Renowned for its vibrant culture, its thriving nightlife and iconic landmarks, Sydney is Australia’s premier city. From the golden sands of Coogee and Bondi to the rugged bush-tracks of the Blue Mountains, Sydney has something to please everyone. So if you have some spare time on your visit to Sydney for the Cooperation and Conflict in the Family Conference, why not make the most of what the city has to offer?
The world famous harbour should be the first stop on any visitor’s trip to Sydney. Travellers can walk with ease between the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, allowing visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling harbour front. Walking the waterfront is the perfect way to enjoy the various bars, cafes and restaurants on offer along Circular Quay.
For a novel way to experience Sydney, try climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After an exhilarating climb, you can experience the city’s skyline in a stunning 360 degrees. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, you can take a helicopter flight over the city and its surrounds. Sydney HeliTours offer a number of unique airborne tours, including the Coast Rush Tour taking in some of the famous beachside suburbs, including Coogee.
Just a short trip from the city centre is the entertainment quarter of Darling Harbour, with Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf lined with some of Sydney’s best bars and restaurants. Darling Harbour is also home to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World, where visitors have the chance to view some of Australia’s local fauna up close and personal.
In the neighbourhood…
Randwick, the home of the University of New South Wales where the conference is to be held, is an alluring suburb filled with student haunts and great restaurants. A trip to the area of Randwick known affectionately as ‘The Spot’ will reveal a multitude of restaurants from around the globe. To make an evening of it, take in a movie at The Ritz Theatre, a beautiful art deco cinema complex with great low prices.
Down the hill from Randwick is the beautiful beachside suburb of Coogee, one of the best beaches in Sydney. With a number of relaxed open-air cafes, Coogee is a great place to take a break and relax in the surf. One of our favourites, Barzura, is open for breakfast till late in the evening everyday of the week. If you’re after some classic Vietnamese cuisine, make a reservation Banana Palm at the south end of Coogee. We recommend the savoury pancakes or the lamb shank curry.
Just a little further north is the smaller beachside hamlet of Clovelly. A great spot for a great morning coffee or a quiet cocktail, Deviate Café is a short stroll from the beach. One of Sydney’s favourite dinner venues, the Darley Street Bistro, has opened a new location in Clovelly. Offering the best bistro style meals in a friendly environment, the Darley Street Bistro serves great food for all occasions.
A two-hour drive north of Sydney will bring you to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine regions. Boasting over 150 wineries, you will find it difficult to sample all the fantastic wines on offer. Along the way north, you can stop in at the numerous beaches the Central Coast has to offer.
The Blue Mountains‘ unique position within a National Park means that it can offer some of the best walking tracks – from a leisurely ‘beginner’ stroll to a ‘hard-core’ hiking experience. Traveling by train will take two-hours, but it is an easy way to bring you to the main tourist spots of Katoomba and Leura. Home to the Three Sisters and Echo Point, Katoomba is a great place to start the day. Where as Leura, with its village feel, colourful foliage and plentiful cafes, is a great place to relax after a day of trekking through the bush.
No matter how you spend your free time during the conference, be sure to save some room in your schedule (and your stomach) for the conference dinner. From all of us here at the Cooperation and Conflict in the Family Conference, we hope your enjoy the conference and your trip to Sydney. Remember to check out Sydney.com for more information about Sydney.