Sydney is an amazing city with so much to see and do. It is hard to fit everything in and it is an expensive city too if you are on a budget. We spent 5 days here and it felt like a good amount of time there. Here’s what we got up to.
The best thing we did in Sydney was definitely our Sydney by Kayak experience. We got up for a sunrise kayak at 6am with perfect views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It was early and cold but we each had a hot drink and there were no crowds. We stayed out there for over 2 hours and our guide, Ben, was brilliant.
To make a morning of it, we walked through Wendy’s Secret Garden for more amazing Harbour views and made our way to Thelma and Louise Cafe for a delicious breakfast. The food was great and it was right next to the ferry stop so after breakfast we got the ferry to Circular Quay and got some more views of the Harbour and the Opera House.
Another main attraction around this area is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. We were looking into doing the sunset climb but it was around $400, which is slightly out of our backpacker budget. (If you’re not afraid of heights and have the money, the sunset climb is meant to be the best because you get both day time and night time views). If you’re looking for a cheaper option, which pretty much the same views, you can go to the Pylon Lookout for only $15. You have to climb up steps to a look out on the Bridge with pretty similar views to the ones when you’re on top of the bridge.
Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay Wharf is a lovely place to visit on the water. It is buzzing with people and has lots of bars, restaurants and attractions, like an aquarium and a wax museum. It also has amazing views. We ate at Nick’s restaurant and it was really good and right on the waterfront. It’s worth heading down to this area, even just for a drink.
Close by is the Shangri La Hotel. For really good sunset views, head to the Blu Bar in this hotel. They serve really nice cocktails and if you can get a window seat, you’ll see a fab sunset. They also do food there or a brunch option at the weekend.
Another must do is the Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk. Head to Bondi Beach and chill out there for a while when you’ve had enough of tanning, watching the surfers and getting pics with the Bondi Rescue boys, you can follow the walking route. Icebergs is right next to Bindi It takes around 2 hours but there are some fab views along the way and some of the houses are out of this world. When you finish up at Coogee Beach, you can head in to Coogee Pavilion for some delicious pizza and drinks.
We also did a day trip to the Blue Mountains. You could spend days here hiking, but we didn’t have time for that so just booked a deluxe day trip with Fj Tours through Sightseeing Australia. On our tour, we went to Featherdale Wildlife Sanctuary, saw the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and rode on the Cableway and the world’s steepest railway. The day ended with a ferry ride back into Sydney Harbour.
For any ‘Home and Away’ fans, you can go to Palm Beach and see where all of the beach, surf club, diner and Alf’s Bait Shop Scenes are filmed. You can book the tour but you’re essentially just paying a lot of money for a bus ride. You’re better off heading there yourself either by car or public transport. The surf club and beach are the first stops, followed by a short walk to the diner and Alf’s Bait shop. These places are in use by cafes and real life guards, but on filming days the cast will be there. We weren’t lucky enough to see any one but I know people that went the day before us and saw Alf and Leah. Just luck of the draw but rumour has it that the filming takes place earlier in the week.
Close by is Manly Beach, which is one of the best beaches in Sydney. If you’re looking to snorkel, Shelly Beach is a great spot to do this. Watsons Bay is another reknowned beach area too. You can easily get ferries to and from these places.
- If you’re looking for a good hostel, the YHA hostel in Sydney Harbour is good and has great views too
- Make sure to get an Opal Card for using buses, trains and ferries. It will save you a fortune. You can buy it in newsagents and top it up in the stations.
- There are lots of food markets to visit at the weekends – The Rocks Markets and Alexandria
- Check out my other Australian posts and my YouTube channel
- Have a look out for big sporting events. We went to a an Australia V New Zealand rugby match in ANZ Stadium
Top Tip Traveller 🙂