Sydney is literally my most favourite city in the entire world, ok so I haven’t been to all cities in the world but out of the ones I have been to, its right there at the top spot.
We spent five days exploring the city and manage to jam pack so much into the time which I wanted to share with you along with some of my favourite things.
Sydney is an incredibly walkable city and we found it was the best way to explore. We literally walked 10 miles a day which is not only great for fitness but we saw so much. We were staying in a hotel in Potts Point which is very close to ‘backpacker central’ Kings Cross and every day walked through the Royal Botanical Gardens. Such a beautiful walk and you get a completely different perspective of the harbour from that side.
- Climb the bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and the bridge climb is one of the most popular things to do whilst in the city. We did it in the rain (insert eye roll emoji!) but actually although it made the pictures a little grey it was such a comfortable temperature. We did the full climb which takes around three hours including briefing and getting kitted up, the boiler suits are the sexiest thing I’ve ever worn. Hahahaha. The view from the top of the bridge is absolutely incredible. We booked our tour online through Viator.
- The Rocks
The Rocks area is the oldest part of Sydney and is where the first convict boats arrived from the UK. It’s located around the base of the bridge just a short walk from Circular Quay. It’s one of my favourite places in Sydney, not only is it super trendy but it’s also home to some gorgeous boutique shops. One of the best times to visit is at the weekend for the Rocks Market, there are so many independent stallholders selling everything from racing kangaroos to blown glass ornaments. We bought the majority of our presents for friends and family from here. It’s also the perfect place for a beer! The Mercantile Hotel, not actually a hotel, is the oldest Irish bar in Sydney and has live music every day. We spent the afternoon supping beers and listening to the band.
No trip to Sydney would be complete without a trip across to Manly on the ferry. It takes around 30minutes from Circular Quay and if you go on a Sunday it’s only £2.50 travel all day! Brunch is a big thing for Sydney siders so we go in on the act at Belgrave Cartel which is so good but super popular, plus you can’t book so get there early!
Post brunch, a brisk walk from Manly main beach round to Shelley beach is perfect. It’s only about 30mins each way but we were treated to gorgeous views of the bay.
- Bondi to Coogee Beach Walk
Disclaimer – although this is only a 6km walk there are A LOT of steps! I mean a lot and in the sunshine it’s a little hard on the legs!
Bondi Beach is so iconic and known worldwide but, it’s so so busy! As we walked around the bay towards Coogee we found so many equally gorgeous beaches which were a lot quieter. We hung out at Bronte Beach to take a dip in the ocean and jump the waves. BUT, the current and rip tide are very very strong and I wasn’t wearing the most substantial swimwear……. I ran in the ocean full Baywatch style only to have my legs swiped by a massive wave, bowl me over and wash me around like a sock in a washing machine. I finally found which way was up and as I stood up I exposed more to the world than I needed too…….. so the moral of this story is, if you’re going to jump the waves make sure you have supportive swimwear on! Anyway dignity regained we carried on to Coogee Beach which is beautiful and the Coogee Pavilion which is a mixture of bars, restaurants, coffee carts and ice cream all in one place. I highly recommend the blood orange sorbet!
- Royal Botanical Gardens
WOW! The Royal Botanical Gardens are quite simply beautiful and so so big, I never realised how many different sections there were. For the best view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House you have to visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. We were staying in Potts Point and walked through the gardens every day and each time we walked through a different part and discovered a different area. It’s so peaceful too!
- Catch a show at the Sydney Opera House
We all know the Sydney Opera House is completely iconic and you can’t fail to recognise it. As we were in Australia for our honeymoon we decided we would get tickets for a show, any show that was available. This is how we ended up at Club Swizzle, now it wasn’t awful but it also wasn’t the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. Having said that, we did have a really fun time and it was fabulous to be at a show inside the iconic opera house! Club Swizzle was a cabaret show, parts were amazing and some parts less so but still really fun to watch.
So that’s it, that’s my top seven things to do in Sydney. Believe me, there are 100’s more but I don’t want to bore you!
Tell me, have you been to Sydney or is it on your bucket list? What was your favourite thing to do in the city??