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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
You get a different view of Sydney Harbour Bridge all over the city
We walked around to explore another view of the bridge.
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.
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.
Just hanging around outside the Opera House
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.
An Aborigine playing the didgeridoo
You’ll often be accompanied by the sound of didgeridoos whilst you sit and watch the world go by.
Enjoying a drink with a view
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.
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?