Sydney, Australia

After an awesome time exploring Melbourne and Phillip Island, we reluctantly left Victoria early in the morning for the airport, but were soon excited to discover what Sydney had to offer. We boarded our flight, and in just over an hour, touched down in beautiful, sunny Sydney!

What immediately struck us after leaving the airport was the hot sun! The weather in Melbourne is famously temperamental, with locals saying you often experience four seasons in one day. But not in Sydney: it’s pretty much summer all year around.
A sign for Woolloomooloo

Quirky street art in Woolloomooloo

We were staying in an apartment in Woolloomooloo, a trendy suburb famously known as Hollywood actor Russell Crowe’s neighbourhood.
Our apartment garden in Woolloomooloo

The tropical patio garden of our apartment

Although the Wharf area was lovely, and had a beautiful view across the water with plenty of classy restaurants along the water, some other parts of Woolloomooloo are a little more run down, and home to a fair amount of homeless people and sex workers. It was, however, a great base with just a short walk into central Sydney.
A view from Mrs Macquarie's Chair to Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House

Absorbing those iconic views!

After dumping our suitcases off at the apartment, we were keen to get out and explore. One of our first stops was the viewpoint known as Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (a former New South Wales governor’s wife) – and it really was an incredible first view of the famous Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
After being so excited about seeing these icons, it really was amazing to see them at last! What do you think of the view?
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Darling Harbour, Sydney

We soon moved on and walked round to Darling Harbour, an area primarily aimed at tourists, with lots of bustling restaurants, cafes, and bars. Several of these are chains, so expect to see the Hard Rock Cafe, along with a Madame Tussauds, and some other usual suspects – but all of them offer stunning views across the harbour.
A view of Sydney Harbour Bridge

You get a different view of Sydney Harbour Bridge all over the city

We walked around to explore another view of the bridge.
View with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background

Mum and Paul in Circular Quay

It really is such an impressive piece of engineering, and no pictures can truly do the Sydney Harbour Bridge justice. No matter which angle you see it from, it still looks incredible! It really is the heart of this amazing city, and you can tell Sydney-siders are so proud of their creation.

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Under the bridge

As much as I loved the iconic bridge, I was secretly terrified for the bridge climb which I’d booked myself onto in a few days’ time! Watch this space.

Mum and I sat underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Goofing around

Stood in front of Sydney Opera House at Circular Quay

Just hanging around outside the Opera House

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Mum and I enjoying those harbour views

One of the best things you can do in this city won’t cost you a penny – thanks to the glorious sunshine which rarely changes, you can simply sit back and enjoy one of the many awesome views!

We then set off for Circular Quay. This area is where all the huge cruise ships dock, but it’s also the gateway to the Opera House, and offers more fantastic views in the sunshine along with some great cafes and bars.

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An Aborigine playing the didgeridoo

You’ll often be accompanied by the sound of didgeridoos whilst you sit and watch the world go by.

The Opera Bar at Sydney Opera House

Enjoying a drink with a view

Summer at Sydney Harbour Bridge

The sun shines over the bridge

To end our first day in Sydney, we finished our long walk with a trip to Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in Woolloomooloo. A favourite with locals, this little kiosk offers great street food at affordable prices, boasting photos of a whole plethora of celebs who’d also visited for a classic Aussie pie. Make sure you ask for a Tiger! You’ll see why.
An Aussie meat pie at Harry's Cafe de Wheels

A Tiger pie at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels

It’s been a very long day! Time to sleep, ready for another day full of antics and adventures tomorrow. What are your favourite things about Sydney?


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I’m Laura, a roaming blonde who recently made the leap from my home in the Cotswolds, UK to be based across the pond in Vancouver, BC for a brand new job and plenty of adventures.

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