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This iconic vintage fun park perched on the edge of the harbour at Milson’s Point is heaps of fun for kids big and small. It’s also a top vantage point day or night for outstanding views of the harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Although small by modern theme park standards, Luna Park has enough rides and amusements for an action-packed day out with young children.  For anyone over the age 12 a couple of hours is probably ample. If you’d like to linger longer, go for a picnic at the lovely park overlooking Lavender Bay down the path behind Luna Park. The fun way to get to Luna Park is on the ferry from Circular Quay. It’s a short trip with a big wow factor as the boat passes under Sydney Harbour Bridge. Luna Park Highlights The…

Taronga Zoo With a View Taronga means ‘beautiful view’ and the panoramic vistas are just one of the highlights of a visit to Australia’s No.1 zoological garden. Getting to Taronga Zoo is another. Start your zoo adventure with a fun ferry ride across beautiful Sydney Harbour, leaving from the city and disembarking at Bradley’s Head Road. From the wharf there’s a short walk to catch the awesome Sky Safari gondola lift up to Taronga Zoo. Alternatively, get the bus. But the gondola is way more exciting. Sydney Ferries has a package deal that includes your return ferry fare, zoo entry and gondola ride. Some tour boat operators also offer package deals for Taronga Zoo. Taronga Zoo is Magical Taronga Zoo is a must-see for locals and visitors alike. The zoo is spread over 17 beautifully designed and landscaped hectares, with…

One of the world’s most revered buildings, Sydney Opera House is a 21st century masterpiece, an iconic public artwork, a performance venue without parallel, and an idyllic spot for reverie on a sunny day or moonlit night. Visitors to Sydney are sometimes surprised by how accessible this World Heritage building is and how casually it graces the lives of the locals. There are no gates, no guards, and no entry fees. Anyone can stroll down to the Sydney Opera House, take photos, walk around it, go inside to use the loos, or sun themselves on the steps. But to truly experience the magic of Sydney Opera House in all its architectural and acoustic perfection, you should do a tour and catch at least one performance. Sydney Opera House Tours There are several tours to choose from, including one for people…

Ideally you should allow at least a week to wallow in the ecstasy that is Paddington shopping. A truck would be handy too, for carting home your haul of goodies. But even if time and trucks are not on your side, a shopping trip to the spiritual home of Australia’s style aficionados is a pleasure not to be missed. Slick, sleek, chic and eclectic, Paddington is a treasure trove of cutting-edge designer stores, intriguing boutiques, brilliantly creative emporiums, impossibly hip art galleries, high-end vintage shops and iconic specialty stores. Mix it up with historic architecture, relaxed café society and funky pubs, and it’s no wonder Paddington shopping is number one for locals and visitors, alike. Paddington Shopping Our advice: start at the top of Oxford Street and work your way down, taking in the side-streets as you go. Some try…

Going for a cruise on the spectacular Sydney Harbour has to be one of the best experiences in Australia, if not the world. The good news is that there are dozens of cruise operators who offer fabulous choices for Sydney Harbour cruises in all price brackets. Options for Sydney Harbour Cruises Just about every imaginable option is available. Sightseeing cruises, lunchtime sailing adventures, cocktails at sunset, dinner and dancing cruises, dinner-show cruises on vintage paddle-wheelers, night-time cruises, wine-tasting cruises, and more. For just a few dollars, you can hop on the historic Manly Ferry. From here you’ll see the same amazing scenery and iconic sights as billionaires aboard a luxury chartered yacht. Boats for Sydney Harbour Cruises There’s a huge range of vessels for Sydney Harbour cruises – sailing ships, party ferries, jet boats, sleek catamarans, retro cruisers, floating palaces,…

Yes, Sydney can be expensive and tricky to get around by car, but this outdoorsy and cultural city is definitely family-friendly. Many top Sydney attractions for families – like a trip to the beach – are light on the pocket, close to the city, and easy to get on foot or public transport. When it comes to special adventures, the sky’s the limit. Unique Sydney attractions for families include Taronga Zoo, concerts at Sydney Opera House, surf lessons at iconic Bondi Beach, The Harbour Bridge Climb, exploring Cockatoo Island, and jet boating on Sydney Harbour to name but a few. Top Sydney Attractions for Families If it’s a nice day, it’s a no brainer: hit the beach. There are many lovely harbour and surf beaches to choose from. Some, like Manly and Bondi, have vibrant lifestyle precincts with cafes, shops…

The funky inner city suburb of Surry Hills is chock full of surprises. One moment you can be dining at one of Australia’s poshest restaurants, the next blowing the dust off a rare antique book, or scoring yourself rockstar threads with matching purple winklepickers from a kooky store down a laneway. In between there are an abundance of boho boutiques, retro stores, designer furniture showcases, out-there art galleries, and loads of quirky shops that defy definition but are impossible to walk past. Exploring Surry Hills Shopping Village Surry Hills is a pleasure to explore as many of the streets are lined with big trees and gorgeous Victorian terrace houses in various states of disrepair, restoration and creative re-invention, thanks to the diverse demographics of this buzzing precinct. Once the enclave of musos, artists, drug dealers and ladies of the night,…

Sydney Aquarium is Amazing Sydney’s number one tourist attraction, Sydney Aquarium, is considered to be the best aquarium in Australia and it’s one of the largest in the world. Located in Darling Harbour, next to the CBD, Sydney Aquarium specialises in Australian aquatic animals. There are hundreds of species of freshwater and sea creatures from all over the country. Sydney Aquarium is open every day of the year, from 9am to 8pm daily. Highlights of Sydney Aquarium The fauna and flora at Sydney Aquarium has to be seen to be believed. Here, right in the middle of the city, just metres from towering office blocks, you can get up close to dugongs, penguins, platypuses, a myriad of tropical fish, and a huge Great Barrier Reef oceanarium with a live coral cave. There are also massive stingrays swanning around in their…

Day and night, Darling Harbour rocks with cool things to see, do and experience. Stroll around the harbour to admire the boats and the awesome harbour views. Jump on a cruise boat, water taxi or Sydney ferry for a sightseeing adventure. At Darling Harbour you can wine and dine at a sublime waterfront restaurant, or tuck into tasty takeaways sitting on a wharf in the sun. You can meet a koala, feed kangaroos, and see one of the biggest crocodiles in the world gulp down his lunch. Then explore a real submarine and climb up a heritage lighthouse. Next, you might catch a 3D action movie on the world’s biggest screen. Then relax and get your heart rate back to normal at Darling Harbour’s beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship. Come the evening, Darling Harbour’s famous waterfront eateries and glamorous late-night…

Manly Beach Manly Beach, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, is one of Sydney’s most popular and scenic seaside playgrounds. Millions of visitors head to Manly every year to swim, surf, snorkel, dive, kayak, sunbathe, picnic, party, and have fun in the sun with buckets and spades. There’s plenty happening off the beach too, with loads of shops, funky boutiques, markets, great restaurants, cool bars and friendly pubs with live music in Manly township. Manly Beach Action If it’s anything to do with the sea, sand and surf, then it’s bound to be happening at Manly Beach. You can get lessons from experts in sailing, surfing and beach volleyball. If you already know how to hang ten but don’t bring your board with you, you can hire one. You can also hire a boat, bike, skateboard, kayak, and SCUBA gear from various…