This post is dedicated to Steph. Thanks for sharing your insights and tips for settling in to Australia. Couldn’t have done it without your help and encouragement.
There are many types of travellers: those who plan to the minute, those who don’t plan at all, and those who do a bit of both. Lillian will say I’m the type who plans to the minute (see Melbourne in One Day, and the Gold Coast series), but I like to think I’m flexible.
When I hear Kenley is the spontaneous type, I decide to keep the Sydney itinerary flexible. The only thing I book ahead is to watch “The King & I” at the Sydney Opera House. The few things we both want to see and do, we plan those as we go.
Tip: In regards to food, when you don’t plan, you risk eating subpar food. Even if you quickly look up Urbanspoon on the day, you can come across some really good restaurants.
Suggested pace: rubato, rhythmic freedom, a slight speeding up and then slowing down
Evening 1: Sydney Opera House & Stroll in the City
- Catch the “King & I” musical at Sydney Opera House.
- Walk via Darling Harbour to go back to our accommodations.
Day 2: Attractions & Bondi Beach Surfing
- Morning jog at Darling Harbour
- Breakfast at Le Trader – French toast and the Scrambled Truffle Eggs are highly recommended
- Zoo & Madame Tousseau
- Bondi Beach Surfing, with Let’s Go Surfing. The clouds hover over us, sprinkling droplets of rain that meld with the salty water. Our instructors Tim and Jean-Marie are patient, friendly, and make it a wonderful first experience for 3 newbies.
- Dinner at Jamie’s Italian, 8pm; our New Jersey server gives a hospitable welcome, and tips for pubs and attractions.
- Evening walk, an accidental hopped-on-the-wrong-bus-lets-get-off exploration of Glebe suburb
Day 3: City Walk & Impromptu Class Photo
- Breakfast at Le Trader (again, because it’s THAT good)
- City walk to Paddy’s Market, Chinatown, Sydney Tower Eye, Queen Victoria Building where an art installation is taking place as part of the Sydney Art & About event
- Coin shopping
- Last minute photos of the Sydney Opera House at Circular Quay
Sydney is full of activities: sightseeing, surfing, people watching in the city, at the beach, on a tower, and many more. I can’t wait until the 5 hooligans come to join me in a couple weeks’ time! I have a feeling it’ll be a minute to minute exhilarating adventure.
What about you? What type of traveller are you?