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 its popularity suggests.
Make sure you get to Circular Quay early (before 9 am) and jump on the ferry to Manly. Get a seat upstairs facing the direction you’re going and you can re-enact the Jack and Rose scene from Titanic.
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 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.)
French Toast at Cosmopolitan Cafe
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!
Grab a table outside, take a book and spend a little while relaxing in the Sydney sun or do some peope watching.
If you love the zoo, you just HAVE to visit Taronga Zoo.
The giraffes are the first animals I saw and with the Sydney skyline behind it, you’re really reminded that you’re in Australia.
They have all sorts of animals, and you can even walk through that kangaroo enclosure so you can get really close to them!
If you’re a bit of a big kid like me, make sure you get a seat at one of the seal shows. I was gasping in wonder with the kids and applauding with the best of them.
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?