Off to Sydney for work? Make the most of your time in this stunning city and tick these unforgettable experiences off your bucket list.
Bondi-to-Bronte Coastal Walk
No trip to Sydney is complete without taking the 90-minute Bondi-to-Bronte coastal walk. Drink in the striking landscape and see evidence of an ancient culture in Aboriginal rock carvings at Mackenzies Point. Continue around the craggy coastline to the incredibly scenic Waverley Cemetery and spot the graves of famous Australians such as poet Henry Lawson. To get there, catch the 333 bus (sydneybuses.info) from Martin Place in the city.
A Dip at the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool
Enjoy a leisurely dip at the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, a five-minute walk from the CBD near the Royal Botanic Gardens, for $6.20. There’s a licensed café on site but we suggest you stroll around to Woolloomooloo Wharf after a swim. There, you can choose from a feast of dining options: Manta, Otto, China Doll and Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse are notable hotspots. If you’re lucky, you might even see the wharf’s resident film star, Russell Crowe.
Go off-piste and enjoy unvarnished Sydney on a guided tour with Two Feet and a Heartbeat walking tours. Experience a historically accurate, culturally sensitive and sometimes irreverent two hours with a local guide. The Sydney with Conviction tour ($40) explores all the local icons from a fresh perspective. It leaves daily at 10am and booking is required. Private tours are available on request.
Witness Sydney in all its sparkling splendour from a ferry. Head to Circular Quay and take the F7 Eastern Suburbs route and alight at Watsons Bay. Look for the striped umbrellas dotted around the Beach Club, part of the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, and chow down on beer-battered fish and chips. Still hungry? The mini lobster rolls with fried pickles are pretty special, too.
If you’re keen to see art on the vanguard, you should make the Museum of Contemporary Art part of your itinerary. The MCA is housed in a fabulous harbour-side building on George Street in The Rocks. If you have time to spare around lunch, there are free guided tours at 11am and 1pm weekdays. Alternatively, avoid the crowds and see art after dark on a Thursday when the gallery and its rooftop café are open until 9pm. ￼