My Top 10 Must-Do's in Sydney

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After graduating from Ohio University, Hanna spent a year abroad with BUNAC's Work Australia program. When asked for highlights of her trip, she gave us her top 10 must-do’s in Sydney, where she spent the majority of her time in Oz. Read below for some awesome suggestions on having fun and finding your way around Sydney and surrounding areas.

Going from a small college town to a huge city was a big change for me, especially since that city was on the other side of the world, but I embraced it head-on. Every minute I wasn’t working I was exploring the ins and outs of Sydney. Below I listed some of my favorite attractions, activities and must-see’s (in no particular order) from my time in Sydney. 

1. The Rocks Market- A large, open air market with food, clothes, arts & crafts, handmade jewellery and live performances every weekend in the historical area of Sydney’s City Center.

2. Pitt Street Mall-This shopping complex is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It has every store you could imagine plus loads of cute boutiques and independent shops. The food court alone is worth a visit-food from every corner of the world!

3. Coastal Walk- I would suggest going from Coogee to Bondi (and then stopping at the Bucket List for lunch), you walk along the scenic coast of the Pacific and pass three other beaches along the way.

4. Red Leaf Pool- A little known, picturesque beach located in the posh Sydney suburb, Double Bay.

5. Picnic in the Botanical Gardens- Bring a snack, a blanket, a Frisbee and a couple friends on a nice day-you won’t be alone.

6. Dinner in Darling Harbor- You may have to walk around the Harbor a few times before you decide on a restaurant (there are over 30 of them). There are often light or water shows on the Harbor in the evening so make sure you have a good seat!

7. Paddy’s Market-If you like trinkets, this is the place for you; never ending aisles of t-shirts, phone cases, Australian goods, costumes, etc.

8. Eat Tim Tam’s, Pie Face and a hand roll- If you’re not already sensing a trend, I ate my way through Sydney. Some Australian cuisine I would suggest trying include Tim Tam’s, a cookie that comes in many flavors, Pie Face, a fast food restaurant that serves only savory pies, and a sushi handroll, rolled sushi you eat hotdog style.

9. Go for a night out in Kings Cross- Clubs, pubs, bars, Kings Cross has it all. Whether you’re a backpacker on a budget or a high roller this district has something for you.

10. Sydney bike tour-a great way to see the cities top sights and attractions with a tour guide.

There you have it! Anyone headed to Sydney should check out all of the above!

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