Life is short Sydney, isn't it? Absolutely. Okay, Sydney, sure our rents and house prices are quite high and many Sydney residents think that they cannot afford to go out - but there are those who can and even they might run out of ideas on what to do next, even after going to WeekendNotes for some inspiration.
It is great to get all cosy at home, especially in the cooler months but Sydney people do know how to make the most of their leisure time (well Sydney is the cocktail loving, chic and cosmopolitan city with a beautiful harbour thrown in for good measure after all) and thus do realise that life is short, and that life is all about experiencing.
I get it, a few of these activities may be considered overrated, and might be touching on the hint of "too expensive" - particularly if all you want to do is save and economise - but, I have the latter covered in this article as well. Without further ado Sydney, here is your great guide to living life to the fullest.
Bridgeclimb or Walk through the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or even cruise right underneath it...your call.
It is an absolute must to go on a cruise, or even better, go sailing (at least once). The best cruises to go on in Sydney (apart from the Manly Ferry, I mean every Sydneysider would have gone on the latter at least once, if not countless times) are comedy and pampering cruises. It is so cool to wear a dressing gown and a pair of hotel-like slippers, and sip on a glass of champagne, while waiting for a massage - it feels like you are 'naked' on Sydney Harbour in the open fresh air. These cruises do not come cheap, but they are worth it - especially whn receiving a remedial massage somewhere along Sydney Harbour, and if your lucky you might also receive a tarot card reading while your having a date with destiny in what I believe is one of the best harbours in the world. This is no different to ordering some Bvlgari perfume on an overseas flight somewhere in the middle of nowhere from London to Hong Kong.
Paying even more respect to Sydney Harbour, every Sydneysider should also go on a fast jet boat ride that takes you almost as far as Vaucluse and Watson's Bay, and yes, getting wet is part of the game. Allow yourself to get soaked along Sydney Harbour at least once. Before this experience, for me it was actually on a Manly Ferry at high tides at the heads.
Of course there is Bondi Beach. Do not just walk along the beach, get in and do some surfing, or go for some surfing lessons. Bondi is also home to some amazing annual events. Sydney would not be Sydney when it comes to long distance running if it wasn't for the City 2 Surf, a 14 km adventure and test of your fitness levels that starts at Hyde Park and finishes at Bondi Beach. The Bondi to Waverley walk is worth it, and a visit to Bondi is not complete without a drink (or two) at the Bondi Icebergs.
See a show at the Opera House (those school excursions do not count) and drink a glitzy cocktail at the Opera Bar or at ECQ.
A bit of transformation and personal development wouldn't go astray. Your idea of personal transformation may not consist of having to sit on uncomfortable black chairs in Pyrmont for 12 hours a day, over a three day long weekend, to find, transform and heal yourself, and that followed by 10 compulsory night sessions on scholarship on any given weeknights thereafter to enhance the quality of your life, but The Landmark Forum seminar series leaves many other personal development seminars trailing in their dust. The best investment you can make is always an investment in yourself. Many Sydneysiders who have completed this program before (including yours truly) agree that this program of 'transformation central' could save you thousands of dollars on a new facelift, and is second to NASA on the list of life's biggest adventures that anyone can go through. The three days of perceived 'pain' is oh so worth it.
An artists impression of glimpses of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
It is also wise to understand Sydney's past, and how Sydney was initially formed by paying a visit to the Hyde Park Barracks. This experience does not make way for the most pleasant day out, yet it does make way for an educational experience. This museum (among many of Sydney's top museums) opens their doors for free to the general public every Australia Day.
Every Sydneysider should also visit the Blue Mountains at least once. The two and a half hour train journey from Central to Katoomba is surrounded by trees and nature most of the way once you leave Emu Plains. A visit to the three sisters is memorable, as well as going on the scenic skyway and the scenic railway. Cover up in winter, the mountains gets rather chilly. If you can, pay a visit to eat in a slow paced environment at The Common Ground. The food is delicious and way out of the ordinary, and feels like a time warp experience with laid back staff and the slowest service I have ever seen, but you so don't care - especially with great company on your side. Ensure you are not in a hurry. Otherwise, if you want a heavy dose of spiritual enlightenment, then spend 10-days in silence at the Vipassana meditation retreat in Blackheath. This is life changing in more ways than one.
Sydney is not far away from the nations capital, and a joy ride to Canberra is worth it once in a while, especially for great restaurants and of course the Floriade Festival, and to view any art exhibits that pique your interest at The National Gallery of Australia. That is the beauty of Sydney, three hours later you find yourself in Canberra or Goulburn, and even in less time you can also find yourself in Mittagong near many farms.
If you can afford it, see if you can get yourself into the exclusive Pool Club at The Ivy.
I know many people believe that the Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb is expensive and can be somewhat 'overrated' so why not save your pennies to eat out near stunning harbour views and walk through the Harbour Bridge instead. The Body and Soul Bridge Run also allows you to run on the Harbour Bridge, run around the beautiful Botanical Gardens, and allows you to finish at the Sydney Opera House for a fraction of the price of Bridgeclimb as well.
Go for it Sydney, and continue to appreciate this great city that we live in. Carpe diem.