GREETINGS FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER
Talk about one of THE longest flights of my life. If I could describe Australia in a few key words it would definitely be: fish and chips, no worries, and kangaroos. There is so much life and culture to this beautiful continent. From the vineyards of Audrey Wilkinson to the ocean waters of Bondi Beach, there is so much hospitality I have come across in only a short two week period of time.
Talk about opposite seasons! Coming here in June, being Australia’s winter season, you have no idea what the weather is going to be like. Being raised in Chicago weather, 60º F is nothing even though it is considered to be their “colder” weather. When it doubt during a quick change in weather, shop it out. There is AMAZING shopping down here, and not to mention, our American dollars are worth more. You truly get your money’s worth when you are spending your money here.
I have written up a travel guide for Sydney, Australia:
THINGS TO DO:
- Lay out at Bondi Beach
- Take surfing lessons
- Visit a zoo: I got to go to a petting zoo and feed Kangaroos and Koalas!! Dream come true
- Be adventurous and try their “native food” — barbecue, seafood, Kangaroo (I was too scared to try), the vegmite (a type of breakfast spread)
- Take a boat tour around the Darling Harbor
- Visit the Sydney Opera House
- Take a day trip to a different city (I visited Hunter Valley for my mom and step-dads wedding. Literally a fairytale vineyard)
- Hike through the Royal National Park
- Stroll through the Royal Botanical Garden
- Shop at the boutiques in the olds streets of downtown Sydney
WHERE TO STAY:
The first time I have EVER used Airbnb. My family and I were absolutely obsessed with the beach houses we stayed in. They were absolutely ADORABLE and this was when Airbnb was first becoming a poplar application to use. Ever since this trip, we have used in in Europe and also in the United States!
TIPS/ADVICE WHEN YOU ARE TRAVELING TO THE LAND DOWN UNDER:
- If you are deciding on when to go — go during November, December, or January. Australia’s seasons are the opposite of the United States, our summers are their winters and vice versa
- You can easily rely on public transportation
- Pack an adapter for any outlet plugs
Thank you Sydney for the amazing time, I hope to see you soon. Cheers!
xoxo — Bree