For the first two weeks in February, we traveled with two of our good friends to Australia and New Zealand. It was an amazing trip and we saw some of the most beautiful sites I have ever laid eyes on! While the majority of our time was spent in New Zealand, we wanted to see Sydney while we were SO close!
I don’t have a ton of tips for you in terms of seeing Sydney, but I will share what I recommend based on our specific visit!
- You need a Visa to travel to Australia
- If you are renting a car, know that you drive on the left side of the road!
- They don’t have drip coffee ; ) The closest thing is a “Long Black” which is two shots of espresso with water!
- Bondi—Coogee Walk This is a famous pathway that takes you along the cliffs on the coast, from the famous Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. We actually did the walk backwards, from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach and then we walked it back to Coogee Beach. There is free parking near Coogee Beach which is why we did this! Personally, I would plan all day to do this. There are tons of fun stops along the way and pools that are built into the cliffs where you can swim! There are also beaches, of course! ; ) I would pack a suit, towel, and change of clothes and make it a day-long adventure with stops to swim, eat, shop, etc. We had delicious coffee at Gusto Coffee and I loved perusing the adorable Coogee Pavilion!
- Blue Mountains We loved spending a day to hike around the Blue Mountains! It was absolutely stunning! My favorite part was hiking down to see Wentworth Waterfall from below. It quite literally took my breath away (and photos do NOT do it justice!). When we were there, the famous National Pass hike was closed as they were repairing part of the trail, but I would highly recommend doing this if it’s open!
- Sydney Harbor Where the famous Sydney Opera House is! Definitely very touristy and not necessarily our “cup of tea” but for sure worth at least seeing! There is an area near the harbor called The Rocks that we enjoyed a lot more — a bit quieter, cute restaurants and shops, etc.!
- Darling Harbor This is where we stayed and we loved this area! Again, lots of restaurants and shops all surrounding a big harbor! Our favorite thing to do in Sydney was simply walk around, enjoy the sunshine, sit near the water, peruse the shops, grab a bite to eat or a drink, etc.!
I SO wish I would have packed a suit for this walk!! How amazing are these ocean-side pools?!?!?
The famous Bondi Beach just outside of Sydney!
Lawn bowling! Might have watched these cuties play for a good 15 minutes : )
The Blue Mountains! According to Google, this area is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapor, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in color!
Can you see the stairs we used to hike down the mountain to see the waterfall? Far right photo!
The famous Sydney Harbor and Opera House! The Opera House looked SO different in person than I was expecting! It is not as white and modern-looking as I had imagined!
This is Darling Harbor, right near our Airbnb!
Other things we did: visit Hillsong Church …
… see koalas …
… go to the Sydney Tower Eye just before sunset to see the city from its highest point during the day AND at night (this was pretty cool but it is very touristy!) …
… and of course take pictures with every Packer fan we saw ; ) CHEERS!