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Most ‘IConic’ Sydney, major city experiences revealed

Surprises galore in new list

From the feel of a cool sea breeze to the smell of freshly baked bread and taste of bagels, luxury accommodation group InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has revealed the most essential multi-sensory experiences tourists can enjoy - like a local - in seven major cities around the world, including Sydney. 


The experiences, coined Icons 2020, were nominated through an online public vote and then ranked by a panel of travel experts as additions to conventional tourist destinations.


Sydney Harbour


The top InterContinental ICons in each city are:

Sydney – The cool breeze on your face on the Manly to Circular Quay ferry

Paris – Smell of oven-fresh bread from the boulangeries of Oberkampf

London – The contrast of old and new architecture on the ever-changing London skyline

New York – Fresh bagels at a West Village bagel shop

Dubai – Tasting the many unique flavours of Karak Chai along Jumeirah Beach Road

Mexico City – The smoky flavour of tacos al pastor

Shanghai – The sound of old songs played on a vinyl record player 


The other top ICons to experience in Sydney were revealed as: 

- The Sydney skyline viewed from a rooftop in Five Ways Paddington

- The smell of sunblock and a barbeque cooking up on the North Bondi grassy knoll

- Fish and chips enjoyed barefoot at Kutti Beach

- The sun on your shoulders on the Hermitage Foreshore walk while you soak up the best views over Sydney Harbour


“Getting on board one of Sydney’s ferries is a unique way to reach your destination,” Sydney local artist and ICons judge Dina Broadhurst said. 


“The Manly to Circular Quay ferry is a must-do as it’s a way to see Sydney’s harbour, beaches and city skyline all in the one trip.”


The list of ICons was revealed after an independent InterContinental-commissioned study found that most locals (59%) felt visitors missed the “true spirit” of a place whilst visiting, despite three quarters (75%) of luxury travellers wanting to experience destinations as locals.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 28 February 2020

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