Travel Guide | Sydney

Student’s Guide to Sydney, Australia

You may not find P.Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, but there is plenty else to find in this beautiful harbour city!

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is the perfect destination for travelers of all kinds. It has the best of both worlds, offering some of the best beaches (it has over 200!) but also a cosmopolitan, city scene. The vibe of the city is laid-back and vibrant. Sydney is a diverse harbour city that has a lot to offer!

Sydney Harbour Bridge view image from the MOMA

View of The Sydney Harbour Bridge from the cafe inside the Museum of Modern Art

What to See:

Top 5:

The Sydney Opera House: This is iconic Sydney. One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, it was opened in 1973 and unique architecture was designed by Danish architect,  Jørn Utzon. It is just as jaw-dropping up close as it is in all the photographs you’ve seen of it throughout your life. Tours are offered of the building and are totally worth it.

Sydney Harbour Bridge: The bridge is free to walk across. if you are looking to climb it, is it on the expensive side (about $200-300) but if you are looking for a unique experience it is worth it! Climbing it, and even just walking across, offer spectacular views of the city.

Bondi Beach: This famous beach is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day. Come here, find a spot, and enjoy spending time on the sand. Learn how to surf here or just swim. There is plenty of food and drinks surrounding the beach. Also, come here to see cool street art done by local artists.  (Insider Tip: take an iconic picture of Bondi Icebergs from the Crab Hole Cafe on the pool level or from the Bondi Icebergs Club, open to visitors just below Icebergs Dining Room)

Bondi Icebergs image

Darling Harbour: This is a lively harbour that is just a quick walk from the center of downtown. It is filled with restaurants, cafes, and shops. There is a kids playground and arcade as well. Free entertainment can be found here weekly. They have a food court here too which is great if you are trying to eat on a budget! Stick around later at night to see fireworks over the water every Saturday at 8pm!

Taronga Zoo: The perfect place in Sydney to see Kangaroos! You take cable cars to the entrance of the zoo. It has some great views of the city and gives visitors a chance to meet up close with some pretty cool animals.

Fun for Free:

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk: About a 2.5 hour FREE and stunning walk connect various beaches in Sydney to each other via a walkway on the edge of the ocean. Do it and you will not be disappointed. If offers spectacular views and a great workout.

-Every day at 10:30am and 2:30pm, there are free walking tours that leave from Town Hall Square. These three-hour tours are worth going on as you learn so much about the city, its sights, culture, and secrets from locals.

Royal Botanical Gardens: Free to walk around and filled with beauty all throughout. The gardens are located on the water and offer some great views of the Opera House.

The Rocks Markets: Saturday’s and Sunday’s there is a market in The Rocks that has everything from fashion to art to music to beauty. This is a great place to spend a few hours getting lost searching for treasures.

Check out other tips at What’s On Sydney

Manly Beach image

Manly Beach, Sydney Australia

Where to Eat:

The Australian Hotel: Located in The Rocks, stop here to get kangaroo and emu pizza! Where else can you say you ate both those on a pizza? And surprisingly, it is actually really delicious.

. Sydney has a large boutique pub scene, take advantage of the weekly meal specials at pubs around the city, they can include a steak or vegetarian option with a beverage, try some of the hotels via the Merivale Group

Opera Bar: This is a bar right outside the Opera House. Come here before a show or just to eat. They serve pizza, cocktails, and other bistro foods.

Sydney Fish Market: This market offers fresh seafood. It is close to Darling Harbour and the perfect place for any seafood lover to get a delicious meal!

Cow & Moon Gelato: Located in Newtown, this is the top place to get gelato in the city. They offer homemade gelato and fresh, unique flavors.

Jo & Willy’s Depot: A cute cafe located near Bondi Beach. A great place to get brunch or a delicious cup of coffee!

Sydney has A TON of food options all throughout the city. It is the kind of city that is fun to wander around and choose a place that catches your eye. You never know when you will have the best meal!

More Sydney Bites here

sydney pizza image

Here are some local that are a must try for anyone visiting Sydney:


-Tim Tams


-Kangaroo (may seem a bit odd but where else could you eat this?!)

-Meat Pies

-Barbeque (their version of it)

-Avocado Toast

-Barista Made Coffee at one of the many beachside and city cafes

Avocado Toast at the Coogee Pavilion Image, Coogee Beach

Avocado Toast at the Coogee Pavilion, Coogee Beach



-There is a free Central Business District (CBD) shuttle (Route 555) that runs every 10 minutes on a loop.

-You can get an Opal Card at a local convenient store to get discounts on fares. Bus trips with the card can be $2-4 AUD, ferries $6 each way. After 8 trips in a week, you get the rest for free! Great for use on buses, ferries, trains, and light rails!

-Sydney is actually pretty walkable. Save money and walk – plus you never know what you might stumble upon.

Local Knowledge:

-Restaurants usually include service charge meaning you do not have to give a tip.

-There are various Wi-Fi hotspots all over the city. Cafes, restaurants, food courts, etc. have hotspots. A few specific locations to look out for include: Starbucks, McDonald’s, the airport, and Circular Quay.

-Many places only accept cash – be sure to keep enough on you

-The Locals are friendly, you just have to ask.


Student City Guide To Sydney

Liz Domeck

Elon University | 11 stories

Cleveland born and raised. Living in the south while attending school in North Carolina working toward Strategic Communications and Public Health degrees. Has a love for Jesus Christ, all flavors of ice cream, elephants, and exploring new places. In her free time, she reads lots of books, frolics in random places, and spends time playing soccer. She's determined to fill her passport with stamps and to never stop learning.

One response to “Student’s Guide to Sydney, Australia”

  1. AINiT says:

    Featherdale is another watch spot if you want to see the Australian wild life. You can pet animals like kangaroos, koalas can fed them or take snaps. Its a must go spot near Sydney.

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