Must go day trips when in Sydney

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Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Yashaswini Dwarakinath
Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Yashaswini Dwarakinath
Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Yashaswini Dwarakinath
Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Yashaswini Dwarakinath
Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Yashaswini Dwarakinath
Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Yashaswini Dwarakinath
Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Yashaswini Dwarakinath
Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Yashaswini Dwarakinath

ity of Sydney located on the east cost of Australia has the most beautiful coastline that forms the largest natural harbor in the world. Iconic Sydney Opera house, the harbor bridge and its world famous beaches are the signature attractions - no wonder Sydney is the most visited city. Some of the popular beach side destinations and bay areas have a great variety of beach side dining, cafes and pubs. It is an interesting city with a culturally diverse population and a vibrant night life. If you have a weeks time then consider exploring these places in and around Sydney.

Sydney Harbor and Opera house :

The Iconic harbor bridge and Opera house are the signature attractions of Sydney. Walking across the harbor bridge is a great way to experience the largest steel arch bridge and get a good view of the Opera house. Climbing the bridge is allowed too with a fee.

The Opera house is bustling with tourists and the locals alike experiencing the historical and distinctive architectural marvel. Relax in a cafe at the Opera house or enjoy a drink or two watching sunset over the harbor bridge. If you are in Sydney during the Vivid Sydney festival then you are in for a visual treat. The iconic structure is transformed into a canvas as the sails are lit up with colorful patterns.

Take a ferry from Circular Quay to get the best views of the bridge and the Opera house.

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Manly beach:

About 30 mins in a ferry from Circular Quay takes you to Manly wharf from where it is a short walk through a lively street to Manly beach which is famous for surfing. Not far away from the city yet this beach gives a feeling of being far far away on a vacation. From small cafes to upscale restaurants the beach side offers a variety of choices to dine in.

Small trail on the side leads to an elevated piece of land from where you can walk up to the cliff to get a panoramic view of the beach and watch the sun set behind the horizon.

The Blue mountains :

Valleys and ridges of blue mountains make a beautiful mountain range which was formed over millions of years by severe eroding of the sandstone bedrock. This world heritage site is about 2 hours by train from Sydney. It is chillier in the mountains than in the city, a good warm up walk from the train station to the national park was much needed.

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Explore the magnificence of the Blue mountains, waterfalls and its lush green valleys. Hike up to the view points that offer panoramic view of the mountains, also you can go down a steep stair way to the bottom of the valley. Hiking in the mountains, also called bush walking, is allowed and there are numerous trails of all difficulty levels.

Sydney to Kiama via Wollongong:

Drive from Sydney to Kiama takes you from mountains to sea shore through the scenic coastal towns. Wollongong is one such town with bustling cafes, a number of beaches, adventure activities and an elegant peaceful Nan Tien Buddhist temple.

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Drive south to the town of Kiama - Pristine beaches, greenery and rural charm makes this town a peaceful abode. Kiama is home to world's largest blow hole, a crevice in the rock along coast.when the waves are powerful water gushes through the crevice and spouts out high into the air. I wasn't lucky enough to witness this phenomenon as the sea was calm and low tides couldn't do the magic.

Jervis bay :

Less than 3 hours from Sydney, further down south from Kiama is the Jervis bay, famous for its pristine white sand beaches, turquoise water and much less crowd. Whale watching is a great attraction here during the whale migration season (Jun - Nov). It was pretty exciting to see the Kangaroos walking around muck like the deer in India, harmless and adorable.

Watsons bay :

Take a ferry to Watsons bay, a great place to spend an evening. Walk along the picturesque coastline, explore the short trails around- one of it leading to a light house, watch the sunset across the majestic harbor bridge which can be viewed from the bay and am told the seafood here is to die for.

Bondi beach :

There are abundant sandy choices to explore around Sydney and the white sand beach of Bondi is the most popular one. The beach is bustling with people from dawn to dusk. Bondi is not just about the beach. The cafes, shopping centers and the night life makes it a perfect weekend getaway.

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