Harbour Views…. & Bondi Beach

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Harbour Views…. & Bondi Beach

Discovering the excitement of Bondi Beach & Wildlife Park in Sydney. Find out more about the Bondi Beach & Bronte Coastal Walk, Darling Harbor & Fish Market, Bondi Beach & Bronte Coastal Walk, and Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb.

There is so much to explore in Sydney.

The city of Sydney is a vibrant and dynamic urban center – I like treasure hunting in markets and boutique shops in Paddington, sipping coffee in local bakeries, admiring the modern architecture, catching a show, and going to an event… (Sydney, City Snapshots). The entire city is filled with friendly people and a relaxing vibe.

The city center is surrounded by nature. Although I can’t cuddle a Koala in New South Wales now, it was almost therapeutic watching them just lazing on a tree, doing their own thing. Feeding the Wallabies was fun, while Australia offers distinctive endemic species, or the marsupials, that could be rarely seen elsewhere in the world. Another place that I recommend is the Taronga Zoo, a city zoo located in North City by the water. Of course, glamping in the Zoofari Lodge and ‘meet and greet’ with the giraffes in the morning would definitely be a highlight of the trip!

The Blue Mountains in Sydney’s backyard. The Scenic World Blue Mountains Australia took me through an incredibly scenic trip through the mountains, and I was stunned by the blue haze the covers the mountain ranges. There was a reason that the mountain looks blue and it was amazing witnessing it with my own eyes (Nature Calls… & the Blue Mountains).

Sydney Harbor is one of the largest natural harbors in the world, and the city thrives on it. There are lots of amazing spots a traveler would explore! As I was flipping through my photos during my BridgeClimb experience, I thought I would give myself a reminder of some of the favorite places around the harbor.

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Sydney Harbor Bridge… & it’s Climb


The Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb is, to me, one of the best ways to have a great panoramic view of the Harbor and all its glory. The bridge is technically one of the tallest structures in the city – nothing escapes your eyes when you are standing on the top of the bridge, in the middle of the harbor. The climb is actually pleasant and safe, for more tips and afterthoughts, visit Sydney, Up!

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Manly Beach Ferry & Sydney Opera House


There are two iconic structures in Sydney that known to almost everyone in the world. The Sydney Bridge is one, and the Sydney Opera House is, of course, the other. The opera house is one of the most recognizable architecture that no one would be mistaken and it can’t be replaced. While visitors could get up close and personal, or have a fun night out in the Opera bar, one way to have a good look at the architecture at the front is to take a ferry. The opera house is located in the Circular Quay, and there are a number (F1 to F7) of ferry lines servicing the city and the ferry to Manly (F1) are my favorite.

First of all, the ferry ride is everything but boring. The historic ferries were in service since 1959 and the view on the route is breathtaking. For around $15 two-way, the ferry is a great way to get a good look at the two iconic architectures from all angles, as well as the eastern part of the harbor at a lower price.

The ferry ride reaches the Manly Wharf in about 30 minutes one way, and Manly is a beachside suburb of northern Sydney. The Corso is the commercial area that leads to the Manly Beach from the Wharf. It’s what Manly is all about: leisurely walk along the pedestrian street, grab some fish and chips, and then enjoy it sitting on the beach. Beware of seagulls attack though! The Manly beach is also a famous surfing spot, if you are into surfing, you might even consider staying by the beach for 1 to 2 days. There are surfing supplies available in the shops around the beach.

Darling Harbor & Fish Market


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Daring Harbor is open to the public. The curvy coastal line offers a long waterfront promenade, with food, shops, and entertainment. The Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium allow travelers to visit the cute animals without getting out from the heart of the city. The Koala Breakfast is an incredible and unique experience. It’s an opportunity to meet the adorable koalas while enjoying a hot or cold breakfast buffet in a bush garden setting. Remember to make a reservation because seats are limited and they are filled up pretty fast.

I visited the zoo and the aquarium with a combo ticket offer and it has a lot to see. They have a collection of koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, crocodiles, and other reptiles, birds, and fish that opened my eyes.

Australian National Maritime Museum is on the other side of the harbor and the museum showcases the maritime history and the discovery history of Australia. The great thing about visiting these places is that they are so close to the city center. Once I got out and I could go right back to the hustle and bustle nightlife in the evening.

