About Milan S
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Sep 2014
50-64 year old male
I like to travel light and adapt to local ways. On the road, patience and goodwill conquers all. I was born and raised in the heart of inner Sydney, playing on the streets as a kid and as an adult working on them too. It's my fascination. I once took a job as a street sweeper just for the experience of seeing life on the streets from that perspective. So I can say quite literally, I've covered every inch of the inner city! For the rest I drove a while as a cab driver. But the place never ceases to amaze me with something new and quirky.
Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Operas, Theatres, Architectural Buildings, Ballets
Neighbourhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Bridges, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings, Observatories/ Planetariums
Historic Walking Areas, Architectural Buildings
Walking through the gardens and along the seawall is such a relaxed and quiet way to start your city experience - breathe in the harbour air and the trees as you go.
Even if you're not going to see a show, meandering in and around the Opera House is a visual performance in itself. I saw a karate tournament in the concert hall once, so you never know what you might find!
With The Rocks, the trick is to get up the hill and into its little alleyways as soon as possible. Put your guidebook in your back pocket and get deliberately lost - the cobblestones will do the thinking for you.
The Bridge is the Everest of attractions. Climb it. My friends bought me a bridge climb for my birthday, and it was one of the best experiences of my life!
No trip to Sydney is complete without a trip to Watson's Bay and a seafood splurge at Doyles. It's a tradition from the old days, when Doyles sold fish and chips to youngsters like myself, who marvelled at the huge sharks weighed in on the old wharf. Enjoy the sweeping views of the harbour!
Everything seems so playfully hedonistic here that even swimming seems like a chore. It is THE place in Sydney for 'people watching' - so much so that even the surfers spend a lot of time on their boards watching one another.
It's great to get a birds eye view of just how expansive Sydney is. From Sydney Tower Eye you can see all the way to the Blue Mountains and watch the storm clouds roll in from the south...
Chinatown is always busy, and a stroll down the main drag of Dixon st will leave you with the paradox of food choice. My preference is to walk another two blocks to the corner of Thomas and Quay streets where you'll find The Burlington Centre - the restaurants here are cheaper and very authentic.
Beautiful old terraced houses, leafy streets and some of the best live music pubs in Sydney make Balmain well worth a visit.
No matter how late in the night, you'll always manage to get a coffee or a drink in 'the cross.' Walking the main drag of Darlinghurst rd is worth it just for the experience, but walk further either to Macleay st or Victoria st to find the best cafes.
Even if you've lived here all your life, taking the ferry to Manly and back remains a classic experience. Passing between north and south head, the open sea meets the harbour and you can literally feel the swell rise. Manly itself is like the Bondi of the north, but with less attitude. Except when it comes to surfing - which Manlyites claim was invented there!
Once the port of entry for migrants to Australia, today the Wharf has some of the best fine dining by the sea. A great place to take stock and plan your next Sydney adventure.