Saturday, January 29th, 2011

10 Things to do in Sydney over Easter

Sydney, the glamour girl of Australia’s cities provides a wealth of things to do for locals and visitors alike.

With a 5 day break for the 2011 Easter, many people will be travelling to Sydney for a break, while many locals will be spending their time in this great city. So if you are looking for unusual and fun things to do, you would probably like a list of 10 things to do in Sydney.

Well here you go, no matter if you are a visitor or a local, here are 10 great things to do in Sydney this Easter:

1. Gourmet Lunch at Jonah’s by Seaplane from Sydney

Jonah’s is set upon the clifftop overlooking Whale Beach, truly one of Sydney’s most spectacular outlooks. Your lunch commences with  a wonderful flight over Sydney’s famous Northern Beaches, including Manly, Dee Why Newport and on to Palm Beach (on the return flight you will soak up the sights of Sydney Harbour).

Jonah’s at Palm Beach is perched high on the edge of a cliff and diner’s with dramatic views of Whale Beach and the sprawling Pacific Ocean make it one of Australia’s most prestigious ocean retreats. Something of a Sydney institution, Jonah’s salubrious guest list has included Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall.

Duration is 4 hours including  a sumptuous meal and 40 minutes flight time.

Enjoy this great treat that gets a 4.5 star review rating. Read more…

2. Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience

Go behind-the-scenes at Sydney Taronga Zoo for an exclusive and interactive close up encounter with Australian wildlife. Feed a wallaby and take photos with a koala during this intimate small group tour which has a maximum of only eight participants.

An experienced zookeeper leads your tour and you will learn interesting facts about Australian animals as you meet them face-to-face at Sydney Taronga Zoo.

During your Wild Australia Experience you’ll have the opportunity to visit parts of Sydney Taronga Zoo not usually accessible to the general public. This includes visiting one of the zoo’s kitchens where animal meals are prepared. At Australia’s Night House you’ll enter an exhibit for a close encounter with the normally shy and elusive wildlife which only venture out at night.

At the end of your 2 hour tour you’ll be served a light snack at Treetops Cafe.

This amazing tour has a 5 star review rating. Read more…

3. Sydney Showboats Cabaret Dinner Cruise

New Orleans comes to Sydney Harbour via Paris a Sydney Showboats Cabaret Dinner Cruise.  Step aboard a comfortable paddlewheeler for a 2.5-hour evening cruise on Sydney Harbour. You’ll enjoy a three-course à la carte dinner and be entertained by the glitz and glamor of a live cabaret show. It’s a night out on the town in Sydney you’ll never forget!

Includes hotel pick up/drop off if required.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended It was an excellent night of laughter and good food topped up with great city night scenes. Would really recommend and so my peers. Reviewed by: Carlos G, October 2010

See why this dinner cruise is so popular. Read more…

4. Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Barbeque Lunch Cruise

image courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailor_coruscant/Set sail on Sydney Harbour aboard Sydney’s only authentic tall ship. Enjoy Sydney’s amazing harbour and imagine sailing here over 200 years ago!

During your two-hour cruise you will enjoy a typical Australian barbeque lunch as you take in Sydney’s iconic sites including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo and Fort Denison.

On the cruise you will be entertained by the jolly crew who will show you the world’s most beautiful harbor as you have never seen it before. Hear the many stories about the discovery of Sydney Harbour, get involved and help set the sails or just sit back and enjoy the magnificent views.

This is a truly unique and unforgettable experience and rates a 4.5 star review score. Read more…

5. Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise

There’s no better way to see the sights of Sydney Harbour than to escape the traffic on a Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise. You can jump on and off at any number of stops, including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay and Luna Park. Simply disembark at any destination, stay as long as you like, then board another boat to reach your next sightseeing destination.

Boats depart every 45 minutes from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour (first departure is at 9.30 so you have a full day!)  taking in all the famous harbourside attractions of Sydney Harbour including live commentary.

If you have done hop-on hop-off buses, then this is even better with a 4.5 star rating!! Read more…

6. Surfing Lessons in Sydney

Want to learn how to surf? Where could be better than Sydney, the heart of Australia’s surfing culture. For a great, fun-filled introduction to surfing, take this full-day tour to a beach just 45 minutes south of Sydney, where you’ll learn all the basics of board surfing from your fully qualified surf instructor.

Your surfing tour includes four hours of surfing lessons, divided into two-hour sets, and your surfboard and wetsuit are supplied. You’ll travel by four-wheel drive over sand dunes and along vast stretches of empty beach to find perfect waves for learners, away from other surfers.

Fantastic experience – they even managed to get me up and surfing so there is hope for everyone else and they must be good!! Reviewed by: Nicholas A, United Kingdom

Want to have a go at this 5 star rated activity? Read more…

7.  2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip

Want to do more?? See Sydney’s major attractions, cruise on Sydney Harbour and take a day trip to the Blue Mountains over 2 days, within a 7 day period. Ideal for first time visitors to Sydney, this 2-day combo package includes three of our most popular Sydney tours and represents a saving of over 15% on booking these three activities separately . Highlights include the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included (Vegetarian meal option available)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Ideal for first time visitors to Sydney and a 5 star rating!  Read more…

8. Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride Adventure:30 Mins

See many of Sydney’s famous sites including the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Rose Bay, Goat Island, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour Bridge and much more!

The jet boat operates in most parts of Sydney Harbour at speeds of up to 45 knots (about 80 Km/h). The 30 minute experience includes fish tails, wave riding, power brake stops and incredible 270? spins. Not only will you feel the wind in your hair but the adrenaline pumping through your veins!

It’s extreme and loads of fun!   If thrills are your thing then Read more…

9. Sydney and The Rocks Pub Bike Tour

This 4 hour tour starts with an easy, guided bike tour around Sydney’s most famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Darling Harbor, Hyde Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. As you cycle between these Australian icons there is ample time to take in the spectacular city views, and local hotspots, while your knowledgeable, fun Aussie guides give you all the insights you’ll need into the dynamic city of Sydney.

After the leisurely ride, you will get an in-depth look at the center of Sydney’s historic past at The Rocks, where members of the First Fleet first stepped ashore on 26 January 1788 and the British settlement of modern Australia was first established. The relaxing walk makes its way through The Rocks into some of the most historic pubs in Sydney where you are ‘shouted’ some local ales!.

This is a truly memorable way to explore and discover Sydney! Read more…

10. Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

Fly over beautiful Sydney Harbour by helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of Sydney. Your expert pilot will provide informative commentary on all the sites as you soar through Sydney skies for approximately 20 minutes. You’ll have the best vantage point of Sydney and its sparkling blue harbor, 1,000 feet up in the air during your memorable helicopter flight.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended This was one of the most spectacular ventures I have been on; and trust me I’ve done a lot. All of the people at Helitour and the pilot were absolutely wonderful. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone for you to have the time of your life. The tour of Sydney in the helicopter is the absolute best! Reviewed by: Judy R, December

Book the time of your life! Read more…

So there you have it, a great bucket list of 10 things to do in Sydney that are all just a bit out of the normal, but each offering something totally unique!

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