Today you’re going to see some of the best sights that this beautiful harbour city has to offer as you weave your way through the city streets and beautiful eastern and northern suburbs. Your Driver Guide will provide expert commentary as you travel past famous suburbs, each with its own unique streetscape and intriguing history.
On the lower North Shore is the picturesque Milsons Point. One of Sydney’s more affluent suburbs, the streets are lined with beautiful homes, churches and schools, many built in the late 1800s. With its incredible views of the harbour and Opera House, and an abundance of leading restaurants, cafés and boutique shops, Milsons Point is a popular destination for both locals and visitors.
Arabanoo Lookout offers views out to North and South Head and over the Pacific Ocean. It’s just breathtaking, particularly if the whales drop by for a visit. It is named in honour of Arabanoo, the first Aboriginal man to live among the European settlers.
Time to feel the sand between your toes. With its relaxed, outdoor lifestyle, Manly is a great place to take some time out to wander along the golden sandy beaches that stretch from Queenscliff up to the North Steyne Beach to Manly Beach. You might also like to take in some of the local sights and treat yourself to morning tea in one of the many cafés (own expense).
Situated at the very base of the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks is a lively and popular spot brimming with boutique stores, art galleries and world-class restaurants. Long ago the area was home to the indigenous Gadigal people. European settlers claimed the land in 1788 and the colour and character of their lifestyle can be felt as you wander through the historic buildings.
From the Rocks you’ll get a stunning view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the largest steel arch bridge in the world. Its arch based design has led to the Bridge being known to locals as ‘the Coathanger’. Designed in 1924 to connect the northern and southern shores of this growing city, the Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 and is one of the city’s most well known and photographed icons.
Travel through Chinatown, right in the heart of Sydney. This area captures the excitement of Asian street life with its bustling restaurants, noodle bars, bargain shopping and Asian supermarkets. Its bright streetscape and lively atmosphere will make you feel as if you are in the heart of Shanghai.
Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair
Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair sits high on the peninsula known as Mrs. Macquarie’s Point. The chair itself is an exposed sandstone rock that was hand carved into a bench by convicts in 1810. It is said that Mrs. Macquarie, the wife of the then NSW Governor, was known to visit the area to take in the views. You must have your camera with you as the panoramic views over the harbour are stunning.
Again, have your camera ready. You’re now heading to the entrance of Sydney Harbour, known as the Gap. A dramatic ocean cliff on the eastern coast of Sydney, the Gap will give you breathtaking views of the New South Wales coastline.
Australians are renowned for their relaxed and outdoor lifestyle and Bondi Beach is a prime example of this. One of the most famous beaches in the World, it is a captivating location brimming with lifeguards, surfers and tanned beach-goers. You can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes into the cool ocean or treat yourself to afternoon tea (own expense) from one of the many cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants.