Sydney is often considered Australia’s most well-known city, and many people assume it’s the capital as opposed to Canberra.
It is most famous for its spectacular harbour front opera house and bridge, which are prominent features in the city skyline.
But that isn’t all Sydney has to offer, Bondi and Manly beach make it easy to escape city life easily. Whilst the national parks offer adventure and wildlife.
Sydney is a very well-connected city accessible by almost all transport methods.
They greyhound is a popular choice for backpackers travelling within the country. However, I choose to fly due to cheap flights and time-saving.
Once at the airport I was able to take the train to central station which was a very quick and easy journey. You just need to get an opal card which is free to purchase it just requires a top up to ticket value.
This is probably one of the best hostels I have stayed in, the location is ideal. Being situated next to central station mean it’s easy to get around the city and onto connecting destinations.
The rooms are spacious, well lite (they can often be dingy), have massive lockers and a floor length mirror.
Each day the hostel has various free or super cheap activities such as walking tours, pizza nights, and nights out. This makes it really easy to meet people at the hostel, ideal for solo-travellers.
The staff are really friendly and always happy to help.
Harbour bridge and opera house
No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to see the Harbour bridge and Opera house.
I jumped on the train to circular quay and was able to wander around the harbour enjoying the sights.
It’s a great place to stop and have lunch too.
Tummy full, I took a walk up to Mrs Macquaries Viewpoint. It’s a pleasant walk and gives you a great view over the city.
After walking to the view-point I headed to the gardens. It’s really pretty place to walk around before heading back to the station.
Coogee to Bondi walk
My hostel offered a free walking tour from Coogee to Bondi, the total walk is approximately 6km.
I had worn jeans and a t-shirt as it wasn’t that warm out but this was a mistake. Whilst the walk isn’t massively strenuous it’s over rocks, stairs and uphill so you can get pretty warm!
The walk itself is really pretty and learning about the history and culture associated was really interesting.
It was also an ideal trip to get to know people in the hostel.
The Blue Mountains are to the west of Sydney and are known for their dramatic-scenery and blue glow.
You can explore the Blue Mountains by yourself reaching it by Train, but as a solo traveller I thought it more fun to book onto a tour.
Loko was the only tour company offering a trip the day I wanted to go but it turned out to be a great tour company.
Alex our guide was super enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about all things Blue Mountain related.
The trip involved a fair bit of walking and a lot of steps, I did around 25,000 steps in total that day so it’s definitely not for those after relaxation. But I can assure you the walking is worth it.
Unfortunately for us it was fairly cloudy the day I went making it hard to see it’s real beauty but a friend went the day before and managed to get some cloud free pictures.
This is a zoo situated within the city, it’s reachable from circular quay ferry station for under $5 return.
The ticket price is $46 dollars (reduction if you buy online in advance) and includes the sky rail to the zoo entrance.
If you are afraid of the sky rail you can take the bus, but it’s a really great way to get views over both the city and the zoo.
The zoo has all sorts of animals, be it Koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles or you more typical farm-yard animals.
It was a really nice way to spend an afternoon and I would definitely recommend.
Other things to do:
Manly beach – another very popular must see beach in Northern Sydney.
Darling harbour– shops, restaurants and museums.
The rocks – beautiful historic area with stunning old buildings.
I absolutely loved Sydney, the city just had a really positive vibe.
The people were really friendly and the scenery stunning.
A day spent exploring the iconic sites is a must and I would definitely recommend doing the beach walks.
The blue mountains are amazing I just wish the weather hadn’t been so rubbish but that’s life!