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First Time In Sydney – The Important Checklist You Need To Follow


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In the month of October 2017, I got a chance to visit Sydney solo and that was my first visit to an International country. I had no idea how to deal with abroad culture, their people, places, currency and the most important thing that came to my mind what would I do at the first time in Sydney, how to visit most of the places safely, solo and within budget.

 

So, I made pointers to follow a checklist of how to visit most of Sydney, within a budget and I enjoyed my one week visit there. Sydney is an amazing, safe city for all and there’s so much to do. This Sydney checklist will help you with your first-time visit to Sydney and you will feel relax.

 

Buy a Sim card when you land

 

This is very much important to buy a sim for your daily usage. You will easily find a lot of shops in the airport area that provide sim cards with different options. I bought a Voda sim with 4g data as the internet connection is very much required to navigate the place or for WhatsApp calling purpose.

 

Buy an Opal Card for hassle-free transport

The most important way to get around Sydney or any foreign city is transportation. Taxis are very expensive and you can not walk too much to cover everywhere. Sydney has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, ferries and light rail. They have an integrated payment method system called Opal Card which you can use to ride everything like trains, buses, light rails and even ferries too. Once you have bought the card you have to recharge for your commuting purpose and make sure you will tap on and off in buses or light rails. Opal card has different price caps on weekdays and weekends.

  • Daily cap: $15AUD
    • Weekly cap: $60AUD
    • Sunday cap: $2.50AUD – Yes! $2.50AUD on Sundays, anywhere, everywhere, and as many stops, you can travel.

 

Light rail

You can easily purchase an Opal card from any store or can get the card at the airport only. So buy one and enjoy hassle free Sydney like a local.

 

Sydney is a city of an early riser

 

Yes! you heard it right. Almost every café in Sydney open by 7 am. Even most of the shops, malls, monuments, parks are also open by max of 8.30 am. So plan your trip early to roam around every possible place and utilize your time accordingly.

 

Sydney is a city of early closer.

 

 

Again you heard it right. It’s normal for eateries to close their kitchens at 9pm. In the event that you’ve abandoned it past the point where it is possible to get supper, the chances are you may need to move far for it. Even the shop are open last 6 to 7 pm (most of them are close by 6 pm.) Same applicable for bars and pubs too.

 

Taxis are highly expensive.

 

I tried for uber from the airport to my hotel (travel distance max 40 min) and it charged me like hell. So make sure you will plan for it else Sydney has amazing public transport already discussed above.

 

You can opt for i-Venture (optional)

 

I had not much time in hand so I went to the i-venture shop and opted for their Flexi attraction pass. They have different options to get a ticket for remarkable monuments or entertainment parks and I chose the highest one 7 tickets for 3 days where I had to choose 7 options from a choice over 35 attractions.

This was the best option for newcomers to visit or cover as many places or opt for other options too.

 

What were the 7 options I opted from 35 attractions-

 

  • I chose Hop On Hop Off bus service (24 hours / Sydney and Bondi Tour) which was pretty cool to cover these 2 places. The bus experience was mind-blowing and you can enjoy the double Decker ride too.
  • Taronga zoo, Sydney Tower and Opera house tour the most iconic attractions I had opted for. Opera house has free to see from the outside but I went to the inside of the opera to know more about the Sydney Opera House and its history.
  • Sydney without cruise service is just incomplete. So as obvious, I chose Cruise service(24 hours/hop and hop off) to roam around the entire Sydney via sea.
  • Blue Mountain was my dream to visit and so I opted for the Blue Mountain Explorer bus. You can cover the entire mountain region with this bus service without any hassle.
  • Last but not least because of a short span of time I opted for fish and chips from the Blue Fish restaurant which turned into a good decision for me. This restaurant is one of the famous restaurants for seafood and has a heavenly ambience at the darling harbour seaside.

