For as long as I can remember I dreamt about seeing Australia, the white beaches, endless sunshine and exotic animals. What isn’t there to love?!
Last October I travelled from Dublin to Australia for a month and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. I would of stayed longer if I could!
I’m going to do a couple of posts on Australia just so I can give you the full lowdown in a digestible way rather than one long post. This post is going to be how to choose what to do and see. If you have specific posts you would like to see comment below 🙂
Getting there: I was extremely lucky when booking these flights as we got a pretty good deal! The universe was on our side to say the least I’ve always wanted to see Sydney but worried that I wouldn’t be able to afford it. I found a flight deal on e-dreams for €1000 which entailed a stop over for 2 hours in Abu Dhabi with Etihad which was an easy process from beginning to end. Its so important to have a comfortable flight for this long of a journey so I would spend the money on an airline you want. Check out my in flight essentials post to make you comfortable for any long haul journey here.
Where to stay: This was hard for me to decide did I want to stay in the incredible hustle and bustle of Sydney city or did I want to stay by the beach. Safe to say I chose the beach, I stayed in Bondi right beside the beachfront. I luckily found an amazing Airbnb for such a good price so definitely look around the area don’t be put off by the hotel prices! It is important to note that from Bondi to the city say the opera house is around an hour on the bus and about 35mins by train. However, the balance between beach and city was phenomenal, seeing the work life balance so level there.
The must see’s:
I’m going to break this into bullet points and link off to their websites. Thank me later!
- Taronga zoo: this zoo is probably the most extravagant zoo I’ve ever been to in my life. I never really like going to zoos but this zoo is on its own island and the animals are cared for so well. You have to get a ferry from the opera house to it, then a cable car up the Mountain to the top of the zoo entrance. I got a tour from a zookeeper and it was such a memorable experience. If you have kids, this is a must.
- Opera house: The Opera House is an obvious but essential to do. People travel across the world including myself to see this incredible iconic building. I recommend going for drinks in the opera house bar underneath.
- Watson bay boutique hotel: This venue is a must. The Watson Bay is such a great location, there isn’t anything to like. Great food, great music and great views. I recommend coming here for some quick bites in their beach club and have a few cocktails while watching the sunset. Great Instagram Spot. Thank me for your new followers later.
- Bondi beach: The infamous Bondi Beach- it’s worth the hype. There is lots to do cool restaurants, bars and cafes. There is also the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk which I would highly recommend because it is a great way to see the other towns especially if you are restricted with time. There is also the Icebergs Club which is great to use their pool and they have a lovely restaurant to grab a lunch time snack.
- The Rocks: This was a highlight for me, personally. I thought it was so unique in terms of architecture as it was right beside the Opera House. There is lots of cool bars, restaurants, markets and boutiques.
This aspect varies from person to person but for me I spent less that €1000 for a month which is good for my track record. There’s easy ways to cut costs, simply get an Airbnb which will allow you to eat meals there, get the bus /train over taxis, buy alcohol in the shop rather in restaurant and have drinks at home. Easy but effective ways to save costs.
I’m going to do some other posts around Australia but comment below any suggestions!