Looking for eco-friendly accommodation and travel activities in Sydney, Australia? Here our recommendations of where to stay and what to do in Sydney for eco-smart city travelers. We’ve also added links to a list of healthy eateries and vegetarian restaurants, the weather forecast for Sydney and other useful travel info.
Sydney and sustainability
Green, global and connected, is how the city of Sydney wants to be by 2030, according to its ambitious Sustainable Sydney master plan. Sydney 2030 came to life after the city planners asked residents, visitors, workers and businesses what kind of city they wanted. Hardly surprising, people wanted a city that cares about the environment, has a strong economy, supports the arts and that connects its people to each other and the rest of the world. Sydney 2030 is now the cornerstone of everything done in this hugely popular city destination.
New sustainability-focused, residential areas are being developed all across the city. Central Park‘s vertical gardens and stunning architecture are a must see. And of course the many beaches and parks greatly add to the appeal of Sydney as a green travel destination.
Tip: Evening drinks or dinner in Glebe: probably Sydney’s most charming neighborhood, and very central.
Eco-friendly hotels in Sydney
Sydney Harbour YHA
“Stay at Sydney’s only backpacker hostel in the city’s historic harbourside precinct – The Rocks – and enjoy stunning views of Sydney Harbour. Built above archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney, the YHA combines state-of-the-art facilities with a heritage experience. Explore Sydney’s history and walk to all the major sights whilst staying in the heart of the city. Multishare and double/twin accommodation, all with en-suites and many with Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House views.”
More about sustainability at Sydney Harbour YHA in the interview with Ross Lardner by the Sustainability Leaders Project.
Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains (near Sydney)
“Eco-friendly luxury accommodation and corporate retreat in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains, Sydney. As a 4 star Blue Mountains property, all of our 6 lodgings offer something special. Versatility is just one of the many features we offer. We have the perfect fit for a family or a friend’s escape, or as a Blue Mountains corporate retreat offering team building and facilitated seminars with all the amenities to meet your needs.”
Sydney tours & urban adventures
Sydney Coast Walks
“Sydney Coast Walks are the Sydney walking people. With some of the city’s best natural beauty only accessible on foot, we provide expertly guided half day, full day and overnight hiking tours through Sydney Harbour and Royal National Parks. Learn how Aboriginal people lived with the land for 30,000 years before Europeans arrived in Sydney.”
Kings Cross – Crime & Passion
Scratch the (dirty) underbelly of Sydney’s notorious red light district on this sin-drenched Sydney tour. Hear about the notorious figures and big-time pimps who made ‘the Cross’ what it is today: a gritty, urban hub of vices that come in many guises.
Start your Sydney Kings Cross adventure here
Sydney with Conviction
Get real! Skip the superficial and dive deep on this Sydney tour that reveals the bizarre backstories and incredible histories of the city’s icons. Behind the froth and bubble of sexy Sydney lies the stories of the winners who made it… and losers who didn’t.
More about this Sydney tour here
When Rum Ran the Rocks
Step back to a magical time when rum was a currency, and Sydney’s harbourside area of the Rocks was filthy rich with it. See local drinkers in their natural habitat, join them in their ablutions and learn about why rum was worth rebelling for… then and now.
More about this tour around Sydney’s emblematic the Rocks area here
Tastes of Chinatown
Taste your way through Sydney’s bustling Chinatown as you support a social enterprise that was established to share personal stories of migration and settlement through the eyes of culturally diverse Australians. Savour the neighbourhood’s colourful history through its delicious foods and real tales of migration.
Get ready for your Sydney Chinatown adventure here
Walk the Light
Join a guided walk and experience the light side of Sydney! Our local guide will delve into the stories behind the buildings of Vivid Light, including the Sydney Opera House and Customs House, and the oldest suburb in Sydney, The Rocks.
Learn about this urban adventure here
Healthy Sydney eateries and vegetarian restaurants
Exploring a city on an empty stomach isn’t much fun and Sydney has a great variety of healthy restaurants for hungry travelers. Most of them are listed here.
Weather in Sydney & other travel info
For the latest weather forecast for Sydney check weatherzone.com.au.
More useful information on Sydney as travel destination on wikitravel.org.
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