Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Laid-back beach culture predominates here—along the half-mile stretch of sand, in the adjacent 10-acre park, and spilling into the neighborhood beyond. When conditions are right—which is most of the time—surfers in black wetsuits provide optimal people-watching. Want to be more than a bystander? Grab your “cossie” (swimming costume) and sign up for a lesson with Let’s Go Surfing.
At practically any hour of the day, you’ll spot what looks like a procession of ants crawling along the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s upper arch (known as “the Coathanger”). Welcome to the infamous BridgeClimb, a 3½-hour guided trek 440 feet above the harbor waters. While the climb isn’t for everyone—participants should be able to traverse catwalks and ladders—it’s perfectly safe: you’re fastened to the bridge’s struts with a safety cable.
Sydney Opera House
Under the swooping, cantilevered roofs of Australia’s most famous landmark, the Opera House contains six different performance spaces—including the 2,679-seat concert hall, which hosts everything from performances of La Bohème to ballet and aboriginal dance. Take the hourlong behind-the-scenes tour, which traces the history of Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
To learn more about this exciting port, please refer to our Port Explorer guide.