What to do in Sydney

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I spent a year in Sydney; it was the best time of my life. I lived in Bondi Beach (obviously), I worked as a gutter cleaner and it was the best job I ever had. It doesn’t sound very glamorous but working with your friend, driving around NSW and cleaning a few leaves out of gutters in the sun was the best job – every day was a laugh.

Sydney is a cosmopolitan city surrounded by some of the best beaches the world has to offer. It’s Australia’s largest city and most visited. There are plenty of attractions and sights to see, including the famous Bondi and Manly beaches, it’s easy to see why people come here and stay a while.

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The Beaches

Spend the day at the beach, surf or body board, or chill in the sun. I was down Bondi Beach every weekend but I often enjoyed going to Coogee beach too, you can take a scenic stroll from Bondi to Coogee, you’ll even pass Heath Ledger old beach house. If you have some time you can visit Palm Beach where they film Home and Away. Sydney is jewelled with white sandy beaches; you’ll have your pick.

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Sydney Opera House

Probably the most iconic piece of architecture in the world, the Opera House is famous for its white shelled roof. I did a guided tour that gives you a whole new appreciation for just how challenging the building was to design. I would have preferred to see a show there, either way, make sure you pay it a visit, even grab a meal at one the nearby restaurants and admire the view.

Royal Botanic Gardens

A very short walk from the Opera House, you can take a stroll through the botanic gardens. You’ll see the bats hanging in the trees. Here’s a little tip too, grab some nuts before you go and you’ll attract the cockatoos, I was a bit of an attraction when I had 3 cockatoos sitting on me. So, get some nuts and you’ll get an awesome photo (like me).

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The Blue Mountains

Rent a car and drive over to the Blue Mountains while you’ll there. These mountains formed over the millennia. The ancient sandstone of this national park has been weathered into gorges lined by steep cliffs. You’ll see the famous three sisters, there’s plenty to do there and the park is free to visit. I think the drive is just a little over an hour.

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Eat and drink at Darling Harbour

There are heaps of restaurants around here and it’s buzzing in the evening, I was there during Chinese New Year and they had a big fireworks display going on. There’s loads of bars and pick from, there’s even a restaurant that serves 50cm pizzas. Darling Harbour is just as nice in the day as it is in the evening. A great place to start the night!

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The Museums

Get yourself some culture while you’re there.  Like most cities, Sydney has a wide variety of museums. There’s free entry to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (home to aboriginal art), the Museum of Contemporary Art at The Rocks, Nicholson Museum, and the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. The historic ship, military vessels and a seaworthy replica of Captain James Cook’s shit that discovered Australia in 1770 are also popular attractions. Take your pick.

Wildlife World

One of the newest additions to Darling Harbour, the Wildlife World is set up with highly detailed, ‘natural’ environments for birds, wallabies, reptiles, and more. There are guided tours and you can even meet and feed some of the animals. If you want to see a massive croc, get your picture with a koala and pet a kangaroo then this is the place.

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