Sydney is a big metropolis. Yet I was able to see plenty of the city in a couple of days. Thanks to Andrew Kew I had an overview of Sydney on Wednesday, which helped me plan Thursday. I walked and saw a lot on Thursday. As I was on my own, no-one was there to stop me.
On Wednesday Andrew showed me Oxford Street, Darlinghurst and Paddington. Then we went to Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. This gave me an overview of the city and gave me a chance to estimate distances. Thank you Andrew.
On Thursday I saw the Sydney essentials.
- The Rocks
- Sydney Opera House
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Macquarie Street
- St James’ Church
- St Mary’s Cathedral
- Martin Place
- George Street
I also shopped at General Pants, Myer and David Jones.
On Friday I had a ticket for the Mardi Gras Beach Party so I went to famous Bondi Beach. I swam in the ocean baths of the Bondi Icebergs and had a stroll on the beach itself. Watching surfers is always fun.
In the hours before the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, I walked to Kings Cross and Potts Point. This area has a different feel than the main CBD. It feels like Zurenborg in Antwerp and has this semi historical look.
Manly Beach and Sydney Harbour
Melbourne is often described as “the most European city in Australia”, due to its café culture. Sydney feels more American. Although Australia is neither European or American, it’s Australian. But still. There are plenty of skyscrapers and straight streets. There are also shopping malls everywhere.
Sydney is a great destination. You have the feeling you can do everything and everything is possible. I will go back.