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12 Oct 2019 09:58:57
There are so many things to do in Sydney. But if you’re craving some beauty with a side of chill, you can revive and recharge at these places which are great for the mind, body and spirit.
In the dappled light, an array of soft corals sway their feathery arms in the current. Tropical fish dart about, hiding in colourful sponges. This heavenly haven is the Day & Night on the Reef exhibit, at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium – one of the best places to chill out in Sydney. Soak up the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Take a tour across the top of the Oceanarium in a glass-bottomed boat. Explore Shark Alley (way more relaxing than it sounds!) Or, get some relaxation tips from the Dugongs as they eat, play, sleep and repeat. It’s a sweet life! A UK study showed visiting an aquarium can boost your mood, and even lower your heart rate. So deep dive into some serious downtime at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
On a warm Sydney afternoon, there’s a refreshing respite at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. The Daintree exhibit is a recreation of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest in Queensland. This shaded pocket of Sydney is home to Princess the cassowary. Okay, she’s one of the world’s deadliest birds, (think emu crossed with a velociraptor), but relax, she’s safely on the other side of the fence. On the cuter side, there’s a fascinating family of Pademelons, which look like fluffy, mini-kangaroos. Sidle up to some whistling ducks, and spot the carpet python (hint: look up, not down.) Despite its ‘carpet’ name, this python prefers being off the floor. You can also see hundreds of butterflies in the Butterfly Tropics enclosure; if you’re lucky, one might land on your hand!
Park yourself on the green lawn of any number of stunning Sydney parks. In the east, Centennial Park is the obvious choice. Relax by the ponds, or hire a quaint rickshaw-style bicycle for a leisurely pedal around the circuit. This is one of Sydney’s oldest parkland areas, so the trees are enormous, and the birdlife is plentiful. Slip off your shoes and reconnect with the grass beneath your feet. On the other side of the Harbour Bridge, Cremorne Point offers a walking track which will take you past some of Sydney’s most impressive heritage homes. Here, you’ll find MacCallum Pool, an absolute local gem. Hang out on the wooden deck by the water, and breathe in those multi-million dollar views.
Eye in the Sky
Red and yellow and pink and blue! You haven’t truly seen a Sydney sunset until you’ve been to the top of Sydney Tower Eye. 250 metres above the ground, the blazing sky makes a stunning contrast to the Blue Mountains in the west. The Observation Deck is the ultimate place to salute the sun as it slips over the horizon. Then watch in wonder as Sydney sheds her day clothes and puts on an evening gown. The city below begins to twinkle with thousands of lights, and harbour boats switch on their decorative lanterns as dusk descends. It’s a glorious sight at the end of a perfect Sydney day.