A Student's Guide to the Best of Studying Abroad Sydney

May 3, 2019 8:26:00 AM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

In this post, CAPA Alumna Alexandra Crowe shares her tips of things to do and places to go based on her own Study Abroad Bucket List for Sydney. She also shares some highlights from her weekend travels - so read along and get excited for a summer or semester studying in Sydney, Australia!

During the Spring 2018 semester, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia with CAPA. This experience was life changing for me and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to go. Now, I’m sure you have all read and heard all about how study abroad was life-changing and incredible and that everyone recommends it but I know some of you are also probably on the fence about it. I’m going to tell you about the weekend trips I had the opportunity to take while studying abroad. These trips were incredible because they offered me the opportunity to not only explore Sydney and it’s surrounding towns but also other parts of Australia.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2018_From Alex Crowe - Alex on cliff

At the beginning of the semester, my roommate and I did a whole lot of research about places to go and things to see in Sydney. We collaborated to make a giant bucket list of things to achieve during our time in Sydney - from trying tim tams and vegemite to hiking many different trails, we completed them all. The best parts of this bucket list were all the different places we got to see.

The first weekend excursion we decided to take was a weekend trip to Byron Bay. Byron is a trendy beach town about a two-hour flight north of Sydney. While here, we explored the many coffee shops, restaurants, beaches and restaurants while also enjoying the relaxed vibe of the town. Ever since deciding to study in Australia we had all been keen to explore Byron - it really was a dream come true.

While some weekends consisted of trips exploring other parts of Australia (including a weekend in Cairns at the Great Barrier Reef and a weekend in Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road), many weekends were spent exploring many different parts of Sydney. Here’s a cumulative list of the places we saw as well as some tips for the trips you may plan there:

  • Perfect picnic spot: The Royal Botanical Gardens by the Sydney Opera House. The botanical gardens are open to the public and are right next to the opera house in Circular Quay!

  • Best hiking: Palm Beach, Wedding Cake Rock, Kelly’s Falls, North Head, South Head, and honestly the list could go on and on! Palm Beach and Wedding Cake Rock were two of my favorite places which is why I listed them first but there are so many different areas to hike in Sydney! I loved this aspect because I felt so connected to nature still despite being located in a Global City!

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2018_From Alex Crowe - group of friends hiking

  • Best place to collect sea glass: Malabar beach! This was actually one of two places where I found sea glass in Sydney (the other being Shelly Beach in Manly).

 CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2018_From Alex Crowe - sea glass

  • Best view of the Sydney Bridge: Wendy’s Secret Garden! This garden is a public garden just inside of Clark Park near Kirribilli. This is another great picnic spot and once again is an incredible quiet spot you would not expect to find in such a big city.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2018_From Alex Crowe - view of Sydney bridge

  • Best beaches: Manly, Collin’s, Cronulla, Balmoral, Watson’s and once again the list could go on and on. One thing that amazed me was how much natural beauty there was in Sydney. I personally have never seen a city that is as connected to nature as Sydney is!

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2018_From Alex Crowe - Manly Beach  


Thanks, Alexandra!

Alexandra Crowe


Meet Alexandra Crowe, an Arizona State University student studying Biomedical Sciences. She studied abroad in Sydney during Spring 2018 and is a CAPA Ambassador for the 2018-2019 school year.


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Topics: Sydney, Australia, CAPA Ambassadors, Day Trip