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Playing Tourist in Sydney

I had to make a trip back to Sydney in June for a few weeks to apply for my UK Tier 2 visa. I brought my British boy with me and I wanted to do all the typical tourist things as he’s never been to Australia before. Here’s a glimpse at some of the things we got up to.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is a must-see when visiting Australia, with the finest collection of native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species. What sets aside Taronga Zoo though is it’s location, overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. There are two entrances to the Zoo, the top entrance at the car park or the bottom entrance at the jetty where the ferry stops. It is best to start your tour of the Zoo from the top entrance. That way you’ll be walking downhill facing the harbour. If you are driving, once you reach the bottom you can catch the Zoo Sky Safari chair lift to the top back to where you started.

Blue Mountains

We drove to Echo Point lookout to see The Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark. The Three Sisters is essentially an unusual rock formation representing three sisters who according to Aboriginal legend were turned to stone. It was a cold and windy day so we didn’t stay too long!

Circular Quay

Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney Harbour, and houses many of Sydney’s best attractions and things to do. We took in the sites and enjoyed an excellent dinner at Aria Restaurant.

Jenolan Caves

Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system, with pure underground rivers and amazing limestone crystal formations, Jenolan Caves is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world. You can tour any of 10 show caves, each catering to different ages and fitness levels. We chose to do the Extended Temple of Baal Cave tour which I highly recommend. This is an extended tour so you are really experiencing three show caves in one, which is great value for money. The following day we did the Plughole Adventure Tour, which takes you off the paths and has you squeezing through small passageways, climbing and crawling on your hands and knees. I’d never done any kind of adventure caving before and it was surprisingly fun!

SCUBA Diving in Manly

My boyfriend is an avid SCUBA diver so he wouldn’t pass up a chance to go diving even though it was winter in Sydney. We booked a guided shore dive with Dive Centre Manly who were wonderful. I’m still a bit of a nervous diver but our guide was fantastic and I felt completely at ease. We saw loads of fish and got some great footage on our GoPro camera (one day I’ll get around to making a proper video of it).

Hopefully next time I go back to Australia I’ll be able to play tourist again, there are a lot more places outside Sydney that are still on my bucket list!

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