How do you see Sydney in three days? That's a tough question to answer, as there are endless places to see and things to do, it would still be difficult if you had several years to experience all that Sydney has to offer. But thanks to some planning and family friends who offered to host our stay, we were able to accomplish a lot of big ticket items. I plan to write a more extensive post once we return to the U.S., but for now here are some pictures. (For those of you following along, Ben and I just started our Australia/ New Zealand trip a few days ago.)
Surprisingly (and thankfully), the 15 hour flight from the U.S. to Australia seemed to go by fast. It helped that we were exhausted and each slept most of the journey!
It was surreal to actually see the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. They are both such iconic images!
We walked A LOT in Sydney (over 12 miles a day!). The walk along the coastline from Bondi to Coogee was beautiful!
A really popular activity in Sydney is the Harbour Bridge Climb. We decided to not do it because I (Emily) am terrified of heights and it's expensive ($200+). A great alternative to the bridge climb is Pylon Lookout ($13). Above is a shot we captured at Pylon Lookout - you still get amazing 360 views of Sydney.
A day trip to the Blue Mountains wasn't originally on our intenary but thanks to a suggestion from our local friends, we decided to go for it! And, we are so glad we did! After spending quite a bit of time on the coastline, harbor, and beaches, it was great to experience another part of Australia - the mountains!
While you could always spend more time, we felt like three days was a good amount of time to see the highlights of Sydney. When we return to the U.S., I'll go more in depth on the trip!