6 Things To Do In Sydney
We have been living in Sydney for almost 3 months now and everything still feels new. We still have a lot of places to visit, dishes to try and activities to do. We haven't had time to immerse and discover the things that New South Wales has to offer for we were more preoccupied with buying things and groceries for our new house.
However, with people coming over to visit us, are the opportunities to go out and bring them to different tourist spots in Sydney. Just a week ago, my uncle visited us from the Philippines and as expected, Paolo and I were very excited to tour him around. (Cause we still feel like tourists, too). With our goal to make him experience touring around like a local, we did a quick walking/commuting tour around the city to see some Sydney's popular tourist spots.
Here's a quick city tour itinerary for those who plan to visit Sydney anytime soon. ️
Disclaimer: We did ours on two separate days cause my Uncle got tired from walking. But if you're bursting with energy, you can do this tour in just a day!
Walk on Pyrmont Bride from Barangaroo to Darling Harbor
We parked our car near the Barangaroo area and started our tour there. Take note that parking is expensive in the city so when we spot a free parking slot, we just leave it there and just commute or walk around the city. Barangaroo is the newest development in the area and on the other end of Darling Harbor. You can find several restaurants with the stunning view of the docks. As you walk your way to Darling Harbor, you can see Madam Tussauds, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and Wildlife Sydney Zoo.
You may opt to walk along the wharf to reach Darling Harbor or cut it short by crossing the Pyrmont Bridge. Take tons of photos cause it has a stunning view of the Sydney skyline. As you reach the end, go down to the Harbourside Shopping Centre, grab a snack on the numerous dining options in the mall. Afterwards, go outside for another view of the docks, take lots of photos, then walk for 10-15 minutes to Town Hall station to catch the train.
Experience a quick train ride and go down to Circular Quay
For less than 3 dollars, you can ride from town hall to Circular Quay station (just a couple of stations). Once you've stepped out of the train, be amazed by the sight of the Sydney Harbor bridge. Go down the station and walk your way to the Opera House.
Have your photos taken at The Harbor Bridge Sydney Opera House
As you trace your steps to the Sydney Opera House, you'd be walking alongside with a flood of cheerful locals and tourists, Enjoy the buzz of laughter, the chirping of birds, the splash of waves and the horns of the ships as you delight the sight. Amidst the number of tourists having their photos taken on the attractions, pick your spot and do your signature pose. Just like this:
The area boasts a lot of cafes and restaurants that serve great food. Since it was a bit chilly when we went there, we opted to have coffee in one of the cafes while we enjoy the stunning harbor view.
Ride the Ferry to Manly Beach
In the same area, you will find the Circular Quay Ferry Wharf Complex with ferries that can transport you to different places like Luna Park and Manly Beach. We were supposed to go to Manly Beach via a ferrt ride after our caffeine fix but my uncle begged off and asked if we could do the tour some other time. (If you start early and still has lots of energy, you can squeeze this in your 1-day itinerary). So a couple of days later, we then managed to ride the train from our (Parramatta) suburb to Circular Quay, and ride the ferry to Manly Beach.
Rode the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach for more than 5AUD one way.
Go to the second level of the ferry and sit on the deck. Enjoy the view of the water, as you cross past the view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. Take tons of photos and feel the cool breeze of the air as you spend the next 30 minutes on your ferry ride.
Relax, Bond and Eat at Manly Beach
From the wharf, follow the flow of people walking straight to Manly Beach. As you head your way to the blue waters and sands, enjoy seeing kids chasing seagulls, ladies, families chatting and fit ladies and lads walking on their swimsuits. Manly has thas warm, relaxing ambiance that would make you feel very very serene. (Bondi beach has a more vibrant, energetic feel!)
We were a bit overdressed for it became hot when we arrived at Manly. We were on our jackets and long sleeves cause it was chilly when we left our house. Still, we managed to have a good time in the beach.
For a couple of hours, we were able to bask in the sun, enjoy ice cream coffee from Three Beans and watch Leon played on the playground. Should you want to stay a little longer, there are numerous restaurants, pubs and bars to grab a bite. Nothing beats having fish and chips on the beach. It completes the whole feel of the beach.
Walk or Dine at The Rocks
Once you've enjoyed your time on the beach, you may ride the ferry back to Circular Quay. Upon arriving at the wharf, turn left and head your way to the opposite end of the Opera House. Walk straight and after the Museum of Contemporary Art, you can see the road leading to The Rocks, the place that houses Australia's colorful convict history. It used to be a precinct but is now home to different pubs, artisan markets, and restaurants.
You may walk around and read about the first European settlement in Australia, take thousands of photos or dine in one of the lively restaurants in The Rocks. My uncle and I opted to just walk around and enjoy the view. My son, as always was on his hyper self and kept on running, sitting and goofing around. Me? Well as always, I had my photos taken with the cobblestones as the perfect instagram background.
Have a Good Time
There are numerous things to see and do in Syndey. The city boasts a number of tourist attraction that would leave you stunned and mesmerized. As you enjoy your day, don't forget to indulge in the savory food the city has to offer. I hope my mini city tour would help you plan your itinerary, to help you have a good time.
xx, The Mommy Roves