Sydney Opera House + The Rocks, Australia

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G'day from Sydney Australia!

It's safe to say that this year has been like any other travel experiences I've had. First there was America (check out my posts here) and now I'm in Sydney for a couple of weeks.

Because we were rather jetlagged, our first day was spent on our favourite Big Bus Tours tour - although I wouldn't recommend the Sydney equivalent as the traffic was rather dreadful! If, like us, you're here for over a week, it's worth doing a day, but otherwise the trains and ferries are brilliant. 

But of course, we did stop off at the iconic Sydney Opera House. 

Sydney Opera House.

The Opera house is stunning from a distance - set against the city, it is absolutely spectacular! Located but a short walk from Circular Quay train station, this is probably the most touristy location that you're likely to come across. There are loads of little cafes and souvenir shops so if you're after a picture without the crowds, I'd suggest getting up early. But the Opera house definitely looks best from a distance, as in all honesty, up close, it looks like it needs a bit of a renovation! 

I'd suggest following the path around the outside to get a spectacular view of Harbour Bridge or walking through the Botanical Gardens to Mrs Macquaries Chair for a panoramic view of both the Opera house and Harbour bridge. Or you can simply get some incredible pictures on the ferry to Manly (post to come soon!).

We've also booked to watch a show at the Opera house so I'll update you once we've been!

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To an Australian, this Ibis is probably the equivalent of a pigeon - but it's very much a novelty factor for a brit!

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The Rocks

Located on the opposite side of the quay (and likely positioned behind a large cruise ship) is an area called The Rocks. Packed with little bakeries and cafes, this little historic set of laneways is worth exploring for an hour or two. There are plenty of alleyways to meander through - many of which have historic plaques that share their story. Not only are there eateries but there are quite a few little independent shops which provide far nicer souvenir options than your typical plastic keyring! We stopped at The Bakers Oven which has a window packed full of delicious cakes and savoury treats! I had an unbelievable pecan pie and my dad inhaled a vanilla slice, which is definitely a good sign! 

Many of the pubs and eateries are some of Sydney's oldest so there's a lovely sense of nostalgia throughout. But if coffee shops and people watching isn't quite up your street, the Museum of Contemporary Art is located directly across the road.

Have you been to Sydney? What were your favourite parts?