Hello friends! We have a fantastic guest post for you today. The very talented Marie, a lifestyle blogger and adventure enthusiast who loves unusual trips, is telling you why 72 hours in Sydney is one of the best trips you can do as a solo traveler. If you are looking for beach, adventure, exquisite food, excellent wine… you name it! Sydney has it all. I’ll let Marie explain, but I have to agree! I did my very first solo trip abroad to Australia waaaaay back in 2007 and fell in love with Sydney in the process. I can’t wait to go back! Take it away Marie…
Are you a foodie? Check. A culture vulture? Double check. An avid nature enthusiast with a passion for untamed wilderness? Triple check and welcome to one of the most diverse cities on the planet – the beautiful Sydney! It doesn’t take much to convince any wanderlust-riddled traveler that this should be your next destination, even if you’ve been there before.
In fact, the following is a perfect schedule for a lady traveler tackling the roads in Sydney for the first time, since a quick trip is always the most difficult one to balance. With this itinerary in your hands, you will experience the true soul of this iconic city, taste some of its finest sips and bites, and of course, stay in style in the heart of all happenings.
Yes, make time for the beach
It’s cliché for a reason, and it will never be any less impressive or breathtaking, so take a moment to see a sunrise at Bondi Beach, or even take the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk as you greet the first rays of morning light. You’ll probably see a handful of early birds jogging, soaking in the sun or taking their pooches for a walk. But the crashing waves, the ocean breeze and the serene sounds of a city waking up will surely be a unique experience for any visitor.
Other sunrise-worthy spots in Sydney include Garie Beach, Hornby Lighthouse at Watson’s Bay and the famous Cockatoo Island, but if you’re doing this on a Sunday, prepare for the later crowds. Sydneysiders love spending their weekends on this island enjoying some barbecue. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of migrating whales during your Bondi walk.
Definitely try local wine
There can hardly be a wrong place to try Australian wine in Sydney, but for a first-time visitor and someone with very little time on your hands, you cannot afford to pick a spot that will be a waste of time or not to your taste. First of all, don’t be afraid to ask the waiters for a tip, they are more than happy to help you pair your meal with your wine and pick something you’d be glad to enjoy.
The Glass Brasserie, Speakeasy, an Oak Barrel are just some among many wine bars that also serve exquisite dishes to accompany your drink. While you’re there, order an Australian dish that is seasonal and local, and you cannot go wrong. This is another realm the waiters can help you with, since they’ll know the chef’s best dish of the day and what’s in season at the time of your visit.
When you’re staying so briefly, you deserve to stay in the spirit of the local life – in a renowned boutique hotel in Chippendale where you can see the changing face of this eclectic suburb, from splendid architecture arising all around to marvelous eateries and bars you can reach in a matter of minutes. Another plus is that you have a mere 10-minute walk to the Central Station, from where you can reach any spot in Sydney very quickly, since it’s one of the best-connected areas.
Brunch like a Sydneysider
No one does brunch like Sydney, and the sheer selection of spots you can choose from, as well as their impeccably creative menus, will make it close to impossible to pick just one. Case in point, how does one choose between the quirky Revolver café, their famous Trout Rosti, and the Three Blue Ducks’ Poke bowl? Mood, I guess, because every single Sydney brunch spot has its own signature dish worth teasing your taste-buds.
Indoors as much as outdoors
Finally, take your pick from a whole slew of galleries, museums and entertainment options to make your short stay all the more exciting and rich. If you haven’t, climb the Harbour bridge and definitely take a trip to the Sydney Taronga Zoo. But also, don’t miss out on the Museum of Contemporary Art, if you’re a fan of the East, then go to the White Rabbit Gallery for their exquisite Chinese artifacts collection, and get a glimpse into the native heritage of Australia in the Aboriginal Art Galleries. But be warned, you will fall madly in love with the local love for culture and art!
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.