En­joy­ing the har­bour city from all per­spec­tives

Ap­pre­ci­ate the har­bour city from ev­ery an­gle

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS - WORDS TAM­SIN COCK S

1 Syd­ney Opera House

With its bil­low­ing white sails and un­mis­take­able shape, Syd­ney’s most iconic land­mark is of­ten pho­tographed but not al­ways ex­plored. There are mul­ti­ple the­atres in­side in­clud­ing the stunning Con­cert Hall (fea­tur­ing one of the world’s largest or­gans with more than 10,000 pipes) host­ing more than 40 shows a week. If you’re tight on time, a guided tour of the venue is equally re­ward­ing, re­veal­ing se­cret de­sign de­tails and the his­tory of its cre­ation: the highs and lows en­coun­tered by Dan­ish ar­chi­tect Jørn Ut­zon have all the mak­ings of a Hol­ly­wood biopic. Grab a spot of lunch after­wards in one of the on-site cafés and soak up the har­bour views ( just be­ware of the bold food-lov­ing seag­ulls); syd­ney­op­er­a­house.com

2 Har­bour cruise

Stroll down to bustling Cir­cu­lar Quay, dot­ted with street per­form­ers, tourists and lo­cals, to board a yacht for a spec­tac­u­lar har­bour cruise. Syd­ney Princess Cruises of­fers pri­vate char­ter ex­pe­ri­ences that show off the vi­brant wa­ter-cen­tric city in all its glory. In ad­di­tion to see­ing the city’s key land­marks from a new view­point, you’ll be able to sail past sights such as the envy-in­duc­ing res­i­den­tial district of Point Piper; the Aus­tralian navy’s Syd­ney base at Gar­den Is­land; and from the har­bour en­trance gaze on the open ocean of the Tas­man Sea (if your sched­ule al­lows). Pre-book­ing is re­quired; syd­neyprincess­cruises.com.au

3 Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge

If there’s one bucket-list item in Syd­ney that’s a must, it’s the bridge climb. Af­ter get­ting dropped back off at Cir­cu­lar Quay, wan­der through the laneways of The Rocks district to reach the en­trance of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge (3 Cum­ber­land Street). The Ex­press Bridge Climb (2.5 hours) is the fastest, and ar­guably

the best, tour – giv­ing you the whole range of ver­tigo-in­duc­ing an­gles from in­side the steel rafters be­fore as­cend­ing to the sum­mit for some in­cred­i­ble photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, all the while nar­rated by knowl­edge­able tour guides. If your trav­els take you to Syd­ney be­tween May 25 and June 16, you’re in for an ex­tra-spe­cial treat as the Vivid Syd­ney light fes­ti­val trans­forms the stunning cityscape into an even more fan­tas­ti­cal vi­sion. A$298/US$241 per per­son; bridge­climb.com

4 Baranga­roo

Af­ter get­ting back on terra firma, walk off the adren­a­line with a 20-minute stroll to the north­west edge of Syd­ney CBD, or hop in a cab. Once a dis­used con­tainer ter­mi­nal, Baranga­roo (named af­ter a fe­male abo­rig­i­nal leader) is now the site of a mas­sive ur­ban re­newal project. Con­sid­ered one of the most cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant pock­ets of Syd­ney, it’s now a hotspot for cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralia’s na­tive arts and cul­ture. Wan­der to­wards the south of Baranga­roo to find funky mod­ern restau­rants, shops and bars. In­dulge in a taste of home with Asian of­fer­ings such as con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese cui­sine at Lo­tus (lo­tus­din­ing.com.au) or en­joy Euro­pean ele­gance at new French restau­rant Ete (eter­estau­rant.com.au).

5 Ze­phyr Sky Bar

From Baranga­roo, con­tinue down to­wards the CBD. Af­ter a busy day, it’s time to re­ward your­self with a sun­downer while en­joy­ing views over Dar­ling Har­bour from one of the city’s most ex­cit­ing new rooftop bars: Ze­phyr. Perched on the 12th f loor of the Hy­att Re­gency Syd­ney (see p62 for a Tried & Tested re­view), this gor­geous nau­ti­cal-themed bar is filled with a stylish set of Syd­neysiders who come for the view and stay for the in­ven­tive cock­tails and mor­eish nib­bles. Get your In­sta­gram fix with a smok­ing Salted Nitro Espresso and don’t miss the king­fish sashimi and pork belly slid­ers; zephyr­barsyd­ney.com BT

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