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Sydney: Everything your neighbor has not experienced

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Sydney is so much more than the famous Opera House. Read along and be inspired for different experiences in the city.
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Sydney: Everything your neighbor has not experienced written by Winnie Sorensen

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Sydney's different experiences

Sydney is possibly one of the most beautiful cities on earth. The city is built around the world's largest natural harbor and flanked by countless national parks, which are only a few kilometers from the absolute center of the city. Here are all shades of blue and green. There is air and life everywhere, and the city takes most visitors' breath away.

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and has so much to offer. Most tourists naturally stay around Utzon's beautiful Opera House and the old quarter "The Rocks", but Sydney offers much more. Get here 10 tips for experiencing places that many others overlook.

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Take a ferry to one of the islands in the harbor

Did you know that there are 7 islands in Sydney's vast natural harbour? Some of them are even open to the public.

How about, for example, going on a camping trip in the middle of Sydney Harbour? On Cockatoo Island, located in the middle of the harbor, you can spend the night and at the same time learn about the history of the island as a former prison for convicts. And of course you also wake up to a fantastic view over the harbour.

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Hike from Spit Bridge to Manly

The many national parks invite for hiking. One of the most famous walks in Sydney is the walk between the two beaches, Coogee and Bondi. And it IS beautiful. You walk along the cliff edge with a view of surfers who are looking for the perfect wave and come past beautiful beaches and small cozy suburbs. But the hike is not a hidden gem. There are many tourists here, and at some times of the year you almost walk on the path between the two beaches.

If you would rather have a path to yourself, you can instead choose to hike a trip from Spit Bridge to Manly. The tour does not offer the unique view of Stillehavet. On the other hand, it is green, calm and with great views of Sydney Harbour. End the trip with fish & chips in cozy Manly.

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Enjoy the sunset over Sydney from the Manly ferry

After the walk, fish & chips and a dip in havet at Manly, you can conveniently take the ferry back to town. At sunset you may be lucky enough to get some great camera shots of the sun setting behind the Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge.

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Start the day with an early morning walk behind the facade of Sydney's busy fish market. The trips start at 06.40 and last 1½-2 hours. Take the light rail to get out here. At the end of 2018, a new fish market will also open right next to the old one - and the architects are Danish!

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Paddington Reservoir Garden

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In the suburb of Paddington there is an old water reservoir. It has been converted into a garden and almost looks like a piece of Rome - right in the middle of Sydney. On the roof you will find a beautiful sunken garden where you can take a little rest while enjoying the impressive garden. Stay until sunset if you want to see the garden in a completely new light, when all the details emerge anew.

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Aboriginal art - in Bondi

Bondi is probably one of the world's most famous beaches. And it's hard not to be impressed. Chalk white sand, perfect waves, lifeguards in red and yellow clothes and beautiful young, fit people. Get out here - see and be seen. And when you're bored, take Walangari Karntawarra around and look at Aboriginal art in Bondi.

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On a ghost ride at Q station

The quarantine station at Sydney's “North Head” (head towards Manly and turn right) was used in the 1800th century to isolate people arriving in Sydney who might have an infectious disease.

If you showed signs of plague, yellow fever, etc., you were quarantined until the risk of infection was over. More than 500 people died here – and it is said that some of the dead never really left the place…. Take a ghost tour and see for yourself.

                                                                 

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Out in the suburbs

Sydney is huge! In fact, it is one of the world's largest cities when you look at the area. The city's demographic center is 25 km west of the CBD (Central Business District), which is where most tourists stay. There are more than 600 suburbs in the city, so the possibilities are many!

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Immerse yourself in the museums of Sydney

It may not sound so inventive, but Sydney has so much to offer that most tourists never get to some of the museums. And that's a shame, too Sydney has some absolutely amazing museums. The Museum of Sydney is among my favorites. It is built on top of the city's first government building. A lot has happened since then….

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“Roar and snore” in Sydney

Wake up among giraffes and zebras in one of the world's most beautiful cities. At Taronga Zoo you can spend the night in a tent in true "glamping" style.

Here you are taken on a night safari in the zoo after closing time and get up close to the many animals behind the scenes when one of the zookeepers shows you around. Of course, you also get your very own safari tent, where you can fall asleep to the sound of the park's animals.

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Sydney is a fantastic city full of both big and small experiences – and experiences a little out of the ordinary. There is always something to see Australiens largest city, and there is something for all ages and interests. Then it's just a matter of choosing!

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You must experience that on your trip to Sydney, Australia

  • Take a ferry to one of the islands in the harbor
  • Hike from Spit Bridge to Manly
  • The Opera House
  • Enjoy the sunset over Sydney from the Manly ferry
  • Visit the Sydney Fish Market
  • Paddington Reservoir Garden
  • Bondi Beach
  • Take a ghost tour at Q station
  • Visit the Museum of Sydney
  • Overnight among the animals at Taronga Zoo

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About the author

Winnie Sorensen

Winnie Sørensen is a country expert RejsRejsRejs for Australia, to which she lost her heart 20 years ago. She has been back more than 10 times, and has traveled all over most of Australia. Winnie writes on Talesfromaustralia.com, lectures about the country, and generally likes to share her travel experiences with others who have a penchant for marsupials and all the other goodies from downunder. Winnie is an active traveler and works in the travel industry, so she gets to travel a lot, i.a. to Africa.

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