Sydney is undoubtedly one of the most iconic destinations in Australia. There are popular tourist spots that everyone automatically goes to see, but I wanted to fill you in on some lesser-known ones! First, I’ll cover the basics.
Famous Places in/around Sydney
The Sydney Harbour is packed to the brim with people from all over the world, and beholds the beauty of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
You may have heard about the Sydney Bridge Climb, which is a pretty cool opportunity… BUT it will set you back a whopping $250 AUD for even the cheapest option. We all know our student budgets aren’t that flexible. So I’ll let you in on a pro tip: the Pylon Lookout.
Walk to almost the middle of the bridge, climb a few flights of stairs, and you’ll reach the Pylon Lookout! For only $10 AUD (saving you $200+!!!) with a student ID, you can have this AMAZING view of the bridge and city! That’s my kind of deal.
Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Garden are other popular spots to check out that are definitely worth your time. The nice part is you can easily walk from each location!
Bondi Beach is an illustrious feature of Sydney. A short bus ride from the city will bring you to this dazzling town, where you can visit the famous Bondi Icebergs Club and soak up the sun. The Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk is 6 km round trip and provides breathtaking views of the ocean and beaches. There is a nice cafe with delicious food in Tamarama where you can eat at a table right on the sand.
Spots in Sydney More Under the Radar
Observatory Hill Park is nestled right in the center of Sydney and holds panoramic views of the city, river, and bridge. It was noticeably less crowded than most of the other places I went this day, and I personally really enjoyed the relative peace and quiet. If you’re lucky, you might catch part an outdoor wedding being held!
The touristy coastal destination other than Bondi is typically Manly Beach. Take the path less traveled and go to Watson’s Bay instead! You can jump on a ferry right in the Harbour to get there, which provides a unique perspective of the city from the river. Once you reach Watson’s Bay, check out the skyline in the distance before walking through the park to get to the Federation Cliff Walk. There are awesome views and photo opportunities of the coast along the walk. After you’re done, head straight to Doyle’s on the Beach for some fish n chips!