Sydney is one of the most gorgeous and vibrant cities in the world, but it can be a bit overwhelming to visit. The best part of the city isn’t the typical tourist spots, but rather the places you would go if you were a local.
Not a local but still want to experience Sydney like one? A group tour is a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on what Sydney has to offer, whilst making a bunch of new mates to explore with!
If you’re heading to Sydney on your own, try out these tips to fit in with the locals of Sydney.
To the Bars!
Drinking culture is alive and well in Sydney, just as you would expect from Australians. You will receive heaps of club recommendations from your hostels and hotels, which are great if you want to spend your night with primarily other travellers. If you’d prefer to see Aussies in their natural habitat, check out more obscure bars and hotels for a drink. You’ll likely save some cash this way too!
Sydney is a very health conscious city and known for eating well and being workout fanatics. Even though you’re on vacation, you will find yourself eating better than you would at home. If you feel up to it, go for a jog around one of the many beautiful parks in the city. No better motivation than working out alongside some aussies.
Become a Sydney Swans Fan
Few things will make you feel more like a local than cheering alongside the die-hard fans of the Sydney Swans at an AFL match. Before you know it, AFL will be your new favorite sport.
Get Out of the City
If you really want to experience the city like a local, then get out of the city. There are so many incredible destinations just an hour or so away that you need to check out. Places like the scenic Blue Mountains and epic Port Stephens are fantastic getaways for a Sunday when public transportation is capped at just $2.70.
Head to the Beach
If it is a remotely nice day out, you can count on everyone flooding the beaches and you should too. Sydney has some of the most famous beaches in the world and they live up to the hype. See Bondi Beach in all its glory, head to Coogee with some incredible views along the way or take the ferry over to Manly and get the best views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on the ferry ride.
Go for Brunch
Brekkie is huge in Australia and some of the best food that you can get while here. They love their toast with avo or vegemite on it (sometimes both) alongside a delicious coffee drink. Don’t expect a big cup of joe with your brekkie though, because coffee in Australia is centered around espresso drinks (and may I say it’s delicious).
Ask the Locals
The best way to experience Sydney like a local is to ask the locals. Aussies are all so friendly and will be keen to give you guidance.