Sydney has become a global city, attracting tourists and new residents from all over the world. Part of this is thanks to the fact that these days anyone can make a trip to the city on a budget, thanks to the availability of affordable accommodations. However, Sydney also has its more glamorous side, with five-star beach resorts and big-city attractions. If this is more your speed, and you want an itinerary to match it, we’ve put together the following list of recommendations for a luxurious Sydney experience.
1.) Explore the Sydney Harbour from the Water
The Sydney Harbour – home to landmarks like the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House – is a must-see when visiting Australia. Not only can you view the spectacular city skyline from almost anywhere around the harbour, but you can also enjoy the blue waters, sandy beaches, and interesting rock formations all from the deck of a luxury cruise ship. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, you can likely find a cruise that has it; most companies provide a wide variety of options, from informative and casual daytime tours to more upscale dinner cruises with sophisticated drink and dinner menus.
2.) Take a Day Trip to Hunter Valley’s Wine Country
The Australian state of New South Wales is known primarily for two things: being home to the city of Sydney, and containing world-class wine country. While Hunter Valley is a few hours outside of Sydney, it is easy to access and worth the trip. Many Australian tourism companies offer bus tours from Sydney into the country and through the best wineries of the area. However, if you don’t have time for a long bus ride – and you do feel like splurging – you can always take a helicopter up to the vineyards, and explore the Sydney coastline from above while you’re at it. Once there you’ll find that Hunter Valley is home to dozens of wineries, each of which has a unique history and wine selection. If you want to see all of them you’ll need more than one day, which gives you the perfect excuse to experience some of the secluded and serene accommodation offerings in this region.
3.) Catch a Performance at the Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is known for both its iconic architecture and being the stage for many world-renowned performances. Popular productions from all over the world come here, and if you have a favourite one that you’d like to see in person, it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. If you can’t get tickets to a show of your choice for when you’ll be in town, however, don’t despair. You can still take tours of the inside of the opera house during the day, and watch the mesmerising light shows projected on its facade every night.
4.) Watch a Horse Race in Style at Rosehill Gardens
Horse racing is a long-standing tradition in Australia, with Sydney being home to some of the nicest racing venues in the country. Not only do people love the sport itself, but race day is also a social experience – an excuse to put on your nicest clothes and enjoy a bottle of bubbly with your closest mates. Many venues in Sydney offer luxury viewing experiences, but some of our favourites are at Rosehill Garden. Here there are a few impressive restaurants to choose from on the grounds, as well as private suites and outdoor picnic areas you can rent for your group. For those interested, there are also opportunities to bet on horses when you arrive at the track, though the spread of sports betting options on the internet makes it less of a necessity to do this in person. Regardless, it’s part of the authentic experience for many in Australia to have a little bit of money riding on the races!
5.) Relax at Bondi in a Private Club
Bondi Beach is the most popular beach in Sydney, great for everything from catching waves on a surfboard to taking a nap in the sand. This means it can get a bit crowded, however, which is why a private club like Bondi Icebergs can be the perfect place to relax and enjoy this world-famous beach in peace and quiet. This club has a lovely restaurant overlooking the water, in addition to a pool that’s nearly at sea level, such that you feel like you’re in the ocean without having to swim through any strong waves or currents. The cost of admission isn’t very high, but most tourists still prefer the free alternative, meaning Bondi Icebergs still has a somewhat exclusive air about it.
While this is not a full list of luxurious things to do in Sydney it is a place known for being expensive and lavish, after all – we hope that we’ve sparked some ideas for how you might enjoy a getaway in town!