I completely fell in love with Sydney when I visited. I think it was a combination between its business and beach vibes mixed in with the art culture and health and wellbeing attitude that really made it for me, and it's a city I really recommend visiting (even if that means travelling across the entire world like I had to). This post is a bit of a twist on my usual travel diaries post but written as more of a travel guide, mixed in with a few tips I learnt along the way.
I stayed in the city for just over a week which is oodles of time for exploring the city and the surrounding areas.
There is an abundance of places to stay around Sydney, however the city is notorious for being more expensive to stay in than almost any other Australian city. I stayed at a hostel called Bounce next to the Central Station which was a really clean hostel with a great rooftop view. Although the hostel was a little more expensive compared to others, the destination was well worth the extra money as it was relatively safe and the station meant it was easy to get around.
Something I totally fell in love with during my trip was Sushi! Australia does sushi so much better than the UK, and I love how avocado featured in almost every sushi roll... YUM! I frequently ate my sushi rolls on the grass in Hyde Park which is such a relaxing spot to enjoy the sun and people watch.
If you are after some brunch, Surrey Hills has lots of cute urban cafes serving the yummiest looking food including my favourite avocado on toast! It is also a really nice area to walk explore if you like quaint artisan shops and one-off boutiques.
To Do/ See
Okay, this could be a bit of a list;
- The famous Bondi beach is usually a go-see for most. Take a surfing lesson, or take a walk from Bondi to Coogee. The walk can take a couple of hours but you can easily catch a bus from Coogee back to Bondi, and the breathtaking coastal views are beautiful. If you are around during the summer months you could also take a dip in the Bondi Icebergs pool a little further along from the beach.
- I am not the biggest zoo fanatic but I think Taronga Zoo may be the exception. Either drive or catch a boat over from the City Quay and take the Skyrail up to the zoo, and enjoy the animals while looking over at Sydney's skyline (these animals seriously have the best view!)
- If you are interested in the art scene, the Art Gallery NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Arts are both major stop offs often with new and upcoming exhibitions. Frida Kahlo was exhibiting when I visited and I found the general exhibition of Australian artists particularly interesting.
- Of course you can't go to Sydney without visiting the Opera House and walking across the Harbour Bridge. ( TIP: if you want to see a show, turn up to the box office first thing in the morning for reduced prices, and students get it even cheaper!)
- If you have a little extra time on your hands a ferry trip to Manly is really worth the trip. There are plenty of walks, shopping, and beach stops to do there and it's a nice way to get away from the bustle of the city. Also, a few nights in Katoomba (aprox. a two hour train ride outside Sydney) is a great way to see some of the Australian countryside. If you don't have the time to stay long then it's possible to see the main sites in a full day.
( TIP: Sydney transport also has a maximum fare of $2.50 on a Sunday, so the ferry and long train rides which are a little more costly are better to do on this day if feasible.)