Sydney is an iconic destination beckoning a ton of visitors irrespective of time of the year. Travel single or with family, Sydney has something to offer to everyone. From the eye-catching Opera house to the vast open sea it is indeed a dream destination. Yet, Sydney can be ridiculously expensive and blow your budget in no time.
Taking the best of Sydney in with a cautious budget can be a precarious balancing act. Yet it is not an impossible one. So, here is your ultimate guide to success, and the best of both worlds- travel and finance.
We embarked on a three-day adventure of the city and its surroundings and here is the summary of each day to help you plan your days better.
Day 1-City highlights in a day
When you are here, you have got to do the iconic sites of the city. Begin your day with the best of all. Firstly the best way to travel is the public transport hence secure an Opal card, available at any train station or the popular Woolies. Pick up on the go breakfast or lunch supplies.. so you are taken care as you move. Now that you are all set and packed,
The harbour bridge
Walk along the pedestrian path of the Sydney harbour bridge by walking down from the Wynyard station or Milsons Point. The humongous steel structure will give you the feel of the architecture and dedication form years ago
Walking down from Harbour bridge, towards the opera house, watch as the petal-shaped towers unfold the white supreme building visualizes. catch your breath along the steps and visit inside
Royal botanical garden
The sprawling lush greenery right at the middle of the CBD is inviting and relaxing after long walks. the botanical garden offers one of the best views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera house
The contemporary art museum
Sydney has an array of museums and art galleries dotted along the city. the best of them come free. the one which appealed the most to us was the Contemporary art museum. Spacious and interactive, the gallery kept us going for the whole afternoon with the best views of the city from its rooftop.
With the first British settlement, the rocks were where the convicts and the pooper people initially lived. But this vibrant rocks has transformed into a quarter so vibrant, with a beautiful array of restaurants, live music all day long. The pebble stone laid streets and little quaint lanes become you for long post-dinner strolls.
Day 2-Are you up for the big Ocean?
We began our day two with a quick cereal breakfast and some lovely fruit we picked up. packed for a seafarers day and headed out to deal with the blue of the Pacific Ocean.
The ferry is by far the best and cheapest means to explore the water coasts of this harbour city. Walk down to circular quay and catch a ferry ride to Manly Wharf. This ride offers you the best sights of the Sydney Opera house too on the way with brilliant photographic opportunities. The ferries are clean, fast and efficient… Keep your Opal cards ready.
Manly is a beautiful sprawling beach, bustling with surfers, holidayers and family. The different hues of blue offered by the sea and the sky and long stretched of sand will always stay in your memory. Enjoy a dip between the flags or take a surfing lesson that day. May it is lunch or dinner, Manly has a wonderful array of good eats fittingyour budget.
The coastal walk
The coastal walk along the Manly coast to Shelly beach is a long and sea facing walk you don’t want to miss. Watch out for the harmless yet protected water dragons amongst the bushes.
Day 3-The vast natural reserve
If you are in Australia you should explore the natural beauty too. So leaving the Urban side we are off to the Blue Mountains. Since we have so far planned effectively and saved on entry fees and travel quotes we were in surplus ( so will you be). So head over to blue mountains ( train) and enjoy the views.
The three sisters and the Honeymoon bridge
The best place to start with The Blue mountains is, of course, the Three Sister Peak at the Echo point. The vastness of greenery is simply jaw-dropping. Ecologically and historically significant, these stunning mountain landscapes can never leave you. The triple rock formation – The Three Sisters can be explored up close via the Honeymoon bridge. It is a moderate 15-minute hike to the honeymoon bridge and to some breathtaking views.
Since you have saved up well, take a bus to the scenic route and take a ride on the phenomenal, world’s steepest train ride. the thrill of this surpasses all the amusement parks you have missed.
Before you go back
Enjoy a grand Sydney style wine and dine as you have successfully completed one chunk of a beautiful destination. As you head back, enjoy the beautiful skyscrapers and the mysterious beauty of the ocean waves lapping up along the harbour.
There is plenty more in here the Kangaroos and Koalas at Taronga Zoo, the Bondi beach to surf, the Luna Park amusement park, the mysterious night skywatch at the Observatory, the whale watching at Palm beach, the bush walks at Lane Cove National Park, the Sealife museum and more and more and more. This list with Sydney is never-ending, the more you see the more you want to see that’s what we love about Sydney.
Sydney is an ideal destination. Culture, beaches, food, nature, wine and enthusiastic people, island-like lifestyle, you can have it all in here. With so much to see and so much more to do, you can capture the best of Sydney when you plan well and wise.
Looking forward to seeing you at this mesmerising destination.
Travelling as a family has honed our skills as experienced travellers. Believing in slow travel, nature at its best and keeping sustainable practices on the agenda, we are slowly expanding our expertise over the different continents. Travel blogging with a special emphasis on history and natural beauty of the destination for the past 4 years, we do keep in mind the best for families with children. Our travel motto is "Keep it simple and the best in the world is yours". so read on as we take you places.