All this recent travel talk has got me so excited that I’ve decided to share this treasure with you all. Many of you who have been following my story for a while now will know I travelled a lot back in 2015/2016. The land down under is where I spent most of my gap year, getting to experience living in Sydney for 6 months was amazing and I’d love to share this with you. Whether you are looking to travel yourself or would like to go to Sydney for a holiday, please do read on. Sydney is Australia’s most iconic city and attracts millions of tourists each year. It has something for everyone whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday or an active adventure. Here are just a handful of reasons to visit Sydney.
Some of the best beaches in Australia can be found in Sydney. Bondi Beach is one of the more famous beaches and is known for its trendy appeal, drawing in backpackers and surf fanatics from around the world. Manly beach is also worth visiting, famous for its scenic walk and fish and chip shops. These beaches can get pretty packed in summer when the weather is hot, however, there are still plenty of beaches further down the coast that are quieter and still very enjoyable.
Sydney harbour sights
Most people visiting Sydney make the harbour a priority. It’s here you’ll find incredible landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney harbour bridge. The Sydney Tower Eye is also located here, from which you can enjoy stunning views of the city. Accommodation prices are more expensive here in the hub, but it can be worth the sights on your doorstep – you may want to direct book a Darling Harbour hotel. This is a fantastic hotel where I actually spent a lot of my time using the facilities as I actually lived directly behind it. It’s also worth grabbing a My Multi-Pass, which allows you to use buses, trains and ferries during your stay.
Most people don’t think of Sydney as having much of a history, but it’s actually got a fair amount to learn about. The city has many museums and guided tours – many of which are free. Areas such as The Rocks meanwhile offer a taste of more traditional architecture as well as shops that sell crafts and historic pubs.
Whilst not directly in the city, the scenic Blue Mountains are only a stone’s throw away. You can catch a Blue Mountains explorer bus out the city for cheap and make a day out of it. Meanwhile, in the city itself, you’ll find attractions like the Royal Botanic Garden and Taronga Zoo – both of which can be a great escape from the urban sights.
Sydney has a lot of great places to grab food. There are all kinds of cosmopolitan flavours to be found here include Chinese food courts, American-style burger joints and Sri Lankan bistros. There are also many places to try Australia’s own local cuisine including pavlova dessert, barramundi fish and various other Aussie meats such as crocodile steak. The Sydney region also has some great craft beers and wines worth trying out.
A number of festivals are held in Sydney throughout the year. The biggest is Sydney Festival – a celebration of the arts in which big band play from around the world. It’s New Year’s celebrations meanwhile are renowned for being some of the best in the world – sporting huge firework displays over the harbo, which takes place every Friday and Saturday evening without a fail.
Since my travels around OZ, Sydney has and will forever hold a special place in my heart and I won’t stop expressing my love for the city. There are so many amazing places to visit and cool things to see around that you’ll NEVER get bored. I hope this post was of some interest to you, whether you are planning your own trip or are just interested in what Sydney has to offer.
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