After spending six months living and working in Sydney, Australia, I like to think I know the city pretty well. There’s so much to do and see in the city that it can be a little overwhelming if you only have a short amount of time. Here’s what I’d do if I was brand new to the city and only had two days to explore.
Go down to Circular Quay to explore the main attraction of the harbour – the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. You can walk around both sides of Circular Quay to see both in about 20 minutes, and if it’s a nice day, wander through the Botanic Gardens up to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to get an amazing view of them together (the below picture is what you’ll get). Then head up through the gardens and take a quick visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales if you’re a culture nerd like me.
Make your way down to Coogee and after a quick sunbathe and paddle, start the beautiful Coogee to Bondi Walk. It’s only 6 km long, but takes you around multiple beaches and suburbs, including Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. It’s a pretty busy trail, but it’s clearly marked and finishes right by Bondi Beach and the Icebergs swimming club – the perfect place to take a dip and cool down. Relax on the beach, grab an ice cream and watch the surfers shred.
When the sun starts to go down head back into the CBD and hit up Frankie’s Pizza. This is my absolute favourite place to go out in the city. Incredibly pizza, live music every night and a classic rock that takes you through until 3am. It was my second home.
The next morning get up early and catch the ferry over to Manly. Relax on the beach (beware of the bluebottle jellyfish that like to make an appearance) and soak up the sun.
For lunch, head back into the city and explore the Newtown area (where I used to live!) King Street has so much to offer, including unique vintage stores and iconic Aussie pubs. Grab a burger at Mary’s or try the famous Italian Bowl before finding a spot in the pub garden at either the Courthouse Hotel or The Bank and get a pint. It’s idyllic.
For a more civilised evening than the previous one (trust me, Frankie’s gets raucous to say the least), head to the Sydney Opera House bar and sit outside and look out at the harbour. Grab some sophisticated nibbles (my favourite are the arancini bites) and some drinks and relax. This what I did on my last night in Australia and it was perfect.
I miss this country so much, and I am so jealous of all the Aussie’s who get to call it their permanent home. If you want to see more of Sydney and Australia, head over to my photo diary.