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5 Things To Do In & Around Sydney

5 Things To Do In & Around Sydney

It took me all of 5 minutes to fall in love with Sydney. The moment I stepped outside our Airbnb apartment in Coogee and saw the ocean literally a few steps away, I knew it was a special place. We started our very first day in Sydney with the famous Coastal walk from Coogee all the way to Bondi. It was the perfect first impression! Sunshine, waves crashing, surfers in the water, acai bowls at every corner and the stunning coastal landscape. But of course Sydney also has a lot more to offer. There is downtown, the botanical gardens, the iconic opera building and much more.

Our first week in Australia could not have been more perfect and since I loved every single second of the time spent in Sydney (and everywhere else, to be frank), I wanted to share some of my personal highlights of things to do in & around Sydney with you today.

I know Australia is a long way from home and not the most casual destination for a vacation, but if you have ever thought about making the trip out here – do it! It has been one of the most amazing holidays of my life so far and I wish I had come here earlier…

5 Things To Do In & Around Sydney

Getting around: We had a rental car, which was great for the day-trips out of the city. Within the city, we usually rode with Uber or the bus/ferry, for which you can grab an opal card at most convenience stores and simply top it up with credit. Uber is ok in price (similar to Vienna, possibly a bit cheaper) and taxis are also fairly present around town.

  1. The Coastal Walk: With the luxury of actually living down by the beach during our stay in Sydney, we made this a daily ritual. We didn’t walk all the way to Bondi from Coogee every time (just short of 7km) but not a day passed without at least 30 minutes spent walking along the ocean. The beaches are beautiful (Tamarama is the best), you can grab a coffee to-go at Coogee Pavilion or make a pitstop in Bronte for incredible acai bowls at Bare Naked Bowls, get some fresh air or even make it a workout by running the stairs and hills.
  2. The Opera: Obviously, this is a given when you visit Sydney. Even though I have seen countless pictures of the architecturally impressive building, it is worth the visit. I would recommend starting the tour in the Royal Botanical Gardens by the State Library of New South Wales and walking down towards the harbor. And if you want an even better view of the Opera + Harbor Bridge, grab the ferry to Manly (7$) – which brings me to my next point…
  3. Visit Manly by ferry: Manly is across the bay from Sydney and just a 30-minute ride by ferry. The second you arrive, it feels like a little vacation village. We walked down the main street (not too interesting, lots of cheap shops) and made our way towards Shelly Beach where we had lunch at The Boathouse (my favorite!!) and then soaked up some sun during a little digestive nap (I blame the jet lag) on the sand. Pure bliss! Plus, you are almost guaranteed to spot some cool water dragons along the walk to Shelly Beach. Just don’t try to touch them, it will cut you back 10.000$ or send you to jail for 6 months. Pictures will do just fine.
  4. Palm Beach + “hike” to the Lighthouse: One of the most stunning views of the trip so far (and the photo with the most likes I have ever received on Instagram) was at the Lighthouse in Palm Beach. Just a short 25-minute hike (not sure if walk would maybe be the better term) to the top will give way to an unparalleled view. Plus, the lunch at The Boathouse (again!) afterwards is so good. Don’t miss the grain salad or tuna crackers.
    Editor’s Tip: If you don’t want to drive up to Palm Beach, you can also hike to Watson’s Bay from Bondi, which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful coastal hikes and you’ll pass a lighthouse along the way. Pick the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel as a destination, which is where we had brunch on my sister’s birthday. Alternatively, you can also reach Watson’s Bay (and Palm Beach) by bus.
  5. Blue Mountains: Last but not least, the Blue Mountains, located approximately 2 hours inland form the coast, are definitely worth a visit and hike. As mentioned, we had a rental car for the entire week, so obviously day-trips out to Palm Beach and the Blue Mountains were a bit easier. If you get the chance, I can only recommend it. We did the Golden Stairs + Ruined Castle hike (takes approx. 3 hours, grade 4 of 5) and stopped at Evan’s Lookout on the way back. The landscape is absolutely breath-taking (reminded me a bit of the Grand Canyon) and it is so crazy to think that Sydney is a place where you can grab morning coffee by the beach and spend the afternoon in the mountains, stopping downtown for drinks between high-rises on the way back.

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  • 7 years ago

    Wooow, richtig tolle Bilder und Eindrücke liebe Vicky, ich glaube dir sofort, wenn du sagst, dass du dich auf den ersten Blick verliebt hast. <3 Australien allgemein steht gaaaanz oben auf meiner Reiseliste und ich danke dir für alle Tipps!
    Liebe Grüße,
    Sandra /

  • Julia Tonn
    7 years ago

    Wirklich wunderschöne Bilder von Sydney! Freue mich schon auf die weiteren Artikel über deine Reise, da ich in genau einem Jahr auch nach Australien fliege und jetzt schon fleißig Inspiration sammle. Viel Spaß noch und liebe Grüße von Julia

  • 7 years ago

    Wunderschöne Bilder…erkenne einiges wieder!!!Waren im März in Australien…eher zufällig weil wir einen super Flugangebot bekommen haben…und bereue es auch, nicht schon eher dort gewesen zu sein! Die lange Flugzeit hat man sofort vergessen….!Genieß die restliche Zeit!

  • 7 years ago

    Liebe Vicky,

    die Bilder sind wahnsinnig schön. Seit du in Sydney bist & schöne Momente von eurem Trip teilst, will ich auch unbedingt dorthin!
    Wenn sich mein Traum erfüllt, werde ich mir auf jeden Fall deine Beiträge raussuchen.

    Und übrigens ist dein neues Blog-Layout der Hammer!! Ich bin begeistert.

    Alles Liebe, Lara

    • VICKY
      7 years ago

      Liebe Lara,

      danke dir für den lieben Kommentar & dem Feedback zum Layout – das freut mich unheimlich!!

      xox Vicky

  • 7 years ago

    Sydney ist einfach eine atemberaubende Stadt. Ich habe mich vor sechs Jahren auch verliebt und möchte seitdem unbedingt wieder einmal hin, wenn dann nicht der weite Flug wäre. Aber lange halte ich es nicht mehr aus 😉
    Tolle Bilder <3
    Liebst Kathi

  • Stephanie Drexler
    7 years ago

    Wow die Bilder sind ja toll!
    Ich bekomm da gleich so richtig Lust auf Reisen und vor allem endlich mal nach Australien zu reisen 🙂
    Das wird zwar noch ein paar Jährchen dauern, aber ich freu mich schon drauf 🙂
    x Stephi

  • Birgit
    7 years ago

    sooo tolle bilder. australien steht seit ich ninas instagram stories und fotos gesehen hab auch ganz weit oben auf meiner liste … aber dafür braucht man halt echt zeit .. also wenn ich schon so lang und weit flieg, möcht ich auch mind. 3 wochen dort sein, wenn nicht länger … mal schauen, wann ich das nächste mal so lang urlaub bekomm und halbwegs bezahlbare flüge finde …

    ich freu mich jedenfalls schon auf die nächsten australien posts 🙂

  • 7 years ago

    Liebe Vicky,

    vielen Dank, dass du deine Tipps mit uns teilst. Ich finde sie klasse und bin total gespannt, wann ich mal in Australien bin. Dann hab ich deine Empfehlungen im Kopf 😉

    Hab ein schönes Wochenende und liebe Grüße
    Katja | Follow me on Instagram

  • 7 years ago

    so much love for this post <3

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