When you’re not eating Australian delicacies (What’s your take on Vegemite?) or taking selfies with light sculptures, take a beat to reset. That might mean resting your eyes and ears, or checking out some of Sydney’s mind-boggling nature.
WHAT TO DO
Finally, when you’re ready for some of that sweet, sweet Sydney nature, we’ve got you covered. To start, get up close and personal with the ocean at the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, located just 30 minutes from Sydney CBD by bus. The whole thing is six kilometers (a little less than four miles), but it’s divided into sections, like Tamarama Beach to Bronte Beach, a paved route that only takes a few minutes (but isn’t short on killer views). Throughout your walk, you’ll take in the ocean, beaches, parks, and rock pools, plus there are places to eat, rest, and even swim along the way. Our advice: Wear sunscreen and comfy shoes, bring a camera, and go just before sunset if you’re looking for a little romance.
You can also escape from Sydney with a day trip to Blue Mountains National Park about two hours (by train or car) outside of the city. These mountains get their name, and their color, from the dense population of Eucalyptus trees that disperse oil into the air. When mixed with water vapor and earth, the combination creates a rich blue haze you have to see to believe. Several walkways around the area provide astonishing views, like the Federal Pass, a rugged five-mile hike with a huge payoff: great views of the Three Sisters rock formation and the Jamison Lookout.
If you need just a quick moment of peace, take a cup of coffee to Wendy’s Secret Garden. Tucked away in Lavender Bay, this oasis is just a 10-minute walk from Luna Park, but feels like a different world. Free to the public, the garden overlooks the harbor and features exotic plants, bronze busts, wooden carvings, and more -- a perfect way to wrap up a whirlwind trip to Sydney.
So with Vivid Sydney quickly approaching, you have some important decisions to make. Like, who are you bringing with you, and how many pairs of sunnies should you pack?