Highlights of my Week in Sydney Australia

Highlights of my Week in Sydney Australia

My trip to Australia was ten years in the making.  In December 2006, I had a plane ticket to Sydney.  I canceled it because I felt overwhelmed with the planning process, and I would only stay for two weeks.  I realized it wouldn’t have been enough time.  This will be the first of several posts and photos of my 4-week-long adventure in October 2016.

On my first day in Sydney, I spent sleep.  I ended up sleeping late, and I was staying with a friend.  We ended up just going out for dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Sydney

The next day, I had planned to join a free 3-hour tour of Sydney given by I’m Free Walking Tours. At the end of the tour, you are asked to pay as much as you think the tour is worth. The tours start at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., and you meet the guide at the Sydney Town Hall Square and end at the Harbour.

One negative about the tour is that you don’t have to schedule ahead, and the group can potentially get too large. The group was at least 20 people, and at times, despite the guide’s effort to shout, I didn’t hear him or had to ask others, “What did he say?” Overall, I would suggest it. We got a lot of tips on things to do in the city.

The meeting place and first stop was the Town Hall. This building, completed in 1889 on top of a cemetery, has served as the civic offices of the Lord Mayor and alderman for over 140 years. Many of the buildings had large spaces and were used for meetings, exhibitions, receptions, and performances.

One of the stops on our route was in the neighborhood called The Rocks, the site of Australia’s first European settlement. The I’m Free tour company offers a separate tour at 6 p.m. The neighborhood was filled with shops, bars, and restaurants.

The tour ended at the Harbour, where we took in views of Sydney’s Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. On my last night in Australia, a friend and I saw Othello at the Opera House.

A popular activity is climbing the Harbour Bridge. I thought about it, but the truth is…I don’t like bridges. Just thinking about them gives me anxiety. I don’t like walking across them, driving across them, or not climbing them, so I just enjoyed the view.

On the weekend, my friend and I drove to Blue Mountain and Australian Reptile Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The beaches are fabulous. I couldn’t get enough of them. One afternoon, I took a walk from Bronte Beach to Coogee, stopping along the way. I also took a ferry ride to Manly Beach.

 

Other things I did.

I spent a day on the hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus. Unfortunately, it was raining, so to stay dry, I hopped off at the Aquarium and Bondi Beach for lunch.

The number one question people ask me is “How was the food?”.  Well, I found it to be very similar to the US.  Australia doesn’t have cuisines like those in Asia or Mexico.  I did see fish and chip shops everywhere, as you would see at McDonald’s in the US.  My first meal was a snapper truffle pie, chips, and salad.  It was good and reminded me of a pot pie.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get around Sydney on public transportation.

The next stop is Auckland, New Zealand.

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Bisa Myles
bisa@mylestotravel.com

I am a breast cancer survivor and plus-size adventurer traveling the world and capturing every mile as I go. I still have miles to travel.

2 Comments
  • Kristin
    Posted at 14:46h, 11 March Reply

    Looks great. I would love to visit Australia and the walking tour seemed like a good place to start.

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    • mylestotravel
      Posted at 22:49h, 12 March Reply

      It is definitely a must see and should be on your list. The tour is a good way to save money. They have tours in Sydney and Melbourne.

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