Being both the biggest Australian city and the epicentre of tourism in Australia, there is no shortage of things to do and see around town. From must do to hidden gems, a day in Sydney has much to offer the visitor. The best possible place in the entire city to start your day is looking out over the city. If you are a bit of a thrill seeker, then there can be few better adrenalin rushes than scaling to the top of one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are various time slots that you can book, but the dawn climb has got to be the most spectacular. Watching the sun come up over Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House is an experience that will stay with you forever.
After coming down from the bridge continue along to one of the city's most famous locations. Rinse off the sweat from your climb with an early morning swim at Bondi Beach. With such an active start to the day, you are sure to have worked up an appetite so follow up your dip in the Pacific Ocean with a yummy breakfast looking out over the beach at some of the city's funkiest cafes. Many of the city's in crowd spend their time sipping coffees here, soaking up the sun and breathing in the ocean breeze.
Now that the rest of the city has caught up with your early morning start to the day, head back into the CBD and make for the Rocks. This is one of the city’s oldest suburbs and has a fascinating history embedded in its cobble stoned streets. In fact this is the very place where the First Fleet landed and the very first European settlers stepped onto the continent on January 26th, 1788. There are self-guided walking tours that you can take around the area to see all the important historical buildings and locations within the area. Once must see destination in the area is the The Rocks Discovery Museum, which is home to historical artefacts and interactive displays cataloguing the history of the area – and it’s free! Eating lunch at one of the restaurants that is housed in a converted 19th Century warehouse and boasts views of the harbour, bridge and Opera House is an excellent choice.
After a rock around the Rocks, head to Circular Quay just down the road and board a ferry to take you across the harbour to Taronga Zoo. Although used by thousands of local Sydneysiders each day to get to and from work, the trip across on the ferry is always a thrill. Sit out on the deck and keep your eyes open for the historic Fort Denison, also known as Pinchgut, which is a little island in the centre of the harbour that was originally used to imprison convicts who had undertaken further crimes.
They were clapped in leg irons and fed rations of bread and water enduring a pretty bleak existence. Taronga Zoo is probably the most famous zoo in the entire country and has a very proactive conservation program in place. You can see hundreds of animals there from virtually every continent on earth. Some of the favourites are the elephants, giraffes, seals, gorillas, meerkats, koalas and penguins.
Choosing where to dine in Sydney is no easy task as the best of the best is on offer here with plenty of exciting cosmopolitan choices on offer. One of the most vibrant dining and nightlife areas of the city is Darling Harbour, where you can enjoy everything from modern Australian cuisine to Asian restaurants and everything in between. This is also where you will find the Star City Casino, which has great Sydney shopping, dining and evening shows in addition to the excitement of the casino gaming floor.