Are you thinking of having a Destination Wedding in Sydney?
Here are some must-do activities for you and your guests.
Instead of the cliche visit to Bondi Beach, why not take a swim in the most photographed ocean pool in Australia at Sydney’s most famous beach. The 50-metre saltwater pool is a popular spot for sunbathers and a bottleneck spot on the Bondi to Coogee walk.
Take a picnic to the Royal Botanic Gardens
These beautiful Gardens are one of the oldest public gardens in the Southern Hemisphere, dating back to 1810. The 30-hectare oasis, in the centre of Sydney has withstood fires, hosted cattle grazing, invasions of flying foxes, a windmill, an aviary, and even a zoo. It is an amazing space right in the city and at the harbour’s edge.
It’s less than an hour’s drive from the CBD to the pristine 15,091 hectares of bushland that lines the coast south of Sydney. You can swim, trek, picnic, swim, bike ride, swim or just leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney for the day. The Royal National Park will provide an outdoor, adventure-filled day away. Driving is the easiest way to access the park, but the ferry from Cronulla is much more picturesque. The full coastal walk is 26 kilometres and takes two days – but you can explore portions of it to get a taste of each part.
Taronga Zoo boasts some of the best harbour views in the city, or even the world. The last thing you expect as you walk along its wide paths is the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Sydney Opera House as the backdrop. If you’re travelling from the south of the Bridge, take a ferry and arrive via the Sky Safari cable car. There are daily shows as well as a sky-high wild ropes adventure course. For a truly wild experience, glamp out in their Roar ‘n’ Snore tents ~ Sydney’s ultimate sleepover.
During the day you can see Sydney Harbour in all its majesty, but by night it takes on a whole new life. It’s an experience that is a definite must-do when in Sydney. There are a few different walks and times to take them. If you are in Sydney in June when Vivid is on, it would be an opportunity to good to miss.
For those who are after some more active outings, no other city can boast such a range of places to go kayaking. Deep gorges, dense bushland, sandy beaches, wandering creeks, spectacular views, mighty sandstone outcrops – Sydney has it all. One of our favourite spots to explore is Pittwater. The western side is the most interesting, away from the mega-houses and scampering yachts and powerboats. Take a walk through the bush to the waterfall and paddle the creek itself. There are two beautiful sandy beaches on Morning Bay – a perfect spot to rest up and catch some rays.
For 155 years, the Manly Ferry has been the classic Sydney adventure. Today, stepping aboard one of these noble crafts bound for lunching, walking, shopping or beaching experiences is to know why Manly is “seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care”. The Manly Ferry voyage is a unique thrill.
All up, there are 28 ferries (from the stately old-schoolers Freshwater, Lady, First Fleet models to the sleek, fast catamaran fleet of RiverCats, HarbourCats and SuperCats) connecting Sydneysiders with 29 wharves across 37km of harbour.
All offer spectacular views and plenty of room on deck to soak up what is arguably the cheapest, coolest and most quintessential local experience of all.
Sydney Seaplanes operates from the site of Australia’s first international airport, where Catalina flying boats would take off for a ten-day journey to London in the early ’40s, stopping 30 times on the way. Now, they run approximately 15 flights a day, all year round, taking passengers over Sydney’s sandstone coastline for short scenic tours or fly-and-dine experiences to Cottage Point Inn on the Hawkesbury or Jonah’s at Whale Beach. The terminal has undergone a transformation from the shabby shed by the water to a high-end waterside dining spot where visitors can stop in for a coffee and pastry, or Champagne and oysters, before their flight.