Around 9 million people visit Sydney each year for a short break or holiday, making it one of the most popular places to travel to. Celebrating a key life event such as a honeymoon or even a short post-wedding getaway in Sydney is an ideal way to take in all the major experiences. From pristine beaches and coastline, to tranquil mountains and national heritage areas, to buzzing nightlife where people of all cultures come together, there’s no shortage of things to see and do!
Starting with a handful of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney, our guide can help you piece together the honeymoon itinerary of a lifetime.
Go local: Sydney Opera House: One of the first stops to make is the Sydney Opera House which is prized for its modern architectural splendor and one of the unique man-made centrepieces in East Coast of Australia. The Opera House hosts a wealth of entertainment all year round that newlyweds can enjoy, such as opera shows, ballet and theatre performances, comedy nights and much more. A guided tour can also be arranged to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.
Go for something different with the Jenolan Caves: Open to the public 365 days of the year, Jenolan Caves are the largest and most iconic caves in Australia. Located in the Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness of New South Wales, the caves are a welcome treat for getting away from the city and exploring the natural wonders of the great outdoors. There’s a history lesson that accompanies the attraction, which can be heard on many of the guided tours taking place throughout the daytime and evenings. While in the area, take advantage of the host of award-winning activities such adventure caving, scenic bush walks and the Australian Aboriginal culture.
Go local at the Hard Rock Café Sydney: Darling Harbour is home to many of the standout attractions on Sydney’s waterfront for dining, entertainment and cultural experiences. The Hard Rock Café is possibly the most well-known of the eating establishments in this area, making its name on a stable of tantalizing food and drinks blended within an ambience of iconic music memorabilia collection. Just around the corner are more popular attractions, including the Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Southern Hemisphere’s largest IMAX theatre. Bon Appetit!
Go for something different with Degustation: At the other end of the spectrum is Degustation, one of a number of high-end Sydney restaurants celebrated for five-star gourmet meals and idealist scenery. Couples looking to spend a romantic evening sampling award winning food will do well to reserve a spot here. The speciality of Degustation is a world famous ten-course feast made up of only the finest ingredients sourced from high quality stock. Whatever your fancy, the experience is enough to satisfy all your cravings.
Go local at Bondi Beach: Bondi Beach welcomes thousands of tourists each year and the name stands out as one of the first on many a to-do list for newcomers to New South Wales. Home to all year-round swimming, surfing, and bathing, the Bondi coastline is a place for travel enthusiasts and locals. It is more than just a beach with the famous Icebergs outdoor pool is a setting for sunset drinks and lazy days, outdoor gyms add a flavor of fitness to the area, and the famous 10k walk to Coogee is just there waiting to be explored. And there’s a link to history here too - did you know the word "Boondi" is an Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks?
Go for something different at Sydney Olympic Park: Big events take place at the Sydney Olympic Park, with names such as Arsenal Football Club and Guns N Roses as some of the headline acts as part of the entertainment roster. At a short distance from the Sydney CBD and accessible to most public transport routes, Australia’s premier event destination is a convenient stop for checking out entertainment, exhibitions, and live shows at great value.
Marine and Wildlife
Go local at the Taronga Zoo: Where can you find over 4,000 animal encounters just shy of the Sydney CBD? Head north across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to discover Taronga Zoo, a world-famous wildlife arena for people of all ages. Take your partner on an animal adventure to see over 20 keeper talks and shows a day, amongst the variety of tours, events & concerts. Unlike some other city zoos and animal enclosures, visitors are welcome to experience bonus extras like camping out under the stars with the beasts – giving you more reason to cuddle up with your loved one.
Go for something different with some whale watching: Cruise ships have been following the traditional migration paths of the humpback whales of the east coast of Australia from the 1930s. Today, the trend has been opened to allow visitors to experience nature’s great show too. As both a spectacular way to view the pristine coastline of New South Wales and getting up close with giants of the sea from a safe distance, whale watching is a unique tour experience to suit people of all ages.
Go local at Sydney Tower Eye: Often referred to by local folk as Centrepoint Tower, AMP Tower, Westfield Centrepoint Tower or Sydney Skytower, the Sydney Eye Tower is your ticket to a sky-high viewpoint of Australia’s busiest city. The attraction has been open to the public since the 1980s with a panoramic experience like no other. Ideal for that postcard photo shot, climb aboard on your next visit!
Go for something different with some jet boating: If you want to see Sydney at a higher pace then climb aboard for some jet boating. It may just be the whirlwind experience to cap of your trip. Boat trips can be organized at Sydney Harbour at the Opera House, usually lasting around 30 minutes. All the major landmarks can be seen along the coastline during a high-speed zip through the waves by a trained driver. It’s the thrill-seeking ride that will keep adrenaline pumping for days on end!