SYDNEY DESTINATION GUIDE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. There Are Awesome, Free Things To Do In Sydney

Start your day with a beautiful stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens to get your first view and many pictures of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and the Sydney cityscape. After that, you can walk right up to the Opera House for lots of up-close photos ops of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

You also have to walk up George Street and the surrounding blocks to get a real feel for the Sydney city center, with it’s office buildings shops and restaurants.

SYDNEY DESTINATION GUIDE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

SYDNEY DESTINATION GUIDE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

SYDNEY DESTINATION GUIDE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - Sydney Opera House

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2. Sydney Is An EXPENSIVE City!

SYDNEY DESTINATION GUIDE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

You’ll need those free things to do above, because most things in Sydney are much more expensive than in states, on top of a stronger Australian Dollar than than US Dollar.

The absolute worst offenders are booze and soda, with single beers running about $3-4 in a store (not a bar) for a generic-type brew (NOT CRAFT BEER), and sodas running about $3 for a 20oz bottle. It amazes me that Australian has such a problem with alcohol abuse even with these astronomical prices…perhaps an approach besides exorbitant taxation is worth a try???

*BEST DEALS – For food, grab some sushi (which is everywhere and relatively inexpensive) and a McDonald’s 30 cent ice cream cone. For a fun way to spend a few hours, buy a roundtrip ferry ticket and head out of Circular Quay for an unforgettable view of Sydney from the water (or stay in a hotel in one of the surrounding areas located near a ferry stop a and hop the ferry into the city).

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3. Use the Crosswalks

Compared to New York City and other major US cities, there is MUCH less jaywalking here. Perhaps it’s because traffic from all sides stop at certain intervals to let walkers cross in any direction they like (including diagonal across an intersection). It’s best to play it safe and use the crosswalks.

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4. Walk on the Left

On sidewalks in the city, people walk on the left. This obviously matches how they drive but it’s still interesting to see.

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5. Check out the Local Sydney Beaches

If you are staying somewhere in or near the city center, you can take a nice jog/walk to Bondi Beach and then take a bus back. Plan your beach visit on a nice day, as the weather is what makes the beach such an amazing destination. You can lay out at the beach, grab a bite, or walk the coastline and marvel at the beauty around you.

SYDNEY DESTINATION GUIDE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Have you every been to Sydney? What do you think of our Sydney Destination Guide? Please share your tips and experiences in the comments below!