Top 10 Things to do in Willoughby, Australia

April 4, 2018 Stefan Strunk

Discover the best top things to do in Willoughby, Australia including Sydney Harbour, Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours, Champagne Sailing Sydney, Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Balmoral, Bronte Beach, Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, Sydney Seaplanes, Sydney Opera House.
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1. Sydney Harbour

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 9240 8500
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5 based on 18 reviews

Sydney Harbour

Secluded Beaches, quiet coves and soaring headlands predominate this harbor, which is considered one of the world's most beautiful.

Reviewed By Graham59Buderim - Buderim

Fantastic place to visit, has great harbour views, cafes, fast food, restaurants and more. Great busking from local musicians adds to the ambience. Regular ferry services to take you all over the harbour. Our hotel was within walking distance to the harbour as is many of the hotels in this area. Cruise ships frequent the international cruise terminal opposite the Opera House and by Sydney harbour bridge, great tourist destination. Recommend on your bucket list!!

2. Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours

594 New South Head Rd | Rose Bay Marina, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
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5 based on 108 reviews

Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours

Fabulous Seaplane flights around Sydney - 15 and 30 minute scenic flights and sensational fly and dine lunch packages to restaurants on the Hawkesbury River and Day Trips and a range of Gourmet Picnics to beautiful Palm Beach. A must-do for all visitors. Professional, highly experienced crew - Australian owned and operated. Flights from Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour and from our northern base at Palm Beach. Call Jenny anytime to make a booking.

Reviewed By Catzontherun - Sydney, Australia

What a fantastic experience. Starting off from Rose Bay we had an absolutely amazing flight up the coast to our lunch destination, Cottage Point Inn. After a fantastic meal and a few hours relaxing over a few quite drinks we then boarded the plane for the...MoreGreat to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we also enjoyed having you on board. Thank you for taking the time to write your review - we appreciate it very much. Kind regards, Steve.

3. Champagne Sailing Sydney

15 Amiens Rd, Clontarf, Manly, New South Wales 2093, Australia
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5 based on 140 reviews

Champagne Sailing Sydney

Luxury yacht and catamaran charters for 2 to 43 people on beautiful Sydney Harbour.Half day and overnight packages, corporate charters,romantic packages and christmas partys.Perfect for couples,families, bucks/hens partys, weddings, proposals and corporates. Flexible and friendly service,clean & comfortable boats, pick up at various locations on Sydney Harbour.

Reviewed By Chloe P - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We had the most wonderful time out on Sydney harbour with Robbie and Monnie celebrating my husband's 30th birthday. Juliet and Tim were amazing to deal with from my very first enquiry. Unfortunately due to terrible weather we were unable to take our sail when we had hoped in November but Juliet an Tim did everything they possibly could to accommodate us at another date. When we finally did get to go the wait was more than worthwhile. Not only were we upgraded to their beautiful larger boat but we felt like royalty the whole time. Robbie and Monnie were incredibly attentive but at the same time gave us enough space to make it still feel very romantic.
We were able to take whatever food and drinks that we liked on board which was fantastic. We also opted for their beautiful seafood platter and enjoyed oysters, smoked salmon, a beautiful salad and they most delicious barbecued salmon and prawns! It was brilliant! We could not have asked for anything more. I can't thank Champagne sailing enough for such a beautiful night. I don't think there are many other companies in Sydney who offer the same service. We are planning on coming back to do it again with friends!

4. Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Near Luna Park | via Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060 N.S.W., Australia +61 2 9936 8100
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5 based on 286 reviews

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Everyone needs a secret garden in their life and you’re invited to visit Wendy's, a public garden and much loved oasis in the heart of Sydney. Located a short walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or stroll from Milsons Point and North Sydney train stations, the Secret Garden is a haven where you can explore meandering pathways discovering sculptures; enjoy a picnic basket or read a book at one of the tables beneath the garden’s canopy; or simply enjoy the nature and serenity of your beautiful surrounds. You may even stumble across a fairy. Created over 20 years by artist Wendy Whiteley, wife and muse of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, the Secret Garden is nestled behind Luna Park in one of Sydney's most spectacular suburbs, Lavender Bay. While its free and open seven days a week, there are steep inclines and a range of steps. Visitors with limited mobility may only be able to access the uppermost sections of the garden but we're sure you'll enjoy your visit.

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

Wendy’s Secret Gardens is amazing! She built her Gardens on terraces and in the background we see the city.
The first view I saw was trees and flowers with a view on the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
We explored everything. Everything was planted with care. There were numerous flowers to discover. As well as views and trees and plants.
We spent more than an hour to explore it and we were able to see the outside of Wendy’s home. She did a fantastic job.
Interestingly enough, we saw many young people on the grass.
However, I will always remember this terraced Gardens. Wow!
This is a must see!

5. Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

380 Military Rd, Cremorne, North Sydney, New South Wales 2090, Australia +61 2 9908 4344
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4.5 based on 242 reviews

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

Reviewed By sydneysider48 - Sydney, Australia

With delightful art deco interiors and comfortable Seating, this is a great cinema complex with a number of separate cinemas allowing a large variety of films to be shown simultaneously. We are regulars. Prices are very cheap if one buys a book of ten tickets and drinks can also be purchased to take into the cinema.
The only disadvantage is the INNUMERABLE advertisements through which one is forced to sit before the actual film starts. It's right over the top and with the prices charged the huge additional revenue should not be necessary - or it should be netted off the price of the ticket to compensate patrons for their pain in suffering the mindless advertising.

The Esplanade, Balmoral, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
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4.5 based on 555 reviews

Balmoral

Reviewed By lucass_10 - Kyoto, Japan

Lovely beach to visit particularly if you have non-swimmers and/or small kids. Water quality is OK but quite variable. Avoid after any rain as there are multiple storm water drains that discharge to the beach right around the baths. Note that the baths are NOT near Balmoral Bathers. There used to be another set of baths (shark nets) near the Balmoral Bathers but they were removed a few years ago. The water quality is generally better at the northern end. Being a fairly swish area the food and parking prices here are eyewatering. The local parking cops are brutal (and they have to be to deal with the locals) so don't risk not buying a ticket. Well worth dropping everyone at the beach and heading away from the beach for free parking.
Public toilets are located in several locations along the beach, some with hot showers.
There are several places around the baths (i.e. the southern end) that have shade from trees on the beach courtesy of some very nice old fig trees.
My tip is get there early (before 8) and get away by about 11 as the hoards descend. Less wind, less chance of getting burnt and much easier to park. Bring your own food and save a small fortune. For the more adventurous snorkelling is OK - particularly beneath the timber decks around the baths where a surprising number of fish (and the odd octopus and seahorse) hide in the shade. If the conditions are good (and there isn't anyone fishing) the snorkel around the "island" is also not bad.
The other thing to note about Balmoral is that it is very protected from southerly and sou'westerly winds when many people would assume that it is too windy or cold to go to the beach. Equally, it gets a bit windy when the northeaster kicks in.

7. Bronte Beach

Bronte Road, Bronte, Waverley, New South Wales NSW 2024, Australia
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4.5 based on 318 reviews

Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach, sandwiched between the bigger Bondi and Coogee Beaches, is a cozier stretch of sand and surf perfect for families.

Reviewed By Caleb W - Benoni, South Africa

Bronte is a nice tranquil beach, with a convenient grassed area behind the beach. In terms of a pure swimming beach Bondi is better and has more space. Worth doing the walk from Bondi to Bronte beach.

8. Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

Arden Street | Coogee Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia +61 406 333 665
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5 based on 12 reviews

Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The walk features stunning views, Beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The Beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. All Beaches offer picnic shelters, electric barbecues, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms. The walk is not difficult, there are medium gradient paths and several staircases with occasional Seating. It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra.

Reviewed By Mrs_Fer - Wakefield, United Kingdom

Nice easy coastal walk. Unfortunately it was bank holiday when we attended so was very busy but the weather was lovely so we got some excellent views.

9. Sydney Seaplanes

Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
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4.5 based on 323 reviews

Sydney Seaplanes

Reviewed By kyliechris2 - Sydney, Australia

the boss surprised me by celebrating 20 years of marriage with a flight up to Jonas at palm beach for lunch. Money well spent as we felt like royalty. excellent flight, pilot and transfers and a magnificent lunch. Only disappointment was having to share the flight with a photographer/ promotional filming crew who's large cameras obstructed the view from the windows . otherwise a must do when in sydney

10. Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia +61 2 9250 7111
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Sydney Opera House

One of the most iconic buildings in the world – the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and vibrant performance space. It's a place where the past shapes the future, where conventions are challenged and cultures are celebrated. Step inside and discover the stories that make the Opera House so inspiring. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a first-timer or an aficionado, the Sydney Opera House has something for everyone.

Reviewed By Paula J - Wellington, New Zealand

This was a huge tick on my bucket list!! Awesome place, stunning and magical! I did the basic tour and I did not regret it! Nick, our guide, was lovely and excellent!! Knowing about the Opera House from inside the best of my Sydney trip! The building speaks by itself. A must in every Sydney trip!!!

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