It is true that Australia is not my birth country, but Sydney has been my home since September 1989. Over 25 years on and I’m finding that there are still so many attractions to see, things to do and experience in this beautiful city. And it doesn’t have to cost you a cent*.
As a resident of over two and a half decades, I think I can safely say that I’ve earned ‘Sydneysider’ status. And as a Sydneysider, I’d love to share some insights to help you plan or gather ideas for your wishlist, whether you are a first time or returning visitor.
- Pick any (or all) of Sydney’s endless beaches – Palm Beach, Avoca, The Entrance, Manly, Bondi, Coogee, etc
- Sculptures By The Sea from Bondi to Tamarama (Oct-Nov)
- Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Pack a picnic and sit at Blues Point Reserve
- Walk around Luna Park and surrounding Milsons Point area purely for the view
- Catch some rays at the Royal Botanic Gardens, followed by a stroll at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Art Gallery of NSW
- Take flawless panoramic pictures from the Sydney Opera House and of Sydney Opera House
- In fact, have a lazy day just being in Circular Quay. People-watching highly recommended.
- Visit St Mary’s Cathedral and St James Church (recommend night photos)
- Check out various market stalls – arts & crafts, farmers market, vintage markets
- Dangle your feet at Darling Harbour or explore the Darling Quarter (Warning: Do not feed the seagulls/pigeons. Trust me.)
- Walk across the Pyrmont Bridge and marvel at the luxurious boats and yachts
- Take a ferry* to one of the many free entry beaches
- Walk around The Rocks historic area and The Rocks Markets
- Marvel at the unique lighting installations during the Vivid Festival (May-June)
- Experience the Mardi Gras atmosphere (March)
- Walk along Bare Island Bridge at La Perouse (Where some location shooting/scenes were filmed for Mission Impossible II)
- Watch quality, talented buskers at Pitt St Mall, and
- Gaze at the the 309m Sydney Tower while you’re there
- Friday night markets at Haymarket and explore the entire Chinatown area
- Run/jog/walk the 7km Iron Cove Bay Run
- Walk around the extensive grounds of the Sydney 2000 Olympics site at Sydney Olympic Park
- Score a vantage point for New Year’s Eve
*Excludes public transport fares, food or shopping expenditures. A day pass entitles you to unlimited travel on Sydney trains, buses, ferries and light rail.
(Featured Image: Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park by night taken from Lavender Bay during the Vivid Festival 2014)