Written by Alex Johnson
(Photos by Alex Johnson)
“Alex Johnson from www.inspireabetterlife.com is a 23 year old Aussie with a passion for making every day better than the one before. Join him as he discover this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts and ideas along the way.”
So you’ve finally taken the plunge and decided to go for that flight deal to Sydney. After travelling across multiple time zones you’re now here, and at first sight it may look like any other metropolitan city, right? Oh you’re very wrong there; Sydney is the epicenter of multiple cultures coming together to all form the Australian culture! Australian culture is unique, and there is a sense of ‘mateship’ amongst its citizens. Be sure to check out these cultural things to get a sense of what the real Australia is!
First things first, you need to get yourself a coffee and some brunch foods. You may be asking yourself why coffee is making this list of cultural things to do. Well, Australians are known to love coffee so much that it has become embedded in our culture! We love our coffee, and we sure as hell know how to make it. If you’re looking for a taste of Australia order the Aussie classic ‘flat white,’ with your breakfast.
To complete this cultural experience you’ll want to get yourself down to beach side cafe, grab a table outdoors, and read the newspaper while you sip on your coffee. Australians, also love their brunch and you’ll see that many cafes serve up dishes that are equally delicious as they are beautiful to look at.
Some suggestions: Speedo’s – Bondi Beach, Devon Cafe – Surry Hills, Black Star Pastry – Rosebery, the Grounds of Alexandria – Alexandria.
Visit Bondi Beach
You may think that Bondi Beach is like any old beach, but this area is the embodiment of Australia’s beach culture. If you’re visiting during weekends in the summer you’ll find thousands of people have gathered down to beach, people of walks of life, and of all ages. You’ll get to experience the beach lifestyle of Australians by lying in the sand, and taking a dip in these beautiful waters.
I suggest walking up to the north side of Bondi to Bondi Icebergs. From here, you’ll be able to see the best of what Bondi has to offer; the aquamarines and blues of the sea, the yellow sand, and the whites where the waves break on the infamous beach. If you’re feeling active, take yourself on the Bondi to Coogee walk. The walk follows the coast, and will take you through Tamarama, Bronte, and Clovelly Beach, to finally get you to Coogee Beach.
Some other beaches: Manly Beach – Manly, Cronulla Beach – Cronulla, Milk Beach – Vaucluse, Redleaf Beach – Double Bay.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia’s galleries. The gallery is home to a large permanent collection, but also plays host to various exhibitions from international and domestic artists. It is free to enter the gallery and view its permanent collection, and most exhibitions and events. However, special events and exhibitions will incur a cost.
The collections of artworks will take you on a journey through Australia and its past. The gallery is home to colonial, 19th Century Australian, European masters, and has a dedicated gallery celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and a gallery for Asian Arts.
Banggara Dance Theater
If you’re looking to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, you should book a show with Bangarra. Bangarra Australia’s only indigenous dance company, and embodies 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture in their performances. With these breathtaking performances you’ll see how connected and intertwined the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island with their environment and surroundings.
By now, hopefully you’ve gotten a better idea of what Australia is all about. This country is bountiful in cultural history, and is based on multiculturalism. Whether it’s our history, our art, or even what we eat and drink, these are all the things that make Australia so unique and beautiful. So what are you waiting for? Book those flights!
Hi, I’m Alex! After studying journalism in Melbourne, I traded the gloomy days for sunny Sydney. I love traveling and writing which led to me to start my blog Inspire a Better Life. I am driven by making every day better than the one before.