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First Time in Sydney: My top places


There are so many things to do in Sydney, the city centre is not that big but when you go beyond the city, it is just incredible how many places you can discover. However for the first time in Sydney, here is what I really recommend to do!

CBD walk with QVB, Chinatown, Main streets

Sydney CBD is not that big and complicated to go around. When somebody get in Sydney, I definitely recommend them to start walking from Central station to Circular Quay. It may seem like a distance but to my opinion, walking is the best way to discover a city and indeed Sydney CBD.

The best highlights on the way are the Queen Victoria Building, Town hall, Chinatown, Hyde Park, Westfield Tower, and Martin Place. My favourite is definitely Queen Victoria building where you can wander around beautiful shops in a vintage atmosphere.

Queen Victoria Building

Circular Quay with the Opera House

Once in Circular Quay, you never get bored with the view with the harbour bridge on the left and the opera on the right. It may seem crowded and overwhelming sometimes but I love sneaking out at the opera bar for a drink with this amazing view or just walk around and enjoy. The Museum of Contemporary Arts is also not too far, which is nice for a cultural afternoon.

Opera Bar at night with Opera House in the background


The Rocks

Moments away from Circular Quay, one of my favourite place for dinner and party in Sydney. Historically one of the first places founded, The Rocks has beautiful buildings and many good places to eat and especially drink! I love The Argyle, great place to enjoy drinks and food on weekends with friends.


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Surry Hills and Paddington

These two neighbourhoods are just perfect for a morning coffee or evening drink. Paddington has many places to party at night till late. I especially love the little streets with cute houses  and vintage shops at every corner. You also get really nice markets on Saturdays and Sundays.

Typical cute houses

Watsons Bay

A little away from the city but such a nice ferry ride and view from Watsons bay. There are tons of paths to explore the bay and find hidden beaches (more to come about this soon!). This is also an amazing spot to have a sunset drink with a view of the city.

The view from top of Watsons Bay



It may seem touristy but Bondi is a must-do in Sydney. The beach is quite large and it is a great spot to surf for beginners and even non-beginners. Bondi Iceberg swimming pool is probably one of the most beautiful to swim in. I did some great yoga classes there and there is nothing more resourcing than the beach life! My favourite thing is to take a walk to Tamarama (only 30 minutes away) and even continue until Coogee (2 hours away). Just amazing.

Breathtaking view of Bondi from Bondi Iceberg

Manly & Shelly Beach

Manly is my favourite spot to go surfing. As I am not really a pro, it is a perfect spot to practice and learn safely. The shops around are fun to wander. Another amazing place is shelly beach, just minutes away from Manly main beach. This little - almost private beach - will give full sun until late and sometimes clear water where you can see some nice marine life.

Manly Beach

Harbour bridge walk to Milsons Point

This walk is breathtaking! The view is just more than amazing with boats, the opera and the city. I just love it - day or night. It especially leads to Milsons Point and Kirribilli where you can see a wonderful view of Sydney, especially on Sunset.

View from the Harbour Bridge

Royal Botanical Gardens

Another beautiful place to walk around and discover another view of Sydney. Every time I’ve been there, I’ve seen a wedding! I love sitting on a bench under a tree and appreciate the view peacefully.

Another view from Royal Botanical Garden

Darling Harbour

This is not my favourite place in Sydney but I think it is still an interesting part of Sydney with lots of restaurants and animations. The view is also pretty nice at night and if you are here on a Saturday, there will be fireworks every week around 8:30pm!

Darling Harbour at night


So, what was your favourite place in Sydney when you discovered it for the first time?