Have you ever been to Sydney? If not, it’s an absolute must for everyone going to the Land Down Under, and now is the time to do it. On the other hand, if you have visited it, we’re sure there are still numerous things to see and experience. You certainly know about the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens and it’s OK to visit all the mainstream sights on the first go.
However, there are some things that are simply waiting for you to fulfill your Sydney experience and we’re here to share the right way to visit this glorious metropolis and catch its very essence.
Opal card and online shopping
The first thing you need to know is that the prices of public transportation are through the roof. Naturally, Sydney is covering a huge area so you’ll need all sorts of public transportation throughout the week, so the best and most affordable thing to do is get an Opal weekly pass and save some money.
It’s also good to buy tickets for all the places you want to visit in order to avoid long lines of tourists waiting to buy their tickets. This will unburden your schedule and enable you to enjoy your time in the city in a more relaxed way and avoid feeling suffocated by other tourists.
Distillery and bar experience
Another important aspect of experiencing Sydney is checking out the situation with alcohol and bars. Join some of the amazing tasting and brewing tours for a truly unique experience that will mark your visit to Sydney. There’s this amazing Archie Rose Conversation Bar event that includes a killer cocktail presentation guaranteed to blow your mind.
You’ll hear some great stories about the history and production of some of the finest alcoholic products these guys have to offer. Once you experience this, you’ll be glad you haven’t left the city having missed tasting the finest gin in Sydney.
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Explore on foot
In order to familiarize yourself with any city, it’s important to walk through it on your feet. This is the only way to feel the energy of the city and the way it breathes. We suggest you take the train to Museum Station and start your hiking tour there. Firstly, you can admire the station’s architecture as it is truly remarkable. Built in the 1920s, it is still kept in its original style and it looks stunning.
Upon exiting, you should walk around Hyde Park and admire nature and greenery in the very core of this urban jungle. Enjoy the beauty of the park and walk around the fountain. If the weather is nice, you can drink a cup of coffee to go in the park. There are a number of museums in the vicinity of the park including the Australian Museum which is a natural history museum and will take a few hours to explore.
We can’t go without mentioning the Sydney highlights. We strongly suggest to “get through them” in one day in order to be able to enjoy other charms of the city having already visited what everyone’s talking about. One way to do it is to get on a hop-on-hop-off bus and join a tour of the highlights. It is a one-day tour and it will show you all of Sydney’s main attractions. It is up to you to stick around some of them as long as you wish, depending on your interests.
Sydney truly is one vast urban jungle and it takes more than one week to see all its attractions. However, you should try to do your best with the time you have. Our advice is to meet the locals and ask them to share some tips on where to go and what to see. This is definitely going to enrich your visit.