It has been three days of surprises and luxury so far in Sydney, Australia and the itinerary, which has been expertly organised by international DMC Ovation, has allowed us to see the city from a multitude of perspectives.
C&I Traveller gives a snapshot of three very different ways to take in Sydney’s sights whilst instilling that all-important ‘wow’-factor…
On the back of a Harley Davidson
Some say that the best way to see a city is on foot. However, experiencing the sights, the smells and the culture on the back of a Harley Davidson is certainly the cooler option. When the group left the InterContinental Sydney hotel to embark on the second day of the itinerary, we were greeted by a convoy of classic motorbikes and, with zero hesitance, we donned leather jackets, slammed helmets on our heads and hopped on. The tour, which was provided by Wild Ride Australia, took us over Sydney Harbour Bridge and back along Hyde Park where the city’s largest cathedral is situated. The bikes then turned away from the centre, which gave us the opportunity to see the older and more secluded parts of Sydney before heading east to our final stop, Bondi Beach.
The power of the motorbikes coupled with the breeze blowing in from the Pacific gave us an exhilarating tour that was truly unforgettable. For the thrill seekers out there who are looking for that ‘bucket list’ experience, a Harley Davidson city tour is the perfect way to deliver the ‘wow-factor’ they’re craving.
From the 134m summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
From one extreme to another, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb might not be as up close as Wild Ride Australia’s Harley Davidson city tours, but it is equally as adrenaline fuelled. The group scaled the steel bridge to the mesmerising 134m high summit with one of the world’s greatest picture opportunities awaiting us at the top. On clear days, the views can reach almost 100 miles each way with the Sydney Opera House and the Tasman Sea out to the east and the Blue Mountains out to the west. Groups of up to 12 can make the climb with trips taking place frequently throughout the day.
Sailing on the shores of Sydney Harbour
For groups more favourable to excursions at sea-level, Sydney Harbour offers a unique sailing experience that made captains out of the sailing novices in the group. The boat set sail nearby the building site that will become the new International Convention Centre Sydney before making its way along the city’s famous harbour. Landmarks including the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge were seen from incredible vantage points amidst the back drop of the city skyline. Wanting a little bit more than the views and the tranquillity of the harbour waters, we each tried our hands at steering the ship and working together to raise the 35ft mast.