Monday, 19 March 2018

Sydney by day

What a magnificent city! widely spread and much bigger than I had imagined, Sydney is a beauty all on it's own. A bustling city centre, famous architecture and a wealth of natural beauty around every corner makes Sydney a tourist gold mine! Unfortunately I only had limited time to explore so here are my absolute must do's on a time budget! 

If you only have 1 day in Sydney there are a few things that are not to be missed but if you can only do 1 thing, please go up the Harbour Bridge.
You can do a bridge tour where you strap into a harness and actually climb up the bridge on the one side [yes all the way to the top] and back down the other side. I personally am not that brave when it comes to heights but people who have done it highly recommend it! Apparently the best time to go is early in the morning while temperatures are still manageable to do all that exercise in! Taking a slightly safer, less acrobatic way up, I just went up the tower and it was breathtaking.

1. Going up the harbour bridge
You have to climb a few flights of stairs to get there but it is worth every single step. The Unspoiled 360 degree views of the city left me speechless and in awe. It was the first time I realised just how big the city really is. Standing there looking out over the opera house and manly beach, all across the harbour to the other side as the suburbs stretch out along the coast, you honestly feel like you are on top of the world and everything else just fades away.  

2. Drinks at the Opera Bar
If you are in Sydney, chances are the weather is great and what better than a cocktail on a warm summery evening! The opera bar is located - you guessed it - right next to the opera house and has unspoiled views of the Harbour Bridge. After having a drink, watching the boats come in, you can pop next door for some great food! As much as what Sydney is rated one of the most expensive city's in the world, I found both restaurants to be very reasonable especially given the location. You can easily get a meal from $15-$30 AUS 

3. The opera house 
What a sight to be seen! When in Sydney there is no leaving without going past the world renowned building - and it lives up to all expectations. The structure, the architecture, the simplicity in the design yet so intricate - it really is out of this world. 

4. Dinner on King Street - Newtown
Located about 20 minutes out of the city centre but full of life - whatever you are in the mood for you will find it here! With an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options as well as cuisines from all around the world, it is all right there. Not all restaurants have a liquor license so you have to bring in your own alcohol should you wish but again, bottle stores are within walking distance as well!