Sydney! Wow! We absolutely fell in love with this beautiful city. It has so much to offer, stunning beaches and picnic spots, thousands of restaurants and bars to choose from, parks, views, shops, museums, you name it, Sydney has it. Whether you are a night owl or a beach babe or boy, you are sure to fall in love with this city.
Our Sydney Musts
1. Visit or stay in the Eastern Suburbs
Bondi, Coogee, Rose Bay, Watsons Bay to name just a few, are all in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and are all on the coast, with their own little beaches, all with stunning tidal pools which are great for swimming, the water is crystal clear and even though we were there in winter, we had a swim which was just lovely, and great to clear the head after a big night out!
We did a lovely walk from Coogee to Bondi, which follows the coast and weaves in and out of all the bays where you can take a dip in the ocean or one of the many tidal pools to cool off before you continue on your walk. A gentle and scenic 6km stroll with views for days. The walk can get quite busy on weekends, when all the locals get outdoors for a run or a walk with friends, so it’s best to do this during the week if you want to get away from the crowds.
The Eastern Suburbs have loads of great places to eat, drink and have coffee or to enjoy a night out.
2. Eat, drink and be merry
Speaking of a big night out, Sydney has thousands of great restaurants, bars, night clubs and coffee shops. We visited quite a few and were never disappointed, we suggest you look on Trip Advisor and Zomato or else just step out the front door and take a walk down the road and you are sure to find some amazing cuisine from all around the world.
3. Take a stroll around the city
Take a bus or hop in a taxi and go into the CBD and meander around the city, there are so many beautiful old buildings, plenty of designer outlets, restaurants and coffee shops to visit. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, either just for a walk around or pack a picnic and choose a spot on the lawn, under the shade of a tree and take in the view. You can visit their website for opening hours.
Walk around the Sydney Opera House (there are some tours of the Opera House that leave from the information centre) and admire the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take many obligatory photos of all the attractions.
4. Ferry from Circular Quay to Manley
The trip takes about 30 minutes (the ferries leave every 15 minutes during the week and every 30 minutes on the weekend) and you get to see a different view of the city and all the suburbs from the water. The views are amazing and there are many photo opportunities, we left for Manley at about 1pm and came back as the sun was going down, which was really awesome because we got to see all the lights of the buildings in the CBD from the water.
Manley is a delightful seaside suburb, with a beautiful beach and lots of restaurants with ocean views. On the walk from the harbour to the beach in Manley, there are loads of buskers who mostly all have unbelievable voices and you can’t possibly walk past without stopping to watch and listen.
5. Visit the Blue Mountains
Take the train (about a 2-hour trip) or hire a car and drive (about a 2-hour drive without traffic) out to the Blue Mountains. We did a day trip, so our time was limited, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. If you would like to spend some more time in the Blue Mountains, there are loads of places to stay. We visited Scenic world at Katoomba, which is a great place to start if you are rushed for time. They have a cable car and tram that goes down to the bottom of the mountains, where you can walk around, there are also some great hikes that start from here. It’s a stunning area and the views are amazing. We had lunch in Leura which is a quaint little village close to Katoomba.
We thoroughly enjoyed Sydney and cannot wait to be back there again!