How to Live it Up Like a Local in Sydney

January 18, 2018

Sydney is one of the most iconic tourist destinations in the world. While many arrive with grand plan to tick off the bucket-list favourites, there’s a lot more to Sydney than the attractions you’ll find on the front cover of all the guide books. If you’re preparing for a tailor-made Australia holiday, it’s worth taking a little time to get off the well-trodden tourist tracks and enjoy life as a local.

Living it up like a Local in Sydney

Most people touch down in Sydney with a desire to see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with ticking off the tourist attractions and of course, there is a reason why these sights are so popular. However, it’s a shame to miss out on life as a local in Sydney, as this is such as diverse and exciting city. Once you’ve got the Instagram snaps you want, why not take a couple of days to get away from the tried and tested itineraries and live it up like the locals do?

Embrace the ‘Sunday funday’ Concept

Sunday is a day of celebration Down Under, so why not embrace the concept of ‘Sunday funday’ on your travels? Go for a drink with a view down by the harbour or set sail on the ferry to the famous haunt of Cockatoo Island. This small but perfectly formed island has a rich history. Once a home for prisoners, it is now an idyllic, lively retreat, which really comes into its own on the weekends. If you’re keen to make a weekend of it, you can camp out and sleep underneath the stars.

Find a Deserted Beach

Bondi Beach may be on your wish-list, but once you’ve soaked up the rays on the famous glistening sands, head for a more deserted stretch. Bondi is world-famous and it’s very rare to visit when there aren’t huge crowds of tourists. Locals tend to avoid Bondi, especially at the height of the summer, and opt for beaches that aren’t quite so high-profile. Good examples include Milk Beach, Redleaf Beach and Palm Beach.

Get Sporty

Australia is famed for its outdoor lifestyle, so channel the Sydneysiders and get active. Try your hand at Aussie Rules, go for a jog along the coastal paths or learn to surf and catch some waves. If you’re more of an armchair fan, you’ll find plenty of places to watch a game and enjoy some friendly banter with the locals.

Enjoy Brunching

Sydney is a frenetic place, but at the weekends, there’s nothing more popular than enjoying a lazy brunch. Head down to The Rocks if you’re in the centre of town or make for one of the many cafes on offer in Newtown, Cronulla, Surry Hills or North Bondi to enjoy delicacies such as granola and fresh fruit, avocado and eggs on toast, homemade smoothies and delicious pastries. For an authentic Aussie experience, take your sunglasses and dine al fresco.

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