Last weekend I had the opportunity to take an extra long weekend and travel from Brisbane to Sydney. I only stayed for 4 days and really wish that I had months longer to explore such a beautiful city. Between the iconic harbours, historic architecture, lush parks and gorgeous beaches: Sydney seems to have everything. The lifestyle definitely has more of a city pace than Brisbane and is much more touristy – both of which make the Sydney fun but a bit overwhelming. The night life is fantastic as well, from smaller kitschy bars, to the swanky Opera Bar directly at the foot of the Sydney Opera House, to bustling large clubs.
The first full day we spent there, we wandered around the city taking in the sights (and eating everything in sight). The morning was spent in a nice little cafe called Macchiato near our hostel in Chinatown. We walked through a large mall located right by town hall that was stuffed with beautiful little patisseries lining the middle of the mall and designer shops on either side.
After taking a look at all of the beautiful clothing we couldn’t afford, we meandered around Hyde Park. The park was such a serene spot in the middle of a busy city. With fountains and shady trees, it was the perfect place for a work day lunch or reading a book.
We then got some dumplings in Chinatown and hopped on the free city bus to the famous Sydney Opera House. Seeing the Opera House in-person after seeing pictures of it all my life was such a surreal experience.
The next day I got another perspective of the Sydney Opera House – from the ferry! We took a ferry from Sydney Harbour over to Manly Beach. Manly included a great little town of shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. That day there was also a cute little street fair going on featuring stalls of local artisans. The beach itself was vast, with white sand and harsh waves. Any swimming was strictly watched by lifeguards because of intense rips and a certain type of blue jellyfish, which I did see floating around me as I waded into the water.
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