Sydney Must Do’s
Ferry to Manly Beach
Opera House Walk & Circular Quay
Just enjoy & take it in. The Opera House walk to the Botanic Gardens is stunning. Lovely photo opportunities and a fascinating experience with views of the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the beautiful serene gardens just behind you.
Circular Quay is the main hub of Sydney. Here you will be able to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge to your left, Sydney Opera House to your right and discover “The Rocks” on your walk around the harbour for some super yummy food. I chose to admire the bridge and Opera house from wandering around them and actually walking on the bridge. I was really hoping to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb but it came with a hefty price tag and I had to weigh my options, deciding if it was something I really wanted to do. Instead, I opted to walk the bridge one windy night, and oh my, thank goodness I did not decide to do the climb, I was freaking out just being on the bridge! It was scary! Weak legs, shaking hands…yea not fun. But what a gorgeous view, it was beautiful. You can choose to do a tour inside the Opera House, take a ferry around it etc. The options are endless, but as a traveller just starting my adventure I was extremely content wandering around the beautiful harbour with no plans.
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach….famous for it’s glistening waters, geo location on instagram, stunning models enjoying their morning run and the reliable surf… it is definitely a must, seeing that it is representative of Sydney’s beach lifestyle.
I highly recommend catching the bus from the city and taking it to the Coogee section of the Bondi to Coogee walk. This way you end at Bondi and can spend some time relaxing and taking in the energy of Bondi. This is a 6 km coastal walk in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and you are guaranteed to be wowed. The homes and beaches you pass through during this walk are jaw dropping. Stunning views? Check. Beaches? Check. Parks? Check. Cliffs? Check. Bays? Check. Rock pools? Check. Beautiful people? Check.This walk takes you from Coogee Beach to Closely Beach to Bronte beach, Tamarama Beach & lastly Bondi Beach. Unfortunately due to timing we did not make it to Maroubra Beach, on the other side of Coogee, but I ‘ve heard it is beautiful too!
To really get a taste of the local life, indulge in a few hours at Bondi. It is beautiful. Very busy, but amazing. You might even get lucky and catch Bondi Rescue being filmed, a tv show that follows the Bondi lifeguards as they go about “the day in the life of Bondi”, from safety rescues, shark sirens, and ridiculously silly shenanigans (ahemmmm tourists)…it’s a great laugh! You could easily spend a day here, with plenty of shopping and eating going on in Bondi Junction.
The Hunter Valley is home to over 150 wineries. Spend a day, a weekend or a week exploring this wine region. I had a little too much fun trying out any & every Shiraz I possibly could. Join a wine tour, do your own self guided bike tour or like me, find a designated driver and pick a few wineries that you want to explore.
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters is a rock formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Whales. They are one of the Blue Mountain’s best known sites that towers over the Jamison Valley. You can easily spend an entire day hiking the Blue Mountains, even a weekend. There are so many hikes of varying levels, but with the timing I was only able to explore a little bit and decided I wanted to see the Three Sisters. If you have more time, definitely spend a full day here!
For $27.00, the Koala Park in Sydney is the perfect spot to hang out with the Kangaroos and get the obligatory photo with a Koala Bear. They have Koala feeding shows, Dingo and Wombat shows. I however, only wanted the little Roo’s & Koala’s.
Palm Beach/ Barrenjoey Lighthouse Headland Walk
One of Sydney’s Northern Beaches’ most iconic sights being built in 1881. The Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits at Sydney’s most northern point- Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach. The 1 km walking track to the top is very picturesque and accessible.
Of course, there are so many more things to do in Sydney and I only had a little taste of what Sydney has to offer but these were the stand outs for me personally while I was there.
Sarah, a super hip local, born and raised in Sydney, has a few more exclusive “must dos” when in Sydney!
Sarah’s picks in addition to mine:
Spend a few hours wandering around Darling Harbour
Take a ferry to Taronga Zoo
Visit the markets at the Rocks and heritage sites
Rooftop drinks at the Glenmore overlooking the Opera house
Sydney Botanical Gardens
No matter what you get up to in this beautiful city, you are guaranteed to be wowed. I hope you all make it here one day.