Student Voices – "My Top Five Things to Do in Sydney" by Mary Shea

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Kiah Zellner-Smith
November 12, 2015

I am currently a junior at Texas Christian University where I study early childhood education with the hopes of teaching special education. I love to be outside, do yoga, and spend time with family. Studying abroad in Austrialia during the spring semester of my sophomore year changed my life.

I had thousands of memories from my study abroad experience that I will remember for the rest of my life, but I somehow managed to cut my list down to five so as not to overwhelm you!

    The Royal Botanic Gardens, located in the CBD (Central Business District), is home to dozens of acres of flowers, trees, herbs, and so much more. I spent countless hours in the gardens with friends just looking at the harbor. 


    Because I went to University of New South Wales, I was very close to Coogee Beach! I loved taking a stroll down to the water and reading a book or just lying outside. This beach was about a mile and a half from school, and tended to be populated by local families.

    Note: During the summer, there was a “library” on the beach. Anyone was welcome to borrow books at your leisure. 

    Sydney houses some very interesting artsy suburbs, one of which I had class in. This made it easy for me to explore more of Sydney. I stumbled across small hole-in-the-wall shops and some amazing street art. I think you really get to know the city well by exploring its art.


    The Central Business District (CBD) is home to a variety of buildings. I spent hours just walking around and exploring. You will be pleasantly surprised by what you happen to stumble upon by simply meandering the city. For example, a friend and I found this alley known as “Angel Place,” which is home to hundreds of beautiful hanging birdcages. Also, if you haven’t heard, Sydney is home to some of the best coffee in the world. Meandering allows you to test that theory thoroughly.


    If you study abroad in Sydney, please go to at least one show in the Sydney Opera House. Please. This building is world-known and for good reason. I was surprised to learn that they actually host a number of performances from symphonies, ballets, and even circuses. I would also highly recommend a tour of the building.

    Tip: If you go an hour before the show, you could be eligible for student rush tickets which are only $40 for any empty seats. 

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