When I first got the idea of taking a trip on my own, I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive. Will I be bored? Will I feel lonely? Won’t I feel awkward or silly? This just wasn’t something I’d ever done before. I usually went on holidays with a significant other, or my friends, sometimes my mom or sister. However, this time I decided to do something different and take the plunge. I pushed all my worries aside and booked a solo trip to Sydney. I wanted to treat, but also challenge myself and prove to myself that I can have a good time on my own. And you know what? It totally worked! Here are some of the highlights, and my recommendations on how to spend exciting 48 hours in Australia’s biggest city.
Since I was pretty lucky and managed to get a great price on my flight, I decided I would splurge on a centrally located hotel. There are plenty of excellent boutique hotels in Sydney, so you can pick and choose until you find the one you like best. But I can tell you that a good location in a city as huge as Sydney is definitely the way to go. The best and cheapest way to get from the airport to the city is to take the Airport Link Train which can take you from the airport to a variety of locations in the city in record time, and for just $18. The public transport in Sydney is great. The easiest way to pay for your fares, whether you are using a train, bus, or ferry is to get a day ticket.
Like most big cities, Sydney is brimming with eateries. The cosmopolitan city has a great variety of restaurants and fast food joints that offer everything, from luxurious specialties, to quick snacks, from ethnic cuisines, to modern Australian dishes. While I have heard a lot about iconic restaurants such as the Quay, they need to be booked ages in advance. Instead, I ate a lot of top quality street food at places such as Spice Alley, Friggitoria and Mamak.
Because my time in Sydney was limited, I didn’t get to explore all of its gorgeous beaches, but my trip just wouldn’t have been complete without a morning spent on iconic Bondi Beach. I can honestly say that this is one of the most stunning beaches I have ever visited. The golden sand stretches out as far as the eye can see, and the ocean is juxtaposed against the cityscape. I recommend going early in the morning, and taking a walk along the scenic coast.
Fun and Culture
I’m a huge fan of museums, so I dedicated a portion of my short trip to exploring the Museum of Contemporary Art, which, unbelievably – is free. Don’t miss out on their cafe either – not only can you enjoy some refreshments, but also the magnificent view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I spent the rest of my limited time just roaming around Darling Harbour, the CBD and the vibrant and eclectic Rocks. After all, have you truly explored a city if you didn’t get at least a little bit lost?
Taking this trip was one of the best things I’ve ever done. It felt great to be free and indulge my every whim. It was liberating not to have to adhere to anyone else’s schedule. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll never go on a trip with my loved ones again, but I have a feeling this won’t be my only solo trip.