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Our Sydney Wishlist

Our Sydney Wishlist

Settling back into normal day-to-day life comes with the constant urge to ditch the job and apartment all over again to travel the world for a second time. Unfortunately circumstances and financial resources aren’t in our favor so we need to scale back those plans and look closer at amazing opportunities in our own backyard.

There are many Australian destinations that we would love to explore more of but none more so than Sydney. It’s where we started our round-the-world trip and it’s where we celebrated Amy’s 25th birthday last year so it definitely owns a piece of our heart.

Here are some of the activities in Sydney that we’d love to do the next time we visit.

#1 – Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Bridgeclimb Sydney (James Horan; Destination NSW)

We’ve taken many photos of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and even put together this stunning timelapse video but one thing that is high on the bucket list is to get up onto the steel structure and make our way to the summit.

We were supposed to do it last year but feared that weather would get in our way. Our resistance to commit to the date meant that we missed out – hopefully we can tick it off sooner rather than later!

#2 – Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo (Sally Mayman; Destination NSW)

If you’ve been following the blog for any period of time, you’ll know that we have an obsession for animal encounters. Need a refresher? Our recent post about our Lion Encounter will show you the type of experience that we enjoy.

Taronga Zoo is one of Australia’s most famous zoos, home to thousands of species of animals. Anyone up for a koala encounter or an owl encounter? We definitely are!

#3 – The Bondi To Coogee Walk

Bondi Coastal Walk (James Horan; Destination NSW)

Every Sydney person we know raves about the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk trail and it’s something that we haven’t had time to do on our previous two visits.

Nothing beats beautiful coastal scenery so it’s an absolute must the next time we head up to Sydney.

#4 – Visit Manly

Manly Beach (Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW)

We spent last year in lovely Balmain but the other Sydney suburb that we’re desperate to visit is Manly.

Whether it’s eating at one of the fantastic restaurants there or simply lazing on one of the many world-class beaches, a full day in Manly is high on our Sydney wishlist.

#5 – Luna Park

Luna Park, Milson's Point (Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW)

The two of us are big kids at heart so spending some time at Luna Park would make us happy.

The slogan for the Park is “Just For Fun!” and a couple of hours on the rides at this amusement park would be super.


Experience Sydney in 360˚

Sydney 360

A brand new innovation from Destination NSW allows us to participate in some of these iconic Sydney experiences before we even book a flight there.

We can now surf on Bondi Beach and kayak on Sydney Harbour without getting wet! We can also fly a helicopter over the Harbour without leaving the ground thanks to the new 360˚ video developed and launched today by Destination NSW.

Kieron Bridge Climb

You can actually put your own face in the picture too, which is the coolest thing about the whole thing. Look at Kieron climbing across the Bridge above!

Check Sydney 360˚ out at sydney.com/sydney360


  1. Posted February 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Hate to rub it in and all but I’ll be doing all of these in October :p Just saying 😉

    • Posted February 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Glad to hear your plans are coming along nicely – enjoy them! 😀

    • Trish
      Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Toni – where are you going to be staying? I’m thinking about traveling there in October as well, but have no idea where to stay even though I’ve researched everything. I don’t even know what all I want to do yet, I just want to go and get there and start my trip wherever I am. I’m afraid of not meeting friends or people to hang out with though.

  2. Posted February 23, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    All of these things look like so much fun! Wish I was off to Australia! one of my biggest regrets in life is not studying abroad there 🙁
    Jessica recently posted..Experiencing Life As It Was Lived 3,000 Years Ago in Neot Kedumim

    • Posted February 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Have no regrets Jessica! There’s still plenty of time to make it to Australia and do some of these amazing things. 🙂

  3. Posted February 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Looking back, we regret not doing the bridge climb.. :T
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..Chasing Sunrise and Dolphins in Bali

  4. Posted February 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a locals tip. Get on the train to Turramurra. Get the bus to North Turramurra and get out at Ku-Ring-Gai Chase national park (end of the line). Walk all the way down the hill in the bush until you get to Bobbin Head. Absolute tranquility and a great sense of the Aussie Bush!! Just remember to bring alot of beer and meat to use the public BBQ’s. Also do it during the week when no one will be about (weekends is full of locals).
    Shane Todd recently posted..Top 7 Family Cruises for 2013

  5. Posted February 26, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Wow! Thanks for this, I’m going to Australia in June and these add to my ever growing list of things I want to do when I’m there 🙂

  6. Posted February 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Definitely hit all of these up when you’re in town! The zoo is my personal favourite, but the bridge climb at sunset is stunning.

  7. Posted March 10, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Oh, you definitely have to do the Bondi to Coogee Walk! It’s beautiful. Manly is a good spot too 🙂 I’m a bit gutted I didn’t have the funds for the bridge climb though, maybe next time!
    Sarah recently posted..A hands-on experience at the National Zoo and Aquarium

  8. Posted March 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    g’day guys!
    dont forget to do what the locals do & give lets Go Surfing a go next time in Bondi!!! we promise you’ll love it!
    wacca 🙂

  9. Posted April 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Love the list. Your timelapse vid made me VERY homesick. I miss Aus, the sun, the sea, the waves, and that smell.

    Might want to add the Manly ferry from Circular Quay – pretty cheap about $6 from memory and if you time it at about sunset, theres nothing quite like it.

    Fort Denison is goodie as is Cockatoo Island.
    That’s all that comes to mind at the moment, unless you’re hunting for good food too?

    Roma recently posted..The day Hollywood came to London

  10. Posted May 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Great list!
    Things I hadn’t really thought of before.

    Have plans to go over to Sydney next year, doing the bridge climb is on my list!
    Sam D – Travellingki recently posted..Best of Bangkok (PHOTO BLOG)

  11. Posted June 2, 2013 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Sydney is such a wonderful city but oh so expensive. Fortunately there are many free things to do there like the beach walks where soaking up the atmosphere is enough.
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