Many holidaymakers might consider seeing Sydney's iconic Harbour as a 'bucket-list' experience but they will be surprised to discover Sydney and New South Wales (NSW) have bucket loads on offer this Summer – just think buckets of prawns, fishing buckets, champagne buckets, sand buckets and bucket hats.
Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, said that Sydney and NSW offers such a variety of holiday experiences visitors will want to return to experience them all.
“Visiting New South Wales and Sydney shouldn't be a once-in-a-lifetime 'bucket-list' experience. Visitors will want to return time and time again to experience everything from beachside sojourns to fresh produce, and fine dining, and country idylls,” says Ms Sandra Chipchase.
To help holidaymakers plan their trip, Destination NSW has compiled a list of 'bucket-list' experiences that visitors will definitely want to repeat:
Bucket of prawns
Nothing says Summer in Sydney like a leisurely lunch over a bucket of locally-caught prawns. For an extravagant journey, catch a seaplane from Rose Bay to Palm Beach flying over the Harbour and along the coast above Sydney's gorgeous Northern Beaches. Dine at The Boat House, located on the wharf where the seaplanes land, to enjoy generous buckets of prawns looking out over Barrenjoey Headland and across Pittwater. After lunch, walk across the narrow peninsula from the still, enclosed waters of Pittwater to take a dip in the surf at Palm Beach.
If you prefer to eat al fresco head to Sydney Fish Market to fill your own bucket with prawns for the perfect Summer beachside picnic. Sydney Fish Market is the largest working fish market in the Southern Hemisphere. It's home to Sydney's fishing fleet, made up of ocean fish and deep water prawn trawlers, which bring home the catch daily.
Fill your own bucket at a farmgate
Visitors keen to see more of NSW can head down the South Coast to Clyde River Farm, located 45 minutes out of Ulladulla. Upon arrival, guests are provided with a bucket that they can fill by hand picking an assortment of fresh blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. Clyde River Farm is open daily December to January.
Stay on in Ulladulla to explore the beautiful coastal walks and beaches atMurramarang National Park, between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay. Head to Mollymook Beach, a two kilometre stretch of golden sands, to stay at the newly-opened Bannisters Pavilion or Bannisters by the Sea, home to Rick Stein's famous seafood restaurant.
On the Mid North Coast, try Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries located just ten minutes north of Port Macquarie. Visitors can fill a bucket with plump ripe tomatoes and strawberries grown in environmentally-friendly greenhouses. The farmgate is open daily.
New South Wales is home to more than 2,137 kilometres of coastline, making the State a fishing paradise. Join a fishing tour with Port Macquarie Fishing Charters in the Hastings River or a deep sea fishing trip off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. Charters regularly catch Snapper, Pearl Perch, Kingfish and Mullaway. The tour includes all fishing gear, bait and tackle, food and drinks, expert help – they'll even clean your catch!
Port Macquarie's temperate climate makes it a great summer holiday destination. Stay at Sails Resort Port Macquarie and make time to visit Sea Acres National Park to travel its 1.3 kilometre accessible elevated rainforest boardwalk and explore one of the largest, least disturbed and most diverse coastal rainforests in NSW.
Buckets of beers or champagne buckets?
After a long, hot day, nothing is better than sharing a bucket of beers with a group of friends. The Beach Burrito Company offers buckets of cool beers to end a day at the beach at their Coogee, Bondi and Cronulla locations. If a champagne bucket is more your style, head to Bondi's The Bucket List where you can enjoy a glass of sparkling in the bar in the Bondi Pavilion overlooking world-famous Bondi beach.
Add another 'bucket-list' experience to the day by learning to surf with Let's Go Surfing. Located at North Bondi Beach, the surf school offers two hour beginners lessons that will get you standing up on your first wave in no time.
Sand buckets and buckets of water
Summer is the perfect time to pack a sand bucket and head to the beach, be it a city beach such as Bronte or Tamarama; a hidden beach such as North Harbour's Reef Beach; or a regional beach such as Avoca or Terrigal. New South Wales offers 877 beaches to choose from.
But buckets of water-fun is not just limited to the Coast. Jambaroo in Kiama,Wet'n'Wild at Prospect, Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre in Western Sydney, and theBig 4 Dubbo Parklands in the State's Central West all feature giant tipping water buckets in their water parks. It's the perfect cool-down for kids, and big kids who want to make a splash!
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For more information on experiences, attractions and accommodation in Sydney and NSW, go to sydney.com and visitnsw.com