Travel Tuesday: The vibrant city of Sydney, Australia
White sand beaches. Brilliant blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Stunning architecture. Sydney has a reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful, livable cities. Located on Australia’s east coast, it’s the country’s largest, most cosmopolitan city with a year-round temperate climate and bounty of outdoor activities. “Sydney is one of the great cities in the world,” says Bill Evans, Anatomie’s President and Chief Operating Officer, who has visited several times and is headed there in November, which will be late spring in Australia. “It has everything and the beauty is beyond belief. The people are incredibly friendly and they love Americans over there.”
While in Sydney, you’ll definitely want to visit the world famous Bondi Beach. The closest beach to the city center has consistently good waves and is perfect for people watching. You’ll also want to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, a majestic structure opened in 1932 that spans the harbor. “I don’t like heights and was apprehensive about climbing it, but it turned out to be one of the best things ever!” says Bill. “My wife and I went at sunset and it was magnificent.” At the top, savor an incredible view of the harbor and the celebrated Sydney Opera House, the country’s most recognizable landmark. Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, the arching white roof resembles sails of the boats that glide through the harbor. Bill recommends a trip on one of those boats, specifically an America’s Cup yacht. “There’s nothing like a day on the water in a beautiful sailboat,” he says. “You can even be a part of the crew if you wish.”
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is another can’t-miss attraction. Established in 1871, it houses blockbuster international touring exhibitions and a spectacular permanent collection of Australian art, including a substantial indigenous section. “The country really embraces its aboriginal history,” says Bill. “It’s fantastic to see that.” On the outskirts of the city, you’ll find kangaroos and wallabies doing their thing in the lush national parks. Hopefully you’ll have the opportunity for a photo op like Bill did on a recent trip.
Sydney’s dining scene is exemplary, from waterside restaurants serving up fresh seafood to an extensive selection of Asian cuisine. Bill’s favorite treat is the Australian meat pie. “Imagine steak, veggies and potatoes all inside an incredible, hand-held crust,” he says. “Awesome and abundant.”
Although it takes two days to reach Sydney from Miami, Bill says the trek is absolutely worth it. “When I first went there in 2011, I fell in love with the country and the people,” he says. “It’s one of the two places I’ve visited that produced thoughts of never returning home from the trip and just starting over with what was in my bag.”