Set your alarm 30 minutes early and take a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a breathtaking way to start the day and you’ll feel not only refreshed, but also like a true Sydneysider. For the best vantage point in Sydney, head towards the Opera House and enter the Gardens through the Queen Elizabeth II Gate. Follow the waterfront path along Farm Cove to Mrs Macquaries Chair where you’ll experience a spectacular view of the city. Did you know that this historic chair was carved out of a rock ledge for Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth, who used to come here to enjoy the panoramic views of the harbour.
Take a 30-minute flight aboard a seaplane and head due north over some phenomenal scenery - including Sydney Heads, Manly Beach and the spectacular northern beaches. You land at Cottage Point, to be met on arrival and seated at one of the locals' best kept secret; The Cottage Point Inn. There you'll enjoy a lunch of modern Australian cuisine while relaxing and taking in the exquisite views, you may even have the opportunity to hand feed a friendly local bird called the Kookaburra.
Head to the award-winning Aria Restaurant for a pre theatre dinner. Whilst sipping cocktails and enjoying the sunset, while reminiscing about the day's highlights. The concierge at InterContinental Sydney has secured tickets on your behalf to the evening's performance at the Sydney Opera House. If stamina allows, stop off at the Opera Bar afterwards for a nightcap before retiring to the hotel and a peaceful night of slumber.
Sydney is known for its multicultural diversity. There are over 200 nationalities represented in Sydney's population.
At 1pm every day, a canon is fired from Fort Denison to indicate the time to Sydneysiders. This practice started in 1906 and continued until World War II when it was stopped for fear of alarming residents. It was only started again in 1986.
General Post Office
All distances to Sydney are measured to Sydney's GPO, located at Martin Place in the CBD (Central Business District)
The InterContinental Sydney was built in 1985. The hotel was constructed around the heritage listed New South Wales Treasury building, built in 1849.
The Rocks district was named after the formation of land it was built upon. The sandstone found in the area was used in many of the original buildings in Sydney, including the InterContinental.