5. Enjoy a Saturday night filled with fireworks
If you’ve ever turned on the telly on New Year’s Eve, you’ll recognise Darling Harbour. It’s famous for the magical fireworks show (below) that is held every year and broadcast around the world. Various bars and restaurants located at the harbour also have fireworks throughout the year (usually on a Saturday) The best way to find out is to take a walk past the area during the day and ask if anything is happening that night. They also have water and musical displays which are also well worth the outing.
6. Get sporty, mate
Sports is a major part of Aussie life and if you happen to be around when there’s anything going on at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG; below) then you must make sure you buy tickets to go. Australians are passionate about supporting their team. Whether it’s footy, cricket or local soccer games, you can bet you’re in for a treat. The SCG attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year – make sure you’re one of them.
7. Explore 15,000 hectares of bushland
It’s right on Sydney’s doorstep yet many locals have yet to visit the Royal National Park. This park offers mesmerising views, coastal cliffs (above) and eucalyptus-rich bushland. It has hiking, mountain bike trails, swimming and picnic spots and rock pools that are very popular in the summer. The full coastal walk is 26km and should take two days. Another popular activity is the whale-watching season from May to November. If you have the time we’d suggest marking down two days to fully explore the park and experience nature at its very best.
SEE ALSO: A local’s guide to Sydney, Australia
8. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
It’s not very often that you get to climb a world-famous landmark. There are various options to climbing the bridge (below), including an express option which takes around 2.5 hours and will have you ascend the inner arch and go through the summit from below. Those with a fear of heights often use the chance to face their fears, and instructors are on hand to help those feeling a little weak at the knees. It’s rather pricey at A$200 but the experience is worth every penny.
– TEXT BY JESSICA FARAH
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.