Sydney: Attractions You Can’t Afford to Miss!

Sydney is one of the largest cities in Australia. In fact, it is the most populous city too, and a major tourist attraction in the world. People living in Sydney are commonly referred to as Sydney-siders and comprise both international and cosmopolitan populace.

When visiting Sydney for the first time, you will definitely fall in love with the modern landscape because of its captivating beauty. You can also enjoy walking along the lovely beaches, admiring the view of the clear blue ocean waters and enjoying the cool breeze! It is definitely a great place to go for vacation and break away from the usual hectic life, so let’s take a look at some of the top attractions you can’t afford to miss in this amazing city.

Sydney Opera House

One of the places you simply cannot afford to miss is the famous Opera House. It is one of the most popular performing venues around the globe, and it is situated on Bennelong Point, Sydney Harbor. It has a roof with shell structures, spherical in shape and very pleasing on the eye. These shell structures are set upon an immense podium and are surrounded by terrace areas that are used as pedestrian concourses.

It also has five theaters which are the Concert Hall, Drama Theater, Opera Theater, Playhouse and Studio Theater. To get a better view from the outside, you can take a exciting boat ride around the Opera house, which will also give you a view of some of the surrounding islands.

White Rabbit Gallery

Another spectacular place to visit in Sydney is the White Rabbit Gallery. This gallery is based in the city and is considered the home of contemporary Chinese art. It is located in the suburb of Chippendale, however, apart from Chinese art, the gallery has a tea house, a shop and a library, all at one spot.

The reception is very inviting and welcoming, and hanging up on the ceiling are traditional Chinese birdcages, which brings out a touch of exceptional character to the tea house. The artworks are also very eye catching and give an assortment of approaches, with some works revolving on social issues like environmental conservation.

New South Wales Art Gallery

The Art Gallery New South Wales (AGNSW) is another amazing place to visit in Sydney. It is the top art museum and the most important gallery in the New South Wales and Sydney as a whole, and it is also one of the leading cultural establishments in Australia. The gallery holds important collected works of Australian, Asian and European art and offers visitors almost forty exhibitions per year.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is one of the iconic feature of Sydney and is a must visit place for tourists. It is a steel-through arch-bridge that cuts across Sydney Harbor and carries pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular and rail traffic between the central business district of Sydney and the North shore. The bridge offers an exceptional view of Sydney and with the Opera House nearby, and it has been nicknamed ‘The Coat-hanger’ because of its arch-based shape.

Have fun visiting these marvellous attractions. Visiting them all might get expensive, so make sure you save all the money you can before you go.

 

3 Tips On Traveling Light

The goal:  to take a small carry-on sized bag with on you on your trip. The reality:  it’s possible – but you’ll certainly have to work hard at it.  Whether you’re going on a backpacking trip across Europe or just hate having to wait at the carousel at any major airport, packing light is certainly ideal if you can manage it.  Looking for some ways on how you can cut back on the clutter and keep your bag well under the 20lbs limit?  Here are some tips to ensure that you get to bring that piece of carry on with you rather than needing to check it in at the airport:

The Luggage Choice

When it comes to lightweight luggage, you usually have three choices:

1)    A carry-on bag on wheels

2)    An internal-frame backpack

3)    A carry-on bag that can be converted into a backpack with shoulder straps that can zip away.

The last choice really gives you the best of both words – you get a backpack that’s great for any hiking or backpacking holidays, while also getting the luxury of a compact and low-key suitcase if you’re in a more metropolitan area.  The only drawback is that they aren’t very comfortable for long hauls, so if you plan on going on an extensive hiking holiday, do your back and shoulders a favour and stick with the internal-frame backpack. I found a website called Luggage Superstore that has a massive range of lightweight luggage here – so it’s a good place to start.

Packing Your Stuff

Most of your luggage is sure to be filled with tons of clothing.  To minimize on the amount of “stuff”, simply bring less.  This means wearing certain items repeatedly over and over, choosing clothing that compliments one another, and choosing clothing that has several different uses (i.e. some men’s swim shorts can double up as hiking shorts).  Keep colour coordination in mind, and plan on doing at least a couple loads of laundry while you’re traveling (or you can scrub you clothes out in a washroom sink – just buy some laundry soap while you’re there).

It’s important to also avoid packing for the “worst case scenario” as most of us tend to do.  Think about what you definitely do need and don’t bother worrying about what you might need.  If you happen to need rain protection while you’re venturing through Venice, then you can pick up a cheap poncho or an umbrella while you’re there; you don’t need to pack it in your luggage “just in case”.

Leave Room For Souvenirs

If you’re already stressed for space, consider this fact: souvenirs.  Many traveling experts recommend that you leave anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 of your bag’s space free so that you can drag home some souvenirs for yourself, for friends, and for family.  If you can’t manage the space, then make sure that you pack a featherweight nylon bag that you can stuff full of souvenirs and that you can still use a carry-on on you return flight.

If this post has inspired you, but you want to read more about traveling light, Rick Steves has a great article about it here.