Sydney is so much more than its stunning harbour, beaches, bridge and Opera House. To get to the real heart of the city you’ll need to explore its inner precincts. Like recalcitrant children, they all have distinct personalities and a flavor that is very much their own.
Manly: Hop on a ferry across the harbour to this laid-back seaside suburb. It buzzes with life on the weekend when locals hit the beaches or roller-blade along the promenade. Go surfing, hire a bike or visit Manly Ocean World.
Mosman: Also a short hop across the harbour, Mosman has pocket-sized beaches with Sydney’s best harbour views. Most visitors come to see one of Sydney’s biggest attractions: the award-winning Taronga Zoo.
Kings Cross: Famous for always having been the city’s seedier part of town, ‘the Cross’ is best seen at night when its clubs, pubs and strip joints buzz with a irresistible energy.
Paddington: Gorgeous Victorian terraces; designer boutiques on Oxford Street; great cafes and pubs: Paddington is the perfect place to shop for the latest trends or browse in a well-stocked bookshop. Don’t miss the Saturday markets here!
Double Bay: Well, if you have plenty of money you don’t want to settle for just one bay, do you? Yes, this is where Sydney’s elite live in their mansions and luxury penthouses. It’s a gorgeous area with open parks, tree-lined boulevards, pavement cafes and exclusive boutiques. Enjoy the high life for day!
Bondi: You’ll find everything from backpackers to billionaires on the strip that follows Sydney’s most famous beach. It’s Bondi’s laid-back and eclectic feel that makes it so loved and unique.
Coogee: More classic Sydney surf scene. Coogee’s gorgeous beach draws locals and visitors alike. Make sure you explore the 6km (3.7 m) walk north along the cliff tops to Bondi for some spectacular scenery.