A nature lover's paradise or buzzing city escape, this iconic city is back in action, and it means business. From epic wildlife retreats to hiking mountain ranges, if you’re willing to brave the long-haul flight, it will be worth every penny.
As one of Australia’s largest cities, of course we’re talking about Sydney! 🦘
Best known for its busy harborfront with views of the infamous Opera House, the capital of New South Wales should no doubt be on your list for the 2024 season.
Non-Stop Flight Routes
With a 24-hour plus travel day looming over travelers, booking a flight with a layover is certainly an option when venturing to Sydney. And with so many cool stopover options, we don’t blame you for taking a look… Dubai… Hawaii… there are so many options!
BUT, if you want to relax, sleep, and get it over and done with in one go, then there are plenty of non-stop options for travelers to choose from.
It’s always recommended to browse your choice of airline to see what they offer, and you’re in luck here! With a quick Google search, you’ll see that multiple U.S. airlines fly direct to Sydney. United, American, Delta.. It’s yours for the picking!
I hopped on board the boat from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo with no expectations whatsoever. A short jaunt across the harbor and a quick bus ride, and I was standing at the gates ready to check into the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga.
Beautifully surrounded by nature, the boutique hotel is a private wildlife sanctuary on the grounds of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. A unique eco-stay for guests, there's no better place to experience Australia’s wildlife that is this close to the city — and you may even see an animal or two right outside your window!
The N’Gurra lounge is the central hub within the hotel. Unwind with a good book, indulge in a craft cocktail, or relax on the outdoor patio – If you’re lucky, you’ll see the Cockatoos fly overhead or the sound of the Kookaburra laughing.
For unbeatable sunrise or sunset views, venture upstairs to Me-Gal restaurant, where culinary delight meets modern relaxation. Thanks to the intimate spaces, open-concepts, and friendly staff, you’ll feel a part of the Retreat family in no time.
It’s important to note that guests of the hotel receive exclusive zoo access and entrance to the hotel’s private sanctuary. Explore the wonders of Australia’s favorite animals with your guide.
Admire the cute shuffle of the Echidnas, play with baby Joeys, or see a Wallaby; the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo hopes to secure a shared future for wildlife and people.
A Thriving Beach Life
From hidden alcoves to overcrowded favorites, there’s no doubt that Sydney has some of the best beaches for travelers to explore. Dog beaches, rocky beaches, surfer beaches, and let’s not forget the beach pools – there’s truly something for everyone.
If you’re staying in Sydney and want a chance to see as many sandy gems as possible during your trip, then you have to try the Coastal Walk.
One of the most popular journeys is from Coogee to Bondi; you’ll pass incredible sea pools and beaches along the way.
Day Trip Options
While city life and beach time are certainly the best pastimes in Sydney, there’s an array of day trip options if you want a change of scenery and have a little more time to explore!
- Royal National Park
- Sea Cliff Bridge
- Blue Mountains
- Palm Beach
With so many neighborhoods surrounding Sydney, each offers a unique charm and draw for travelers looking to experience something different.
Venture to the Rocks, a historical area known for its quirky restaurants, colonial buildings, and elegant boutiques. If you’re looking for vintage fashion or a hidden speakeasy, then venture to the suburb of Surrey Hills.
And if neighborhood hopping wasn’t enough, there’s also a variety of museums, exhibitions, and pop-ups to explore throughout the year – G’day Mate!
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