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!
Sydney Harbor is most famous for its bridge, opera house, and hidden beaches. But the harbor—which is actually a sandstone-and-shale river valley that filled with water roughly 10,000 years ago—is also studded with historic Sydney Harbor islands that make for quirky day trips from the mainland. Some still perform maritime duties, while others feature cafes, […]
Just because the days are getting shorter and the sun is losing a bit of its edge doesn’t mean the party stops after summer ends in Sydney. Some of the city’s most beloved events are in fact held in the chillier months, filling whatever climatic void there might be with culture. From naked swims and […]
Enjoy an incredible view of the city from the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the famous Sydney BridgeClimb! This month one lucky fan will win 2 tickets to this exciting new Sydney activity–find out how to enter below!