Travel agents can come in handy if you don’t have time to plan a trip, or if you simply don’t like planning trips. In most cases, your travel agent should be able to get you great deals on transport, tours, and flights. They also usually have some great insider tips on the city they’re sending you to but, does your travel agent know it all? Here are 8 things only the locals know about Sydney:
1. You can take a ride in a real life Bat-mobile
Like Batman? Always wanted to ride in the Bat-mobile? Well, here is your chance! While it may be a little pricey, seeing the sights of Sydney from the passenger seat of the Bat-mobile is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience. The 6.2 metre Bat-mobile is an exact replica of the Bat-mobile from the 1989 film. Sure beats taking a cab!
2. It is incredibly rich with Aboriginal culture
You don’t have to go to the outback to engage and explore the beauty of Indigenous Australian culture. The Sydney region is packed full of hidden Aboriginal gems, allowing visitors to learn about, respect, and celebrate the heritage of Australia. Spend the day exploring the BLAK Markets or explore over 800 indigenous sites around Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
3. They have salt caves in Bondi
What is a salt cave you ask? Salt caves and mines are natural deposits formed as an ongoing result of evaporation of ancient lakes and seas, which can apparently have many health benefits. Salt Rooms in Bondi Junction is a Salt Therapy Clinic that allows clients to detox by spending time in recreations of natural salt caves.
4. You can run away to Sydney to join the circus
There are actually quite a few circus schools around Sydney, with programs running for all ages and skill levels. For example, the 2 hour ‘Holiday Mega Mix’ at Circus Arts includes flying trapeze, juggling, and plate spinning.
5. There is a ‘Death Cafe’ Club
If the topic of death makes you uncomfortable, you should definitely avoid this one. Death Cafe is a group of Sydney-siders from all walks of life (pun intended), who meet regularly to discuss death, dying, and to celebrate a person’s life. Often these conversations are held over tea and coffee!
6. There is a virtual golf course
If you like golf, or interactive games, you’ll love this one. Golfzon, in North Strathfield is an interactive virtual golf course! It is an indoor venue with several rooms available for group hire. In the game, there are over 160 virtual golf courses to choose from! And, if you get tired of golf, pop next-door to AMF Bowling Centre.
7. You can fly in Sydney!
We don’t mean in an airplane or hovercraft either. At iFLY, you can actually fly! iFLY Downunder is Sydney’s indoor skydiving venue. It includes an impressive vertical wind tunnel, that allows you to experience body-flight in a safe and fun way. No experience is needed, equipment and training are included and anyone from age 3 to 103 can take part! It seems to be a very popular place for kids birthday parties. Time to make your dreams come true.
8. You can attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse
Zombie culture is alive and well in the city of Sydney. Perhaps spurred by the popularity of TV series The Walking Dead or cult zombie films, the Museum of Human Disease in Sydney created ‘Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse’, a holiday adventure program. Do your best at surviving the zombie apocalypse adventure trail, get your ‘zombie bites’ wrapped in bandages, make an extra brain if one of the zombies eats yours, watch a virtual zombie autopsy, or become a zombie yourself in one of the make-up workshops. You’ll also have the chance to have any zombie-related questions answered by the team of zombie specialists. While you’re there make sure you take a tour of the rest of the museum. With over 200 specimens of diseases on display, you’re bound to learn a thing or two!
Sydney is a city full of endless adventures!