There are so many things to do in Sydney for a solo traveller. This vibrant city has a lot to offer. For example…
As a solo traveller, it is easy to spend a day at the beach. There are beaches to suit everyone.
If you want to relax and soak up the rays with a bit of snorkelling thrown in, then Shelly beach is good for this. It also has beach barbecues available if you want to do your own cooking while you are there. Just head to Coles, the local supermarket around a 15 minute walk away to get your food. Alternatively, there are 2 lovely cafe restaurants nearby if you are feeling lazy. Shelly is a quiet cove with some bush area behind you if you want to go for a walk and explore a little as well. I walked here early one morning. It is not lonely, there are plenty of people dog walking etc. This is where I saw the bush turkeys.
Surf Lesson or Bodyboard at Manly Beach
Manly beach has more going on. If you want to get involved in beach volleyball, the courts are available free of charge. There is a safe swimming area between flags which is patrolled by lifeguards. The hotel I stayed in, The Sebel Manly Beach, offered body boards for use free of charge. These can be used within the flagged areas as well and are great fun. The flagged area makes the water activities feel very safe if you are a solo traveller. You can also arrange surf lessons here if you are feeling particularly active!
Circular Quay is a great place to wander and has many suitable places to go as a solo traveller. It is the main ferry wharf to get to places such as Darling Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo or Watson’s Bay for example. It is a hub of activity, with street performers, indigenous men playing didgeridoos, shops and restaurants. You can walk around the opera house from here and the botanical gardens. The Rocks is approximately 10 minutes to walk or a 20 minute walk to the main shops in George Street in the City.
I took a ferry ride to Darling Harbour on a Sunday with Manly Ferries. Fares on Sundays are reduced to $2.70 for a round trip. Bargain! I headed from Manly to Circular Quay and then picked up another ferry to Darling Harbour. The ferries from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour run after 10am so I had a little wait. Darling Harbour has many shops and restaurants overlooking the water as well as tourist attractions such as Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and Wild Life Sydney. You can also walk to the fish markets from here in around 20 minutes or to the Chinese Garden of Friendship. This is a very cheap activity at $6 per adult!
I bought a combined ticket to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney on the door for $59. But keep a look out for deals and coupons as I think you can probably get them cheaper if you do your research, especially purchasing online. Sealife is a great place to visit and see the marine life in Australia. I particularly enjoyed watching the Dugong. For such large creatures, it’s hard to believe they eat lettuce all day long!
Wild Life Sydney is a great place to go to see the wildlife of Australia. You get to see Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, wombats and, for an extra cost, have your photo taken next to a koala. There is a butterfly exhibit you can walk through. They will most certainly land on you so be warned. One of the highlights here is being able to see the enormous salt water crocodile. He is resting often but was swimming around on the day I went along.
This is a great trip to do as a solo traveller. I actually went with one of my family members but I would definitely do it on my own so I am going to write about it anyway.
Hunter Valley is a wine region and we went along here on a pre-arranged tour with Cheers Bus! They charged $70 per person for their tour plus $25 for lunch. The tour was mixed ages with a very funny, informative tour guide. We tasted wine, vodka, gin and liquors. There was also chocolate, fudge, cheese and olive tasting. A great relaxed day out doing something a bit different.
Further information about the trip can be read on my blog page.
A hotel I recommend combining a stay at, is The Pokolbin Village Resort