I stayed a week in Sydney exploring the villages which make up the city and the Blue Mountains. I started off my trip by taking a short visit to Darlington Harbour where large naval ships were docked outside the maritime museum and posh restaurants and cafes line the edge of the harbour. This was followed by a free walking tour (charged on a tip bases) which lasted around 3 hours and gave a brilliant insight and information on key sights around the city. Whilst I had time before the tour, I decided to save seeing the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House until I had more information relating to the structures, and it was definitely worth it! The tour finished around Circular Quay as the sun was setting, so provided a constantly changing view from dusk to dark of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
The next day I took a train to Milsons Point and took a walk into the city over the bridge and climbed up the tower where you could see the areas surrounding Sydney and Circular Quay. I then went to the Friday foodie market at the rocks… There were only a few stalls so it was a bit disappointing but smelt delicious.After this I walked to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair where you get the famous view of both the Opera House and Bridge. In the evening, i went for a tour around The Rocks which is the oldest precinct in Sydney. The area has an interesting past, when there were plans to rebuild the area down, all trades people agreed this would not have been the right decision, so refused to do the work. This resulted in the area being saved for future generations.
Over the next few days I explored other districts including the pretty Paddington, Darlinghurst and Wooloomaloo which contained small boutique shops and art galleries. Manly was wet when I went, however it was nice to see the seaside so close to the city.
I also walked from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach which was another highlight of my trip. The sun was out which turned the ocean blue and the tourists were out in full force. The walk takes you around several headlands and to see quieter beaches up the coast from Bondi.
On a clear day I visited the Blue Mountains which showed exactly where they get their name from- the blue mist which covers them. We stayed until sunset where we saw the 3 sisters in the changing light.