state capital of New South Wales is one of the premier travel
destinations in the world. Modern and cosmopolitan Sydney is a vital
global hub and the veritable nerve centre of Australia.
close to 4.5 million people, Down Under’s foremost metropolis has a
dynamic and diverse civic vibe, with myriad neighbourhoods and
districts to explore. By day, the New South Wales capital offers
spectacular and popular attractions like UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach. By night, the
city comes alive and offers a rich tapestry of superb restaurants,
nightlife and live entertainment.
the skyscrapers of the Central Business District dominate Sydney’s
attractive skyline, the city has plenty of green space in store, from
Hyde Park and Wentworth Park, to The Domain and Royal Botanic
Gardens. A short drive outside the city proper, the UNESCO World
Heritage Greater Blue Mountains Area captivates nature lovers.
complete a destination as Sydney is, it can be tricky to get off the
usual track and discover a different side of the city. With that in
mind, check out five alternative attractions in Australia’s main
a Big Event at Sydney Cricket Ground
may know zilch about Test cricket, One Day International cricket or
Australian Rules football. No matter. The best way to mingle with
locals in Sydney is to catch a big event at Sydney Cricket Ground.
For Sydney Swans footy action and first class cricket, courtesy of
the New South Wales Blues, the 46,000-seat stadium in Moore Park is
the place to be.
to Glebe Markets on Saturday
inner city suburb of Glebe is a hive of activity every Saturday. The
Blackwattle Bay community, some 3 km east of Sydney CBD, hosts a
phenomenal alternative market, with scores of stalls to peruse and
rummage through. From handicrafts to gourmet grub, Glebe Markets has
it all. Consider the area for a lively Saturday afternoon in Sydney.
Nearby suburbs like Glebe also have many fine, cheap
travellers on a budget.
King Street in Newtown
suburb of Newtown is a hip haunt of live music and theatre,
alternative shops and landmark pubs and cafés. Less than 5 km
from the heart of Sydney, the cool community is a wonderful place to
while away a few hours and discover some great architecture, not to
mention vintage records and fashions.
multi-purpose and interactive Sydney point of interest is not your
average science museum. The eclectic Powerhouse Museum delves into a
wide variety of disciplines, from decorative arts and space
technology, to popular culture, fashion and media. A stone’s throw
from Central Station (Sydney Terminal) and Darling Harbour, the
museum is fun, affordable and conveniently open every day of the
year, save Christmas.
the Scenes at Sydney Fish Market
most remarkable fish market outside of Japan, Sydney Fish Market is
the top attraction on Blackwattle Bay. The Pyrmont suburb gem is
close to many of the best Sydney
landmarks. The feverish hub of people and seafood operates a
wholesale fish market, fruit and vegetable market and several
restaurants and shops. While you can visit the market any time of
day, the Behind the Scenes Tour is a memorable experience, the
explicit highlight of which is the pre-dawn Dutch fish and seafood
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