We visited Sydney in March.
As per my last post, I’m writing this blog pretty late. I have some downtime while Alison is out on a hike (we are at Mt. Whitney trailhead, near Lone Pine, CA in the USA). I’ll also keep it brief. We spent three days and two nights in Sydney, after a great time in Tasmania with Cassie and Guy and en route to New Zealand for a month of camper-vanning.
We wanted to get some time in the warm sunshine (Tasmania was surprisingly cool) before New Zealand where we knew the weather would be cool as well (it was fall there when we visited NZ in April). Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great when we visited. It rained two days and was a bit chilly at that.
The final day, we had some good sun, and immediately hit the beach, which was easy to do since we stayed at Bondi, one of the world’s most famous beaches and the scene of a the reality TV show “Bondi Rescue” (an Aussie TV program about the life guards). Bondi was gorgeous, as was the beachfront and cliff front trail connecting Bondi Beach with nearby Coogee Beach. We ran this route once (well, Alison ran it twice!).
However, the rest of Sydney we didn’t find that remarkable. The city center was tough to see just walking around as there didn’t seem to be a real centralized part to it, it seemed more spread out into different neighborhoods.
We were also excited to see the Sydney Opera House, the famous building that looks like sails flying off a boat….but it left much to be desired. The photos I had seen were much more impressive. In person, it was drab and appeared a bit dirty. I will note, they were doing construction around the Opera House so perhaps that had a negative impact on its aura. To add, going into the opera house for a tour was surprisingly expensive (as is most everything in Australia).
One thing we really did like about Sydney, was the amount of park space, and the massive old growth trees.
I think we will need to go back to Sydney when the weather is warm and spend more time there to get a better feel for it. Based on our short visit, we preferred Adelaide and Melbourne.