Simply spectacular Sydney
Sydney mixes historical and contemporary into a cocktail you’ve always wanted to try: deep blue harbour, awesome beaches and world-class iconic landmarks.
A temperate climate makes Sydney spectacular at any time of the year. With an abundance of fresh produce, great seafood and multicultural influences, Sydney’s restaurants and cafés will satisfy a range of tastes and budgets. And apparently sydneysiders (the people of Sydney — we googled it for you — you’re welcome!) love chatting with curious travelers and will go out of their way to help you.
Our special list of to-do’s in Sydney
We would like to extend our thanks for the insider tips — including THE date night idea: a trapeze school! — put together for you by the peeps working in the Sydney office of Readify.
Short layover activity: Sydney Harbor Sea Planes offer scenic flights with fine dining and also Seaplane/Float plane flight training, the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb offers three different Climbs to the top — BridgeClimb, BridgeClimb Express or BridgeClimb Mandarin. You can also ascend to the halfway point on the BridgeClimb Sampler. Prices are scaled by the time of day you’d like to climb. After all that extensive climbing, have a cocktail at the Zephyr Bar in Darling Harbor.
Then, naturally one has to visit (or take a selfie with) the Sydney Opera House. Also worth a visit — probably one of the best zoos in the world — Taronga Zoo, and Manly Beach and/or Bondi Beach — Manly and Bondi are the two strongest contenders for best and most popular beaches and surf spots in Sydney. Manly has a bit more of a family chic feel to it, while Bondi is the favourite among younger crowds.
Hipster-approved service area: Mr Wong in the Central Business District for modern Yum Cha, Bowery Lane for brunch and Aria for the extravagant fine dining experience. Emperor Puffs was established in 1979 and is situated in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown and offers the ultimate, exquisite Cantonese cuisine and highly skilled therapists will tend to your massage needs at the Sports & Deep Tissue.
Best locals bar: The Small Bar (locals recommend the tacos), fittingly named, is Sydney’s first small bar. Their menu consists of awesome burgers, tacos and snacks, plus four rotating craft beer taps and great wine by the glass. The Spawn Point is a small bar built by those who love to play games.
Weekend getaway: Blue Mountains lets you board the world’s steepest passenger railway and descend into an ancient rainforest with Scenic World Blue Mountains. You can also get a panoramic view of the mountains from a glass-floored cable car suspended above a steep gorge. Kiama gives you a chance to experience the tremendous power of the ocean at the Kiama Blowhole on the South Coast. Port Stephens has a choice of 26 beautiful beaches & bays, award-winning accommodation, gourmet restaurants, whale & dolphin watching, sand dunes and much more, Jervis Bay and Hyams Beach.
Favorite lunch spot: nOok urban fresh bar is famous for their fresh produce and healthy food. White Rabbit is a fine dining café with a relaxed vibe, daily breakfast, house-made pasta, live music and charcuterie boards. Macchiato Wood Fire Pizza & Coffee Roastery is the home of top-notch pizza, pasta and coffee, Tim Ho Wan is an authentic old school all day Dim Sum specialist and Seoul-Ria is famous for their delicious Korean food.
THE date night idea: Sydney Trapeze School — the one and only Indoor Flying Trapeze School in the heart of Sydney, offering Flying Trapeze Classes in a safe, fun and motivating environment. If the locals suggest going there on a date, who are we to argue?
As an added bonus, if you’ve got developing skills, there is a Senior Developer position at Readify waiting for you in their Sydney office — position available immediately.
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