I probably don’t even need to say it, but be sure to visit Sydney during its Summer (December – March) for optimal outdoor experiences. The beaches in Sydney are what make it fabulous. In NYC to get to a really nice quiet beach, I have to travel a few hours. For Sydney locals, they can work in the city and have the beach in their backyard or just a few minutes down the road! I had the pleasure of visiting Sydney a few years ago when I dropped my friend off for her working holiday visa. Here are a few of the highlights from the trip.
Bondi – Coogee Beach Walk
This is a truly can’t miss experience and it’s almost free. The only expense is getting to the start/end points, which can be done via public transport. This was the first excursion we did upon arrival in Sydney, and it truly was beyond anything you can imagine. This 6km walk takes you along the cliffs and beaches of Sydney providing truly breathtaking views and opportunities to stop and swim, exercise, eat, and play. One of my favorite things about Sydney are the public bubblers (water fountains) to ensure you stay hydrated on your walks in this sunny paradise.
The walk starts at Bondi Beach where you see the iconic Bondi Iceberg Pools on a cliff overlooking the ocean. As you pass through the other popular beaches of Tamaran, Bronte, Clovelly, and Coogee you will encounter rock pools, sculptures, playground, and those famous sandy beaches. This is one tourist attraction where you’ll be sure to encounter plenty of locals trying to catch a break from the heat.
Sydney Opera House
My month long trip to Sydney left me with a pretty tight budget or I would have splurged to see an opera at the famous opera house on Sydney Harbour. Instead, I settled for a few drinks at the Sydney Opera Bar. Here you’ll meet an eclectic group of travelers and locals. It’s the perfect spot to grab a drink and enjoy warm summer evenings.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
I was in Sydney for New Year’s Eve, and knowing the festivities would be anything but healthy, I decided to take my run on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was great as it provided amazing views of the harbour, opera house, and cityscape but also helped keep me in shape. There is also a pricey bridge climb that gives you an even better view, but we opted out of it due to funds and timing.
Where to Stay
Sydney is a pretty easy city to navigate by bus. The Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney is located in a convenient neighborhood for tourists. It is situated in a great location near the shopping center, chinese gardens, and a ton of bars & restaurants. Be sure to join Club Carlson program for easy booking and to receive rewards for all of your stays. As a member you will receive the Members Only Rate Exclusive.
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