 

Tight Budget – Some free exercise for you

Sydney has a lot more free options to do like the free walking tour. You can check on google as there are many free walking tours run every day at different locations of Sydney. Just enrol and enjoy a super cool walk with light-minded travellers absolutely free.

There are a lot more attractions that are absolutely free to visit like the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art gallery of New South Wales, the Botanical Garden, Hyde Park and Harbour Bridge. Climbing the bridge costs a lot of money, but walking athwart it doesn’t cost a penny! This is one of Australia’s biggest icons, and absolutely should not be missed!

 

These are the few points to be followed for a pestering free trip if you are planning to visit Sydney. There are a lot more things to learn and experience practically, but these are my most highlighted checklist of Sydney based on my personal experience..

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34 thoughts on “First Time In Sydney – The Important Checklist You Need To Follow

  1. This is really a handy at our convinience “Travel Sydney” tips you shared .. infact Sydney is one of my bucket list places .. And your tips will definitely be helpful for my city travel needs. Great post

    1. Thank you so much Deb 🙂 Sydney is indeed a great city to visit but the expensive one. So few things are rally important to follow for a memorable trip 🙂

  2. The Hop On Hop Off bus services is a boon for any travellers. Thanks Pamela for sharing these handy tips for any first timers in Sydney. These are some really helpful tips.

  3. Such elaborate guide. I’m planning to visit Australia next summer and your tips will definitely come handy. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. And the pics are love ❤️

    1. Thank you so much Anjali. I am glad that you liked my post. Do visit Australia , its an wonderful continent and lemme know if you need any assistance 🙂

  4. i am so thankful of your travel guide because they make me dreaming!!! And when i feel empty and i haven’t motivation to do anything, these travel guides takes me to second world and dreaming .

    Thanks for sharing pamela.:)

    1. Woow, Your comment made my day sweetheart :* Thank you very much for your motivational words… I am grateful that you liked and motivated from my articles….Thanks a lot 😀

  5. Really very informative post about to do and to keep in mind for Sydney. Lovrd the way you described everything. Do mention about Australia visa procedure .

  6. Pretty useful guide for a tour of Sydney. I wonder how many times you recharged your opal card. You mentioned about light rail. What is that? Must be different classes in it.

    1. Hi Badri, Thanks for your valuable comment. Well, yes I have recharged my card twice from different shops (available at any grocery or medical shop too) . Light rail is kind of mono rail which commutes easily and quickly and it was fun to use different commuting vehicles there. No class specification there inside light rail. 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing some useful and informative tips. Sydney is in our bucket list whenever we plan our trip will definitely keep this in our mind. I am bookmarking this post for future

  8. I was here for our honeymoon and obviously I love this place your post is very elaborate.Not only Syndey but place like Melbourne , Brisbane closes at 8 🙁

  9. Wow! I had no idea about opal card! That is interesting! Also, I didn’t know eateries close by 9pm! Very informative post!

  10. My first international visit was Sydney too and we thoroughly loved the city. It’s a peaceful and the people there are so good. You have given some great tips for solo travelling.

  11. Amazing post keep of course all the most considerable. The Nepean River wraps around the western edge of the city and becomes the Hawkesbury River before reaching Broken Bay. Most of Sydney’s water storages can be found on tributaries of the Nepean River. Delays due to increasing traffic, which were exacerbated by having to close a major arterial road to allow the movement of shipping into Blackwattle Bay, led to the construction of the present-day Anzac Bridge. The 1903 bridge is still standing, but there is no access to pedestrians or vehicular traffic.

  12. Sydney is love. And yes taking an Opal card at the airport really helps. There are so many things that the city can offer and even just in the CBD there are plenty of things to do. I definitely suggest the walking tours around the Rocks and Circular Quay area to get an insight into Sydney’s history.

  13. I remember my first visit to Sydney. We had a lot to learn. But we quickly did learn about the value of an Opal card. And were delighted that it covered ferries too! As an early riser we fit right in. On our next visit we would look for more free options.

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