It’s easy to dismiss Australia as a blistering outpost where nature is determined to maim you.
Home to the world’s most venomous snake, more dangerous spiders than you can shake a stick at, and an ocean teeming with toothy sharks and lethal jellyfish, it’s a country accustomed to making outsiders feel decidedly uncomfortable.
However, the planet’s largest island offers much more than skirmishes with deadly creatures.
Sydney, for instance, is a melting pot of culture, with stacks of first-rate entertainment, museums and art galleries, as well as a rich history of sport, and a raft of beaches where locals and tourist alike can soak up the sun.
If you’ve never visited the state capital of New South Wales, what are you waiting for?
But first …
Pre-Book Airport Parking
If there’s one thing we’ve learned on our travels it’s to ensure you make your life as easy as possible … and pre-booking an airport parking service is our hottest tip.
The simplest way to book is by using Looking4.com, a comparison site that’ll find you the best deal and get you ready for the long flight down under.
And once you’ve landed at Kingsford Smith, make sure you hurry to check out these three Sydney hotspots …
1. Royal Botanic Gardens
Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens on a gorgeous Sydney morning and spend the day reading a book and enjoying a picnic in this awe-inspiring natural amphitheatre. Once you’re fuelled up, take some time to explore the 74 acres before a trip to the visitor centre at the Palm Grove Centre.
Pleasingly, you won’t need to go out of your way to enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens, as it’s located next to the Sydney Opera House, offering you the opportunity to take a stroll back towards the CBD via some of the area’s welcoming hostelries.
2. Luna Park
Take a trip over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point and you’ll find Luna Park, an amusement park on the northern shore of the harbour. The rather disconcerting Luna Park Face welcomes you, which is a good indication of the crazy fun to be had inside.
Before you spend your cash in the various sideshows, however, make sure you take a ride on the Hair Raiser, a 160ft drop tower designed to empty your stomach of its contents, as well as getting your kicks on the stunning 35-metre tall Ferris wheel.
3. Tamarama Beach
With well over 100 beaches in the area, sun seekers and surfers are literally spoiled for choice in Sydney—but there’s really only one option if you’re looking to catch some of the finest waves in the city: Tamarama.
Nicknamed ‘Glamarama’ in the 80s due to the various flamboyant individuals who flocked to the beach, Tamarama is perhaps not the obvious choice if you’re looking to try out your new bikini—try Coogee, Bondi or Manly instead—but it’s worth a visit if surfing is your vibe.
Now it’s over to you …
What are your favourite parts of Sydney? Any hidden gems we should add to the list? Please let us know by leaving a comment below—we’d love to hear from you.