Recently, I went on a trip to visit some friends in Australia. Being my first trip ‘down under’ I had no idea what to expect. Would it be pretty? Would the people be friendly? Is it worth the million hour flight?
My first stop was Sydney for a week and almost as soon as I stepped off the plane all of the frets were set aside. Sydney might be one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. (And I’ve visited a few)
Here are some of the highlights:
The Sydney harbor is breathtaking with the Sydney Harbor Bridge (which I climbed ) and of course the Opera House which was on my bucket list of places/things to see, so check!
Sydney had a really fun, laid back and friendly vibe. Everyone always seemed to be in a good mood and ready to party; whether it was going to one of their many beautiful beaches like Bondi, Manly or Balmoral or going to one of their many fun restaurants, bars or roof top patios.
Being that Sydney is such a sprawling city, I was surprised to discover that it’s relatively easy to get around. It’s a very walkable city and if you have ample time it’s the best way to explore. I went full tourist and went on a Hop On Hop Off city bus tour – cheesy you may say- but I was able to get a great lay of the land and noted places I wanted to go back to for further exploration along the way. Highly recommend!
I also did a Harbor Boat Tour, such a beautiful way to spend an afternoon, and checked out the Taronga Zoo. The Hot Air Balloon ride over Camden Valley was an experiences of a lifetime. But the one that took the cake (I know, it was a busy trip!) was swimming with the sharks at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary it is one of only a few experiences worldwide where you’re guaranteed an underwater encounter with sharks without cages!
If sharks aren’t your thing, and you want something a little more low-key, walking around The Rocks and across the Sydney Harbor Bridge or grabbing drinks at the Opera Bar (which is attached to The Opera House) are great ways to spend the afternoon.
All in all I think Sydney is a place you should put on your to do/ to see list!
Next week I’ll tell you about my time in Melbourne, so stay tuned. Let us know if you are planning on going to Australia or if you have if you have any tips!
Thanks for reading, cheers!