Exploring Sydney, Australia

I’ve written some posts about my time in Australia before, but I haven’t really delved too much into just how awesome a city Sydney is yet. Allow me to rectify that.

You guys…Sydney is amazing. If you haven’t been there yet, you really should put it on your list of places to travel to. I’ve been to other great cities of the world and I’m here to tell you that Sydney is one of the most beautiful, most exciting cities I’ve ever been to. It’s up there in the top tier of all places I’ve been. I promise.

Not only is it a gorgeous cosmopolitan city full of all the wonderful things you would expect any cosmopolitan city to be full of…amazing food, great theatre and opera, iconic sights, and things to do, but it’s also just a really visually stunning place.

What I love about Sydney is that there are parks everywhere and of course, Sydney Harbour, which really has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. This is a seriously gorgeous city.


Circular Quay

One of my favorite things to do in the city also happened to be one of the best cheap thrills around- riding the city’s ferries through the harbour. If you’re going to visit Sydney and you’re short on time and money, I would say the best bang for your buck would be to head straight down to Circular Quay and get yourself a ticket for the ferry to Manly. The ride will take you from Circular Quay, which is the little area of the harbour between the famous Sydney Opera House and the nearly equally famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. The ride gives you incredible views of both of these places as well as the downtown area and takes you on a beautiful and pleasant journey through the harbour, ultimately dropping you off in Manly. Get off there, go check out the beach, stroll around town a bit, and hop back on the ferry to come back to Circular Quay. Ferry tickets are cheap and it’s one of the best things you can do while you’re in town.

Of course, if your budget is a little bigger and you’ve got some more time, you should also consider doing the Sydney Bridge Climb, in which you actually climb the Harbour Bridge. I did this while I was in town and it was one of the most unique, memorable things I’ve done in my entire life. When I think back to the fact that I almost let the fact that the bridge climb is pretty expensive stop me from doing it, I can’t believe it. It was one of the highlights of my trip. I wrote about it in another post, so I won’t delve too much into the details here, but I will say that it’s absolutely worth doing.

Another awesome thing to do while you’re in Sydney is to take the tour of the opera house.  I thought the tour would be cheesy (my own personal prejudice against guided tours) but I actually quite enjoyed it, learned a lot about the Sydney Opera House, and got to see all the different areas of the building, which was cool. We later went to a performance there, which I also highly recommend.

There’s also Luna Park, where you can take amusing photos such as this one…

I’ve also heard the Sydney Zoo is pretty incredible, but we didn’t go because we live in San Diego and you may have heard of a little place called the San Diego Zoo? It’s pretty top notch, as zoos go, so we figured we could skip the Sydney Zoo and not miss out on any important life experiences. If you don’t live right next to your own world-class zoo, however, the Sydney Zoo is probably worth checking out.

Lastly, when you’re in Sydney you shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit the 360 Bar and Restaurant which is a revolving restaurant in Sydney Tower with incredible 360 panoramic views of the entire city, the harbour, and beyond. Prices are a little steep, of course, but it is a really unique and incredible experience. Pro tip: what we did when we were there was just sat at the bar and had a few drinks. This was considerably less expensive than sitting down for a full meal, but we still got to relax, visit with our Australian friends, and enjoy the exact same views as those dining in the restaurant.

Of course, you also shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to go on some great day trips out of the city. Be it the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley Wine Region, or Bondi Beach, there are a lot of great places in the area that are deserving of your attention. I had an incredible time in Sydney and although I spent an entire week in and around the city, I still feel like there is so much more that I would like to go back and see and do when I get the chance again. What a beautiful, incredible city! You should definitely go there.

And thus concludes my sales pitch to get you to travel to Sydney. 🙂

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Have you been to Sydney? What was your favorite thing?


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