Simply spectacular Sydney

by Dea Martinjonis July 07, 2017

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.

This bridge is so iconic it has given Sydney a nickname, too — the Harbour City. Photo by: RugliG / Shutterstock.

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.

Who could resist these faces? We would definitely take a trip to the famous Taronga Zoo. Photos by: RugliG, Swasdee, Alfonso Fernandez and krithnarong Raknagn / Shutterstock.

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.

Aria restaurant is situated on the very edge of Sydney Harbour. It provides a dining experience that encapsulates Sydney lifestyle, offering panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the freshest Australian produce in an innovative and contemporary menu, an extensive award-winning wine list. Photos by: Aria restaurant.

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.

Sunset bathing the Tree Sisters at Blue Mountains. Photo by: Markus Gann.

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.

The amazing Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay. Photo by: Benny Marty / Shutterstock.

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.

Be more like this couple and go on a trapeze adventure on your date night. Photo by: Sydney Trapeze School.

THE date night idea: Sydney Trapeze Schoolthe 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?

Hippest nightlife places: Crazy about karaoke? Go to Lantern by Wagaya. If you feel like dancing, the Establishment is your temple.

A space packed with heritage features that make this historic venue a unique place to enjoy a drink and get some dance moves on. Photos by: Establishment Bar.

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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