“What! you are spending 5 days in Sydney? there is absolutely nothing to do in Sydney!” A friend exclaimed as I told her about my travel plans. Somehow, people always preferred Melbourne to Sydney, perhaps it is a city, just like Singapore. Sydney is a colourful place, filled with exciting people and there are so many things to do around the city! If (like our friends) you feel bored the next time you are at Sydney, here’s a list of things we reckon you can do during your next trip down under!
1) Watch a Play at Sydney Opera House
Once you step foot in Sydney, you know u need to take a mandatory landscape photo of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officiate your presence down under. While you are at it, why not pop inside the Sydney Opera House and watch a play? The play we watched was Velvet and it was very different from the ones we see in Singapore. We bought standing tickets for a really good deal – Dancing Room, standing tickets at $35, we were initially worried that the Dancing Room will be far from stage. Turns out it was so near the stage! There were no seats but we didn’t mind! Music and play was good! We ordered sparkling wine in the theatre and was entertained by the cast of Velvet the entire night.
2) Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Situated right next to the opera house, it is an iconic park that is worth visiting even if you do not like nature. It is relaxing and a peaceful oasis if you wish to stay away from the hustle and bustle. We took a short stroll into the garden and headed back to the Sydney Opera House for Velvet.
3) Pick up sweet treats at Haigh’s Chocolate
Expensive but good quality chocolates, here is the go to place to indulge and treat yourself after walking the whole day! We picked the chocolate hazelnut cookie on the go, and packed several other ala-carte chocolates from the glass shelf. There were so many flavours to choose from, we were spoilt for choice.
Location: Several. We visited the one at Queen Victoria Building
Shop 52 (Ground Floor), Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney NSW, 2000
4) Attend Sydney Chocolate School
We have always been fascinated with how chocolate is created and here we manage to learn how to make chocolate at Sydney Chocolate School. This class gave us knowledge on how to taper chocolate at the perfect temperature. We brought left the school with delightful Earl Grey dark chocolates, coconut milk chocolate and were treated to a delicious hot cocoa drink. By the end of the lesson, we were given a certificate and were drunk on chocolate!
5) Sample tea at T2
Hatched in Melbourne, T2 can be found at almost everywhere in Sydney. They stock so many variety of tea and just by entering its doors you will be enriched with tea knowledge. The staff are friendly and willing to distribute samples of you choice! just approach the staff and let them know you want to try out certain a particular type of tea and they will pack the leaves in a small bag for you to sample.
Also, there are free tastings in the shop as well, usually tea that are unique, it will be mixed and displayed for customers to sample. Apart from tea, they also sell different types of quirky teaware that make pretty gifts or to delight your homes.
Location: Several. We visited the one at Chatswood Westfield
6) Indulge your sweet tooth at Sweetfest
It was the first time Sweetfest was in Sydney and we are so happy to be part of this experience. Held at aMBUSH Gallery, we purchased tickets for the 17 October 2015 session, which include masterclasses from (i) Chat Thai Sweets – The art of Thai Sweets, (ii) Gutter trash sundae where Alistair Wise, owner Sweet Envy, displayed his quirky and fun no frills personality liven up the show with his quick wit. He attempted making a 2.4m sundae on the spot. (iii) Dan Lepard flew down from London and he concluded the morning session with techniques on How to make the best chocolate cake. Sweetfest entry tickets of $20 was inclusive of a complimentary glass of Redbank Emily Brut Cuvee!
We got sugar high after sampling all the food from the masterclasses. We continued to drown ourselves with sugar and purchased desserts from artisan bakery and sunk our teeth into our very first cronut! Verdict? simply delicious!
Sweetfest is a part of Sydney Good Food Month 2015. Looking forward to next year’s line up!
7) Win BIG money at The Star Sydney
After realising that the airport in Sydney is not opened 24 hours, we came here to spend the night while waiting for the first train to arrive. We were so thankful to find this place since there are many places in Sydney that do not operate through the night! We paid AUD2 (per luggage) to deposit at the cloak room, whats more, there are some timings whereby free drinks are served! We found a sweet spot at the jackpot machine and played the night away! What a great way to end our trip in Sydney!
Address: The Star is located at 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009.