7 things you must do whilst in Sydney

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You’ve had your never-ending flights with some random stop-over in the middle east, you’ve arrived in Sydney, set yourself up with 5 new roommates, had way too much goon and ended up at The Scary Canary.

But what do you do now?

Well don’t stress. We’ve compiled a list of the best things for you to do in Sydney, whether it’s your first week or your seventh year in Oz; here are the activities you must tick off the list whilst looking for your new job.

1. Sydney Tower

One of the first stops on your travels around Sydney should be the 309m high Sydney Tower.

Perched on top of the Westfield shopping centre – in its own right a pretty cool attraction you will definitely get lost in – the tower is located at the heart of the city amidst the hustle and bustle of Pitt Street.

From the top of the tower you can find amazing 360° views looking out over the whole of Sydney.

You don’t have to be a thrill seeker to visit the tower either. Not only do they run ‘Skywalk’ tours where you walk around the outside of the observation deck,  there is also a museum and a restaurant and bar inside which constantly rotates, so you can get a full 360° view without having to leave your seat.

Did you know? The Sydney tower is taller than the Eiffel Tower by a whole 9 metres! Yep, we can’t believe it either.

2. Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

The city centre attractions are not the only reason Sydney was voted one of the world’s most livable places, its beaches are pretty nice too.

The most popular way to explore the Eastern beaches is to do the coastal walk, from Bondi beach to Coogee beach. The walk takes you around the coastline through a variety of different beaches, all dazzling in their own way.

Whether you prefer the soft golden sand (or pints of beer) at Coogee beach, the emerald rock pools (or beach bods) at Bronte or even the refreshing Iceberg pools (or traditional fish and chips) at world-famous Bondi, you’re sure to have a fantastic time touring these super-cool beaches.

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Did you know? Bondi is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘water breaking over rocks’ whereas Coogee means ‘the smell of seaweed dying’. Lovely.

3. Taronga Zoo

Sat on the opposite side of the harbour to the Opera House is the world famous Taronga Zoo.

The zoo is home to a variety of animals, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, giraffes, tigers, elephants and Tasmanian devils.

A relaxed ferry journey across the picturesque harbour lands you in this jungle of creatures. You start your day at the top of the zoo and slowly make your way downhill through the enclosures, with the incredible view of the harbour and Sydney skyline poking out from behind the trees.

Spectacular seal shows, free-flight bird shows and animal encounters (to name a couple) will make your day at the park even more magical.

Make sure you book ahead for the Koala encounters; you don’t want to miss out on getting face-to-face with these cuddly bears and maybe even copping yourself a selfie!

Did you know? The Base and Nomads travel desks offer exclusive discounts for Job Search members on visits to Taronga Zoo as well Sydney Tower tours, Harbour Bridge Climb, the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley. Find a list of discounts here.

4. Sydney Harbour

Between the mammoth ‘Coathanger’ of the Harbour Bridge, the ‘yacht sails’ of the Opera House and the ‘green pool’ of grass which lies in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Harbour is at the top of any tourist’s bucket list.

A simple stroll from the newly renovated Barangaroo (Sydney’s new Harbour foreshore playground) near Darling Harbour towards Mrs Macquaries Chair, in the Botanical Gardens, leads you through a trail of Australia’s most recognisable landscapes.

The mighty Harbour Bridge connects the two sides of the city, with the largest and heaviest steel arch in the world. After a leisurely walk past The Rocks you find yourself in front of the grand Opera House, perched perfectly on the side of the harbour.

Round Circular Quay and past the Opera House you will find the 200 year-old botanical gardens, one of the most important scientific and botanical institutions in the world.

Did you know? There are three ways to explore the Harbour Bridge. You can walk it for free, pay $15 to travel to a viewpoint on one of the four stone pylons or even climb the arcs of the bridge itself!

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5. Hunter Valley

Fifth on our list is slightly out of the city, but well worth the journey.

Whilst looking for a job, why not take a relaxing trip to Hunter Valley? We know you’d definitely be going for the hot air balloons and horse riding and not the never-ending amounts of free wine, right?

Hunter Valley, home to many different vineyards all criss-crossed over the gorgeous landscape, is where you can go ‘wine tasting’, which is another term for getting wasted in a posh way.

Even if you were to have a sober trip, the Valley, which is home to some of Australia’s oldest wines, makes up for it in its shearing mountain range providing the backdrop for this tranquil setting.

Did you know? The valley is mainly known for its shiraz, semillon and chardonnay (and also people pissed up in pictures on Facebook – so we’ve heard).

6. Manly beach

Not Sydney’s most popular beach, but easily one of its best; Manly beach is just a short journey across the harbour and is a surfer’s paradise.

If the journey (30 mins by ferry or even 18 by fast ferry) seems too much like a chore – it’s the opposite!

The trip across the harbour is one of the best parts about visiting the ‘Surf City’. On all sides you get a full view of Sydney harbour, all the boats, nooks and crannies of the bays and if you’re lucky you can sneak a peek at whales swimming down the South Pacific.

At Manly you are met by soft golden sand, huge turquoise waves and lots and lots of surfers. Manly isn’t just for the surfers though. Once you get past the rows of surf clothes shops on the causeway (or ‘corso’ if you’re a true Aussie), there are lots of secret eateries, beach spots and rock pools, making this the perfect day trip away from the city – without actually leaving.

Did you know? Manly was named by Admiral Arthur Phillip, who named it after the ‘confidence and manly behaviour’ of the indigenous people who lived there.

7. Blue Mountains

One of, if not the most, stunning sites in Sydney, and last on our list is the Blue Mountains.

The mountain range looks like something straight out of South America, or a long lost landscape of an ancient era.

However the Blue Mountains is just a train ride away from Central station. Once you walk through the small town of Katoomba, you find yourself at the top of the range, with the Three Sisters perched perfectly on the side.

Apart from the mountains, there are tonnes of things to see and do here. You can go on huge treks up and down the rocks, get lost in ancient cave systems, find yourself in awe at the gargantuan waterfalls flowing down the sides of the range, or even have a go on the world’s most vertical train!

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Did you know? You can travel to the Blue Mountains for just $2.50 either way with your Opal card! You just have to travel on a Sunday.

Whether you’re in Sydney for its vibrant city centre, the stunning beaches or even the gorgeous landscapes at some of the outer destinations – this is a city full of life, sights and wonders.

Don’t forget to claim your exclusive travel discounts by contacting us hereBy Charlie Driver