Sydney is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and well worth a place on anyone’s bucket list. Of course, you need to keep in mind that the season change is a bit different Down Under, so make sure you visit this beautiful city either in September through November or from March to May, as in these months the temperatures are optimal and you can enjoy all the numerous activities and sights Sydney has to offer. Now, if you don’t want to feel like a tourist during your first visit, here are some great ways to enjoy Sydney like a local.
Getting around the city
When it comes to transport there are many different options you can consider. Of course, there is public transportation that includes the subway, buses and trains. But you can also opt for a personalized option like one of numerous quality limousine services in Sydney. Let’s not forget about the amazing cruises and boat rentals in the Sydney Harbour. As you can see, there is no shortage of transportation options, but from time to time it is definitely recommendable for you to take a walk and explore some of the most important sights and neighborhoods. And if you don’t want to go at it alone, consider applying for free walking tours.
Eat like a local
There is no shortage of great food choices in Sydney. The key is knowing where to go and what to try. Let’s start with brunch, it is definitely a big part of Australian eating habits, and there are numerous restaurants and cafes offering great dishes. You can stop by PCP on Commonwealth St, great ambiance and fantastic meals can be followed by a superb cup of coffee, you will definitely feel like a local after having brunch here. The next stop on your list should definitely be Shift Eatery, this eatery is also located on Commonwealth St and it serves a huge range of meat-free products — sandwiches, health bowls, vegan meats, cheeses, ice cream and chocolates. Finally, don’t forget to check out some of the Harbour restaurants that offer great water views and are happy to serve you some of the best seafood dishes you have ever tried.
Discover the secret beaches
Bondi Beach is always nice, but it is full of tourists. If you want to feel like a local you should opt for one of the less popular, but equally beautiful beaches that Sydney has to offer. Check out Redleaf Beach or Milk Beach in the Eastern Suburbs. You can also consider Shelly Beach, Manly Beach’s little cousin, or head North to Palm Beach, where the red-tinged sand stretches for over a mile.
A little wine tasting won’t hurt
You can always opt for a bit of wine tasting, as most Australians do on the weekends. Australian wines are world famous, and it would be a shame to miss out on the opportunity. Located just a two-hour drive away from Sydney is the famous Australian wine region known as the Hunter Valley. It is home to some of the best wineries, and you can easily book a wine tasting in one or several and spend your day admiring nature while sipping delicious Australian wines.
Spend a day in a park
Sydney definitely doesn’t have a shortage of great parks and green areas. And to truly experience this city as a local, a day spent in Centennial Park is a must. This gorgeous 189-acre open space is located right in the central area, and there are numerous activities you can consider. From walking routes and sports grounds to horse stables and restaurants. There is something for everyone, and a day at a park is exactly what you need to feel like a Sydney native.
Now, you can always hit all the tourist attractions during your first visit to Sydney, but wouldn’t it be better to discover the city for yourself, away from the great crowds.