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5 Things To Do In Sydney, Australia

5 Things To Do In Sydney, Australia

I recently went on trip to Sydney, my first time visiting Australia’s largest city, would you believe it. Basically it was a weekend of eating delicious food and seeing most of the sites Sydney has to offer over the weekend. So here it is, I’ve found some tip-top places to go to while you’re chilling in and around Sydney.

Chinese friendship garden

Hidden in Darling Harbour, this garden will make you feel like you’re not in Sydney anymore. It’s a tranquil garden full of greenery and ponds full of beautiful koi fish. I spotted a little lizard and bunny hopping around too! There are lots of photo spots to get a perfect insta photo, or place to sit back and relax and get out of the hustle and bustle of city life.

Ferry ride

Ferries are a form of public transport in Sydney. I know, weird, right? You can use your Opal card to hop on the ferry around Sydney! Ride the ferry to Manly and hang at the beach. Or ride it under the bridge and past the Opera house. Or just do a round trip to see all the sights. It’s a cheap way to get around and see Sydney by sea.

Newtown

The hipster side of town. This area looks a little more run down and old, but it has so much character. There’s loads of second hand shops full of vintage goodies, and old books to swoon over. Newtown has a progressive vibe, you’ll find lots of artsy things, pro feminism and lqbtq+ sentiment. Also, I should mention the amount of delicious places to get brunch or a quick bite to eat. While you’re there pick up some insta-worthy watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry.

GPO cheese and wine room

This is the place in Sydney for cheese lovers. Tucked away under the GPO building in Martin place you’ll find this little gem known as the GPO Cheese and Wine Room. Treat yourself to a delicious cheese fondue, or two, and wine to match. I 100% recommend the truffle cheese fondue, thank me for it later. It has a cosy atmosphere with a bit of class without feeling too pretentious. I almost couldn’t think of a better way to spend an evening.

Hang around The Rocks

The Rocks is one of the oldest areas of Sydney. You’ll find cute streets and little alleyways with old style houses. There’s quirky street art and loads of photo opportunities. There are markets on every weekend to get a quick bite or gift. The action doesn’t only happen in the day though, the nightlife is great too. The Rocks filled with bars, pubs, and restaurants. And if you really want to get your tourist on, the harbour bridge walk starts from the Rocks. You’ll also get a very nice view of the bridge and opera house from the roof top bars.

Have you been to Sydney? What were the quirky things around town you found? If not, what are you looking forward to?

 

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5 Things To Do In Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, the hipster capital of Australia. Don’t count that as a bad thing though. It’s full of great brunch spots, quirky alley ways, street art, events, and heaps of places to chill out. It’s my favourite city in Australia for a good reason, mostly because of the food. If you’re ever heading down under to Melbourne, be sure to check out these things while you’re there:

 

Cafes in the Laneways

Melbourne is full of hidden-gems in the laneways, whether it’s quirky shops, hidden experiences, or cute little cafes. I recommend spending some time in the morning strolling through the laneways during the work hustle and bustle when the city wakes up for the day. Besides, if you don’t have brunch in Melbourne, you’re doing Melbourne wrong. My personal favourite is The Hardware Societe. It’s not so much a hidden-gem, rather a quite popular one. Get in early and you won’t regret it, it’s cute, kitsch and delicious.

 

Yarra precinct

Hop just over the Yarra from the hustle of the CBD and find yourself relaxing around the Yarra. There’s loads of restaurants and cafes with river front views along the promenade where you can people watch and sip on some wine. Take a little walk to the Botanic Gardens to escape into a garden wonderland and forget for a moment you’re in the middle of a city. Or check out the art gallery. The art gallery of Victoria is huge has a wide variety of art and there’s always an interesting exhibition to scope out while you’re there.

 

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Us Australian’s like to abbreviate things, you’ll hear the Melbourne Cricket Ground referred to as the MCG, and even that’s too long, so sometimes we just simply refer to it as ‘The G’. If you’re not an Aussie, and you’re in Melbourne during footy season, you should 100% see a footy match at the MCG. Don’t be too confused as to why we call it football but they hold the ball in their hands, I don’t know why either. In the summer you can catch a cricket match, and don’t worry, they don’t all go for 5 days. Check out the Big Bash, whish runs over December and January for a fast paced, entertaining version of the game. Otherwise if you’re not so into seeing the sport, you can always do a tour and learn a bit about it’s history, and even go out onto the oval itself.

 

Hosier lane

If Melbourne had to be famous for something other than brunch spots, it would be street art. All you have to do is check out Instagram and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll find street art plastered all over Melbourne, but if you want to go to THE place, go to Hosier Lane. Take a candid insta pic in your hipster outfit and you’ll fit right in! Don’t worry, everyone else is doing it too!

 

City circle tram

The City Circle tram is a free (yay!) tram line that loops around the Melbourne CBD. Like a hop-on-hop-off bus, but tram version, and in a really cool old style carriage, you’ll be taken around Melbourne to most of the important sites. It’s a great option for tourists to see the city. Grab the map and audio guide and learn about all the points of interest. You can see sites all over Melbourne such as Captain Cook’s Cottage, the Aquarium, Federation Square, Docklands, and other areas of interest along the way. It’s also a great way to get from one end of town to the other if your feet can’t take anymore walking after a day of seeing the city.

 

Heading to Melbourne? What are you most looking forward to, let me know in the comments!

 

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