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.
We were staying in an apartment in Woolloomooloo, a trendy suburb famously known as Hollywood actor Russell Crowe’s neighbourhood.
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.
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?
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.
We walked around to explore another view of the bridge.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll often be accompanied by the sound of didgeridoos whilst you sit and watch the world go by.
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.
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?
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. View all posts by Laura