Sydney was one of my favourite places and it is Australia's most visited city. With that in mind I wanted to share some of my favourite places that I visited to give you some tips are places you can go
To start off with I stayed at Maze backpacker hostel which is in the Chinatown area. I thought it was a great place to stay, really reasonably priced I had a private room which was secure and clean and the staff seemed friendly. I enjoyed my stay there and I would recommend it, the only odd thing is the weird smell from the stairs, they could definitely use investing in a glade plug-in airfreshner!
Here are some of my top things to do and see in Sydney:
Skydiving at Wollongong Beach in Sydney
I won’t go over this again as I've already written a post about my skydive which I will link here however I really recommend the people at Skydive The Beach in Sydney if you're into that sort of thing.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are situated at the edge of Sydney Harbour and are home to an outstanding collection of plants from not only of Australia but at all over the world. It's a really lovely place to walk around or walk through on your way to or from Sydney Harbour and there is also a free guided walk if you want someone to take you around and explain things in a bit more depth.
Hyde Park is obviously named after the original Hyde Park in London and like the Park in London it's a great place to sit and people watch meet up with friends or sit and have your lunch. This is also the oldest park in Australia and it's a great way to feel like you've left the city without going very far as it in the middle of the central business district.
I had no idea that there is an actual place called Balmain I just thought it was a fashion designer is actually a really cool suburb in Sydney which is great for food lovers as it's packed with cafes and restaurants serving up all kinds of food and really cool coffee shops. I would recommend getting there by ferry as the views of the harbour are amazing.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney's iconic harbour bridge is superbly impressive, it first opened in 1932 and connects the Sydney central business district with the North Shore of the city. I found it funny that locals sometimes nickname it the coat hanger. Or you can climb up the pylon look out at the south eastern edge of the bridge near the city for free as well if you wanted to climb over the bridge it's very expensive and I decided to do the skydive instead as it wasn't much more money.
I'd really recommend going to the bridge and is looking around the rocks on the same day and then going to Sydney Opera House as it is all very close together and it will save you time.
Blue Mountains Tour
I've made a separate blog post about my trip to the Blue Mountains which I will link here. If you like hiking walking trails or just an amazing view you can either go for a day trip or a weekend trip and you can even incorporate camping or canyoning if that’s your thing as well.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera house is such an iconic landmark it was amazing to see it in real life. Situated near circular quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge and surrounded by bars and restaurants buskers and performers it had a similar vibe to Leicester Square in London. One of the best ways to see the opera house and the bridge is by ferry you can get a ferry to Taronga Zoo or Manly Beach which means you get a two in one, the trip to the place you need to get to and a fun ferry journey with cool views. You can go and see a show at the opera house or just buy a ticket to be shown around, I bet it’s an amazing place to see people perform.
My cousin actually suggested I go with her when she visited Taronga zoo so I figured why not. We purchased combined ferry and zoo tickets to save some money. Once you arrive at the zoo there is a sky lift which takes you all the way over the zoo to the top it's a really cool idea as the zoo is set on a hill so if you start at the top you can wind your way down looking at all the animals until you get to the bottom back to the ferry terminal.
I had an amazing time at the zoo and I really felt like the animals were well looked after and cared for and I was really excited to see the turtle the seals and all of the giraffes. I would recommend going to this zoo as it was one of the best I have been to especially for animals having plenty of room to move about and just looking really chilled out and happy with really nice happy staff who seemed to just love their jobs.
Probably the best thing about Sydney was Bondi beach. Obviously Bondi Beach was crowded because it's such a tourist attraction but I found it so much fun and I went on such a beautiful day I just really loved i, it's really safe and there are so many lifeguards, people were really friendly and the surrounding area had so many nice restaurants and cafes which actually sold healthy foods which was a struggle of mine in Australia at times as everything seemed to be fried or served with chips which was getting a bit annoying but here I found some beautiful restaurants. You can learn to surf at Bondi but everyone I spoke to recommended learning at Manly beach instead.
Wet And Wild Waterpark
This wasn't something I had planned to go to but some new friends I made invited me to go along with them and again I figured, why not! I'd never actually been to a waterpark before so I didn't know what to expect, it turns out it was brilliant! We got the train there from central station and then a bus from Blacktown. It was quite pricey for a ticket for the day and a locker but I genuinely had such a fun day going on the slides, playing in the pool with it’s wave machine and sunbathing. It was much like being at a cool beach party as there was music and even some world famous stunt bike riders on the day we happened to go. All in all if you’re with a group of mates or family then this is an awesome day out.
I hope this was helpful, i'll also be doing a blog post about my top places to eat in Sydney which will be my last about Australia! My next adventure is to Thailand and Cambodia in May, so not too long to wait x