Attraction ian 1/5/2014

Choosing the best things to see and do in any neck of the woods can be a very personal decision so we asked Katie from Rydges North Sydney for her Top 5 things to do if staying at Rydges North Sydney. Katie went for these:

  • Taronga Zoo
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
  • Luna Park
  • Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour
  • Sydney Aquarium


Taronga Zoo is simply fabulous – the harbour location is stunning – there’s something rather nice in seeing all those animals enjoying views that we two-legged animals pay a fortune for! Apart from the views and the array of animals there are lots of chances to get up close with lots of them like the koala encounters, there are seal and bird shows and the new Lemur Forest Adventure. Here’s a link to the Taronga Zoo website.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb happens just the other side of the bridge (The Rocks) and it is uniquely ‘Sydney’ – climbers get a bit of adrenalin, sensational views, a sense of achievement and just something wonderful in striking up a relationship with this iconic structure. Here’s the Bridgeclimb website

Luna Park Sydney is our side of the bridge, next to North Sydney pool under the western side of the bridge. Years ago someone came up with a slogan for Luna Park – “Just for fun!” and that pretty much says it all. Since 1935 Sydneysiders have been having fun at Luna Park, enjoying the rides, the views, the food and the entertainment. Here you go!

Just across the bridge is Darling Harbour where there are myriad attractions and good eateries. One of them is Madame Tussauds waxworks where you can explore the many ‘zones’ – History, Sport, Music, Culture, TV etc… you can get up close with your sporting heroes like Mark Webber or hop on stage with Katy Perry. Here’s the Madame Tussauds site.

And while we are in Darling Harbour, there the Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium which is one of the best attractions in Australia – get up close with freshwater and marine wildlife – there are some 13,000 animals from 700 different species including two of only five dugongs on display anywhere in the world, sharks, stingrays, turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, crabs and thousands of tropical fish. Here’s the official website and here is a short video:

Katie also mentioned the Xtreme Shark Dive at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary… will cover that in another post!