If you’re looking to escape Sydney on a day trip, the Blue Mountains are great to visit any time of the year. One of the most popular things to do is take a scenic drive through the National Park to enjoy panoramic views of the Megalong Valley and also go for one of many incredible […]
Being Australia’s oldest city, with a modern history that dates to 1788 when the First Fleet came from Britain to settle Australia as a penal colony, Sydney has its share of legends and lore. Most of which are centered in the Rocks and Millers Point neighborhoods, within the sandstone walls of Sydney’s oldest watering holes. It’s here that alcohol was smuggled, prostitutes were seduced, convicts escaped and crimes were committed. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the best historic Sydney pubs that travelers can experience on a bar crawl.
Sydney’s live music scene is happening but on the periphery. If it weren’t for radio stations like FBI and JJJ, as well as publications like Time Out Sydney, even locals wouldn’t know where to look for a good show. Luckily, there are a handful of great options, several of which are small and lined in red velvet. Here are some of the best Sydney live music venues.
The area that now surrounds the south side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge — between the piers of Walsh Bay and the cobblestone alleyways of The Rocks district — is the oldest neighborhood in Sydney. Originally known as Jack the Miller’s Point after a miller named Jack Leighton, Millers Point dates to 1814 and still retains many relics from the 1800s. Here are some places where travelers can discover Millers Point: the oldest neighborhood in Sydney.
Crowned by the Barrenjoey Lighthouse about an hour north of Sydney, Palm Beach is an idyllic spot that combines the best of beaches, bush and food. A day trip to Palm Beach begins with a leisurely ramble across the Hawkesbury River, through Garigal National Park and out to the Northern Beaches, at which point coastal rhythms take over. Past Avalon and Whale beaches, the two-lane road is dotted with quaint restaurants, boutiques and gourmet grocers, and the vegetation turns noticeably tropical. When the highway finally ends at a parking lot that stretches up the spit, you know you have arrived. Here’s how to enjoy a day trip to Palm Beach.
So much of Sydney culture is centered around the water. The famous opera house perched out on the waterfront, the Harbour Bridge, ferries, beaches, surfing and more. On my second trip to Sydney, I decided I needed to explore the water culture further. The best way to do that is to get out on the harbor. And instead of simply floating along drinking champagne like most tour options offer, I was looking for a real experience. That’s how I ended up as part of a racing team on an America’s Cup-class sailboat!
Since Sydney loosened its notoriously strict liquor licensing laws in 2008, an explosion of small bars has been silently erupting from the basements of the CBD out to the Eastern Suburbs. There are now so many American-style speakeasies (many of them underground and seemingly connected by tunnels) that you’d think Sydney was in the midst […]
The eastern beaches of Sydney get a lot of the attention, but the stunning Sydney Harbor, with all of its fingers and inlets, offer some amazing attractions, too. Not to mention some of the most prized real estate in the city. The best Sydney harborfront neighborhoods for travelers have the homes and the views but […]
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Sydney so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Sydney!