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Green Travel in Sydney

Destination(s): Sydney

Sydney is a city that takes its environmental initiatives seriously. The active, bustling city centre is just made for walking, and the public transportation system allows for easy travel outside downtown. In addition, the government's Sustainable Sydney initiative is encouraging sustainable development and renovation throughout the city. On top of all that, Sydney is a just a wonderful place to visit, plain and simple, with famous landmarks like the Opera House, open parks and nature areas, and plenty of beautiful beaches. read more about Green Travel in Sydney

InterContinental Sydney

InterContinental Sydney

  • Corner of Bridge & Phillip Streets
  • tel:61 2 9253 9000
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

  • Mrs Macquarie's Road
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9231 8111
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
Balloon Aloft

Balloon Aloft

  • Camden Airport, Macquarie Grove Rd
  • tel:Toll Free: 1800 028 568
  • Visit website
  • Camden, 2570

Hot air ballooning. Nothing compares to it. The eerie silence, the pre-dawn murkiness, the increasing altitude, the awakening day, the privileged perspective, and the sense of earthly release. An hour's drive west of Sydney, before the undulating hills grow steep and turn 'blue', the weekend sky can be littered with giant, elongated spheres of colour seemingly suspended in the crisp country air.
You need to get to Camden airport, or be picked up at your city hotel. Either way it's an early start. Before dawn. Tea and coffee. Depending on your lung capacity, you can help with the inflating or stand back and be carried away to another world.
You're aloft for about an hour or so, reaching 1,500 feet. On clear mornings, you might be the first person to see the sun hit the continent. Then as  day breaks, the landscape emerges; Blue Mountains to the west, rolling rural pasture beneath, and looking east, fringes of Sydney and even outlines of the city's skyline.
On coming back down to earth, breakfast is served. It's amazing what adrenaline does to your appetite. Offers of optional champagne are often taken up, even by non-drinkers. Hot air ballooning. Nothing compares to it. read more about Balloon Aloft

Natural Wanders

Natural Wanders

  • 45 Wharf Road
  • Forestville
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9899 1001
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2041
Centennial Park

Centennial Park

  • Between Oxford St & Alison Rd
  • Paddington
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9339 6699
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2021
Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk (The)

Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk (The)

  • Start at East Circular Quay
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Sydney, 2000
Royal National Park

Royal National Park

  • Farnell Avenue
  • Audley Heights
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9542 0648
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2232
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

  • Art Gallery Road
  • The Domain
  • tel:+61 2 9225 1744 / +1 800 67 9278 (Toll free)
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
Wildframe Ecotours

Wildframe Ecotours

  • 12 Leverton Close
  • tel:+61 2 9314 0658
  • Visit website
  • St Ives, 2032
Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

  • Off 2 Macquarie Street
  • (Circular Quay)
  • tel:61 2 9250 7111
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000

Few cities have such an iconic building as Sydney's Opera House Sure, New York has the Empire State, Rome the Pantheon, Athens has the Acropolis, but for out and out modernity, mixed with breathtaking geography, those off-white billowing sails perched on Bennelong Point have to be one of the great studies of architecture in the 20th century.
Designed by the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, after the NSW state government conducted a worldwide competition in the late 50s, the $10m original budget soon blew out to more than $100m when it finally opened in 1973. Utzon fell out with the political overseers of the day and quit the project, long before completion.
Though referred to as an opera house, it stages a host of different performance types, including, classical and pop concerts, drama, ballet, comedy, films, talks, and has an exhibition space.
Today it's the cities No 1 tourist draw card and probably the most photographed site in the country. Guided tours (in multiple languages) take you through the labyrinthine innards, including backstage glimpses of some of the theaters.
There are a host of fine eateries and outdoor bars along the forecourt. Twilight in summer, with the sun setting, the bridge in silhouette, and a cool cocktail in hand, is probably about as good as it gets in this lifetime. Seriously! read more about Sydney Opera House

Australian Museum

Australian Museum

Sydney Opera House Guided Tours

Sydney Opera House Guided Tours

  • 2 Macquarie Street
  • Circular Quay
  • tel:+61 2 9250 7250
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 1225
St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral

  • St Mary's Road
  • College and Cathedral sts
  • tel:+61 2 9220 0400
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

A visit to Bondi should be on every visitor to Sydney's itinerary. It's Austraila's most famous beach, and for a reason. Bondi is a massive quarter moon of sand, wedged between two rocky headlands, endlessly pounded by huge ocean waves, its sand draped with sun-lotion slick bodies in various states of undress, kids running around on the sand, the old guys in their speedos (trans: Australian for male swimming briefs).

