Sightseeing in Australia: Top Sights in Sydney - Adventures of Anette

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sightseeing in Australia: Top Sights in Sydney

After having spent a week traveling to Melbourne and Cairns our next stop was Sydney. Like we had done in Melbourne we decided to book a trip with the local sightseeing-busses to get a quick overview of the city. 

And of course, while traveling in Sydney what you would like to visit the most is the city's pride and world famous building, the Opera House. The masterpiece was designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon. It finally opened in 1973 after 16 years. The Australian opera house is the only building that has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site while its architect still was alive. 

Such a fantastic monument obviously deserves a little bit more attention than just some photos from the outside, and a later day we also did a guided tour of the opera house which I'll post about in a couple of days.
Sydney bridge
Anyway, the harbor area was one of the places where we got of the bus for a longer stroll, and we really enjoyed the nice atmosphere as we walked from Sydney bridge to the Circular Quay.

Passing by some nice buildings, including an old hotel
From the Circular Quay we decided to hop on a bus again, and continued our travel from the top of the bus.
View from the rooftop of the bus

Sydney is a really beautiful city where you find a peculiar mixture between old buildings from the late 1800s and modern skyscrapers. The city seems to be expanding quite a lot, because we did see quite a lot of building projects in the city center.


We also drove past the Google Maps car on our way as it was out recording its surroundings in Sydney. It will be interesting to see if we can find our bus on Google Maps later..


Although it is nice to have a bus available to take you all around the city I personally felt that it is not as necessary in Sydney as in other places. Of course it depends on your interest and so on, but most of the interesting sites in the city are within walking distance. As an alternative to the bus tour there is a company that offers free guided tours around the city (it is up to you if and how much you want to tip the guides), and if you want a cheeper alternative then I would rather recommend that one. 

The good thing about the bus though, is that the tickets are available for 24 hours, so you could always do a day of city sightseeing and take their other route on the second day to spend some time on Bondi Beach.


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Anette came to Japan as an exchange student in 2010, met the love of her life and got stuck. From her base in Tokyo she writes about her experiences as a full-time worker in Tokyo and about her travels in Japan and abroad. She's a free-spirited adventurer who'd gladly trade a trip to the shoppingmall for a hike in the forest any day.

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