Sydney Cricket Holidays
It would be true to say that no cricket holiday to Oz is complete without a stay in Sydney. From penal colony to Olympic host, Australia’s largest city has undergone one mighty transformation.
Sydneysiders benefit from unlimited shopping opportunities, close proximity to beaches and a thriving nightlife. Sydney at New Year has always been the place to be and in 2017/18 the last Test rounds the celebrations off in style.
Many of Sydney’s tourist attractions are justifiably world-renowned. From the iconic sails of the opera house to Sydney Harbour Bridge’s trademark arch they’re instantly recognisable. Sydney waterfront also features secluded coves and natural swimming pools alongside the golden sands of Bondi and Manly. Planning to spend New Year in Sydney? The harbour firework display is the world’s first big event of 2017.
Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
Eighty years old but still as beautiful as ever, Sydney Harbour Bridge is a true Aussie icon. If you’ve a head for heights, the bridge climb is an exhilarating way to get breathtaking views of Sydney.
But a simple stroll across the span from the city centre to North Shore is just as appealing. Join the crowds on New Year’s Eve for the party that kick starts 2018.
Sydney Opera House
Architect Jorn Utzon’s dream was to make Sydney Opera House a symbol of this city’s seafaring history. His dream came true. It is now so familiar that its sail-like structure represents Sydney in a nutshell and formed the basis for the 2000 Olympic Games logo. Book in to see a show or explore this unmissable world heritage-listed masterpiece on tours which run daily from 9am-5pm.
Sydney’s seedy past – The Rocks
Once upon a time cut-throat gangs pounced on unsuspecting travellers in its narrow, cobbled lanes. Life is a little more chic in The Rocks these days! Galleries, restaurants, pubs and souvenir shops have usurped the ladies of the night and plagues of rats in this lively Sydney neighbourhood.
However you’re still likely to find plenty of local characters here in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge.
Nature in New South Wales
Sydney is surrounded by national parks noted for their lush rainforests, rugged bush and native fauna. Thirlmere Lakes National Park is less than two hours from Sydney.
Also within reach, Royal National Park features the Bungoona Moonlight Experience where you’ll be serenaded by nocturnal owls and frogs. Nearer home, Sydney Harbour National Park combines natural beauty with more than 250 Aboriginal sites and historic buildings.
Beaches in Sydney
Feeling Manly? The beaches of Sydney offer plenty of opportunities for top quality water sport activities and fun in the sun. They are split into the Harbour’s Northern beaches including Manly’s network of coves and sands and the Southern suburban beaches around Bondi.
There are more than 60 to choose from, including Botany Bay where you can combine sun worshipping with close-up plane spotting.
Notes on visiting Sydney
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Sydney Cricket Ground
Sydney Cricket Ground, the champagne corks have popped and the party’s a distant memory. When you reach Sydney, you’ll either be celebrating an England Ashes victory, the advent of 2014 or perhaps both. The SCG hosts the final test of Ashes 2017-18.
From a swamp to a rubbish dump to a stadium with style, Sydney Cricket Ground has evolved into a place of sporting wonder. As well as hosting international cricket, it’s home to top-flight AFL team, the Sydney Swans. The ground holds 46,000 spectators with plans to accommodate more by the time of the 2015 World Cup.
For many years an Englishman held the record for highest innings but Reg Foster’s 1903 knock of 287 was dwarfed in 2012. Michael Clarke was partnered, first by Ricky Ponting then Michael Hussey, to 329 not out and an impregnable 659-4 against India. It’s a tough total but can an English cricketer reclaim the record?
Testing moments in Sydney
The perfect Googly search is over – not only was he the father of newsreader Reginald, but Bernard Bosanquet was also the man behind cricket’s most mysterious delivery. His unpredictable technique totally outfoxed the Aussies in Sydney’s 1903 test. Bosanquet’s newsworthy googly accounted for six of Australia’s second-innings wickets in under an hour’s play.
Snow terrorises Sydney – in 1970-71, the Ashes took a decidedly chilly turn. John Snow’s uncompromising lifting deliveries decimate the opposition. After almost scalping Terry Jenner in Sydney he’s sent to fine-leg. A disgruntled spectator leans over the barriers and grabs his shirt. Cue England’s withdrawal from the field.
Join us to experience more ashes history in Sydney from November 2017 to January 2018. Register for your Ashes 2017-18 tour place now.Copyright © 2017
Last updated July 7th, 2017