If you’re anything like me then you’ve been dreaming of visiting Australia’s Golden Coast to dive the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney for the iconic Opera House or Melbourne for their modern architecture, healthy, organic eats & artistic culture.
The flight is long, really long (like 15 hours long), so make sure to bring some healthy snacks, headphones and store your gadgets with offline playlists, books and movies.
From the airport I’d suggest taking a taxi ($20-$30) or Sydney’s Airport Link ($14-$15) to Circular Quay (pronounced circular Q). If you’re wanting to explore further than Circular Quay (where the infamous Opera House is located) I’d highly suggest purchasing an Opal card, which you can purchase once you reach any harbour. Please note, the Opal card DOES include the ferry.
Only a 35 – 45 minute ferry ride (plan your trips accordingly with this ferry guide) north from Sydney, Manly Beach is a fantastic exploration of open air markets, more delicious food and beach life. From the harbor, take a stroll through town to reach Manly Beach and head South for Shelly Beach (literally, as the beach sand is full of sea shells!) or North towards Freshwater Beach for beautiful scenery.
Jump on another ferry (30-45 minutes) to head south of Sydney to the breathtaking surfer hangout, Bondi Beach. A perfect beach town with fresh local eats and a beautiful landscape. Lay back and relax on the beach, but don’t miss out on the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee Beach for more stunning beach views.
Comparable to Seattle, Washington – Melbourne is a city filled with modern architecture, artistic people, fresh organic fare and superior coffee. My time was cut short (along with my photo opps), but if you find yourself around the Yarra River on the Southbank then take a stroll down the Southbank Promenade.
Full of lush gardens and floral walkways, man-made beaches and a hip night scene, Brisbane (pronounced Briz-bin) is an excellent city to visit Australia’s ‘Golden’ coast. Walk along The Arbour for scenic views, happy hour and dining, or across the Goodwill Bridge to the City Botanic Gardens.
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