Sydney isn’t too different to Adelaide (my hometown), they both have lots of cars, lots of people and lots of tall corporate buildings (but yes, everything is on a much larger scale), yet there is always something that draws me to Sydney. I come back time after time, each time finding new wonderful things. I would live there if I didn’t like my job so much and if I could afford to live close to the city (doubtful!).
In the last 4 months, we have been to Sydney 3 times, each time we discover something new and wonderful. So why do I love it so much?
Sydney’s World famous icons & fantastic views
The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are not only world-famous landmarks, they are also Australian icons! Seeing them instantly “pops my dream bubble” and forces me to realize I am in a city most people can only dream of visiting. You can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb or take a tour through the Sydney Opera House. Or you can admire them from one of the many benches around the Harbour.
You can see most of the Sydney city from the Sydney tower so grab a coffee and take in the views from 309m above the city or head over to Mrs Macquarie Chair (lookout areas) in the Royal Botanic Gardens to get some of the best views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I would recommend going to Mrs Macquarie Chair at sunset, but be aware there will also be a lot of other people and tourists there, it’s still a nice view. Or Hop on the tourist ferry (or any ferry) and get a different perspective of Sydney. Or if you don’t have much time or if you cant afford to do the Bridge climb, you can take the 200 stairs up to the Pylon along the bridge for $13 per adult for a great view of the Sydney Opera House and the harbour.
Fantastic local and international food
From the best made hot dogs at “Charlie & co” to freshly baked scones at Tea Cosy or decadent domes of chocolaty goodness at Lindt to fine dining, there is certainly no shortage of wonderful foods in Sydney. Step out of your hotel and follow your nose…
The People of Sydney
I am not sure if Sydney is one of the most “popular” cities in the world with tourists but whenever we come to Sydney we always seem to meet a lot of people (non-tourists eg: workers) who are not Australian. They seem to travel from France or Germany or China to live and work in Sydney. There are also a lot of fit people in Sydney, almost everyone you see exercises a lot, you see people filing in and out of gyms, running all over the city or going up and down large flights of stairs. it’s a great inspiration to go home with! (run run run- fit fit fit!). And of course, there are a lot of beautiful people in Sydney (probably from all the running and exercising!).
Romance is in the air (and the water!)
There is an air of romance to this city, which is great being a part of a couple everything you do together feels romantic! There are so many romantic places to spend the day, have a picnic in the botanical gardens or next to the harbour, go out for a romantic dinner to any one of the hundreds of amazing restaurants in the city or head to the Park Hyatt, Wildfire or the Shangri-La for a dinner with world class views. Or sit at any one of the cafes along the harbour or throughout the city and watch the world go by.
Busking is well known all around the world and so many buskers come through Sydney hoping to make it big or make a buck or 2. This means you get to see some very cool acts or one of a kind acts like Bendy Em who squeezes into a small 16 inch Perspex box or the Aboriginal group who play the Didgeridoo and do a tribal dance near the ferry entrance for a small donation.
Ferries, Ferries, Everywhere
One of the Sydney city’s main modes of transport is by Ferry. Take the ferry to the Taronga Zoo and spend the day with animals or take the Manly ferry over to Manly beach for breakfast, lunch or dinner (tip: if you are returning via the ferry after dinner, the harbour looks fantastic!).
Sydney was established in 1788, the First Fleet of 11 vessels under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Sydney in January 1788, the fleet consisted of over a thousand settlers, including 778 convicts (yes Australia was colonized by convicts), from then there was a massive “boom” and Sydney was born. There was a Rum Rebellion in 1808, construction started on the Sydney Harbour Bridge 1924 and it formally opened on 19 March 1932 and construction on the Sydney Opera house started in 1958 and was complete and opened in 1973.
While Sydney is a big bustling city, it still has a relaxed vibe. You can wander around Circular Quay or walk to Darling Harbour or stop at one of the cafes or one of the benches and watch the world go past.
The Beachy areas
There are plenty of beaches around Sydney, I love that you can live in (or travel to) a big city in Sydney but easily escape to one of the local the beaches after work or on the weekend. It’s not all about gorgeous sandy beaches; most of the beaches have great shops and trendy bars and cafes. My favourite and the most popular is (world famous) Bondi Beach, make sure you do the Bondi to Coogee walk (a coastal walk which takes approx 2 hours but has fantastic views all the way along it). Manly is also a great beach and easily accessible from the city via a ferry.
No shortage of things to do
Sydney has a lot of restaurants and cafes, a lot of little tours like a free walking (or paid bike) tour and there is also a lot of touristy activities to do such as spending the day or night at Luna park going on all the rides, taking a ferry over to the Taronga zoo or checking out some celebrities or local wildlife or sea life at Darling Harbour tourist complex. Get a thrill out of jet boating around the harbour, take a helicopter tour or hire a seaplane for the day or just go shopping.
Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Dior, Versace, Cartier and Tiffany’s are only a few big name fashion brands you’ll see along Pitt Street and a few other stores fronts around the city, but Fashion in Sydney isn’t limited to the stores, the city is a flourish of high fashion walking around it makes you feel like you’re in a street-based fashion show!
Grab a picnic basket and head to the grassy hill alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and watch the bridal parties come through all day (Saturday and Sunday) along the bridge and around to the opera house, it’s like watching your own private Bridal Fashion show.
Quality people watching
Sydney is one of the top “to live in “ cities around the world, which means it also attracts a lot of interesting people, from street performers to your typical tourist and your typical filthy rich person sailing past on their million dollar yacht to an occasional celebrity. There is no shortage of eye candy!