The Best of Sydney, Australia!

Ilana

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I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia for 5 months and had the best time of my life. I went all around the city and did a bunch of touristy things and also found many hidden gems. Here are some of my suggestions of things to do with a few of my pictures.

Sydney Bridge Climb

BridgeClimb Sydney, Cumberland Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Sydney Bridge Climb is a once in a lifetime experience! I highly recommend doing this while in Sydney. I went with one of my friends and we had a great time. We learned about the history of the bridge, the harbor itself, and got to see an incredible 360 degree view of the harbor from the top of the bridge. It is definitely worth doing and something not to miss out on! You are guided through the whole experience and feel 100% safe the entire way up. It is not scary from the top, even for those afraid of heights and the climb itself is easy.

Coastal Walk

Coogee Beach, Coogee, New South Wales, Australia

The coastal walk is probably the most beautiful scenic walk I have ever taken. You walk along the coast of Sydney starting at Coogee Beach and ending at Bondi Beach passing jaw-dropping views of the ocean and different beaches. It is about 5 kilometers which, is approximately 3 miles long and takes about 1.5 hours to do. You pass many different beaches that are all shaped differently and have unique views of the ocean. The rock formation is incredible as well. The views are definitely something you don't want to miss out on.

Manly Beach

Manly Beach, New South Wales, Australia

There is so much to do at Manly Beach. I recommend taking the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. I went to Manly a bunch of times. I tried many different restaurants, did a coastal walk, went shopping, and sat out on the beach. There is something for everyone to do! There is a surf school where you can sign up to learn how to surf or you can buy goggles and go snorkeling and swimming. There is also a small but cute aquarium there that is worth checking out if you have time.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia

If you enjoy animals the Taronga zoo is a great place to go. You could spend the entire day there. They have exhibitions with all different types of animals from all over the world. My personal favorite part of the zoo was the Australian animals section. Marsupials do not exist outside of Australia and being able to finally see them up-close in person is very cool. They have animal feedings, information session, and other daily activities. There is also an incredible view of the Sydney Harbor from the zoo as well.

Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Watsons Bay is one of the hidden gems of Sydney. It is a small area but incredibly beautiful. You can walk along the bay and up to an old light house. I went on a beautiful sunny day and it was so relaxing. There is a huge open park in the middle of Watsons Bay with a kid friendly area and picnic tables and benches if you want to do some R&R. There is the federation cliff walk as well that takes you towards Bondi Beach. However, it is important to know that there are some naked beaches in Watsons Bay so do not be alarmed if you see naked people swimming...it's legal.

 

Sydney Bridge Climb

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BridgeClimb Sydney, Cumberland Street
The Sydney Bridge Climb is a once in a lifetime experience! I highly recommend doing this while in Sydney. I went with one of my friends and we had a great time. We learned about the history of the bridge, the harbor itself, and got to see an incredible 360 degree view of the harbor from the top of the bridge. It is definitely worth doing and something not to miss out on! You are guided through the whole experience and feel 100% safe the entire way up. It is not scary from the top, even for those afraid of heights and the climb itself is easy.
 

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Coastal Walk

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Coogee Beach, Coogee
The coastal walk is probably the most beautiful scenic walk I have ever taken. You walk along the coast of Sydney starting at Coogee Beach and ending at Bondi Beach passing jaw-dropping views of the ocean and different beaches. It is about 5 kilometers which, is approximately 3 miles long and takes about 1.5 hours to do. You pass many different beaches that are all shaped differently and have unique views of the ocean. The rock formation is incredible as well. The views are definitely something you don't want to miss out on.
 

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Manly Beach

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Manly Beach, New South Wales
There is so much to do at Manly Beach. I recommend taking the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. I went to Manly a bunch of times. I tried many different restaurants, did a coastal walk, went shopping, and sat out on the beach. There is something for everyone to do! There is a surf school where you can sign up to learn how to surf or you can buy goggles and go snorkeling and swimming. There is also a small but cute aquarium there that is worth checking out if you have time.
 

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Taronga Zoo

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Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road
If you enjoy animals the Taronga zoo is a great place to go. You could spend the entire day there. They have exhibitions with all different types of animals from all over the world. My personal favorite part of the zoo was the Australian animals section. Marsupials do not exist outside of Australia and being able to finally see them up-close in person is very cool. They have animal feedings, information session, and other daily activities. There is also an incredible view of the Sydney Harbor from the zoo as well.
 

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Watsons Bay

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Watsons Bay, New South Wales
Watsons Bay is one of the hidden gems of Sydney. It is a small area but incredibly beautiful. You can walk along the bay and up to an old light house. I went on a beautiful sunny day and it was so relaxing. There is a huge open park in the middle of Watsons Bay with a kid friendly area and picnic tables and benches if you want to do some R&R. There is the federation cliff walk as well that takes you towards Bondi Beach. However, it is important to know that there are some naked beaches in Watsons Bay so do not be alarmed if you see naked people swimming...it's legal.
 

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