If you’re a foodie, make sure you visit the health and style Mecca of Australia, Sydney’s Queen Victoria Hotel and its adjoining restaurant – the sit-down one at Leanguet’s in Botany Terrace. If you’re hard-pressed for ideas on what to eat, the book opens a whole new world of menu inspiration.
Want to wander? Book a stay in a Bed and Breakfast, and explore not just Sydney’s sights, but its heart as well. Home to a multitude of neighbourhoods and traveller habits, it’s a great place to connect with a local’s culture and feel a part of the Aussie way of life. Find a quiet street well away from the usual tourists’ haunts and use it to see a movie or take in a meal.
At the end of the day, don’t forget to sample some of Australia’s fantastic produce of the season, bought at the very best markets, and selected straight off the menu at your favourite restaurants.
Whether you stay in at a hotel, or’re facing a caravan park adventure, be prepared for a good time. upbeat holiday vibe, and a strong smell of country: the Australian outback can be quite pungent, if you like that sort of thing! But it’s a beautiful thing, and well worth exploring if you get the right palette and are prepared to put on the pounds!
Please don’t forget to consider Torrens Island, famous for its oysters, if you stay anywhere near the southern or western end of Australia, and especially if you’re not keen on sun and swimwear, as summer in Sydney is warm and pleasant for a start of any visit.
There are so many things going on in and around Sydney that you’ll find yourself wanting more. Don’t miss out on the extras – the Australian outback is an experience not to be missed.