We stayed in Sydney, Australia for a few nights before taking an Australian cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. While had never been Sydney, we assumed we would mostly spend our time adjusting to the time change. But, we loved the city and the different things to do in Sydney after our visit. Here’s our suggestions of things to do in Sydney based on our experiences there.
Where To Stay
We were lucky enough to choose an amazing hotel: The Four Seasons Hotel, located in the Rocks District of Sydney. The hotel boasts a breathtaking view of Sydney Harbor, including both the Harbor’s bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Guests can enjoy amenities such as a gym, pool, and spa.
More importantly for sightseeing purposes though, the Four Seasons is located in a prime area of Sydney: directly across the street from Sydney’s historical colonial district, which is often referred to as “The Rocks.” Of particular importance to us was the hotel’s location in comparison to the Cruise terminal: many of the cruises leaving for Australia or New Zealand leave from the main Cruise terminal located only 1 ½ blocks away from the Four Seasons (make sure to check where your ship is leaving from though, many ships do leave from a secondary terminal that is located much farther out of central Sydney).
Where to Eat
Sydney is vibrant with varying eateries, and offers unlimited cuisines. While we highly suggest exploring food wherever you are near, two suggestions close to the hotel are:
- La Renaissance Patisserie (for breakfast): Located only a couple of minutes from the Hotel, this Patisserie is amazing. From chocolate croissants to macrons, the baker makes every form of French treat one could imagine. Additionally, there are plenty of options for coffees to accompany them. Plus, the restaurant has a small courtyard (with ivy-covered walls and bistro tables) where guests can enjoy their meal.
- Caminetto (for lunch and dinner): Located in the center of the Rocks, Caminetto is a quiet Italian restaurant. Caminetto boasts fantastic pizza and pasta dishes, as well as a serene courtyard.
Things To Do in Sydney, Australia
Sydney is home to amazing museums, shops, and sightseeing opportunities. Beyond The Rocks, here are some other points of interest we suggest you and your family visit while in Sydney.
The Queen Victoria Building:
While at first glance this building will seem like a simple shopping mall, it will also be clear that the mall is housed in an historical and architectural masterpiece. Opened in 1898 as a marketplace, the building has seen many different uses but has ultimately been carefully restored and remodeled to house shops once again. While its historical charm is clear throughout the building, this is also a great place to buy clothing or other items you may need while traveling (everything from small boutique stores to an Asics shoe store are available to shoppers here).
Located around many of Sydney’s marinas, this area of Sydney has a ton of shops and restaurants, as well as museums, the aquarium, and the Convention Center. Darling Harbour is also the departure point for many of the Sydney Harbor Cruises, which can be a fun and enjoyable way to see the city from the water.
Located between Darling Harbour and the Rocks District along Sydney’s waterfront, Barangaroo is a lush park for walking and biking. Locals and tourists enjoy the waterfront views of this park, and use the pathway as a route between different parts of downtown Sydney.