Studying abroad in Sydney presents a wealth of opportunities for you to travel and explore all that Australia has to offer. But don’t get so caught up in the idea of traveling around the rest of the country that you miss out on some great day trips close to home. Sydney is a remarkable city, and it’s also home to many of the most fun and interesting places to visit in Australia.
You can’t come to Australia, especially if you’re living right in Sydney, and not visit the Opera House. This iconic building sits at the tip of Bennelong Point as it extends out into Sydney Harbour. It’s also not far from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which includes a pedestrian pathway you can take full advantage of to get some great shots of the Opera House as well as the harbour and the surrounding area.
Of course, you can take a tour of the Opera House itself, which is one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. It’s also one of the most recognisable buildings, and it’s home to the Sydney Theatre Company, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Ballet, and Opera Australia.
And if you really want to get an authentic Opera House experience, you can even attend a performance in one of the various venues. These include spaces as diverse as the 2,679-seat concert hall, the 210-seat Utzon Room, an Outdoor Forecourt, and several in between.
Chances are you’ll spend lots of time at Bondi Beach and won’t have to make a special trip. But even if surfing and sunbathing aren’t your thing, this popular beach a few miles from the centre of Sydney is worth visiting, if only for a day. You can, of course, take surfing lessons, and safe zones for swimming are marked off as well.
You can also take the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk to take in the panoramic views and stunning sandstone cliffs that run along the coast in this part of Australia. From start to finish, this walk should take you about an hour and a half, although you may want to stop on the way for a quick dip in the ocean or just to sit and take in the view.
And if your day at the beach leaves you with a pretty big appetite, there are plenty of great restaurants close by. Brown Sugar offers up excellent brunch and a diverse bistro menu, while Bondi’s Best provides plenty of great seafood and sushi options. Or if you’re in the mood for a traditional Italian meal, Bondi Tratt has all the classic dishes you’re looking for, plus great views to enjoy while you’re eating.
Just a short bus ride from Sydney is Blue Mountains National Park, which offers hiking trails for visitors of all skill and ability levels. There are also walking tracks, which keep to relatively flat terrain but still provide you with wonderful exposure to the beauty of the area. And for the more adventurous or experienced, there are opportunities for rock climbing and canyoning as well.
In addition to the great views, a visit to the Blue Mountains will give you the chance to learn a bit more about Aboriginal culture, and you really will see some spectacular scenery. If you’re tempted to make this more than a day trip, there are camping grounds available as well.
These are just a few of the great day trip options that will be available to you when you’re studying abroad in Sydney. But whether you choose to take these trips, or you decide to put something a little different on your itinerary, there are many wonderful experiences to be had right in the city and in the surrounding areas.