• Ethan Nemeth

5 Things I learned Spending 5 Days In Sydney

I recently spent five days traveling around Sydney with three of my close friends. While in Australia, there were a few key things I noticed that prior to traveling, I didn't know about. In this post, I'm going to share five helpful and random things I learned from my short stay in Sydney.

1. Sydney Is Centered Around Two Main Points

When booking our hotel in Sydney, I was a bit confused about the best place to stay. You have Ultimo, CBD, Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera house, Bondi area, etc. I quickly learned that almost everything is centered around the central business district, (CBD), this is near the Sydney Opera house, and Darling Harbour. That's something I wish I knew beforehand, as we ended up walking to both of those areas every single day. My personal preference when staying in Sydney next time will be somewhere near CBD/Sydney Opera House or Darling Harbour.

Darling Harbour Looking At The Start Of CBD

2. Uber Isn't That Expensive In The City

We took multiple Uber rides during our stay to various points in the city, the airport, etc. It surprised me how cheap Uber was compared to major cities in the United States. Many of our trips within Sydney were less than $10 USD for a decent ride length.

The View From The Sydney Tower Eye

3. The Touristy Stuff Was Some Of Our Favorite

Going into this trip, I knew we would be doing some of the touristy stuff. The Sydney Tower Eye, Zoo, Aquarium, Opera House, Bondi Beach, etc. I figured that these things would be fun, but that we would discover many other things to do. While our trip wasn't limited to those actives, they ended up yielding a majority of the highlights from our trip, and defiantly shouldn't be skipped. Because after all, touristy stuff is fun.

Kangaroos At The Sydney Zoo

4. The Locals Were Nice, But I Was Surprised At The Language Barrier

Virtually all Australians we met on this trip were kind, which is always a nice thing when meeting new people. However, my friends and I were surprised by the number of people that didn't speak English. About 1 out of every 3 stores we entered had a worker that could not understand what we were asking/saying, which we found surprising.

5. Sydney Was A Fun City!

When you travel to a new place, you never know what it's going to be like. We all really enjoyed our time in Australia and Sydney reminded me of a smaller and more personal version of New York City. There are plenty of fun things to do and I think most people would agree with me that it is indeed a fun city.

My Girlfriend Standing Next To A Giant Koala At The Royal Botanical Gardens

If you've been to Sydney, what's your opinion? Comment below!

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