The Sydney Travel Guide

Top things to do:

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Tour the Sydney Opera House

Bondi to Coogee walk

Take the ferry to Manly

Explore Chinatown

Take stroll through the hippy area of Newtown

Take a free guided tour of the city

Relax in the Botanical Gardens

Spend the day exploring the Blue Mountains

My Adventure in Sydney 

Day 1 

If, like me, you arrived at the airport then it’s super quick and easy to get anywhere in Sydney on the train line straight from inside the airport (tickets are approx. $15). Make sure you register for your free Opal card at this staion, it’s the only way you can use any of the public transport in Sydney – you can just top up $20 and see how that goes before loading too much money on it.

I got my hostel (Bounce, in Central), checked in, and straight away joined in pizza and goon night (4 slices and free goon for $5) where I made some new friends and then got the party bus to World Bar (coyotes Tuesday night) and danced till very early in the morning! Tr

Day 2 

After a quick supermarket sweep in the morning at the local Coles (cheap supermaket), I decided to join the free city tour in the afternoon (it’s 2-3 hours long so I wouldn’t recommend the tour to anyone with walking difficulites; look for the ‘I’m free’ people in the bright green t-shirts outside Town Hall Station, daily tours leave at 10:30am and 14:30pm. The tour was a great way to get my bearings and explore the basics of the (massive) city!

I spent the evening at Bondi beach, where an open air cinema was taking place, screening The Office Christmas Party (you know that one with Jennifer Anniston…) anyway, the cider and tub of B&J’s made it a lovely way to spend an evening.

Day 3

Today is Australia Day!!! I met up with some friends from the walking tour and we went down to Circular Quay to see the ferry fleet race, water carnival and market stalls. We then walked over to Darling Harbour where we enjoyed a couple of proseccos before watching he fireworks. We got the train to Bondi beach where we bar hopped till the early hours…

Day 4

After several pain killers, I met up with another friend in Syndey and went for a walk around the Opera House and Botanical Gardens.

I spent the afternoon over on Manly (ferry is approx $5 each way, 30 minute ride) where I relaxed on Manly beach with an ice cream, before wandering over to check out Shelly beach.

I spent the evening with friends wandering round the China town markets in aid of their new year celebrations, before crawling into bed.

Day 5 

Bright and early I was up and on the bus to Bondi to start the famous Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, 20 minutes in and I was sweating like a pig, regretting stuffing my face with Chinese the night before…however we persevered FOR A WHOLE 2 AND A HALF HOURS!!

Do not underestimate this walk, in the scorching heat it can be tough! Finally (after a sneaky pit stop for a tuna baguette) we made it to Coogee beach, where we took a well deserved swim in the cool water.

With the bus station just down the road it seemed rude not to get a bus back to Central (the hostel). A quick shower and change and I was back down at darling harbour to see the Saturday night fireworks (get there early as it gets busy!)

Day 6

On Sunday’s all public transport is capped at $2.50, so I though it was the perfect (cheapest) day to visit the Blue Moutains, so  I jumped on the 08:18 train, snacks prepped and ready for the 2 hour journey. Once you arrive in Katoomba there is a bus stop right outside the station (next to subway…yes I got a cookie okay!) anyway, hop on the scenic walkway bus which will take you straight to the three sisters.

Once you’ve taken your photos, you can walk all around the national park to see more breathtaking views, waterfalls and even take the cable car to the other side – however you end up spending your day, make sure you take plenty of water, suncream and lots of camera charge! 

Day 7 

I can’t believe I have been in Sydney a week already!

Today I was super excited to meet up with some family friends for the day, we headed over to Watsons bay for the afternoon of sun seeking and fish and chip eating – would definitely recommend checking this bay out if you get time.

Day 8

I spent my final morning in Sydney having a final mooch around circular quay, taking in all the breathtaking views before jumping on a train to Newtown (a funky suburb). Okay so first things first, it’s milkshake and cake time!

 I found this lovely little cafe called (NY bakery and cafe) who do super cheap snacks and drinks, before mooching round the vintage shops and heading back to the hostel to catch my overnight bus to Byron bay!

…and there you have it, my 8 day adventure in Sydney! Keep your eyes pealed for more East coast blogs as I find my way up to Cairns (a stone heavy after excess consumption of timtams… Warning: highly addictive!) 

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