When you first get to a new city like Sydney it can be hard to know exactly where to start when it comes to sightseeing. The Backpackers Sydney attracts come here first because it is Australia's largest city and also because it has a lot to offer in terms of attractions and nightlife. A great way to make sure you don't miss anything amazing is to go on one of the many organised tours around the city and harbour.
The most popular way to view the city is out on the harbour and there are lots of options for you to choose from. If you want something simple like a small boat or something extravagant like dinner and a show on the harbour then all of these needs are catered for. Before you choose which type of harbour cruise is best you need to consider how much you want to spend and how much time you have available. Here are a few harbour cruise ideas:
If you want to save some money but still see the harbour then try one of Sydney's ferry services.
For larger groups of friends you can probably afford to get a chartered boat.
There are many themed cruises on the harbour for all age groups.
Water taxis are another way to get up close and personal with the harbour.
While the harbour will always be the main attraction because of the bridge and Opera House the CBD offers a rich history and lots of beautiful buildings and things to see.
Tours of the CBD
You may not have to pay someone to show you around the Central Business District but it is probably a good idea to take a map so you don't miss out on important buildings and areas. The CBD features some beautiful churches, cathedrals and other historical buildings. Not far from the centre of city you can walk to the Domain and enjoy the royal botanical gardens as well as Mrs Macquarie's Chair, a rock with a chair cut out of it where a famous Governor's wife used to watch the harbour.
Blue Mountains and Beyond
There will probably be an urge to go and see what is beyond the Sydney area and it is as simple as driving or catching a train. Many of these trips can be done in a day or two because they are so close to the Sydney area and some Sydney Hostels even organise buses:
Blue Mountains – A short train or bus trip up the mountains takes you to many historic towns. Head all the way to Katoomba to see the Three Sisters rock formation.
Central Coast – Best in summer but beautiful all the time the Central Coast is a beautiful place to go to the beach.
Newcastle – A little bit further to go but a very different city to Sydney, once a steel producing town, now known for its art and cafes.
These are just some ideas of places to tour in and around Sydney on your backpacking adventure. If you are staying in a hostel you will find even more fun things to do and see. Starting out with this broad list of places to go will give you a whole lot to keep you occupied.