I'll be in Sydney for 3 days, staying near Bondi Junction. I prefer to chill out and take nice interesting walks instead of more active things like climbing the bridge or going to yet another museum (already went to two excellent ones in Hobart & Melbourne!).
What things would you recommend for me to get a sense of how urban life in Sydney is different from that in Melbourne?
Style: Chill out, relaxing
Length: 3 Days
Besides the fantastic Bondi to Coogee walk, which was mentioned a few times already and is an absolutely must, there is also an amazing walk along the harbour, which is much less crowded and definitely as amazing:
The walk goes for around 10 km through absolut nature, so make sure to carry plenty of water with you and to apply sun screen. The duration will be approx. 4-5 hours.
If you want to get more information, there is a leaflet available from the tourist information which is called "Go Walkabout".
You also can find more information about the walk here: http://www.sydney.com/things-to-do/nature-and-parks/walks/manly-to-spit-bridge-walk
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If you fancy a trip a bit out of the city, I would recommend going to the Blue Mountains which is a two hour train ride from Sydney city centre (only $8 when I went).
The national park is incredible and has some amazing walks, both long and short. So it would be a long day if you went but can be easily be done in a day.
I've written a bit of a blog about the area if you want some more info: http://bit.ly/1cU7Xl7
Hey Jae, Here are my top 3 chill out activities in Sydney:
1) One of my favourite places to chill out in Sydney is the botanical gardens. They'e really peaceful, gorgeous and have an amazing view of the harbour and the opera house. If you walk from the botanical gardens to the opera house, there's a board walk a pub. You can grab a beer with a great view of the opera house.
2) Definitely do the walk from Bondi to Coogee. You get to see all of the little surfing coves along the coast. Theres tons of places to lay out on the beach. You'll also get to see Bondi beach which is the most popular strip of beach in Sydney. There's a place called the Bondi Iceberg right by the beach- you pay a small fee and have access to the pool that sits right up against the Ocean.
3) Manly beach- another great beach neighbourhood. You take a ferry across the harbour to get there and get a great view of the surrounding area.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are very nice and right in the city next to the harbour, very relaxing place to walk around and relax. The must do is the Bondi- Bronte Beach walk along the cliffs. You will immediately experience the difference between Sydney and Melbourne. The view is spectacular and it's a lovely walk. Best of all you will see many sydneysiders running, walking, working out and surfing and get a feel for local life. It's a quick bus ride to Bondi beach from the junction.
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