Sydney is a great place to visit anytime, July is a particularly good time as not as many tourists are around and you get to enjoy it even more, all of the locations mentioned below are visited during our Ultimate Private Sydney Tour.
With breathtaking views, memorable views and walks, world renowned restaurants and very friendly locals, it’s just the perfect destination.
Yes, even during winter, iconic Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches. It’s the closest ocean beach to the city centre (8km away), it has great waves, and is great for a surf swim. The water is crystal clear with an average temperature of 19°C. If the sea is too rough for you, try the safe child-friendly saltwater sea baths at either end of the beach.
Is a short 30 minute ferry ride across the world’s most spectacular harbour, Manly Wharf is a great place to start your Northern Beaches experience. Manly is a must visit Sydney destination offering waterfront restaurants, attractions, adventure and entertainment for young and old. Manly’s favourite attractions is Manly Beach! It is one of Australia’s most popular and well-known surfing beaches expanding a long way from North head to Freshwater.
About 3km south of Manly, spectacular, chunky North Head offers dramatic cliffs, lookouts, pretty paths through the native scrub and sweeping views of the ocean, the harbour and the city. A 5 minute drive from the Manly CBD, park the car and walk the path through the headland, which takes in former military barracks, WWII gun emplacements, a quarantine cemetery and a memorial walkcommemorating Australia’s military. At the tip, Fairfax Lookouts offer incredible views of the escarpment.
South Head is known for its sheer ocean cliffs and military history. But it’s the picture-perfect views most likely to keep you coming back again and again. Walk the South Head Heritage Trail, where you’ll find even more lookouts – it’s hard to tire of that panorama. Check out 19th century gun emplacements and the whimsical-looking Hornby Lighthouse.
The Gap features an unbeatable lookout. Climb to the top to gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Sydney Harbour. If you’re there between June and September keep your eyes open for whales on their annual migration journey.
With lovely beaches, marvellous views and delicious seafood, Watsons Bay on the South Head peninsula in Sydney’s east is a delightful day trip. Australia’s oldest fishing village is home to waterfront restaurants, great walking trails, and a harbourside park perfect for family picnics.
Getting to Watsons Bay, is easy, take the ferry from Circular Quay and cross our sparkling Sydney Harbour in less than 20 minutes.
Steeped in history, Watsons Bay is rich in indigenous and colonial heritage. Join an aboriginal guide for insights into Aboriginal culture and the bay area. From the cliff tops on Gap Bluff walking track, marvel at the vast ocean as you walk by where the full-rigged passenger ship the Dunbar shipwrecked in 1857, if you are lucky you may see a whale or two migrating north to Qld.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydneysiders love their giant ‘coathanger’, which opened in 1932. The best way to experience this majestic structure is on foot. Stairs climb up the bridge from both shores, leading to a footpath on the eastern side (the western side is a bike path). Climb the southeastern pylon to the pylon lookout or ascend the arc on the popular bridge climb.
The harbour bridge is a spookily big object – moving around town you’ll catch sight of it in the corner of your eye, sometimes in the most surprising of places. Its enormous dimensions make it the biggest (if not the longest) steel arch bridge in the world.
Sydney Opera House
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this World Heritage–listed building is Australia’s most famous landmark. Visually referencing a yacht’s sails, it’s a soaring, commanding presence. The complex comprises five performance spaces for dance, concerts, opera and theatre. The best way to experience the building is to attend a performance, but you can also take a one-hour guided tour.