Sydney: one of Australia’s largest cities renowned for its historic landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Home to over five million people, there is so much to see and do in the capital of New South Wales, which is why it attracts millions of visitors annually.
Personally, I’ve been to Sydney twice. The first time was at the end of my very first backpacking trip in December 2014. After almost four months of hostel living, I was ready to go home. Therefore, I didn’t invest too much emotionally into Sydney at this time.
The second time around was in September 2016. And I enjoyed it SO MUCH MORE. In fact, I didn’t want to leave.
And I think it was because all of the fun my sister and I had. Here are 7 fun things to do in Sydney.
Things to do in Sydney 101: the Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Obviously.
What’s not so obvious? The Opera Bar on the way to the Opera House.
Excellent views of the harbour where we could take photos, sit out in the sunshine and sip a lovely cold beverage? This outdoor bar is an absolute winner.
Situated right next to the Opera House, Sydney’s 30-hectare botanical gardens are a treat for the eyes. Especially on a sunny day.
And there’s always some kind of event going on.
Whether you check out the said event or simply wander through the greenery, it’s sure to make for a pleasant afternoon.
One of the best things to do in Sydney if you’re a fellow fashionista is to head to the shops. Luckily, the city has a diverse shopping scene.
From the luxury boutiques of Westfield to the high street stores of Pitt Street, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The Queen Victoria building is also super quirky, where you can pick up anything from unique souvenirs to upmarket homeware.
Of course, I couldn’t NOT mention Bondi Beach on this list. Sure, it’s super touristy, but it’s also a must-do for all ages.
Not only is the beach stunning, with its fine, white sand and deep blue waters, but the town of Bondi is adorable and features a lot of great bars and restaurants.
You can lay out at the beach in the afternoon sunning yourself and then head to one of the eateries for happy hour. Win-win.
In addition, there’s a coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach (or vice versa) which is extremely pretty. (If you’re into that sort of thing.)
Alternatively, you can just head to Coogee Beach INSTEAD of Bondi for a much quieter, more peaceful vibe.
The town of Coogee is also a little more quaint and has fewer tourists. Head here for a breather if you want to get away from the crowds.
Don’t ask me what I was thinking the first time around, skipping the zoo. How could I have done that to myself?
After all, it’s a well-known fact that Katie Davies loves the zoo. I’ve always enjoyed the zoo and believed you’re never too old to go to the zoo.
Anyway, I came to my senses this time around and made Nic come with me to Taronga. Not only is the zoo pretty awesome with some of my favourite animals (GIRAFFES, I’m looking at you). But it also has spectacular views of the city skyline including the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Finally, one of the top things to do in Sydney is head to Darling Harbour. A LOT of people go during the day thanks to the indoor shopping centre and abundance of cafes and restaurants.
Having said that, you should go at night.
It’s bustling, there’s great bars and the harbour looks extra pretty under the moonlight. You’re welcome.
All in all, I genuinely feel I had a much better experience in Sydney during round two. I said at the end of round one that I wouldn’t feel the need to return to Sydney as I’d covered everything.
However, Little Miss Know-It-All didn’t actually know nothing because she found new, fun things to do the second time!
In fact, I think it’s one of those cities where there’ll always be things to explore. And that’s why it’s so tempting to keep going back.
(Have you been to this amazing Australian city? What are your favourite things to do in Sydney? Katie-xo)