Sydney Harbour is one of the country’s most recognisable icons, but it is better seen when you’re actually standing on it. The friendly people at Harbour Bridge Climb do a wonderful job of making everyone feel welcome and part of a team before embarking on the journey up and over the bridge. It is a great way to meet fellow travellers and enjoy the million dollar views of the harbour and Opera House below.
If your hostel days are behind you, there are still plenty of accommodation options that encourage meeting new people, such as the Bondi Beach House which is only a stone’s throw from the beach. It’s in an old art deco apartment which has been transformed into three cosy guest rooms.
The Bondi food markets take place every Saturday from 9am-1pm. There are over 15 stalls selling everything from Vietnamese pho, Mexican platters and healthy smoothies. You can grab whatever tickles your fancy and then sit in the sunshine amongst the locals on the grass. You can also stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables to take with you on your travels.
The best way to see Sydney is from the harbour, and you can get a one way ferry ticket for approximately $6. One of the best places to travel to is Manly. On your way there you will pass harbour side suburbs such as Kirribilli and Balmoral before landing at the beach side oasis of Manly. In the evening, some ferries have bars where you can enjoy a drink with the locals on their way home from work.
One of the best things about Sydney is how diverse it is, especially when it comes to food. In Sydney West there is a huge Vietnamese population and some of the best food in city. I Ate My Way Through organise food tours with small groups of 12 people, where you get to eat plenty of food (including dessert) as well as grocery shopping for interesting ingredients.