Australia is a big country . As a first time traveller to Australia it is essential to visit the most common cities.
I organized this whole trip, no organized tours as many have asked me. Living from my suitcase, total 9 flights domestic and international, I did and saw quite a bit to share with you.
Where to stay in Sydney ? I like to stay centrally located and I chose to stay at Tank Stream Hotel. Finally a hotel that encourages & embraces solo travelling . Sydney Australia is a safe city to start your solo adventures.
Sydney, Australia surprised me. A large metropolitan city with cool coffee shops, trendy restaurants and a vibrant energy. It is the most populous city in Australia and capital to New South Wales. Known for the beautiful Sydney Harbour and splendid Opera House. Discover Circular Quay and the Rocks ; an historical area of Sydney where you meet the new and the old in styles of architecture & history.
Love a beautiful city view? Sydney Tower Eye situated on 188 Pitt ( so close to hotel suggestion ) is a 309m tall tower to get spectacular 360-degrees views of the city.
Australia has natural beauty, diversity of wildlife and turquoise beaches. World famous Bondi Beach is situated only 8 km & 30 minutes from city centre . No need to purchase a tour to visit, just get yourself an Opal bus card and fill it up for 10$. You get this at any convenient stores. Take a local bus to train station and get off at Bondi Junction.
Tap In the bus but also Tap Out ! If you do not Tap Out, all the money on your card will get drained ! Opal card charges by distance so forgetting to Tap Out looks like you are tricking the system.
Bondi Beach is a surfer’s paradise. There are 2 surf clubs , the Bondi & North Bondi to learn to be a surfer. Spend the day at the beach if weather permits or take the iconic Coastal Walk to Coogee Clifftop Trail. The full duration is 3 hours if you want the full hiking experience.
If you want something more safe & secluded there is the Bondi Iceberg Pool. Entrance fees 6.50$ for adult and 4.50$ children. it is a salt watered pool.
The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains , World’s Heritage Site is a mix of rainforest, canyons and tall forests.
You can get a day trip from Sydney that includes the cable cars & visiting the mountains’ town. I visited the loveliest one, Leura. If you wish to stay over night there are other towns to discover like Glenbrook, Wentworth Falls or Katoomba.
The best viewpoint to see the Three Sisters is at Echo Point where you get the best views and best pictures.
My guided tour was with AAT Kings