We’ve come a long way already in our trip; one month in Australia and we’ve already drove over 3000 kilometers. The Great Ocean Road seems like a century ago and we’ve visited so much that we can’t even remember everything we have done last week. We recently visited Sydney and in this blogpost you can read how you can make the most of Sydney in a day.
Sydney in a Day
As Lisanne’s cousin, who has lived in Sydney for a year, happened to be in Sydney from 12 to 14 December, we decided to be sure to visit this famous city in Australia during this time period. Of course it was already on our list, but having company from someone who used to live there is more than welcome. And, of course it’s always great to see your family. We rented a place via Airbnb, again, as we didn’t feel like camping in the city. We actually only spent one “productive” day in Sydney, because there was a storm while we were there. You may or may have not heard about it, but there was actually a tornado-like thing going on the third day we were there. We were outside, but luckily we took shelter in an open car garage, and were only bothered by some splatters from the huge rainstorm that transformed into a hailstorm.
On our only productive day in Sydney, we had a little tour by Lisanne’s cousin and we actually saw the most points of interest of Sydney. If you only have a short time to spent in Sydney, than this is the perfect tour for you; you get to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour and some amazing beaches during the Coogee to Bondi Walk. Be sure to start this day around 10 or 11 am, because it’s long!
From Coogee to Bondi Beach: the Coastal Walk
Now one thing you can’t deny about Sydney is that the beaches here are gorgeous. In one walk you can see a lot of beautiful beaches, pools and some amazing coastal views. This coastal walk is six kilometers in total, stretching out from Coogee to Bondi. Be sure to bring your swim gear and sun lotion with you, as you can take some dips in the sea or lie down at the beach for a bit of tanning. Depending how long you take at each stop, the walk can take from two to five hours. You will see a lot of amazing places; Coogee Beach, Gordons Bay, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach and of course Bondi Beach. Once you’re at Bondi Beach, get an ice cream or something else to eat and drink, and relax for a bit after your long walk. After that, take the bus/taxi to the city center; to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House
Luckily, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are next to each other, making it easy to visit them both in a day. The Sydney Opera House is probably the most recognizable building of Sydney, with its unusual shape and architecture. From the Opera House you get a good view of the bridge, so you can shoot some great pictures. From here you can walk to the Botanical Gardens, where you’ll get the two icons next to each other in a picture. In the Botanical Gardens you can relax and take the view in, or wander around the gardens for some fresh air of nature in the big city.
After this long walk, you probably need some rest first. Depending what time you started, you’ll have some time to relax at your accommodation before hitting the Darling Harbour for dinner. The best time to go is when it’s dark, because all the lights will go on, which gives a lovely view. If you love entertainment parks, or perhaps you have a child who does, there is a luna park located here as well. At Darling Harbour you can sit down for a dinner, again with an incredible view. There is enough to choose from, and the menus are all displayed outside the restaurant, giving that extra holiday feeling and giving you a good view on what you can choose before you actually go in.
That’s Sydney in a day, sweet people. We’ve already left the city a few days ago and are on our way to Byron Bay, stopping at a few places first. You’ll hear from us again soon!