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My personal bucket list of Sydney things to do

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Last week I asked my fellow bloggers about their favourite things to do, see and taste in Sydney. They came up with some amazing ideas. You can read the full post here.

This week I would like to talk a bit about the things I always wanted to do in Sydney but never actually got around to doing. In most instances this has to do with the cost involved. So if any of you readers own or work for any of these business please feel free to get in touch – there are still some weeks to go until I am leaving Australia for good!

Since I have started the blog I have been pushing myself to try new things and explore new places around Sydney. This was actually one of the best things about starting the blog. It felt like being a tourist in my own city, seeing things that I wouldn’t have normally got around to seeing if it was just for the sake of keeping myself busy.

But I had a mission: To encourage my readers to go out and explore more.

As our day of departure is creeping up on us, some things I will probably need to leave unfinished. This shall be my challenge for when I come back to Sydney, whenever this may be.

Doing the famous BridgeClimb

Oh, I would have loved to do the BridgeClimb one day, joining the long list of celebrities that made it to the top.

Enjoying the amazing views of the harbour, feeling the wind in my hair, the buzz of the cars on the bridge.

Unfortunately, the high cost involved always put me off, so I’m afraid I will have to leave Sydney without this amazing experience. Climbs start at $140 per person but the coveted twilight climb will set you back more than $350.

Sydney Bridge Climb

A scenic flight over Sydney

I live close to the beach and in particular on the weekends you can see these small light planes flying up and down the coast. No doubt that it must be a wonderful experience, given how beautiful Sydney is. I would have loved to see the string of beaches from the top, get close to the Opera House, and maybe even experience a water landing.

But luxuries like this will stay out of reach for me for the time being. Maybe next time when I am in the city. Scenic flights by Sydney Seaplanes for example cost around $200 and you need to find a flying buddy to share the flight with.

Seaplane

A dinner at Tetsuya’s

Sydney is a great place if you are a foodie. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to eat well in this city. I did do that in the past and never regretted it.

However, Tetsuya’s is definitely a class of its own. And I am not even particularly fond of Japanese food. But I do love the idea of being totally in the hands of the chef, having to eat whatever is the menu of the day, sampling many beautiful things over the course of the evening and let the food do the talking.

A set degustation menu at Tetsuya’s costs $230, and if you want to add wines to match it will be another $110. That is, if you manage to secure a reservation.

A show at the Opera House

I am ashamed to admit that in almost 13 years in the city I never managed to set foot inside the Opera House other than to use the public toilets in the foyer. I never took part in a tour, never watched a show.

There is no way of defending this. I am not a philistine. But I am lazy.

I have never seen a classical ballet in my life. But at the Sydney Opera House this is exactly what I would choose to watch. Good tickets on a Saturday night would set me back at least $100 per person.

Sydney Opera House by night

A hot air balloon flight

Is it the early morning call or the dream of gliding over the sleeping landscape? Either way I find hot air balloons utterly fascinating. The way they look like colourful dots in the sky, their silence and their unpredictability make them utterly desirable for me.

Unfortunately, a flight in a balloon will not be on my things to do list anytime soon. But if you are interested yourself, Balloon Safaris organise flights in the Hunter Valley from $245 per person including champagne breakfast.

A night at the Langham

Granted, I did stay in luxury hotel rooms before in Sydney but the Langham really is one of a kind. The design of the rooms is airy and light yet comfortable. Understated elegance with carefully selected soft accents.

The best room would probably be the Observatory Suite, a 122sqm space of indulgence which will only cost you $3,000 a night. What would I get for my buck? Besides the space, there is also a functioning stately fireplace and a private wine cellar. Plus the views of the Sydney skyline – a dream for a hotel aficionado like me!

But there is more. The indoor pool looks perfect for some relaxing morning laps. Plus, afternoon tea with Wedgwood is one of the things you need to add to your bucket list even if you are not staying at the Langham.


Now that I have shared my personal Sydney bucket list, over to you – what would be your favourite thing to do in the city and why? Let me know in the comments!

Silke Elzner

AUTHOR - Silke Elzner

Hello! My name is Silke. I am a travel writer based in Sydney, Australia. Happiness and Things is about maximising travel experiences, about exploring with all your senses, and about making smart decisions when you have only little time to explore. Read more about it here. Named one of 24 Aussie travel blogs to look out for in 2016 by Queensland Tourism.

4 Comments
  • Paula Morgan | Feb 18, 2017 at 17:05

    Hey Silke you might be surprised about the Opera House – I have seen countless shows there that have cost less than $100. You can see RichardIII for only $45 next Sat night. Perhaps not Opera or Symphony but other concerts are usually around $70. Friday nights are way cheaper than Sat too! If you are happy to stand you can see La Traviata for $45 next Sat night
    Also if you decide to do a bridgeclimb before you go I might be able to help you out with some cheaper prices.

    • Silke Elzner

      Silke Elzner | Feb 20, 2017 at 12:59

      Hi Paula, Thanks for these suggestions. The trouble is that I don’t want to go on my own. And so the cost doubles. And then we also need to organise a babysitter. It’s complicated, I know! BridgeClimb – I will think about it but I don’t think I will get around to doing it before we leave. Thank you for the kind offer!

  • Seana Smith | Feb 20, 2017 at 9:53

    Hello there Silke, I must say that I would LOVE to d the seaplane and really must get a grip. I’ve seen them off and on since 1987 and dreamed of going in one. Must actually get a grip. It would be fab for a birthday treat, wouldn’t it.

    Mind you, it’d be faster to drive to Palm Beach from my house!

    All best wishes with the packing and planning as it proceeds.

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