Long gone are the days when solo travelling was only suited for the young. Nowadays solo travellers come from all walks of life, from married individuals wanting to pick up on their lust for adventures, to business travellers taking a few extra days to explore, to those who have simply been longing for a short indulgent getaway. Thanks to an abundance of events and attractions Sydney was made for solo travel. Yet, the best thing about travelling solo is that you can get under the skin of Sydney, be super spontaneous and take as many photos as you please, and not have to share a delicious dish of food. Wait… that was four things already, but trust me, the list goes on.
Birdless Cages that Sing
Dumbfounded—was how I felt when I first heard the sound of birds chirping while standing underneath these birdless cages for the first time. A hidden aisle in the middle of Sydney, full of cages, but no birds. Little did I know this installation (displayed every day throughout the year) play the songs of 50 species of bird, but if you walk past this area on a busy day or are busy chatting, you will probably won’t notice it. But at night, the birdsongs take the stage, playing a recording of 50 bird’s species that sang in central Sydney before they were gradually forced out by European settlement. As amusing as they appear to be, not many people are aware of how much research has been done to develop a schedule of the bird species to sing, based on the type of soil and also on the fact that the #Tank Stream runs through the area and may have encouraged other different species to live close by.
Queen Victoria Building
Get your camera charged before you walk into the Queen Victoria Building, aka the QVB, because this place is laboriously beautiful! Every single piece of the building has a story attached to it; from the ceiling, the stained glass on the window to the floor tiles that were retained through the years to showcase 19th-century craftsmanship. If you happen to be in Sydney when a big event takes place, be sure to take a glance at the QVB Dome Interior as it is always meticulously decorated, 100 percent insta-worthy!
Meet the friendliest Sydney-siders (just kidding). But trust me, at every turn you might find yourself greeted by the birds flocking around the park. If you are after a sweet escape from the city’s hustle where you’d be able to snap some #birdstagram shots, this is the place to be. The cockatoos are especially friendly. All you have to do is find where they are, get your camera out with some grass in the other hand and in no time they will come to you and start posing (just like that one in the photo).
Bondi Beach/Bondi Icebergs
If you haven’t taken a photo of the Bondi Icebergs Pool, have you really been to Bondi? Arguably the most famous beach in Australia, Bondi Beach is known for its golden sands and glistening waters. Sitting on the southern tip of Bondi Beach, the Bondi Iceberg Club was built so lifeguards could stay in shape when the ocean was too cold for a swim. With its turquoise crystal clear-pool water, the iconic ocean pool is one of the world’s most Instagramable place. Pro tip: want to become an elite member aka an iceberg? All you have to do is to complete 75 swims in 5 years (that’s an average of one swim per month, not bad right? 😉
Le Petit Flot
Nothing’s better than having great food and being able to brag on Instagram about what you just had. Located on Level 2 of Tank Stream Hotel on Pitt Street, this French bistro-style restaurant is a true hidden gem, serving super delectable French cuisine with a flare of Japanese influence. What’s the catch? They come in jumbo portion and at a reasonable price. A must try!
Loan Kien is from Vietnam, lived in the UK, now living and working in Australia at The Tank Stream – A St Giles Hotel. An aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping unprivileged kids. On the weekend you’ll find her hiking, surfing or trying out new local eateries. A bad cook, an amateur photo taker who is an excellent corn milk maker.