Emma Alquist: Sydney’s Landmarks

Since arriving in Australia I have taken every opportunity to travel and see as much as I can. There are a lot of national landmarks and iconic places in Australia, especially Sydney in particular, and luckily I have been able to see more than a few.

Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Australia and I am fortunate to be a resident of Bondi, which is a suburb of Sydney. I am able to get to the coastal walk from my house in about 5 minutes. The coastal walk is an oceanic walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach and is absolutely beautiful. I do all my runs here, and each time I still get the chills from how stunning it is. The beaches are also lovely, with beautiful sand and blue waters. Right now the water is a little chilly, but very refreshing. And of course you have to beware of sharks!


Also in Sydney is the famed Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Seeing the Opera House for the first time was when I really felt like I was in Australia. You see so many pictures of the Opera House, but when you finally see it in person, I can tell you it’s 100 times better than any picture. It really is such a beautiful piece of architecture. Taking the ferry to Manly Beach is one of my favorite things to do because I get to ride right pass the bridge and Opera House, which are stunning around sunset.


All of these places are beautiful and monumental must-see places in Sydney, but I think the most fantastic part of Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. I was fortunate enough to travel north a few weeks ago and take a scuba trip out in the reef, and I was blown away. My eyes were wide open as I swam in the clearest waters filled with such diverse and beautiful wildlife and corals.


I could have spent countless hours in the water swimming around and looking at the crazy and mysterious life the ocean has to offer. I couldn’t believe how captivating it was, and I kept thinking what the reef must have looked like 20 or even 100 years ago, before coral bleaching was as prevalent of a problem as it is today. Luckily we dove in a great area where not many damaged or bleached corals were visible, but I’m sure it has still changed dramatically over the years.

I wish I had more than 6 months to explore this country because there are so many amazing places to see. I will continue traveling later this month until I depart back to the United States, so I hope to see as much as possible!

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