Sydney is one of the most attractive and interesting cities in the world, famous for its picturesque harbour, great beaches and fine museums. While everyone can discover their own favourite locations in Sydney, here is a list of the Greenwich Inn’s top five to get you started. All are around 15 to 20 minutes away via car or public transport from the Greenwich Inn Hotel.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge has graced Sydney since the early 1930s and is the centrepiece of the famous harbour. A footpath crosses the bridge from Milson’s Point rail station taking around 20 minutes to walk to the historic Sydney Rocks area and Circular Quay, where ferries can be caught to many places around the harbour. Though quite pricey, the well-known Sydney Bridge Climb guides visitors to the very top of the bridge for superb views.
Explore the city of Sydney with its historic Rocks area where Sydney was first settled in 1788, the harbour foreshore along Circular Quay, past the famous Sydney Opera House and the fine Royal Botanic Gardens. Sydney also has a variety of world-class museums including the Maritime Museum (free) , Art Gallery of NSW (free) and Australian Museumalong with many other treasures and sights.
Sydney is full of national parks and nature reserves, many lining the harbour foreshore. Two outstanding nearby walks to the Greenwich Inn Hotel are Balls Head – Berry Reserve accessible from Waverton Station (only two stops away) and Lane Cove National Park. There are numerous other walks around Sydney awaiting your discovery whether you be looking for a short stroll or a more serious hike.
Taronga Park Zoo is remarkably located overlooking Sydney Harbour with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. With a fine collection of 2,600 species including an extensive display of Australian wildlife together with animals and birds from Africa, Asia and the Americas. A great way to get to the zoo is via the Circular Quay ferry or via bus. Ask at reception for more detail.
Whether you explore Sydney harbour via an historic 19th century sailing ship, a luxury harbour cruise or a Sydney ferry to Manly, one of Sydney’s best experiences is to travel on the harbour. During the day, the waters glitter while in the evening the waters reflect the magic of the lights along the harbour. Sunset is a majestic time, the oranges and golds of the setting sun silhouetted by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.