I finally went through all three thousand of the pictures I took while traveling in Australia and New Zealand, and picked out my favorites to share with all of you! I want to write first about the best things to do in Sydney, Australia; what to see, eat, and do! I’m so excited to write about our adventure abroad, and hopefully help people that need some travel tips for making their experience fun, smooth, and unforgettable. This was the trip of a lifetime; I wish everyone could see these two countries at some point in their lives. I can’t believe I got to travel to these beautiful countries with my friends Heather and Hillary; it is something I will never forget or take for granted.
Hillary, Heather, and I flew from Orlando to Los Angeles and spent 24 hours there exploring mostly Santa Monica, just to break up our trip. We had a blast riding the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier and seeing the gorgeous view of the ocean and city from up high. Since we’re East coast girls, we also wanted to put our toes in the Pacific Ocean (the water was a little cold for us!). We saw so much in one day, including fun street performers, seals sun bathing on boats, and lots of more! We are so thankful to Heather’s sister and brother-in-law for their hospitality. Breaking up the trip by staying in Los Angeles for a night is so helpful when traveling all the way to Australia! I definitely suggest it; as soon as we landed in Sydney, we were energized and ready to explore! Keep scrolling down to hear about the best things to do in Sydney, Australia.
We spent four days exploring Sydney, Australia, in a neighborhood called Potts Point. Heather found us a great Airbnb to stay at, which is a great Sydney travel tip; we really felt like we got to know the city by staying in a cool neighborhood away from the tourists. We went to the same little cafe every morning next to the apartment for the best coffee drink I’ve ever had – a flat white! Make sure to check out Room 10 for the best flat white in the city, and best breakfast sandwiches, in my opinion. We LOVED, loved Sydney. The food was amazing, and the people were so fun and friendly. We did so much in our short time there; as soon as we dropped our bags off, we headed to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, which was one of the scariest and most exhilarating things I’ve ever done! It’s a two-hour hike up the Harbour Bridge (440 feet from the top of the bridge to the water), which is the world’s tallest steel arch bridge. I was terrified but felt so accomplished once we were finished!
The next day we went to Manly Beach, but I only got pictures of it with my cell phone because it started pouring! It’s definitely a must-see in Sydney; we went to a more secluded part of Manly called Shelley Beach, and just explored! It’s fun to watch people surfing and find little beach towns that are less populated. We also ate at the Rocks Cafe that day and it was delicious. Order the pancakes or their zucchini and carrot fritters! That night, we saw Madame Butterfly in the Sydney Opera House (what?!). Major check off the bucket list. We also ate dinner at Young Alfred, a modern and incredibly delicious Italian restaurant in the Custom’s House. I suggest buying a public transportation ticket to use for all of the ferries and trains while staying in Sydney; we only used public transportation to get around, and it was great!
The next day of exploring was definitely my favorite, and I think we did some of the best things to do in Sydney, Australia. We started the morning off by going to a place called The Grounds of Alexandria, a coffee shop, restaurant, florist, mini petting zoo, extravaganza! It’s hard to explain, but it’s a must-see in Sydney with the BEST coffee and burgers you’ll ever have. I suggest their “Ground Burger” and deconstructed iced coffee (pictured below). They give you the ingredients for your coffee and you get to mix it yourself!
Afterwards, we explored the Taronga Zoo. You have to take the ferry to get to the zoo, and it’s located right on the shore, sort of on a cliff. They are known for their incredible bird show, the backdrop being the beautiful Sydney harbor and skyline. I volunteered to be a part of the show and got to have an owl fly right over me, land right above my head! We also were so close to kangaroos, saw koalas, and lots of marine life native to Australia. For the rest of the day, we explored a part of Sydney called Darlinghurst, and drank flat whites at Cafe Organism. That night we were invited to go to a local concert at the Oxford Art Factory with some new friends! It was the perfect end to our time exploring Sydney.
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