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Experience Sydney, Australia Like a Local

Sydney Opera House Australia

It’s nearly impossible not to appreciate the beauty and splendor that is boasted around Sydney, Australia. The best way to get an authentic experience like a local is to spend some time with someone who lives there. So, as a resident of this beautiful city, here I am to share my tips for how you can experience Sydney,  Australia like a local.

The Cliché Must-See’s

Fish Markets
If you’re a fan of tasty fish and chips (fish and French fries for those of you in North America), you’re in luck. Located on the foreshore of Black Wattle Bay, the Sydney Fish Markets are home to the finest Seafood Retailers in Australia. The bustling atmosphere of merchants and patrons scurrying to find the best seafood is a uniquely splendid experience.

Sydney Harbour and Surroundings
Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, and Circular Quay – yes, there is a lot to see here. When travelling in Sydney, dedicate at least one whole day to immerse yourself in the true beauty of Sydney Harbour. Use  I’mFree walking tours to absorb a little history, climb the harbour bridge or catch the ferry to Cockatoo Island, there’s heaps to see and do.

Hyde Park
The oldest park in Australia’s history offers a step back in time. Visit the ANZAC Memorial building and be captivated by the illustrious Archibald Fountain amidst the hustle of Sydney’s CBD. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the relaxing ambiance.

China Town
Revel in musical talent, authentic markets, and world-class Asian food: Cantonese, Thai, Malaysian and Japanese. Check out Paddy’s Markets and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, gifted to us by our sister city Guangzhou. And if you’re visiting during Chinese New Year, the street festivals are amazing! Click here to learn more about China Town

Secluded Beach Days

Camp Cove
Located in Watsons Bay in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs is a hidden gem that enjoys both pristine clear blue waters and views of Sydney Harbour. Check out the Indigenous rock carvings in the shelter at the northern end of the beach. Click here to learn more about Camp Cove

Bilgola Beach
Hidden away in cabbage tree palms in Sydney’s Northern Beaches you can stumble across the quaint and isolated Bilgola beach. There’s a café for some grub and a rock pool to take the kiddies for a play.

Kingfisher Pool
A 3.2km return walk in the Heathcote National Park is well worth it to swim in this remote and spectacular pool teeming with waterfalls. A great day out to experience Australian wildlife and natural wonders. Click here to learn more about Kingfisher Pool

Bronte Beach
The beautiful beach located along the Bondi to Coogee walk is certainly worth the trip. Beautiful rock pools and plenty of cafes to check out.

Bronte Beach Sydney, Australia, Experience Sydney like a local

Bronte Beach

Camp Cove, Watsons Bay, Sydney, Australia

Camp Cove, Watsons Bay

Move over Melbourne, brunch is a Sydney thing

The Tiny Giant, Petersham
Persian. Fairy-Floss. Everywhere. Breakky is art at the Tiny Giant. With great coffee and all day breakfast, it’s always a winner.

The Grounds of Alexandria
A petting zoo, a florist, a brunchery, and a marketplace all in one. Just do yourself a favour and beat the weekend crowds by heading on a weekday if you can! Click here to learn more about The Grounds of Alexandria 

Brewtown Newtown 
Newtown is Sydney’s destination for cool, with awesome things to discover at every turn. This huge warehouse café is no different. The coffee is roasted on site and they serve up hearty bistro-style meals.

Harry’s, Bondi
Known for sourcing fresh, locally-grown ingredients, Harry’s is an elegant brunch destination. The menu is varied and combines unique and delicious flavours – worth checking out if you are in the Eastern Suburbs.

Shopping in all the right places

Birkenhead Point
The outlet mall that has it all. For affordable shopping with a variety of international brands like French Connection, Nike, and Armani.

The Queen Victoria Building
Affectionately known as the QVB is shopping experience to make you feel like a blue-blood and dazzle with diamonds. The mall is filled with unique and exquisite brands. If anything, go to look at the building’s architecture and interior design – simply breath-taking!

Sydneysiders have flair and the best way to see that is by perusing the local markets. There is definitely a market on every weekend around Sydney: whether it’s in the east or the west, check out the local market guides to see when to head out!

Interior of Queen Victoria Building Sydney Australia

Interior of Queen Victoria Building


This post was written exclusively for Happy Girl Life by Alex Johnson
with photos courtesy of Creative Commons

Alex is a 23 year old lover of life, brunch, and adventure. After moving to Sydney while finishing a journalism degree, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer. Check out Alex’s blog and join him as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts and others along the way!

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  • Reply
    Dann Castillo
    January 27, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I LOVE local markets! Every time I go to a new city I always make sure to stop at a market. It just gives you a better idea of a place’s vibe and every day life! Thanks for all the suggestions!

    • Adrienne
      January 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      That is such a good point. Markets are filled with local culture and can tell you a lot about a city!

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    Karen Giuliana
    January 29, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Ahh I love this! I’ve always wanted to go to Sydney and I feel that when I do decide to go like you got my back to go. The opera house has always been at the top of my list but now I heard you can walk alongside the brigde overlooking the opera house.

    • Adrienne
      February 2, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Yay, I’m glad this post was helpful. Hopefully you get to go to Sydney sooner rather than later!

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