When you’re on your own, standing in a crowd can be one of the loneliest feelings of all. The good news is that you don’t need to worry about that feeling in Sydney. If you are a solo traveller, these tips will help you to get the most out of this fantastic city and avoid feeling like you are too alone.
Source Out Food
Dining alone can be tricky when you are abroad – no one really wants to ask for a table for one. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy food in Sydney’s growing gastronomy scene without resorting to that. You can take food tours to enjoy some of the city’s culinary delights with a group of others – the best are in Cabramatta, where you can sample Vietnamese dishes.
The thriving markets around Sydney, such as at The Rocks, also offer a great way to purchase local produce which you can eat as you walk. You can even stock up and take food back to your hotel room for later.
Travelling around the city on your own can be daunting, but it’s made that much easier by the use of an Opal Card. This card gives you access to the metro system, the light rail, and even the ferries all on one tariff. You can also save serious money with a $15 daily limit – which drops to $2.50 on Sundays – no matter how much you travel. If you don’t know where to stay, heading for a central location in the city is best as there are lots of public transport links here. By the time you leave, you will be hopping on and off the metro like a local. Getting where you want to go with little hassle, and at low cost, which is so important for enjoying every part of your trip.
Meet with Others
There are so many ways to meet up with locals and fellow travellers in Sydney, even beyond the obvious trip to a bar and chat to your neighbour! One of the best initiatives is the Sydney Greeters, who will meet you and give you a tour of their neighbourhood to make you feel at home.
You can book them in advance, and before you know it, you will have a friend who lives in Sydney. The best part is that the whole service is free of charge, allowing you to spend your money on activities rather than your guide. A Greeter will show you the hidden gems of the city instead of just the usual tourist hotspots, so they may be better than a guidebook.
Walk Around the City
The best way to get to know Sydney is to walk around and soak it in. There are a number of routes which are really useful to take as they will show you the real heart of the city. Start from the Harbour Bridge and you can enjoy a lot of different aspects: go south to explore Kirribilli, Blues Point, and the Secret Garden. Go north and you can find the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the free-to-enter Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Another way to explore the area south of the Harbour Bridge is to head for the Museum of Contemporary Art, also free to enter, and The Rocks, where the vibrant markets appear on weekends. There are other neighbourhoods you might want to explore, too, such as Surry Hills, Chippendale, and Glebe.
Enjoy a Festival
When won’t you feel lonely in a crowd? When the crowd is happy, carefree, and ready to accept you as one of their own. That often happens during the free events and festivals that take place in Sydney throughout the year. These include the Sydney Festival in January, Mardi Gras celebrations in March, the Biennale of Sydney which takes place during March to June, Vivid – Music, Lights and Ideas festival from the middle of May to middle of June and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in December. These events are not only a ton of fun, but also a great place for you to meet some new friends – or even maybe somebody special.
Whether you travel alone or in a group, the attractions that Sydney has to offer are the same. You are sure to have a fantastic time in this vibrant city, where new friends are not in short supply!