Our past month has been crazy…in the best way imaginable! Some of our dear friends came to visit! First up, Katy and Kelli, two of my Arizona sorority sisters. Following shortly after, Marc and Tanya, our friends in SF, met us in Fiji and then traveled with us back to Sydney. We had a blast. It is very easy to fall in love with Sydney and we enjoyed showing her off! From hikes to road-trips and rugby to kangaroos, there was no shortage of activities. Here is my TOP TEN list of things to do while visiting. With John and Ann Wyatt coming in May, the question is; who’s next?
10. The Rocks Historical Pub/Hotel Hop- With so many pubs claiming to be Sydney’s first, it’s fun to see how they compare. All serve pretty descent pub grub and some brew their own beer. http://www.lordnelsonbrewery.com/
9. The Blue Mountains- Using a “Go Get” car, Peter drove for the first time on the left side of the road. Our destination was the Blue Mountains. Despite a few near clipping of other cars, we made it. Bring your hiking shoes and enjoy well maintained trails though beautiful waterfalls, rain forests and up to scenic vistas. Reward yourself with lunch in Leura or pack a picnic! www.visitnsw.com
8. Get Up Close With A Kangaroo- In NSW it is illegal to hold a koala. Kangaroos on the other hand are fair game (in captivity of course). There a couple of wildlife parks in the area that allow you to feed and pet them in a lovey grassy enclosure. http://symbiozoo.com.au/
7. Stroll Through Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens- Sydney’s layout supports a relaxed lifestyle with an emphasis on the outdoors. Bring a picnic or enjoy one of the outdoor cafes while enjoying panoramic views of the city and harbour. Keep and eye and ear out for the colorful local birds!
6. Rent a Boat- No proof of boating experience needed when renting a tinny (a metal fishing boat, also a can of beer). We went out on Rose Bay stopping at small beaches for a swim and lunch. http://www.rosebayaquatichire.com/boats/
5. The Bondi to Coogee Walk- Sydney’s coastline is ruggedly beautiful and punctuated by gorgeous beaches. Well kept walking paths lead you through varied terrain including the cliff’s edge. The views are spectacular. Toast your efforts with a beer and some fish and chips in either Bondi or Coogee (depending where you started). Also note that Manly Beach is a short ferry ride away and one of the city’s best!
4. Attend a Rugby Game- With over ten Rugby League teams in the greater Sydney area, there is always a match to be seen. Living within a 20 minute walk to Allianz Stadium, home of the Roosters, makes being a member a must! Go for the action, people watching and the beer; not for the food. http://www.nrl.com/
3. Eat a Meat Pie- As noted in a previous post (Pie in Your Face) you can’t come to Sydney and miss this staple. Best enjoyed after a night out or post rugby match.
2. Climb the Harbour Bridge- Although dangling 134 meters in the air is not everyone’s idea of a good time, it was a rush. The experience did not come cheep, ($230) but was worth it for the bird’s eye view and adventure. The friendly guides explain the bridge’s architecture and construction as well as provide an interesting commentary on the city. For a free alternative you can cross the bridge via a pedestrian path. http://www.bridgeclimb.com/
1. Visit the Opera House- Whether on a tour or attending a performance, the Sydney Opera House is a must see. It’s iconic architecture is one of the World’s most recognized and is visited by over seven million people each year. Opened in 1973, the construction was filled with controversy and setbacks, however the end result is incredible. http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com