Campus Australia is now over and many of us are either in Cairns or on the way back to Montreal. My first blog focused on Melbourne and Adelaide, so now I will be covering the amazing city of Sydney.

The first thing that struck me in Sydney was the weather. When we arrived on Saturday it was raining hard. Luckily for us it was to be the only heavy rain of the whole campus. Sydney’s temperature in the wintertime is very comfortable; the difference is notable compared to Melbourne or Adelaide. The downtown area is also much bigger and animated than that of Melbourne. Walking in the streets we could feel we were in a big city, just like New York or Chicago. It was very fortunate that we had most of our free time in Sydney because there is much to see.

 No need to say Sydney is host to the most vibrant and lively nightlife offer in Australia, and staying a few steps from King’s Cross most animated sector we could feel it everyday and night we stayed in Sydney. The city has something to offer for everyone. The city’s major attractions include the Sydney Opera House, the zoo, the Harbour, Manly Beach, Bondi Beach, the Rocks among others. Just outside the city the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and the Jenolan Caves are also a must when visiting Sydney.

 A few tips:

  • Don’t miss out the free guided tours of the city which are very interesting
  • Both Manly beach and Bondi beach are a must. Manly for it’s trendy boutiques and a ferry ride and Bondi for it’s surfing and it’s natural beauty. The walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach is amazing.
  • Surfing in the wintertime might seem a little odd. In Sydney it is not. The water temperature was about 23 degrees, which is very comfortable, so winter might even be the best time of the year to surf!
  • If staying a few days in the city it can be very interesting to buy a weekly public transportation pass. For less than 50$ you can use the train/subway, buses and ferries. In our case it proved to be a very wise investment.
  • Renting a car in Australia is inexpensive so it could be interesting to rent a car instead of booking a tour to visit the Blue Mountains. From our experience the caves are well worth the visit.

I hope this is helpful when considering Australia next year!!!