I can’t believe it’s been a month since I was in Sydney! Into week four at uni and I’m really wishing I could travel somewhere again soon. But for the meantime I’m stuck at home so I thought I’d share what I did in Sydney during my ten day trip in July. I have already done a post dedicated purely to food, in case you missed it. My activities fit well into the categories of shopping, sightseeing, shows, attractions and a quick trip to Wollongong.
I really enjoyed the variety and massive number of shops in Sydney and especially how close together they all were.
I got very lost in Westfield Sydney but it was so worth it. Pretty much every shop you could imagine. I had my biggest shopping successes at Forever 21 and Sportsgirl, but also enjoyed a lot of window shopping at Sephora and the big department stores (Myer and David Jones). It was perfect timing as almost everywhere had sales on.
I also spent a lot of time wandering around the Queen Victoria Building, mostly for the beautiful architecture as the shops are not exactly suitable for a student budget.
My friend Kathii and I also took the train to Macquarie as I really wanted to go to H&M. I didn’t end up buying anything from them but it was a lot less busy than Westfield Sydney with a lot of the same shops – definitely worth the trip if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.
I did the majority of my food shopping at Coles Capitol Square, as it was only a few blocks from my hostel. I really loved the light up staircase they had in the outdoor area. The lights moved and changed patterns beautifully.
Of course I did the typical touristy thing and swarmed a load of pictures of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. I also took a ferry ride to Manly Beach and had fish and chips in the sun, a sneaky seagull stole a chip though!
I also spent a bit of time in and around the rest of Circular Quay; visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens.
A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the iconic Bondi Beach. I went on a Saturday morning so I could go the the Farmers Market. The Market was full of trendy young mums in yoga pants with tiny dogs and small children eating healthy food, there was definitely a “look”. Bondi Beach itself was a bit anticlimactic but I guess it’s the middle of winter after all. There was a lot of really cool street art along the boardwalk which was awesome and totally instagrammable.
One of my favourite precincts to explore was Darling Harbour. It was beautiful to be right on the water and there was lots of things to do and look at. There was also a winter themed festival on for kids as it was the school holidays with ice skating and a snow pit.
I’m a massive musical theatre fan so I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out that Les Miserables was extending and would be on whilst I was in Sydney. It absolutely did not disappoint. The cast were impeccable and the integration of projections and lighting was really clever. I would highly recommend going if you have the chance.
I also went to a Yellowcard concert. Yellowcard are an alternative/punk/rock band that I have been a massive fan of for years. Finding out there was a concert on was basically the factor that made me decide to go to Sydney in the first place.
I bought an online multipass to visit 5 attractions owned by Merlin Entertainment. I only made it to four of them but the online ticket was cheaper than door entry for two attractions.
The first two I visited were the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Zoo. I love aquariums and Sea Life had an awesome range of sea animals from tropical fish to dugongs to sharks. The only mistake I made was going on an overcast day in the school holidays – it was very busy with small children. Then I went to Wild Life, a small zoo with only native Australian animals. As I have been to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo twice, this was a bit of a disappointment. It was conveniently right in Darling Harbour and I would recommend it if you would like to see Australian animals but don’t have enough time to go to Taronga Zoo.
Using the same pass I went up the Sydney Tower Eye – the tallest building in Sydney with 360 degree views of the city. It was being up on the observation deck that made me realise just how big the city was and how encompassed by the sea Sydney is.
The final Merlin attraction I went to was Madame Tussads. It was quite small and there were quite a few figures of notable Australians who didn’t really mean much to me but my friend Kathii and I still had a fun time taking pictures. It was a really nice way to spend my last morning in Sydney.
My favourite wax figure was definitely Taylor Swift (my goddess).
Whilst most of my trip was based in central Sydney I did stay for two nights in Wollongong. Wollongong is a coastal town 2 hours on the train south of Sydney. My friend Kathii attends the University of Wollongong so I went and spent a couple of days exploring and yet more shopping in her new home. I somehow managed to spend $80 in Priceline on make up….and box-dyed my hair for the first time – as you can see Kathii is a terrible influence.
Overall I had an amazing ten days in Sydney and Wollongong. I managed to squeeze in everything I wanted from eating to shopping to doing the typical touristy things and also finding a bit of time for relaxation.
I’d love to hear what great things to do in Sydney I might have missed, I’m sure I’ll be back in the not too distant future.