The Real Adventure is in Australia

The Real Adventure is in Australia

When we set out for #Sydney, little did we know just how much #adventure awaited us. We made sure our #active sides were out in full force with days of #adrenaline inducing #excursions and nights spent excitedly pouring over the photographic proof. Staying at the #Marriott was the cherry on top of the cake to our trip!


I went to Sydney, Australia’s largest and most popular city, with high hopes. I’d heard the Aussies were friendly and keen to spread the word about the best parts of their city and this was absolutely the truth. Everyone I met kept saying the same thing, “Sydney puts on a real show, mate!” Little did I know how fantastic that show would be.

Choosing a hotel in the Middle of the Action was key. I picked the Sydney Harbour Marriott because of its prime location, right next to bustling Circular Quay and around the corner from the oldest part of Sydney, The Rocks. This meant several of the city’s best restaurants and bars were nearly on my doorstep. 

Circular Quay and Opera House, Sydney, Australia

The view from my harbor-side room was absolutely stellar, the perfect place to watch the sunset turn the sky above the Opera House bright orange. I kept saying, “I’m so glad we stayed close to the harbor!” over and over again, because it made for such easy strolling, and we got to enjoy the sights by night, which was a completely different feel. 

The view from my harbor-side room was absolutely stellar, the perfect place to watch the sunset turn the sky above the Opera House bright orange

That famous Marriott service was there too, even though we arrived from the airport well past midnight. We fell straight into a world class bed and woke up just early enough to fuel up via a massive breakfast buffet.

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Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

 30 Pitt Street, Sydney, NS, Australia
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After getting my fill of all the fruits and pastries I could imagine, we took a 5 minute walk over to the Circular Quay ferry terminal and hopped aboard. The ferry took us under the famous Harbor Bridge and up north, towards Taronga Zoo.

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Taronga Wild Rope

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 Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, NSW, 2088, Australia
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Not only is the zoo home to over 4,000 animals (including the ever popular koalas and giraffes with an impressive piece of real estate), it also boasts the Wild Ropes Course, which was the reason for our visit. Wild Ropes is a series of 4 courses and more than 60 challenges, so it’s a thrill for all ages and skill levels. 

The zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including the ever popular koalas and giraffes 
Cuddly Koala

We chose to combine our Ropes passes with entrance to the zoo, so we’d make the most of our time, checking out unique animals like the Australian Little Penguin and Tasmanian Devil. I’d never done a ropes course before, and the staff was more than understanding when I got a bit nervous right before stepping off that first platform. The nervousness didn’t last for long, the adrenaline hit and soon I was running and jumping around through the courses with the best of them.  

The next day, we decided to venture out beyond The Rocks and the harbor area. We’d been told by a very hip couple at the hotel that biking was quickly becoming the best and quickest way around the city, so naturally we wanted in on the action. 

 The nervousness didn’t last for long, the adrenaline hit and soon I was running and jumping around  

We hooked up with Bonza Bike Tours, booked their Sydney Classic Tour, and immediately felt like locals. Our group rode around the harbor, by the art museums, through Hyde Park, and beyond. We even had a pup stop built in! Bonza says they have Sydney experts on staff, which is 100% accurate. Every single question I asked, including some really obscure ones about the Royal Botanic Gardens, came with a witty answer. 

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Sydney Classic Bike Tour

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 Sydney, 30 Harrington Street, The Rocks, New South Wales, Australia
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After a couple of days of city exploration (and several hours on a bicycle), I decided it was time we get out in the wild for a bit. We hopped on the train in Sydney and hopped off again about 90 minutes later in Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains. “The Blueys”, as our new friends on the train called them, are full of staggering rock formations, steep cliffs, and incredible waterfalls. There are even parts that are covered in eucalyptus, so keep your eyes peeled for wild koalas, since this is their snack of choice. 

The Blue Mountains are full of staggering rock formations, steep cliffs, and incredible waterfalls

This area offers the adventurous traveler several options to explore, but we chose the most interesting one by far, a tour with Segway Blue Mountains. We strapped on our helmets and set out along the course with our guide. The Segways were surprisingly easy to maneuver, even for someone like me who was probably issued a driver’s license by mistake. 

At the end of the tour, once you’re done snapping pictures of the gorgeous scenery, there’s an advanced BMX track to challenge your newly acquired Segway skills.

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Segway Blue Mountains

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 1 Sublime Point Rd, Leura, NSW, 2780, Australia
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Once we got back to Sydney from the Blue Mountains, a day of rest was in order. We hit the hotel spa and sauna to unwind, and lounged by the indoor pool in the fluffiest of towels. I knew I’d need time to prepare myself for the crown jewel of adventure activities in Sydney, the BridgeClimb. 

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is about 440 feet above sea level and BridgeClimb is the only way you can get to the top. From the second we walked out and began our climb, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. The hustle and bustle of the city below was far beneath me and all I could feel was the wind in my hair. The views were out of this world, and I was sure I could reach out and touch the clouds. 

Sydney Harbor Bridge

At the top, the whole group was silent as we took in our surroundings, we all wanted to hold on to this awe inspiring moment for as long as possible. When our feet were finally planted firmly back on the ground, we were given a certificate to commemorate the climb and a copy of the group photo, so I could remember every single person who helped me conquer the climb jitters and make it to the top.

We all wanted to hold on to this awe inspiring moment for as long as possible

Overall, our time in Sydney was nothing short of incredible. For everyone who told me Sydney puts on a show, you were spot on. Around every corner was a new and exciting experience. The city captured my heart and allowed my adventurous spirit to run wild. 

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