Mumbai and Sydney – both colourful and vibrant, bustling with their excitable residents! And both, arguably the real capital city of their respective countries. These two capital cities although on the other side of the world, actually have a lot in common in regards to their alluring attractions and tourist highlights. From beaches to sites of cultural significance and nature, these are the iconic destinations which make Mumbai and Sydney so incredible.
Common Tourist Highlights For Mumbai & Sydney
Gateway of India – Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Gateway of India, erected many years ago to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, is one of India’s most iconic destinations where people swarm to be in the presence of such a monolithic structure. The Gateway of India is situated in the bustling south of Colaba, and looks over the stunning Mumbai Harbour, much like the Gateway’s younger cousin, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932, to bridge the commute between Sydney’s residents of the north and the south. The structure took six years to build and sixteen men died building it. The Sydney Harbour Bridge looks over iconic Darling Harbour and Circular Quay – also home to the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney Harbour Bridge at Darling Harbour
Crawford Markets – Glebe Markets
Part of any large city culture are the microcosms of society existing within the hustle and bustle of the big city, and one of the best ways to experience this culture is to immerse yourself in the local markets. The Crawford Markets in Mumbai is a labyrinth of paths and laneways filled with shopfronts and stalls selling local goods and iconic Indian souvenirs. Similarly the Glebe markets located in Sydney’s inner west are iconic for selling local goods and produce from around the area. In either of these settings you’ll find a real sense of the locality’s culture and the nuances of everyday life in a submersion of colour and local flare.
Marine Drive – Grand Pacific Drive
The exquisite Marine Drive is a stretch of road lining the natural bay of Mumbai connecting Nariman Point to Malabar Hill. The journey along Marine Drive is lined with palm trees and hugs the waterline offering fabulous views of Mumbai Harbour. Marine Drive is affectionately known to the locals as the Queen’s Necklace, as at night, when viewed from elevation, the lights sparkling reflection from the water looks like a string of pearls. Similarly the Grand PacificDrive stretching from Sydney to Wollongong lines a small yet scenic section of the East Coast of New South Wales. The Drive meanders through the gorgeous mountain and coastal scenery, with the highlight being the world-famous Sea Cliff Bridge.
Sea Cliff Bridge
Juhu Beach – Bondi Beach
The beach gem of north Mumbai, Juhu Beach offers visitors a clean beach for a calming dip in the ocean and breathtaking sunsets. The beach is one of the most popular in the region and a huge tourist attraction, owing to the luxury of the area including celebrity homes and 5-star hotels. Bondi Beach is Sydney’s coastal beauty. The massive tourist attraction draws people from far and wide due to its picturesque scenery and surfable waves. There are plenty of gorgeous cafes, boutique stores and beachfront bars to enjoy along Campbell Parade including the famous Bondi Icebergs Dining Room at the south end of the beach
Bondi Beach from Bondi Icebergs
Gandhi National Park – Royal National Park
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a jungle wonderland giving tribute to one of India’s great leaders. Dense, lush forest floors with climbing palms and tropical flora, bewildering its millions of visitors per year. The park is full of natural wonders to explore including the Kanheri Caves, The Jain Temple and of course the Lion and Tiger Safari Rides. The Royal National Park in Sydney also offers an up-close experience to Australia’s friendly kangaroos, wallabies and reptilian life. There are beautiful bush walks, historic lighthouses and Indigenous trails to follow.
Monkey Outside the Kanheri Caves
You can see why Mumbai and Sydney are some of the most visited capital cities in the world. With endless tourist attractions, cultural experiences and beautiful natural landscapes to experience and explore, these two destinations though on the other side of the world, have much in common.
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