Our stunning Emerald City is full of splendour to explore, but can you really call yourself a true Sydneysider if you haven’t climbed the Harbour Bridge, smashed a Mary’s burger or seen a gig at the Opera House?
With the help of BridgeClimb Sydney we’re serving up the unforgettable experiences every true Sydneysider has done (or should do). How many can you tick off?
The Vivid Climb
You may have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but have you climbed it during Sydney’s biggest light show? The Vivid Climb is back by popular demand and is running for the duration of Vivid Sydney from 24 May until 15 June, giving climbers 360-degree views of the sparkling city lights and world class light shows.
Not only will climbers get to experience Vivid Sydney’s best vantage point over an unforgettable three and a half hour experience, there’s also an illuminated dance floor awaiting you at the summit. So make sure to save some gas in the tank to pull a few moves while decked out in your exclusive flashing Vivid Sydney vests. Head here to book.
Bondi To Coogee Coastal Walk
Anyone living in Sydney has surely conquered the Bondi to Coogee walk. A leisurely 6km stroll in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, the track is frequented by tourists, Bondi locals and Sydney-siders year round.
With stunning views of some of the world’s best beaches, cliff faces, parks, rock pools and cafe’s it’s no wonder it’s considered as one of Sydney’s most unforgettable experiences.
Date Night At Luna Park
Cheesy, but iconic. If you haven’t yet ventured to the World Heritage listed amusement park, it’s best you prioritise this at the top of your weekend itinerary.
Opening way back in 1935, Luna Park has become an institution for visitors and locals alike, with rides, sideshow games, and mouth-watering feeds keeping park goers entertained for hours. Brave the Hair Raiser ride, pay a visit to the kooky Coney Island, tuck into some fairy floss, try your luck at the Laughing Clowns and take in that sweet nostalgic atmosphere.
Catch A Show At The Sydney Opera House
As one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable buildings, a performance at the Sydney Opera House is something every Sydney-sider needs to witness, whether you’re a fan of the arts or not.
With shows including everything dance, theatre, classical and contemporary music the Sydney Opera House has something to suit everyone. Our pick? Breakfast at Tiffany’s in concert where you’ll see Truman Capote’s best-selling novella come to life accompanied by the goosebump inducing Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Make sure to get their early (or stay late) and grab a drink at the always magnificent Opera Bar.
Chow Down On Dumplings At Chinese Noodle House
There’s not many things better in life than delicious dumplings, and that’s a fact. So that’s why a visit to Chinese Noodle House in Haymarket is an absolute must-do for anyone that wants to consider themselves a true Sydney-sider.
Not only do they serve up some of Sydney’s most authentic Chinese food, it’s cheap and it’s BYO, making it the perfect haunt for a quick meal with mates. Tuck into some tantalising pork and cabbage dumplings, BBQ pork buns, tasty noodles and wash it down with a bottle of your finest (or cheapest, we’re not here to judge).
Explore The Archibald Prize At The Art Gallery Of NSW
First awarded in 1912 and judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW, the Archibald Prize has become one of Australia’s most esteemed exhibitions and an unmissable event in the Sydney events calendar
Awarded annually to the best portrait of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, the competition showcases some seriously awe-inspiring work from some of Australia’s most prominent artists.
Down A Mary's Burger And A Beer
There are burgers, and then there are Mary’s Burgers. Based off an American-style cheeseburger, these guys have a good thing going and boy do Sydneysiders know it.
The Mary’s menu is simple and refined, serving up three delicious burgers, fried chicken, mash and gravy and ice cream sangas for dessert. Take a seat in the bustling atmosphere of the 100-year-old building and tuck into Sydney’s finest with a frothy in hand, or get your burger to-go and take a grassy seat in Camperdown Park.
Watch A Gig At The Enmore Theatre
As Sydney’s longest running live music theatre still in operation, a gig at the Enmore Theatre is practically a birthright.
Providing a stage for the likes of artists like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, The Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, it’s no wonder that most of the Sydney population have paid a visit to this iconic music venue.
Picnic At The Royal Botanic Gardens
The list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens.
Stretching over 30 pristine hectares, laden with flowers, trees, perfectly manicured grass and views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, there’s a good reason why this is the number one hotspot for Sydney picnic enthusiasts.
Swim At Gordon's Bay
If there’s one thing we’re proud of as Sydneysiders, it’s the plethora of crystal clear beaches and bays readily at our disposal.
Head to Gordon’s Bay, a secluded oasis hidden north of Coogee beach, for a beach lovers’ mecca, mediteranean vibes and a more relaxed alternative to the busy sands of Bondi. Make sure to get down early to snag the best rock.
Explore Wendy Whitely's Secret Garden
If you live in Sydney, you know this magical garden isn’t really secret and you’ve most likely visited more than once.
Already an established artist, Wendy created the garden after losing her husband and decided to funnel her grief into creating a beautiful sanctuary to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Starting as merely a passion project, the garden has now become one of Sydney’s most iconic destinations.
Devour A Slice Of Epic Watermelon Cake
Black Star Pastry is one of Sydney’s most droolworthy bakeries, serving up cakes and pastries that taste as good as they look—and they look damn good.
Complete with two layers of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, watermelon, strawberries and garnished with pistachios and dried rose petals, their Watermelon Cake is a must-try. Move over lamingtons, we have a new favourite iconic dessert..
So, how many have you ticked off? Fire up the group chat, and start planning your next Sydney adventure now.
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