Those who travel to gorgeous, sun-drenched Sydney for work might feel forlorn at having schedules packed with business affairs. However, a quick lunch break or hour between meetings can provide ample opportunity to get out and experience a little bit of city life. From free concerts to top-notch shopping, look into these top 10 things to do in Sydney.
Performances at the Sydney Conservatorium
Those looking to relax with a bit of live music should make their way to the Sydney Conservatorium, one of Australia’s most prestigious schools. Beginning at 1:10 PM each Wednesday, the free lunchtime concerts highlight different orchestral sections.
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Founded in 1816, the Royal Botanic Gardens are overlooked by CBD skyscrapers, but still offer a tranquil retreat. Between acres of native plants and colonies of flying foxes and other Aussie critters, the gardens feel truly exotic. Free guided walks, which take place at 10:30 am each day, are ideal for those with open schedules earlier in the day.
Views don’t get much better than the vista enjoyed at Opera Bar. As its name suggests, it’s located on the lower concourse level of the Sydney Opera House and offers an unbeatable perspective on the harbour. The ‘best beer garden in the world’ even brews its own ales, with wine, cocktails, and snacks also on offer.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Housed in a striking Art Deco building and conveniently located near the CBD, the MCA is a perfect pit stop for culture lovers. Recently expanded in 2012, the museum’s collection contains a number of works by Aboriginal artists.
Given its Pacific location, it’s no surprise that Sydney is such a good city for Asian cooking. China Doll is one of the best, offering classic, flavoursome Asian plates in fine dining digs.
Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour
With its sparkling waters and breathtaking views, Sydney Harbour is positively magnetic. For the best possible views, embark on a lunch cruise hosted by Captain Cook Cruises. The Top Deck offers sightseeing and gourmet dining in a workable timeframe.
Nothing like a bit of retail therapy. Located at the crossroads of Oxford Street (Sydney’s busiest shopping street) and Glenmore Road, the fashionable Intersection is host to loads of luxe Aussie labels, from Sass and Bide to Ksubi – ideal for an hour or two of leisure time.
Single Origin Roasters
If you’re coming to Sydney from far off, odds are you’ll be seriously in need of a coffee break. Single Origin Roasters in Surry Hills has poured the good stuff for over a decade, and they’re more than a little obsessive about the quality of their beans.
Moore Park Golf Course
Located in Centennial Parklands, Moore Park offers close access to the CBD and stunning views. Its golf course and driving range welcome flocks of businesspeople looking to blow off steam.
Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool
Sydney is an exceptionally active city. One of the best ways to get fit is by heading to one of its open air, harbour-side pools. The saltwater Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool offers relaxing swimming in addition to a massage centre, shaded terrace, and yoga school.
Header photo: Skyscrapers overlook the glorious Royal Botanic Gardens © Andre Dobroskok, 2013. Used under licence from Shutterstock.com.
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Written by Claire Bullen
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Claire is a born globetrotter: before relocating to London, she spent time in New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. When she's not in pursuit of the next exciting meal, she can be found haunting indie bookstores and sketching outdoors. Follow Claire @ClaireMBullen