Etihad Airways is planning to upgrade its services to Sydney next year by launching one of its first batch of A380s on the route from Abu Dhabi. So if you’re looking to visit Sydney, here are 10 attractions you should visit in and around the city.
Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Opera House: Probably Australia’s most famous man-made icon, the Sydney Opera House is a remarkable building that is host to over 1,500 performances that draw audiences of around 1.2 million people each year.
Sydney Harbour Bridge: The bridge is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and no visit to Sydney is complete without a climb up the structure nicknamed The Coathanger because of its arch-based design. It is also the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134m from top to water level.
The Botanic Gardens: One of the best ways to simply enjoy nature as the world passes you by all within the midst of one of the world’s busiest cities. The gardens are divided up into a series of specialised gardens, each showcasing a different area of the world of plant life.
Bondi Beach: Recently dubbed one of the top 10 beaches in Australia, it is without a doubt the most famous. Situated close to the affluent eastern suburbs of Sydney, Bondi owes its popularity not only to its location but also to its great sand and clean waters.
Government House: One of the most well-maintained and well-preserved examples of colonial-style architecture in Australia, Sydney’s Government House has been home to 27 governors since its construction in 1846 and is one of the city’s true “hidden gems”. Guided tours are available.
Sydney Aquarium: An underwater adventure in which you’ll be able to walk and explore the rich and diverse aquatic life and habitats of Australia’s ocean-dwelling animals, Sydney Aquarium is situated near Sydney Harbour’s Circular.
Sydney Tower Eye: Formerly known as Centrepoint Tower, Sydney Tower Eye is a great place to use as a starting point from which to get your bearings when visiting Sydney for the first time. Offering 360 degree views of the city, it will give you not only some panoramic scenery to look at by also an idea as to what and where everything is situated.
Blue Mountains – Sydney, Austrailia
The Queen Victoria Building: For an extremely high-end, elegant and gracious shopping experience, you’d be hard pressed to find a place in Sydney that beats the iconic Queen Victoria Building. One of the “proud old ladies” of Sydney architecture, it provides a venue where the old world ornate style of shopping can still be experienced in the hub of a modernised metropolis.
Jenolan Caves: While not technically in Sydney, the Jenolan Caves network is another must-do and still one of the major draw cards for those who are visiting the greater Sydney area. It’s a remarkable cave system that ranks among the finest and most ancient in the world.
The Blue Mountains: Another must-see in the greater Sydney region in New South Wales – a range that is rich in Aussie bush and wildlife and is always accompanied by a blue-haze horizon. A great getaway destination for honeymoons as well as a cool refuge from the heat of Sydney’s summers.
Etihad Airways currently operates two flights daily to Sydney from Abu Dhabi.
By mid 2015, the airline plans to introduce A380 operations to Sydney.