In & Around Sydney

We have just left the amazing Sydney and have caught our Greyhound bus up the East Coast. Jonny and I have absolutely loved Sydney – what a fantastic city and a great introduction to Australia! We ended up staying for eight days rather than five – mainly due to the fact that the Greyhound buses were so busy (If you are travelling up the East Coast around Christmas / NYE time book your seat at least a week in advance!). However this meant we got to explore Sydney and it’s beautiful surroundings in more detail, and we are so glad we did.

Here are our top 5 experiences in Sydney.

1) Manly Beach.

Enjoying a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly was a great introduction to Sydney – experiencing great views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge along the way. Manly is home to a stunning beach, which does become busy in the high season, however by walking just 700m along the coast you come to Shelly Beach – a cute little beach surrounded by lush greenery and a fantastic restaurant called The Boat House – which we definitely recommend!

2) Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise.

We were lucky enough to meet some of our closest friends here in Sydney. And as a wedding present to them we treated them to a Sunset Cruise (obviously we joined them, as we didn’t want to miss out!) I have to say I was extremely impressed. A full three course meal, with complimentary drinks throughout – including champagne! The views were beautiful  – however due to the constant flow of bubbles, these views became a bit of a blur. This might not be on a backpackers budget but it is 100% worth it! We booked this through Captain Cook Cruises (via STA).

3) Watsons Bay.

If you fancy getting out of the city for a relaxing day – Watson’s Bay is definitely the place to go!  We had a gorgeous day walking the South Head Heritage Trail – we started at 10am, which resulted in empty beaches along the way, with stunning scenery.

After our walk we enjoyed a fish and chips at Doyle’s Fish Bar – a cheaper option to the famous Doyle’s restaurant – but with the same amazing taste! Here you can get a takeaway, and sit along the bay, enjoying the surroundings. We then decided to walk back to Bondi, rather than catching the bus. This took around 2 hours – but with spectacular views along the way, it was definitely worth it, especially if you do the Coastal Cliff Walk.

4) The Blue Mountains.

If you are visiting Sydney, you HAVE to have a day trip to the Blue Mountains. For $89 we had a full day trip, including snacks, stops at all the key viewing points (including great views of the three sisters), a walk through the forest and then a stop at the Olympic Park and a river cruise, back to Circular Quay to finish. It was a fantastic day, and the views over the blue mountains really are stunning.

5) The Opera Bar.

If you want to enjoy a drink with the best views of Sydney, definitely visit the Opera Bar! We were lucky enough to be treated to a gift voucher by a friend (thanks Roisin!), and enjoyed a bottle of bubbles and a bite to eat during the sunset. A perfect moment in Sydney. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time, as you may have to wait a little to get a seat. Considering it’s fantastic location we think it is very reasonably priced, and a great experience.

There are so many other great things to do in Sydney … we would love to hear what your favourite bits are! J & K x

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