Since the friends I made in Australia were in town this week, I thought this would be a good time to start giving my tips about this country I lived in for 5 months back in 2008.
(disclaimer: I wish I took better pictures back then and that iPhones were a thing. However, I feel I lived in the moment so maybe I don’t wish that 😉 )
We’ll start off with Sydney!
I visited Sydney twice during my stay in the land of Oz. Once with all my new friends and once when my parents came to visit. I covered a lot of areas and activities in Sydney and these are the ones I think are totally worth it.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
I’m going to start off with this one because it was one of the craziest things I have ever done and I am NOT a heights person. If you are saying to yourself right now, neither am I, well if I can do it, you can! YOLO. Maybe my bravery came from the fact that I jumped out of plane, climbed a glacier and climbed this bridge within a span of a week. I have no idea who I was during that week, but when I look back, I’m so proud that I pushed myself. I also don’t know if Mary-Kate & Ashley were the catalyst for me climbing this landmark because, as a child of the 90s, who didn’t think it was cool when they climbed it in Our Lips Are Sealed? haha. I climbed it with my father and brother, who were pushing me through the whole thing, and it really was a beautiful experience. I highly recommend it as one of those things you’ll be happy you experienced and saw for years to come. Check it out here.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive buildings from the 20th century in the world. Most people think of it when they hear about Sydney or Australia because it’s located right next to the bridge in the harbor. It’s really interesting up close and has a great area of restaurants and shops along the water’s edge. Take a tour inside to hear more about it’s history or catch a show during your visit.
Royal Botanical Garden
The Royal Botanical Garden was one of the most exquisite gardens, these pictures don’t do it justice, I have seen in a city across the world. It’s a great place to walk around if you need something to do on a morning or afternoon during your trip. There are walking tours and the Cho-Cho Express for children to enjoy. Also, there are cafe’s to have a coffee or enjoy a beautiful lunch. They have certain exhibits at various points during the year so check on their website ahead of time to see if there is one during your visit.
Bondi Beach & the Iceberg Club
Technically Bondi Beach is outside of Sydney but it’s worth the detour to enjoy the famed beach. Sunbathe, walk along the shops or check out how the locals surf for an afternoon at Bondi. The Bondi Beach Iceberg Club is also located right next to the beach, which is home to the famed swimming club. They have a museum on the first floor to tour or hang out and watch the waves crash over the rocks into the pool while dining at their cafe. I found the fact that the ocean slams into the pool year round pretty amusing.
The Rocks Markets
Who loves a good open-air market? The Rocks Markets have a great collection of original pieces and clothing to browse through, which make great souvenirs. On Friday’s they have a food market too where you sample different types of food including traditional Australian fare.
Honorable mention: Pancakes on the Rock’s pancakes. Be ready for a wait since it’s a huge tourist spot, however I thought the pancakes were totally worth the wait. Check out their Instagram if you need more of a push 😉
I know there are a few more places worth your while and loads of restaurants but for now those are my top 5 places to check out while you are visiting Sydney. Leave a comment if you have any recommendations 🙂