6 Reasons to Visit Sydney

Including: swimming pools in the ocean, seaplane rides to top restaurants, and a walking tour of breweries

Ocean pools

Anyone can swim in Sydney’s beachside pools year-round for free. Often attached to the local lifeguard club, these saltwater pools are for sunbaking, laps and showing off your Crossfit-honed abs.

Swimmers at Bronte Baths, ocean filled pool at Bronte Beach.
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Tree change

It’s tempting to want to leave the city and join the boho ‘gypset’ in the Blue Mountains hinterland: but unless you’re a crystal healer or yoga teacher, job opportunities are limited. (Otherwise we’d be there quicker than you could say namaste.)

Fruit inflatables

Sydneysiders spend every summer weekend in water – and a fair percentage do this while lounging on oversized inflatables shaped like fruit (complete with pineapple drink holders).

Things to do in Sydney

Craft beer walk

Some of Australia’s best beer is accessible by foot across a one-kilometre-square patch of warehouse brewpubs in Sydney’s Inner West. Check out Grifter, Willie the Boatman, Wayward, Batch and Young Henrys.


Frankie’s Pizza

A dive bar where you can wash down provolone-and-truffle pizza with its signature Bloodsucking Geeks red IPA to a soundtrack of Fleetwood Mac and the Steve Miller Band. Afterwards, there’s a room full of 1990s pinball machines to attend to.

Seaplane to Jonah’s

Fly in Sydney Seaplanes’ De Havilland Beaver from Rose Bay to Jonah’s restaurant at Whale Beach for a long lunch and even longer view.

Sydney Seaplane flying over Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House

This story was originally published in November 2017 and updated in September 2020

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