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Sydney Three Ways

From treetop expeditions to poolside cabanas and a hike that hugs the coast, here’s how to kick it with the kids, mingle with the glitterati and ride the surf-culture wave in the Australian metropolis.

Keep It in the Family

Sydney Tree Top Adventure ParkTree Top Adventure Park


Hop from platform to rope ladder, and let your inner monkey loose at Tree Top Adventure Park. Set among the natural bushland of Plough and Harrow East in the sprawling Western Sydney Parklands, the park lets budding biologists discover indigenous bird species, like the red-capped parrot, during a two-hour guided safari tour. While most of the 90 challenges are open only to children over the age of 10, three sized-down courses let younger tots feel on top of the world.


Dinner is a festive affair at Lowenbrau Keller, a Munich-style restaurant in the city’s historic Rocks district. Little ones are treated to free face painting on weekends, and patrons of all ages sing along to a live band’s foot-stomping German tunes (in between bites of schnitzel).

Cockatoo island camping SydneyCockatoo Island (Photo: Phil Whitehouse)


On Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour (a short ferry ride from the mainland), explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s former prison and shipyard with the help of two kid-friendly trail guides (the Convict Clues Challenge and the Ship Shape Challenge). Spend the night camping or glamping (real beds included) at one of the island’s waterfront sites. If tents don’t pique your fancy, rent a furnished apartment or heritage home with views of the harbour. 

Make a Scene

Ivy Pool Club, SydneyIvy Pool Club


With its palm trees, in-pool dance floor and roster of local DJs, Ivy Pool Club feels like an exclusive Hollywood club. Pick a private white cabana by the pool – it comes with the service of a personal waitress – and order a resort-worthy cocktail, like the Coconut Batido (coconut water, Malibu, rum, fresh pineapple, lime juice and agave syrup).


At Momofuku Seiōbo, stylish patrons pack the intimate dining room (which seats 40) to taste Aussie interpretations of David Chang’s signature style. As with the other Momofuku outposts, the Sydney restaurant sources ingredients from local farmers. The constantly changing tasting menu offers such inventive dishes as slow-cooked egg with green tea rice, marron with burnt eggplant and rhubarb and, of course, the chef’s signature pork buns.

The Darling, SydneyThe Darling


Wind down from the party at the Darling, located in the heart of the Star, a Vegas-like entertainment complex with bustling restaurants, nightclubs (including an outpost of Sin City’s Marquee) and a casino. This luxe glass tower offers contemporary, muted-tone sanctuaries with floor-to-ceiling views of the harbour. If jet lag has you feeling down, book a traveller’s retreat at the hotel’s spa, which includes a massage, hydrating facial and a dose of oxygen inhalation. (You’ll feel ready to hit the club circuit in no time.) 

Flock to the Beach

Bondi to Coogee beach tourPhoto: Wendy Harman


Dubbed Sydney’s best coastal walk, the two-hour Bondi to Coogee beach tour zigzags along the edge of the continent, passing through six beaches – we recommend the more secluded Gordon’s Bay or Clovelly Cove – and Waverley Cemetery, where Victorian monuments hug the cliffside. The six-kilometre hike is surprisingly easy, but snack bars and cafés dot the path for those in need of rest or refuelling. 

The Bucket List BarThe Bucket List Bar


Sun-kissed beachgoers head to the Bucket List Bar post-surf for Mediterranean-inspired sharing plates (think grilled halloumi with shaved zucchini) or seafood mains like lobster spaghetti. Watch the sunset while sipping a cocktail inspired by the eatery’s name – options include Party with Prince Harry or Learn Flamenco Dancing – and figuratively “knock ’em off your bucket list,” as the menu cheekily advises.


Just a stone’s throw away from the water, Eco Bondi Beach offers two apartments in a renovated Art Deco building. With a green energy supply, recycled furniture and original timber doors, the bright suites check off nearly every box on the eco-friendly list.



Getting There

Air Canada offers the only nonstop service from Canada to Sydney, with daily nonstop flights from Vancouver.

Comments… or add another

Richard Emmerton

Monday, October 7th 2013 13:59
Sydney is a great destination and a super place from which to explore Australia's east coast and the Blue Mountains.

George Bickley

Monday, October 7th 2013 14:53
I'd love to visit Sydney.

Vera Kadar

Monday, October 7th 2013 14:59
looking forward to my return visit to Australia, I will check out your recommendations and add more to your list.


Monday, October 7th 2013 17:14
Heading to Australia for the first time next Feb. Look forward to Sydney’s best coastal walk! Thanks for the great travel tips!

Elizabeth Coleman

Tuesday, October 8th 2013 13:00
Montreal Quebec, Canada to Australia, to KL Malaysia then return home to Montreal Canada..... 1 month plan....

Goldie Funsten

Tuesday, October 8th 2013 20:41
My husband & I lived in Singapore for 2 years & I got to visit both Sydney & Melbourne. I really liked Melbourne but I fell in love with Sydney. Awesome city, can't wait to go back. Next time I'm there I plan on visiting The Bucket List Bar, sounds like so much fun. Thanks for the recommendation.

Vany Tashjian

Thursday, October 10th 2013 12:23
My second visit to Sydney - Beautiful City - this time I am attending my Nephew's Wedding we are a group traveling together looking for best deals thanks for the tips


Thursday, October 17th 2013 11:06
Melbourne is Australia's Montreal, and Sydney is Australia's Vancouver, so please do try and visit both!! There's a rivalry between Sydneysiders and Melbournians each claiming the others' city sucks, but trust me - if the best aspects of Melbourne and the best aspects of Sydney could all coexist in one city, it would undoubtedly be the absolute best city in the world!! So, Air Canada passengers: come visit us in Australia, and come walk about=)


Sunday, October 20th 2013 16:36
I agree with Sebastiano - Melbourne is Australia's Montreal, and Sydney is Australia's Vancouver - but I prefer Sydney, I don't like Vancouver


Thursday, April 24th 2014 07:13
Beautiful places. I wish I was there.


Thursday, June 26th 2014 04:08
I ve been in both cities Vancouver and Sidney and each one of them has its beauty and its all a matter of perspective and occasion to prefer one against other.


Friday, October 3rd 2014 10:13
No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands


Saturday, January 30th 2016 00:59
Sydney is now become one of the famous tourist spot,we are planned to visit there next year we must came there to see the beauty of Sydney.

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Wednesday, July 27th 2016 18:56
No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands.thanks.
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