Ok I admit it, this is cheating a little because I’ve been living in Sydney for 4 months already but these are the things I really wanted to share with you because they’re just so fun!
Ferry to Manly
Manly is as beautiful as it’s popularity suggests.
Make sure you get to Circular Quay early (before 9 am) and jump on the ferry to Manly. Make sure you sit upstairs facing the direction you’re going.
It takes about 30 minutes and you get to see some beautiful boats, kayakers, and the expensive houses carved into the hillside.
When you get to Manly, you can either do the Manly to Spit walk (which takes about 4 hours, depending on how fit you are) or explore the little town. There are some cute boutiques here along with the shops you normally see on the high street, but I recommend the beach.
Just sitting there watching the waves is something I love to do, it certainly doesn’t hurt that surfers from all over Sydney flock here for competitions!
I’m one of those people that will take anyone to the Sea Life Aquarium because I love the shark zone. I took 2 of my nieces before I moved to Sydney and I think I had more fun than them! At the time of writing this, there is a deal on attraction admission so go and check it out if you want to visit more than one but can’t decide which one.
Even if you just sit looking out at the harbour, you’ll forget that you’re surrounded by the city.
I’m sorry! I live right next to Bondi beach and there’s a reason why it’s famous. It’s just so beautiful!
I highly recommend the Bondi to Coogee walk because you stop at so many beautiful beaches on the way (Tamarama is my favourite because it’s so little). Make sure you’re wearing your swimming costumes and bring a snorkel with you – there’s a snorkel trail between Bronte and Gordon’s Bay which I highly recommend, as does my fish-crazy friend Holly!
There are also cute food and drink stops in Bondi Pavillion, perfect if you want a quick bite to eat looking out at the sea. If you want more commercial, then head back to the road for McDonald’s and Hungry Jacks (hey, no judgement here.)
If you only do one thing on this list, make sure you do this.
Go to Cosmopolitan Cafe in Bondi Junction (corner of Oxford Street opposite West Elm and Kathmandu) and order the French toast. For only $11.90, you get 4 thick slabs of French toast with maple syrup and a berry compote.
I promise you will not regret it. Cosmo also do a range of other food which I haven’t tried because the French toast is too delicious not to have!
As always, download the Citymapper app because it’s just the best app to have ever existed, and make sure you get an Opal card for public transport. You can buy these at the airport train station, or at some newsagents.
Been to Sydney? Where’s your favourite place to go?