Australia’s largest city has something for everyone – alongside the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house, Sydney hosts a wealth of beautiful beaches, coastal walks, parks and incredible cuisine from all over the world. Whilst it is the largest and most populous city of Australia, Sydney evokes a very laid back and relaxed vibe, testament to the Australian lifestyle. Despite this, it remains an expensive place to visit, comparable to cities like London and New York. Organise a house swap in one of HomeExchange' 300+ listings in Sydney to save on hefty hotel costs and experience the beauty of the city like a local would! Suburban areas within close range to the central business district such as Paddington, Balmain, Surry Hills or Woollahra offer a taste of the local culture filled with family owned restaurants, café’s and boutiques. The best way to see Sydney is via the train or bus systems as it is rather large to see on foot (Sydney is almost double the size of Manhattan!)
One of the many pull factors of the city on the harbor, is its 100+ beaches. Some of the more popular beaches include Bondi, Manly, Coogee and Balmoral but be sure to check out some of the smaller, local beaches that offer just as much charm and a fraction of the crowds. Take a trip to Milk Beach where you can watch the sunrise or sunset over the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the sand or Shelley Beach where you will find over 500 underwater species to discover right in the safety of the little bay. If you don’t love scorching hot temperatures, visit Sydney at the tail end of summer or late spring – you will still get beautiful sunshine filled days without the high heat.
If you like to take day trips, Sydney is within an hour of World Heritage Site - The Blue Mountains. Take a stroll through the pretty tree lined streets of Leura to find artisan delights, bakeries and local retailers. The view from Echo point is truly breathtaking and will give you the perfect panoramic view of the famous “Three Sisters” in the mountain scape.