Exploring Sydney, Australia

By , September 6, 2013 12:13 am

With incredible beaches, great shopping, and an eclectic clubbing scene, Sydney is a must-see city for anyone visiting Australia.

While Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, it can be a surprisingly affordable place to visit. This vibrant, multi-cultural city is full of things to see and do that won’t break the bank:

 

Take the ferry across to Manly Beach.

The ferry departs from Circular Quay and you’ll be relaxing on the beach in half an hour. This beach is one of the most popular in Australia, and filled to the brim with surfers and tourists. Spend some time learning to surf, or just relax and grab a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants.

 

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge connects Sydney and North Sydney and there’s a large walkway for pedestrians. Take a camera, and make sure you stop halfway for incredible views of the Sydney Opera House.

 

Wander around the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Spread over thirty hectares and located in the middle of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens have free guided walks daily at 10.30am from the Garden Shop. Take your time exploring the beautiful grounds (make sure you visit the Rose Garden), before enjoying a delicious lunch in the restaurant.

 

Grab a bargain in Chinatown.

Spend a day browsing the stores in Chinatown, and don’t forget to check out Paddy’s Market which is also close by. After a long day of walking around, enjoy some Chinese food on Dixon Street. Chinatown is also full of restaurants that stay open much later than others-making it the perfect place to swing by after a night dancing in the clubs.

 

Explore the Sydney Opera House.

It’s hard to think of Sydney without picturing the Opera House, so don’t forget to stop by and explore this World Heritage site. Doors open at 9am, so take a tour and learn about the history of the Opera House, or even better see show or performance here.

 

Walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte.

This is the most famous walk in Sydney, and for good reason. Keep an eye out for celebrities, and take your camera for excellent photo opportunities along the way. Expect to take around two hours, more if you’re stopping constantly (and you’ll want to), and take some water with you as it’s sure to be a sunny day.

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