For those travelling, here are a few tips to help you make the most of this experience: With luck, the hardest aspect of this journey is figuring out how to prevent posing awkwardly whilst a stranger snaps a photograph with just you in it. Most Sydney hostels arrange well-attended social events such as BBQs and pool tournaments for their own residents. Go along. Treat it like the first day of school and introduce yourself. You will find 1 introduction leads to five and a ready-made group of friends. The huge hostels, including Wake Up And Sydney Backpackers have good Places and reputations to match, but are probably better suited to those travelling with a companion.
Slightly smaller hostels just beyond the heart like Glebe Point YHA, Glebe Village Backpackers, and Sydney Beach House YHA are possibly better tailored to the needs of the solo traveller. Sydney is almost a synonym for accessibility. Buy a Sydney Transportation pass 165 and you will get seven days of unlimited access to buses, trains, and ferries. The pass will pay for itself within the first couple of days, and extensions to areas away from the pass’s zone can be purchased separately.
For those with time on their hands, the most enjoyable way to see the Real Sydney is, obviously, to walk. Set a map in your pocket and see where your legs take you, you will almost surely discover more about the town than a guidebook could ever teach you. If you do not want to swap your vases for hiking boots, the Blue Mountain Trolley Tours provides a jump on jump off bus-route into the significant sites and Is cronulla a nice place to live. Easy optional walks on well-maintained nature paths offer alternate routes and gorgeous scenery between stops.
Beaches: The two Manly Beach and Bondi Beach are just a short journey from the city. Normally, manly is a more attractive option than the better known Bondi? Both are surrounded by vibrant neighbourhoods, and have several excellent hostels in which to spend the night if you would like to sit down on the sand and watch the sun setting on the sea.
Shopping: People looking for a deal should see Paddy’s Markets or Glebe Markets Saturdays only. The much-visited Rocks Market, whilst quaint, is a bit on the expensive side.
Those not too strapped for cash will feel at home in the stores in the Queen Victoria Building and the nearby Strand Arcade. If your finances are tighter, the shops of Piccadilly can be wealthier bargain hunting grounds. The more adventurous can enjoy guided bush walks, hikes, and activities from abseiling to horseback riding.