With more than 60 nationalities in dozens of diverse offices worldwide, Agoda employees know the secrets to traveling and embracing the culture around them. We’ve asked our Aussie colleagues to reveal their favorite ways to spend a day while traveling in Sydney, Australia, so that you, too, can satisfy your wanderlust during a day out – down under!
1. Take a sightseeing walkabout at HARBOUR BRIDGE, and cheer on your favorite Aussie football team
Take in an incredible view of Harbour Bridge from Taronga Zoo, where you can stroll through 6 kilometers of natural bushlands and view animals from around the world in open settings. Catch an educational performance and view art and historical artifacts while visiting the Art Gallery of New South Wales, considered the most important gallery in all of Australia. Capture sunset shots of the seaside as well as a mesmerizing view of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a walkabout from the Royal Botanic Gardens to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Sports fans should definitely take in an Australian Football League game when in town. Cheer on the Swans from Sydney Cricket Ground, or get tickets to watch the Greater Western Sydney Giants play at Sydney Showground Stadium.
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2. Marvel at Aboriginal rock carvings while wandering along cliff tops from Bondi to Bronte
Take a coastal beach walk and soak up a 2.5 million-dollar view from Bondi to Bronte – or go all the way to Coogee for the complete 6-kilometer trek. Whether you choose the shorter stretch or the longer one, you’ll be mesmerized by cliff-top views, Aboriginal rock carvings and playful cafés along the way. Divers might like to venture down to the water’s edge for some underwater bushwalking at Gordon’s Bay Underwater Nature Trail. Couples love to snap romantic photos from the five viewing points along the pathway, and families can end the day’s excursion with a beach BBQ at sunset.
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3. Feast on Aussie sweets and savories
Watermelon cake? One Sydney insider claimed it was the best cake she’d ever eaten in her life! If that doesn’t tempt your taste buds, everything else at Black Star Pastry will.
Also satisfy snack attacks at:
- The Vogue Café | 09 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park NSW, famous for their extreme milkshakes.
Devon Café | 76 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW, for hot and fresh cronuts every morning.
Speedo’s Café | 126 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi NSW, to fuel up on triple-stacked pancakes.
Sydney insiders had to make some tough decisions when choosing their one favorite spot to dine, but Three Blue Ducks, 141/143 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW, topped them all – in more ways than one! Located up the hill from Bronte Beach, the restaurant not only creates knock-your-socks-off flavors but also promotes sustainable food practices by sourcing produce from local growers, as well as from their own on-site garden.
- Pompei’s | 126-130 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach NSW, serves authentic Italian pizza, eco-friendly pasta and homemade gelato.
- Bondi Icebergs Club | 1 Notts Ave, Bondi NSW, features bistro club favorites with a panoramic view of Bondi Beach.
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4. Bring on the boutiques and beachwear!
Beachwear is for sure in style year ‘round in Sydney, but that’s not all the city’s elite shopping districts have to offer. The Queen Victoria Building is Sydney’s premier shopping destination. Explore more than 180 fashion boutiques, and catch a historical reenactment every hour on the hour at the Royal Clock. Also in the metro, find The Strand Arcade, Pitt Street Mall and Westfield Sydney. Browse outside city center on fun shopping roads like Crown Street in Surry Hills, Newtown’s King Street, Darling Street in Balmain and Mosman’s Military Road.
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5. Ferry your way to Watsons Bay
You can take a bus to Watsons Bay, but locals agree that the ferry trip is way cooler! Board a boat at Circular Quay, and relax for a gorgeous 30-minute voyage across Sydney Harbour. A suburb of Sydney, Watsons Bay offers a day full of beach cruising, shopping and dining in one of Australia’s most trendy harbors. Start on the southside with a cliff-top view from The Gap and a tour of Vaucluse House and St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Go north from Camp Cove to trek up South Head Heritage Trail to Hornby Lighthouse. Passing by Lady Day Beach on the way, you may see a nude sunbather or two! Window shop in boutiques along Cove Street and Cliff Street before ending the day with a seafood feast at Doyle’s on the Beach.
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6. Make a toast to Sydney’s spirited nightlife
The cellar door is always open in Sydney, one of the top 10 wine-producing countries in the world, and local pubs and nightclubs don’t shut down until 2 a.m. Sip on bespoke cocktails and local wines in The Rocks and King Street Wharf districts, or mingle with the city’s gay community at the cafés and bars along Oxford Street. All-night clubbers should make their way to Kings Cross, where the music is loud, and dance floors always are hopping.
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