How to Enjoy Sydney on Foot
Ever since I’ve started to spend my holidays traveling to different places around the globe, I was pretty sure that I’d visit Sydney more than just once. There’s something irresistibly tempting in the way this vibrant Australian city connects the past with a truly cosmopolitan ambience and fascinating coastal beauty with imposing architectural miracles. There’s so much to enjoy in Sydney but there are places and events I particularly loved during visits to the Harbour City. Here are some of them:
Chinese Garden of Friendship
In the middle of Darling Harbour, a popular pedestrian precinct which adjoins this beautiful watery space, lays a precious oasis of green called the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
When I first came here, I couldn’t believe that such a peaceful environment sleeps in the jungle of busy shops, crowded restaurants and museums. Picturesque alleys of lush willows, shimmering Koi pond and complete tranquillity were sufficient for me to reach the Zen state of the mind.
Sea Life Aquarium
During one of my latest visits to Sydney, I discovered that not so far from Chinese Garden exists a wonderful ocean world packed in the spacious Sydney Aquarium.
Apart from an opportunity to observe over 700 species of stunning marine creatures that populate Australian waters, I was delighted to soak into great thematic exhibits displaying anything from impressive sharks to giant turtles and stingrays.
Festival of the Winds
Always crowded with tourists and friendly locals, the powdery space of Bondi Beach gained my sympathies from the moment I realized it offers more than just lying on the sand beneath the parasol.
The event I especially liked here is a kite flying festival, locally known as the Festival of the Winds. A bunch of local and foreign people gather together to fly dozens of colourful kites across pale blue sky over Bondi, so I couldn’t resist to fly my own flower-shaped kite.
I was happy that I could visit authentic Sydney suburb Randwick City, which carries the irresistible charm of old Sydney. Apart from divine colonial-style architecture, I was also impressed by a number of first-class horse racing events held here almost every week. What especially thrilled me is Randwick accommodation, where you can experience the authentic atmosphere of old Victorian mansions and feel like living in royal era.
Thanks to my Aussie friends I had a chance to discover great street art festival held in history-spirited Cockatoo Island, just a ferry ride from downtown area.
I had some pretty enjoying time here, especially because I was able to see impressive street murals, urban drama shows and a bunch of extravagant live performances.
Surry Hills is one of my favourite areas in Sydney, where I feel like I’m walking through the streets of Paris. Lovely vintage boutiques, artsy cafes, urban restaurants and heaps of great galleries and design studios are nested in the energetic environment of The Crown Street.
If you’re coming to Sydney, I definitely suggest visiting Surry Hills and one of its fabulous sites, such as Brett Whiteley Studio or Cream on Crown Boutique.
Tokio Hotel and The Rook
Sydney is full of excellent entertaining venues, but Tokio Hotel and The Rook bar are places with the style. Waterside venue of Tokio Hotel hosts amazing jazz bands which you can listen while having an exclusive view of Darling Hurst. Nothing less enjoying is The Rook, a spectacular rooftop bar packed with stylish outdoor design, fascinating city views and variety of quality wines, cocktails and seafood dishes.
With all that greatly impressive attractions, alluring historical spirit and a captivating urban ambient, Sydney is one of those cities you simply must love.
From the author: Hi there! My name’s Nicole. I was born in multicultural family, so since I was little we moved a lot. I majored in French language and literature. I love learning new things and exploring new cultures. I think that this is what enriches you in every way. You become more tolerant and open-minded, since you’re always learning new things. I love sharing everything I learn. It is probably related to my teaching. I just love when I see that glow in pupils’ eyes when they find out something interesting and new. This is why I started writing. It’s always awesome to share with people the results of my research and my personal experience, and to get a positive feedback from them. I love doing yoga, especially outdoors. My big passion is salsa. It is fun and a great way to stay healthy. So maybe that’s my motto: learn things, share with others, have fun and stay healthy.