When you're tired on the beach, then head in for the hippy cafes, cool kids, boho locals and tourists tourists tourists of the colourful and so, so Sydney streets immediately behind the beach. read more about Bondi Beach

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Cumberland St
  • (or Milsons Point on the north shore)
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000

Building the Harbour Bridge was a big deal back in the 20s and 30s, when it was being planned - half of Sydney's oldest and most historic area, the Rocks, had to be bulldozed, and that was just a start. Sydney needed its bridge: up til then it had gotten by with the dozens of ferries to-ing and fro-ing from the populous northside over to Sydney proper. And what a bridge it got, the spectacular 'Coat Hanger' (as the locals know it), as seen on a billion postcards.

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Gledswood Homestead and Winery

Gledswood Homestead and Winery

  • 900 Camden Valley Way
  • Catherine Field
  • tel:+61 2 9606 5111
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2171
Hordern House

Hordern House

  • 77 Castlereagh St
  • Potts Point
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9356 4411
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2011
Billy Kwong

Billy Kwong

  • 355 Crown Street
  • Surry Hills
  • tel:61 2 9332 3300
  • Sydney, 2010

Celebrity chef Kylie Wong runs this small joint that serves excellent Chinese and Asian fare. It is a small space in a busy part of town, and is very well known in Sydney so it can get busy, but you can walk in during the day. Many of the dishes are created from Kylie's own family recipes, so you can get a taste of home. The Crispy-Skinned Duck with Blood Orange Sauce and the Vegetable Dumplings are highly recommended. read more about Billy Kwong

Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

  • Entrance to Pylon via Cumberland St
  • (The Rocks)
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9240 1100
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
State Library of New South Wales

State Library of New South Wales

  • Macquarie Street
  • Macquarie St
  • tel:+61 2 9273 1414
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
BridgeClimb

BridgeClimb

  • 3 Cumberland Street
  • The Rocks
  • tel:8274 7777
  • Visit website
  • The Rocks, 2000

Vertigo sufferers might want to give this a miss, but for the rest, this must rate as one of the quintessential Sydney experiences. Lonely Planet has included it in its Top 10 biggest adrenaline rush experiences.
First you get fitted with a BridgeSuit and audio headset. A safety briefing and instructions follow. A latch or slider, attached to a harness belt, is your permanent connection with the steel structure. This stops you being blown off in windy weather or being pushed off by a feuding partner.
There are several types of climbs on offer, all culminating at the summit, a giddy 134 metres above the water:
Express - more instructors mean you complete the climb in just over 2 hours
Discovery – wind your way along several criss-crossing catwalks marveling at all those rivets (3.5 hours)
Original Bridge – ascends the outer arch along catwalks and ladders (3.5 hours)
You get views to die for (at any time of day), a rare perspective that few people experience, and the huge satisfaction of having achieved a physical and breathtaking challenge. For many visitors to Sydney, it's the high point of their stay. read more about BridgeClimb

Ginseng Bath House

Ginseng Bath House

  • Level One, 111 Darlinghurst Road
  • The Crest Hotel, Kings Cross
  • tel:+61 2 9356 6680
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2011
Parliament House

Parliament House

  • 6 Macquarie Street
  • tel:+61 2 9230 2111
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
Becasse

Becasse

  • 204 Clarence Street
  • Between Market and Druitt Streets
  • tel:61 2 9283 3440
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach

  • Avalon Beach
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9977 1088
  • Avalon, 2107
Newport Beach

Newport Beach

  • Barrenjoey Road
  • Newport
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9977 1088
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2106
Bilgola Beach

Bilgola Beach

  • Barrenjoey Road
  • Bilgola
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9977 1088
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2107
Blues Point Reserve

Blues Point Reserve

  • Corner Blues Point Road and Henry Lawson Drive
  • McMahons Point
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Visit website
  • Sydney
Aria Restaurant

Aria Restaurant

  • No. 1 Macquarie St
  • East Circular Quay
  • tel:61 2 9252 2555
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000