G’day Sydney! To end our epic tour of the South Pacific, my sister and I spent a few days in the Australian capital. Now when I was 15, I had the pleasure of visiting the island continent as a People to People Student Ambassador. At that time, a group of 30 students and myself toured the east coast of Australia – beginning in Cairns and ending in Sydney. That was my first and only time in the beautiful country, so I was pretty excited to experience it a second time as a 23 year old.
Welcome to the Land Down Under.
With only a few days in Australia, it was important for us to see and do the musts. These “musts” included the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach. It was also my goal to eat all the vegan food we could during our short stay in Sydney. You’d be surprised at how many vegan bloggers are on Instagram! The best vegan food I had in Sydney is by far the Funky Chunky pie from Funky Pies. We waited 30 minutes for a fresh batch of them, and it was the best decision of our whole trip.
Janelle and I would make it our mission to pack each day with sight-seeing, good food, and lots of walking. We booked an AirBnB that was located near the Darling Harbour, so it was a great starting point to explore the city each day. Our AirBnB was literally connected by a bridge to Darling Harbour!! There was also a bus stop just a mere 2 minute walk away.
Now keep in mind that Sydney is a city with a population of 5 million people. So, there were so many people everywhere we went. Quite the change coming from New Zealand, and even more so with Tahiti. It means that the city itself is huge. This made getting around kind of difficult, however have wheels, will travel. Or in our case, have FEET, will travel. We did brave the Sydney public transport though. I’m quite the master of city transport. It’s like my only talent lol.
The Land Down Under
I could easily picture myself living in Sydney. I tell everyone that it is a perfect mix of London and New York, but also the best parts of my home of San Diego. Oh, and I can’t forget that Australian accent!
It’s so insane to me that I’ve been to the Southern Hemisphere twice already. I never would have thought in a million years that I’d even visit once, but here I am at 23 years old saying it’s good to be back in the Land Down Under. And I’ve already promised to come back to see my host family in Toowoomba ;) I’m so fortunate to be able to see the world and for this love of travel.
What a great way to end our tour of the South Pacific.