January 11, 2013
Sydney is a city we can’t get enough of: amazing sunshine, friendly people, history and fantastic beaches. What’s not to love? Here we offer some of our top Sydney experiences that we think you’ll love.
Go on safari in the city and sleep among the animals at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. You stay in a luxury tented camp that has a dazzling panoramic view of the harbour and city skyline, enjoy a roast feast and a get a guided tour of the zoo at night, when animals are at their most active – including some up close encounters, like feeding a giraffe or stroking a seal. But our favourite part is the next morning, when you wake up and enjoy the zoo before the crowds arrive.
Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman, Sydney, +61 2 9978 4791, www.taronga.org.au/roarandsnore.
Hopping into a V8 supercar with a professional race car driver for some heart-jolting laps is one Sydney experience we wouldn’t miss. Located at one of Australia’s best known circuits, the Mount Panorama track at Bathurst, all the experiences include training by the experts – so you’ll soon know how to corner and accelerate like a pro.
Mount Panorama Track, Bathurst, +61 2 8324 9999 or 1300 791 793, www.adrenalin.com.au.
Nothing conjures up Sydney’s yesteryear for us like sailing on a wooden ship and imagining the First Fleet voyaging from England to Australia. The Tall Ship, built in 1922, offers two-hour BBQ cruises, perfect for families. We especially love the Twilight Dinner Cruise, because you can watch the sunset while you sail. You can help out sailing, heaving on ropes and scurrying across the deck, if you want to. Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy.
Kiosk 3, Wharf 5, Circular Quay, Sydney, +61 2 8243 7961, www.sydneytallships.com.au.
We know Sydney is stunning from the ground, but from the air, she’s a goddess. Our favourite uninterrupted bird’s eye view of the capital is to be had from a Cessna plane. The tours take off from Rose Bay and soar above the city’s coastline, harbour and beaches before landing, skimming gently across the water. Sydney Seaplanes also offer various, ultra-luxurious “Fly and Dine” and “Fly and Stay” packages where you are whisked off in style to a secluded restaurant or hotel.
Lyne Park, Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour, +61 2 9388 1978, www.seaplanes.com.au.