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One more thing, if you are into seafood, don’t forget to take the Light Rail and visit the Sydney Fish Market! The Light Rail takes off from the Central Station at Haymarket and it goes around Darling Harbor. The Fish Market offers an array of seafood – buy the food that you like and the shops will make them the way you like it. I had a giant plate of oysters, prawns, and mussels and I could barely eat anything more for a price of under $15. I saw the diners at the next table were having a giant crab and the claws are the size of a 16-ounce steak…?!

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Bondi Beach & Bronte Coastal Walk


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Last but definitely not least, visit Bondi Beach. It’s amazing that in merely 45 minutes, we were at the world’s famous beach from the city center. Take a train to Bondi Junction, and there are buses lined up outside that head to the beach for about 20 minutes. I was distracted by the amazing view of the blue water, and I left my camera on the bus when I got off, I had to chase the bus all the way uphill to the Campbell Parade and luckily the camera was still there! For anything, it was the best location to have a little jog. The sand of the beach is fine, and the color of the water is indeed mesmerizing. If you are visiting during the summer, you must not pass up the chance to spend some time on the beach and enjoy some sunshine.

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A perfect beach should have perfect sands and water, and more importantly, waves. A top-up is an infinity pool next to the infinite pacific ocean. @Bondi

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Even if you are there in winter (which might not be ideal to go into the water) there are other things to do other than beachy things: Skateboarding, surfing, and exploring the Bondi Markets. Just sipping a cup of coffee at the Bondi Pavilion and enjoy the view. To be a little bit more luxurious, visit the Bondi Icebergs Pool. It’s a well-known winter swimming club with outdoor pools by Bondi Beach. However, travelers may not be able to have a dip, it is possible to visit the club’s bistro there it offers indoor and outdoor seating and a panoramic view of the Beach and the pools.

One of my favorite beaches on the Bondi beach in Sydney – I like visiting there especially when it’s not scorching in the summer, but the sun comes out and the beach is not so crowded. I love the beach because of its variety and accessibility: It is merely 30-minute away from the bustling city center, and even if visitors don’t plan on swimming or surfing on the beach that day – they could have a walk along the waterfront, chill out on the sand, marvel at the magnificent views along the Coogee walk or simply enjoy a cup of coffee at a beachside cafe. There’s always something to do and have fun, the place is dynamic but also relaxing.
More, the Icebergs’ swimming club has an infinity pool right by the ocean. It has the best views of the Bondi beach and a cute little cafe, while the swimmers could still have a taste of the Pacific Ocean’s water.

After a drink in the club, go out and walk along the coast to Coogee and Bronte. The edge of the cliff is a breathtaking urban coastal walking track with a breathtaking view and special rock formations.

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22 thoughts on “Harbour Views…. & Bondi Beach

  1. Sydney is truly full of fun and interesting things to do and see. I didn’t get to hike the big bridge but loved walking the park in the harbor at sunset as bats filled the sky. I’d love to visit that Iceberg Pool bar sometime too.

  2. Have yet to visit. Great to have a run down of what to see though, especially since some people have said there isn’t all that much there. Beautiful photos and very cool that you did the Bridge Climb.

  3. I was in Sydney 14 years ago and still remember some of the sites you mentioned: Opera House, Wharf, and Darling Harbor like they were yesterday. Hope to return one day. Great post!

  4. I has stopped in Sydney on my way to New Zealand, What a great city, I didnt get to visit the fsh market, hope there will be other visits. Bondi beach is amazing!

  5. Lovely photos. The sights at and around he Circular Quay are certainly iconic. The old quarantine building near Manly Beach is quite worth a visit, BTW; it’s reputedly haunted.

  6. Totally agree that Sydney is one of most incredible cities in the world – I love that it’s such a thriving cosmopolitan, but as you identified, so connected to and surrounded by nature. Incredible landscapes are so accessible from the city, whether you want the Blue Mountains, or Bondi Beach.

    So glad you enjoyed your time!

  7. Oh wow I have been to Sydney but had no idea about the Manly Ferry, it looks like you’d get great shots from there! Thanks!

  8. Thank you for sharing about Sydney it brought back so many Wonderful memories, perhaps even a little Home Sickness, yes I miss my birth place, although Queensland is beautiful too but there is no place like Home.

    It is True, God does not make Junk, Bondie Beach is awesome but than so are the rest don’t you think?

    Blessings – Anne.

  9. Beautiful photos! Bondi is definitely a must-see. I actually did the Bridge Climb a few months ago, while it isn’t the cheapest I would recommend to anyone who is visiting Sydney, such a unique thing to do.

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