Back in the big smoke.
It’s not quite like emerging from the wilds of the Amazonian rain forest, but eight days without internet and steady phone reception is something that I hadn’t expected in country New South Wales. We arrived into Sydney and our phones starting bleeping with updates and messages. Ah, the twenty-first century…
Technology challenges aside, our meander through regional New South Wales had been a wonderful experience for our family. Understanding the challenges of living on the land; how to be more energy efficient; the beauty of the Australian bush; the friendliness of small townships; delicious good old country cooking; easily getting a parking space – these were definitely some of the highlights of spending time away from the urban grind.
And now to Sydney. Often labelled Australia’s capital city, this is by far the first place that overseas tourists put on their itinerary of “must-sees” for a visit to Australia. (Just to clarify, Sydney is NOT the capital of Australia… That title goes to Canberra, but we’ll save my old stomping ground for another blog entry…)
What do you think of when you think of Sydney? The Harbour Bridge? The Opera House? The stunning Sydney Harbour? Bondi Beach?
Google agrees with me – images like those above are quintessential representations of Sydney. I love the harbour and the enormity of the Harbour Bridge. You know exactly where you are when you arrive at Circular Quay and see the Opera House jutting out at the end of the pier. It’s like New York and the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building – these icons may not make the city, but they are a huge part of how people imagine the place to be.
I love Sydney. I don’t know it like a local, and I’ve never spent more than a few days there at a time, but regular visits over the years have allowed me to discover different pockets of this dynamic city and watch as it has shifted and changed. This trip I found my way to Balmoral and Mosman for the first time in a decade and I absolutely loved it. Beautiful beaches, parklands and lovely little cafes dot the esplanade. It’s a great space to retreat to for a sunny afternoon with friends and a picnic in tow.
We also spent some time in Bondi and Bondi Junction areas. I absolutely loved the art that lines the boardwalk at Bondi – some amazing images!
The highlight for the kids in Sydney was Taronga Zoo. Great range of animals, lots of animal experiences and stunning harbour views as well. It’s a great day out for a family. Combine it with a harbour cruise departing Circular Quay for a unique trip to the zoo and a great way to see Sydney at the same time! Some pictures from the zoo…
There is so much more to do and see in Sydney, but for a young family just getting out on Sydney Harbour was one of the biggest highlights of our stay. What was your highlight? Share it here!
See you again sometime soon, Sydney!
x Sonia x