Bright, bold and beau­ti­ful

Visit Syd­ney for its gor­geous fes­ti­val of light, and stay on to ex­plore a host of ac­tiv­i­ties for all kinds of trav­ellers.

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IT’S all about those beau­ti­ful bright lights dur­ing Vivid Syd­ney 2017. Hap­pen­ing now till June 17, the world’s largest fes­ti­val of light is trans­form­ing the Aus­tralian city into a daz­zling out­door art exhibition.

Iconic build­ings, such as the Syd­ney Opera House, will be il­lu­mi­nated by mega light in­stal­la­tions and pro­jec­tions.

There are other equally en­thralling sights dur­ing this time, too. Hump­back whales visit the New South Wales coast­line be­tween May and Novem­ber, some­times swim­ming even right into Syd­ney Har­bour! Aus­tralia’s mild win­ter is per­fect to ex­plore places such as Snowy Moun­tains, Blue Moun­tains and Scenic World.

You can be sure there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one in New South Wales’ (NSW) cap­i­tal city. Here’s a round-up of ac­tiv­i­ties for the var­i­ous types of trav­ellers.

The foodie

Dreams do come true for lovers of fresh pro­duce, wines and de­lec­ta­ble desserts, and hip­ster cafes, when they visit Syd­ney.

Here’s where you will find the largest work­ing mar­ket of its kind in the South­ern Hemi­sphere. The Syd­ney Fish Mar­ket of­fers all sorts of fresh seafood – oys­ters, cray­fish, and sashimi – at affordable prices.

Be sure to also visit the Car­riage­works Farm­ers Mar­kets if you want to buy di­rect from lo­cal grow­ers and ar­ti­sans.

Mean­while, the boom­ing lo­cal café scene is good news for those with a sweet tooth.

Try some of Aus­tralia’s best cof­fees, gelati and pas­tries, in­clud­ing Black­S­tar Pas­try’s mouth-wa­ter­ing Straw­berry Wa­ter­melon cake: re­puted to be the world’s most In­sta­grammed dessert.

The wildlife fan

Unique wildlife is abun­dant in Syd­ney and the re­gion. Now till Novem­ber is when the coast­line of NSW comes alive with mi­grat­ing hump­back whales as they swim up north to breed in warmer wa­ters be­fore mak­ing their way south­wards. Opt to watch these friendly gi­ants along the shores, or take a whale-watch­ing cruise to see them up-close.

If you like to meet cute and furry land an­i­mals in­stead, Taronga Zoo is the place to go to. Also, it has amaz­ing views of the city across the wa­ters. Other venues in­clude Featherdale Wildlife Park near the Blue Moun­tains, or Sym­bio Wildlife Park which is a short de­tour off the Grand Pa­cific Drive, where you can see koalas, kan­ga­roos and wom­bats.

There’s also Port Stephens, the of­fi­cial dol­phin cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia, just 2.5 hours’ drive north of Syd­ney.

The na­ture lover

Es­cape into the wild via Syd­ney, gate­way to the beau­ti­ful moun­tains and coast­line of New South Wales. About 90 min­utes west of the city is the Blue Moun­tains.

The Unesco Her­itage Site is home to stun­ning lime­stone cliffs, gor­geous wa­ter­falls and crisp, eu­ca­lyp­tus-scented air.

If the ocean calls out to you, take a road trip down the Grand Pa­cific Drive and me­an­der through spec­tac­u­lar na­tional parks, rugged coastal cliffs and pris­tine beaches.

The Royal Na­tional Park (Aus­tralia’s old­est and the world’s sec­ond old­est) is only an hour’s drive away.

Once there, you can hike to Cur­racur­rong Falls, one of the few wa­ter­falls in the world that plunge straight into the ocean.

The adren­a­line junkie

Look­ing for some adren­a­line-pump­ing ac­tion? You can go jet-boat­ing right in the heart of Syd­ney Har­bour or whizz past the Syd­ney Opera House and Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge.

Up the ex­cite­ment a notch by go­ing on the thrilling BridgeClimb Syd­ney and stand­ing atop Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge for some of the best views of the har­bour.

Dur­ing the an­nual Vivid Syd­ney, there’s Vivid Climb, for which you can wear your flash­ing Vivid Climb vest and climb the Bridge above the bright, bold and beau­ti­ful lights be­fore danc­ing un­der the stars on the il­lu­mi­nated 1970s style mul­ti­coloured flash­ing dance floor.

If you crave even more ac­tion, you can go tan­dem-sky­div­ing in Wol­lon­gong and jump from a height of up to 4,267m! Or take in equally stun­ning views of the Hunter Val­ley as you glide over its rolling vine­yards in a hot-air bal­loon.

If you pre­fer to be more “grounded”, why not head to Port Stephens and go on quad bike across vast, tow­er­ing sand dunes? In fact, these are the largest coastal sand dunes in the South­ern Hemi­sphere. How’s that for an ad­ven­ture?

Promo fares are avail­able at RM499 from now till 18 June 2017. Find out more at syd­ney.

Ev­ery year, the mag­i­cal Vivid Syd­ney trans­forms the cap­i­tal of New South Wales into a colour­ful, daz­zling out­door art exhibition.

Watch the NSW coast­line come alive as hump­back whales per­form spec­tac­u­lar ac­ro­batic dis­plays in the sparkling wa­ters. — Photos: Des­ti­na­tion NSW

Su­perb views of The Three Sis­ters, in the Blue Moun­tains, can be seen from Aus­tralia’s high­est ca­ble­way.

En­joy strolling along one of NSW’S many pris­tine beaches.

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