I arrived in Sydney on 1st February 2018 for the start of my Working Holiday Visa year. I don’t know what I was really expecting but I ended up quite excited to leave.
As far as cities go, Sydney is fairly small which is great if you are only there for a few days as it means you can see everything. Within our first 2 days we had seen all of the famous landmarks and more within the city centre. We had seen Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour. We had seen malls, Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Garden. We even bumped into a UFC star.
Sydney is also really expensive. We knew this before we arrived but it was even more expensive than we expected. We were paying $35 a night each for a bed in an 8 bed dorm. A basic burger & chips meal in an average pub was $28-$35 before you’ve even ordered a drink. Even a 600ml bottle of water in a supermarket was $3! We couldn’t see ourselves wanting to stay there to look for work.
A lot of people that we have spoken to felt the same way. Sydney is over hyped but really isn’t anything special compared to the rest of Australia. To date, I have been to 6 other towns & cities within Australia and I have enjoyed my time more than I did in Sydney.
My first impressions of Sydney are that it’s just another city that puts a price on everything and is somewhere that I would only want to spend a couple of days at a time there.
Have you visited Sydney? What impression did you get?