Although Australia is young compared to some other countries in the world, it is rich with history and home to one of the oldest cultures in the world, the Indigenous Australians,
Sydney is a city full of natural wonder and beauty, from its luxuriously pure beach shores to its wild bushlands filled with amazing and exotic creatures big and small in stark contrast to its glamorous urban city centre.
Check out some of the best natural wonders in Sydney below,
Best natural wonders in #Sydney
The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are a huge tourist attraction in Sydney. A favourite with nature lovers, adventure seekers and families, the Blue Mountains has one of the most amazing views in the world. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the tablelands by cable car or the world-renowned scenic railway. There are also several bushwalks in the region so you can get up close and personal with the historic area.
Burragorang State Conservation Area
The Burragorang State Conservation Area is one of Sydney’s best national parks and is the source of 80% of Sydney’s water. Found on the Blue Mountains escarpment, you can soak up of the amazing natural beauty from the Burragorang lookout point above the Warragamba Dam with a chance to see some of Australia’s famous wildlife. There are also quiet lanes for bike riding and a great picnic spot.
Bradleys Head is well-known for its picturesque views of the famous Sydney waterfront, where you can get a spectacular view of the iconic Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison. There’s also ideal picnic spots by the lookout and events on at the Bradleys Head Amphitheatre and a gentle bushwalk from Taronga Zoo Wharf to Chowder Bay that is perfect for adventurers of all ages.
Bare Island Fort
Australian legend Captain Cook first discovered what we now know as Bare Island in 1770 before a fort was made to protect Sydney in the early 1880’s. The Bare Island Fort stayed in operation until 1908 before becoming home to Australia’s war veterans. The island boasts idyllic views of La Perouse and the surrounding areas are popular with scuba divers and snorkelers across New South Wales.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
A firm tourist favourite, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is one of the most stunning trails in the world. The walk is 6km long and takes roughly two hours to finish at a leisurely pace, but there are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants to stop off at along the way before ending the trip at the fabulous Coogee beach. The walk passes Tamarama, Bronte and Maroubra before finishing up at Coogee, and depending on the season there is a chance to see some cool art at the Sculpture by The Sea exhibition in between Bondi and Tamarama.
The following are a few great tips and tricks that I don’t want to fly without:
#traveltips and #tricks for #airtravel
My phone – which is more of a phablet, I guess, as it’s a Smartphone and while smaller than a tablet it’s bigger than your standard phone. It’s my communications hub, my flight info, my newspaper, my eReader, my music. I can take pictures, watch videos, play games, make notes, check my planner. I even make sure I’ve got copies of my eTickets, my passport, my driver’s license – in short, even if I lose everything else, as long as I have my phone, I’m good.
Nearly all of my flights are either long-haul or short-hops added on to long-hauls, and almost all of my flights are international. That means when I travel I am flying virtually an entire day, and at least half my flights are red-eyes.
For years I didn’t sleep on planes: too noisy, too uncomfortable, to everything disruptive. I can’t afford first-class (more’s the pity) but on the overnight, I splurge on “economy plus” (or whatever the airline calls their slightly roomier than plain cabin class).
I get a window seat (I can’t worry about people on the aisle – if I need to get up, I ask them) because I need something to lean against when I sleep. Aisle seats don’t work for me. (Someday maybe I’ll try one of those weird neck pillows that supposedly really support your head.)
I also have downloaded several versions of “nature sounds” Sounds of Nature: Provence Natural Soundscapes – you know, ocean waves, falling rain, night-time forest sounds. As soon as it’s bedtime (remember, on these kinds of flights there’s at least one and sometimes two meals served) I turn off my overhead light, turn off the seatback screen, pop in the ear buds, and start nature sounds on a continuous loop.
Does the trick. I have far less jet-lag than I used to and I can actually feel human when I land instead of like a grungy lump in some kind of fugue state.
So my one real piece of advice is – experiment. Find what works for you. I don’t know why it took me as long as it did, but sometimes the magic works. 😉
Do share your travel tips and tricks in the comments section below…