If you’ve never been to Sydney before, it’s normal that you feel a bit confused about the way the city functions. But, don’t worry! Here’s a little guide that will make your first visit smooth, relaxing and fun!
Where to stay?
Depending on what type of traveler you are, Sydney has different suburbs that will satisfy your tastes. For instance, while there are so many amazing restaurants and shops downtown, that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you love the beach, it’s better to book accommodation in one of the beachside suburbs like Bondi or Manly. If you’re in Sydney for its wild nightlife, stay in Chippendale or Newtown which have a lot of late-night bars, live music events and excellent pubs. On the other hand, if you’re a foodie or a shopaholic, try inner suburbs like Paddington, Darlinghurst or Surry Hills. All of these suburbs have both lux and cheap accommodations, so you’ll find your match.
When to get up?
Sydneysiders are early-risers, which means most cafes and restaurants are open by 7 am, some open as early as 6 am. So, don’t hesitate to get up super early, go watch the sunrise (Bondi and Garie beaches are some of the best spots for watching the sun go up in the entire city) or catch an early breakfast! Similarly, everything closes quite early. For instance, some restaurants close their kitchen as early as 9-9: 30 pm, so if you like a late night bite, you’re going to have to dig deeper and find one of the rare midnight dining options.
How to get around?
Another great thing about Sydney is its public transport, including buses, trains, rail and ferries. So, if you’re staying for a few days, you can get an Opal card that enables you to use all four public transportation types the entire day (plus $2.50 Sunday cap)! You can also try driving, but unless you’re not from a country that drives on the left-hand side, it’s not going to be easy getting used to the rules. Instead, you can hire practical chauffeur services in Sydney that will get you wherever you want to go. It might not be the cheapest option, but if you’re tight on time, it’s definitely the best! It provides comfort, speed and complete independence!
When to visit the most important sites?
Sydney’s famous sites look amazing all the time, but there are ideal times to visit them for the best experience. For instance, visit the Sydney Opera House in the evening when it’s illuminated with a projection that shows native art. Beaches are gorgeous early in the morning when you can watch the sunrise and enjoy the sound of waves. Downtown looks amazing at night, when people crawl out to shop, drink and have fun. Everything is illuminated and full of life, so try to soak up some of the atmosphere, no matter how ready for bed you are! Plus, all of these activities are free, perfect for thrifty travelers!
Where are the Aussie animals?
Sydney is super urban, so no animals roaming the streets. However, don’t leave the city without visiting Taronga Zoo! The zoo contains over 340 species, many of which can only be seen in Australia. You can take a normal zoo tour or you can even take photos with koalas, watch zookeeper talks, catch movies about wildlife and watch various animal shows. If you’re traveling with children, you simply must visit Taronga!
Where can I get free Wi-Fi?
If you’re wandering far from home, of course, you need to stay connected, but Sydney’s got your back! Most of the Central Business District is covered with Wi-Fi hotspots and many coffee shops have free Wi-Fi. Even some green spaces like Botanic Gardens joined the trend. So, don’t worry, you’ll be able to contact your family, check your feed and catch the news without any problem.
Sydney has something to offer to everyone, from hardcore backpackers on a shoestring budget to those who like an occasional lux treat, so don’t hesitate to visit this city no matter what type of traveler you are. It will welcome you with both hands!