Sydney is Australia’s top tourist destination, with more than 30 million tourists visiting each year. What’s peculiar is that most of them have pretty much the same experience of the city. They visit the Sydney Opera House, take a stroll around the Circular Quay and see the Harbour Bridge. And while there is nothing wrong in visiting famous tourist attractions, they are not providing you with authentic Sydney experience. Seeing Sydney from the point of view of the locals can really make you have a whole new and deeper understanding of the city. So, here are some ways you can enjoy Sydney like you are born in it, even though it is your first visit.
Sydneysiders start their day early in the morning, so don’t wait until noon to go out and get to know the city. First, you will avoid the hordes of tourists walking around with their cameras, and you will get the chance to truly see the city. After some time walking down the famous George Street, you can stop for brunch in some of the local brunch institutions, like FourAteFive and Three Blue Ducks.
Visit the beach
After brunch and a light walk, you should go to one of the most loved places in the city – the beach. And by “the beach” we many any beach except Bondi. Bondi is always crowded, and it is the place where every tourist goes. Outsmart them and head to some of the more secluded stretches of sand, more popular among the locals. Shelley Beach, Redleaf Beach, Milk Beach, Long Reef Beach and Palm Beach are all great. Each of them with its unique vibe makes you fall in love with the scenery.
Find a home
Sydney is a city of thousands of accommodation options, ranging from budget hostels to word class hotel chains. However, how can it be possible to experience Sydney like a local if you are staying in one of the hotels? It can’t! There is another option, and it comes in the form of agencies that offer reliable house sitting in Sydney. This will not only help you feel at home, but it will also help you save some cash.
Savor the food and wine
People always speak of France or Italy as the culinary Mecca. But Australia has its fair share of fine dining too. Sydney, especially, is the place foodies around the world arrive to feast in the restaurants of the famous chefs. Some of the best ones to check out are FourFourteen, Felix, Apollo, Bridge Room and Tetsuya. Don’t forget to pair up your delicious meals with Australian-produced wines made from grapes which grow in the Hunter Valley region.
Party like a Sydneysider
It is no secret that Aussies can party! And Sydneysiders may just be the best at it. Join them for a night of unforgettable fun in one of the Darling Harbour’s bars. Another interesting way to spend the evening in Sydney is to visit Chinatown and enjoy a trendy sake wine bar. The Rocks (the oldest neighbourhood in Sydney) is also home to many interesting bars and pubs, so don’t skip this one.
Have a Sunday session
The locals in Sydney really love their Sundays, and they don’t allow anyone to ruin their day off. They will try to get away from tourists, but hey, you’re not a regular tourist! So you can follow them all the way to Cockatoo Island and spend your day camping. If you are more of a luxury-loving than a clear-sky-fascinating person, you can also try glamping – camping in glamorous tents resembling some of the finest hotels.
Sydney is a show-stopping city existing with intent to steal your attention. But if you are too blinded by the over-the-top tourist hotspots? You will probably miss the true charm of this Aussie’s wonder.