The 4th of March marked a month of living in Sydney, and we have been very busy getting all our admin things sorted like Australian drivers license, Medicare cards, Tax file numbers and apartment/house hunting. The house hunting part is quite depressing and frustrating, the prices are crazy here and there are so many people looking for the same thing that even when you find something you want, the chances are slim of you getting it. Despite this, we remain positive and adamant that we will find something we like! For now, we have been living with my sister about 45 minutes drive out of Sydney and spending our Saturday’s apartment hunting.
So this all means we haven’t had much time to explore our new country, but we have had plenty time to do research and figure out all the things we would like to see and do this year in the Sydney area.
1. A show at the Sydney Opera House
This is something we have wanted to do for years and now that we are living here, it’s finally possible! 🙂
The Sydney Opera house is one of the 20th centuries most famous and distinctive buildings, although it was originally built for opera, today it hosts many different events, shows and concerts and has multiple performance venues.
We haven’t booked a show yet, but when we do we will be sure to make the most of the evening, get all dressed up, have pre drinks at the Opera Bar and then head to the show.
2. Wattamolla falls – The Royal National Park
We are always on the look out for great beaches, waterfalls and views and this place has it all! Wattamolla Falls is somewhere my sister has said we MUST go. She says it’s best to go very early because it’s an extremely popular and beautiful spot.
Wattamolla Falls is located at Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park. The falls are located next to the car park so it’s easily accessible.
We are waiting for a sunny weekend and then we will head straight there (it has been raining cats and dogs here for the past week)
3. Sea Life Sydney aquarium
Perfect outing for a rainy and wet day in Sydney.
According to their website, the aquarium boasts a large variety of sea life including dugongs, penguins, sharks, stingrays and tropical fish. There is also an awesome underwater tunnel with fish all around.
4. Figure 8 pool – The Royal National Park
Day hikes are something we really enjoy doing, being active and getting fit whilst admiring beautiful views, it’s even better when you have a destination at the end of the hike that is as gorgeous as this.
Located on a dangerous rock platform in the Royal National Park near Burning Palms beach, the Figure 8 pool is a 3-4 hour hike from the car park. They say it is a tough walk and you need to make sure you get to the pools at low tide when the waves are small.
See the Royal National Park website for tips, rules and precautions.
5. Skyline Drive-In Blacktown
The Blonde has never been to a drive in, so this is something we are really looking forward to!
Pack your blankets and pillows and head to the Skyline Drive-In in Blacktown. They show new movies each week and have a cute little retro diner where you can grab something to eat.
6. Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is Sydney’s city zoo, from what we can see, they have the most amazing views of the city harbour from the giraffe cage.
According to their website they have a vast amount of animals including Lions, Wallabies, Elephants, Snow Leopard, Koalas and monkeys.
Get your ticket here (it’s cheaper if you buy online)
7. Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley
Wine tasting, how could we possibly say no to this!
The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region, you can do a self-drive or they offer arranged tours. It’s about a 2-hour drive from Sydney city centre to the Hunter Valley.
Our plan is to book a cottage for the weekend and make the most of it!
Here is a list of the wine farms in the region.
8. Eat out in Sydney
And then there are all the amazing restaurants that we want to try, but the list is so long that it would require a separate blog post.
Here is a link from The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide with some of the top restaurants in Sydney & New South Wales area that we are dying to try.
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