From scenic adventures to foodie tours: A guide to holidaying solo in Sydney

Jun 07, 2019
A trip to Sydney wouldn't be complete without visiting the world-famous Harbour Bridge. Source: Getty

Holidaying solo is one of the greatest joys an over-60 traveller can experience — and Sydney is ideal for the solo traveller, especially if you have a love for adventure.

Of course, while it’s all well and good to say ‘just go’, travelling solo can be daunting. So the team at luxury hotel Parkroyal Darling Harbour have shared with Travel at 60 some of Sydney’s best solo activities to help you plan the best Sydney holiday for one. Here are a few: 

Find solace in Wendy’s Secret Garden

There’s absolutely nothing better than spending a sunny morning relaxing in a garden, and you can do just that thanks to one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets.

A hidden sanctuary with harbour views, Wendy’s Secret Garden is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is where you can come to relax, all with fantastic views and a bit of interesting local history, too.

The woman behind the garden, Wendy Whiteley, has tended to the formerly disused landfill site since 1992.


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Take a stroll along Sydney Harbour Bridge

A trip to the emerald city wouldn’t be complete without visiting Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is nothing short of amazing.

While taking a stroll across the bridge won’t cost you a thing, the best way to experience those impressive harbour views is by embarking on a bridge climb that will take you to the top of this popular tourist attraction. For the best views, book a dusk climb!


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Read more: Go it alone: 5 big benefits of holidaying solo

Escape to the Blue Mountains

Escape the city on an overnight getaway to the Blue Mountains overlooking the stunning Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters, the region’s most spectacular landmark. According to local legend, the Three Sisters represent women who were turned into stone for their own protection.

Meanwhile, visit Wentworth Falls, an award-winning wildlife park, and get up close and personal with local wildlife while taking in breathtaking views.

And if you’re feeling peckish you can also satisfy your tastebuds with a steaming cup of hot chocolate at the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company or a gourmet pizza at the Boiler House Cafe.


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Head on a cultural tour

If you love history and culture, then a trip to Barangaroo is a must. Sign up for the Aboriginal Cultural Tours led by environmentalist Clarence Slockee, to find out more about the region’s rich history.

After the tour, stroll through the nearby streets which are full of bespoke restaurants and cafes, or visit Barangaroo Reserve, a waterfront park with stunning views of the Harbour Bridge.


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Eat your way through a food tour

If your day revolves around eating memorable dishes, go ahead and book a food tour. Not only will it satisfy your tastebuds, but it will also expand your knowledge about the flavours, culture and history of a variety of delicious cuisines.

Not sure where to start? Parkroyal Darling Harbour recommends booking a tour with Taste Tours, an organisation that supports new Australians.


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