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Beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Photo: Chris Ashton
Beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Photo: Chris Ashton

Top five things to do in Sydney

Sydney is a beautiful city in one of the world’s most stunning locations… but I would never want to live there. I don’t have anything against it, I just don’t want to become immune. I want to feel like a tourist every time I visit.

Each time I visit Sydney it feels good to be back, like catching up with an old friend. Though I usually only stop off for a weekend, I try to pack as much as I can into the experience. It’s a chance for me to catch up with friends and family, test out new restaurants, and explore the busy city streets.

When in Sydney, these are usual top five things to do:

1. Take a wander through The Rocks 
I’m always drawn to The Rocks. Maybe I lived there in a past life, who knows. Hopping off the train at Circular Quay, I head up past the cruise terminal to historic Rocks precinct. Here there are plenty of cool bars and cafes, my favourite being Lowenbrau Keller – a German bierhaus. Try the pork knuckle.

2. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly
This is seriously the best way to see Sydney Harbour. Along the way you can check out famous sights like the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison and Kirribilli House, but pretty much anywhere you look there will be something interesting to see. Sit at the front/back of the ferry for the best view.

3. Dumplings for everyone
I’m ever so slightly obsessed with dumplings. Thankfully Chinatown comes to the rescue. Din Tai Fung is my favourite dumpling restaurant, found upstairs in the back corner of World Square. Pretty much anything you choose on the menu will be great, but their soupy dumplings are like heaven on a plate.

4. Breakfast buffet at Glass
I love to food – that’s probably why most of my must-do’s revolve around it. If you’re looking for a breakfast that will knock your socks off, Glass at Hilton Sydney is the place. The buffet is ridiculous, there’s every kind of breakfast treat you could possibly crave. The restaurant itself is pretty Instagram worthy too.

5. Walk til you can walk no more 
The public transport system in Sydney is brilliant, but nothing beats old fashioned foot power. No matter which city I visit, you’ll find me pounding the pavement from sun up til sun down. There are so many streets, lanes, arcades, and department stores to explore, even if you have no intention of buying anything. If you’re in desperate need of a pit stop, people watching in Hyde Park is always a good option.

Are there any cities that make you feel the same?

Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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