Today, since leaving the apartment was mandatory due to cleaning that was being done, I decided that since I don’t yet have the money to travel abroad, I should start small and become a tourist in my own city.
Having moved to Sydney at the beginning of the year, I realised that I haven’t actually explored its wonders yet. So I hopped on a train and went to the closest place that I knew had some good sites. And this place is called Circular Quay.
Circular Quay sits smack bang on Sydney harbour with gorgeous views of the amazing Sydney Opera house and Harbour Bridge. I found a fantastic little cafe that had amazing views of both. (And great coffee too!)
When my delicious coffee was finished I started to wander around the harbour’s edge, and realised just how much diversity there is in this city. And just how accepting we are of it. There were people from every country I could think of just doing what I was doing. Taking in the sites, sampling some ice cream and enjoying the sunlight. There were even aboriginal musicians playing music on the side walk in their traditional clothing. People were flocking to listen and take photos. They sounded amazing!
After taking in the views, reading some of my book and helping several foreign tourists take family snap shots, I wandered slightly inland to what is called The Rocks. A stylish, vintage loving area filled with cafes, art galleries and quirky shopfronts. After wandering down one of the alley ways I came across this wonderfully shameless shop of sensual photographs. (I wanted to go in but it was closed lol)
I was able to wander around that area for a good hour and a half. Looking at free entry art galleries and shopping centres. On weekends The Rocks has a great market too. I will have to return to check it out.
I am really glad that I decided to become a tourist in my own city. I had no idea that the city had this much art and culture. And so many cafes! I was able to see all this on a very considerable budget. From where I live, my train ticket cost about $6.00 and my coffee another $4.50. I have to say I spent no more than $20 during the whole trip and had an absolute blast!
If you ever end up coming here and have some spending money, there are loads of cruises, tours and restaurants to try out right on the harbour and its a great place to visit whether you’re with your children, a partner or travelling solo. I’ll definitely be heading back there again.