If you are planning a first-time holiday in New South Wales, you are in for a treat, as this is the most appealing Australian state for many reasons. This southeastern state borders with Queensland in the north, Victoria is to the south and South Australia is to the west and Sydney is the capital city with iconic venues such as Sydney Opera House and the amazing Harbour Bridge, which is on everyone’s list of sights to see.

Here are a few things to add to your list when in Sydney.

  1. Take the Big Bus Sydney-Bondi Tour – This is a hop-on hop-off service and it’s well worth the almost two hours the whole trip takes. The topless double-decker bus is the best way to see Sydney and the tour includes the Opera House, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach. If you search online, you can plan your day and as you know the schedule of this bus, you can plan jump-on and jump-off locations. Of course, there is running commentary from a local who tells you about the history of the different venues; you can book online and hopefully, you’ll pick a dry day.
  2. Whale Watching – The Humpback Whale population migrate along the eastern coast of Australia during the months of May to November and whale watching in Sydney is a booming sector, with specialised boats skippered by seasoned experts who can get you close up to these majestic creatures. Search with Google and you’ll find a few providers and you can book your date online. The Humpback Whale has recovered from being on the edge of extinction and now their numbers are in the tens of thousands and with some spectacular surface behaviours, spending the day observing passing whales should be a highlight of your trip.
  3. Take a Helicopter Tour – The list of tours takes in all the Sydney sights; the Harbour, Bondi Beach and then head off to the Blue Mountains and land in Hunter Valley for a memorable lunch when you can sample some of the best Australian wine. Check out the range of tour packages and see Sydney from the air, which is an experience you will never forget.

The above are just a few ideas and spending the evenings dining alongside Sydney Harbour is certainly recommended. You can dine on the water (search online) and see the beautiful lights from a different perspective.