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Guns & Butter: Sydney Travel Guide

The Sydney Travel Guide is part of the Trip Report: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World which covers 5 Continents, 13 Countries, and 17 Cities.

Find the nerdy planning here. Find the picture preview here.

Here is the Sydney Travel Guide using the Guns & Butter methodology:

  • A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy
  • Anything on the line (Production Possibilities Frontier for my fellow economists) is an efficient use of your time depending on your tastes and preferences.
  • Anything inside the line is inefficient as should be avoided.
  • Anything outside is aspirational but may be impossible to do given the constraints of time and resources.
  • The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa.


Sydney, Australia is a city that everyone wants to visit. Out of the three cities I went to in Australia & New Zealand which included Melbourne and Wellington, it was definitely my favorite. It combines the city life with beach life and features one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed at, the Park Hyatt Sydney.

What makes it great? The countless things to do and see even if you only have three days.

The Beach 

The beach is graphed on both sides of the spectrum, labor and lazy because it takes some effort to get to Manly Beach but is divine when you arrive at either. Manly Beach is accessible by boat and I recommend taking the fastest boat to get there. Bondi is accessible by bus and is less of a chore to reach. Next time I’m in Sydney, I probably will skip the city center and stay at the beach the entire time .

The best part of going to Manly Beach is the amazing photo-ops along the way.

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Take the speed boat if possible
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Manly Wharf
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Nice beach town
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Surfers’ Code Dude
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Manly Beach
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The return from Manly
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Sun going down
Heading Back
Heading Back
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Bondi Beach
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More Bondi
A day at the beach
Time to move

House Hunting 

It won’t take long till you convince yourself that you could live in Sydney. It is an expensive city and housing is not cheap. Furthermore, getting a long term visa is pretty difficult unless you want to pick fruit. Still, it is fun to walk around the beach towns pretending that this waterfront condo is your home.

I can see it now
I can see it now


Nightlife in Sydney was not the best in the world. Granted, I was not there during the weekend but an international city should have something big going on every night. A nice bar was The Establishment which was packed to the brim on salsa night. Another was Ivy which was four floors of festivities. The Pool Club located within had a Christmas party when I was there.

Bar on George Street
Bar on George Street

Kings Cross is a tourist trap of strip clubs that may be worth checking out for laughs but there’s nothing great in that area.

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The infamous Kings Cross
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Just like home
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Enjoy Coke

City Tour 

Walk down George Street for as long as you please. There will be bars, restaurants, and life to see. For $300 you can climb the Sydney Bridge but I believe just going to the lookout point was good enough.

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If you can leave the Park Hyatt
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The Rocks
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The Harbour and Park Hyatt
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That could be you on the bridge
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Perfect day in Sydney
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The Lookout is a cheaper alternative
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A view from atop the Rocks
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View from the bridge
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One more of the opera house
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The City Center
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Perfect photos
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Don’t climb the bridge
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Watch for traffic
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You’ve been warned
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Walking path
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Cruise ship by Park Hyatt
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One more of the bridge


Sydney had great food. One of my favorite pho restaurants was somewhere along George Street though I didn’t think to write down the name or address. Gimmicky restaurants that had kangaroo burgers are a tourist must along with a glass of Shiraz. The restaurants near the Park Hyatt in the Rocks were decent but a little overpriced for my budget. While they provided great views of the Sydney Bridge and Opera House, I am sticking with my rule of advising against eating in the city center.

Other obscure foods
Obscure  foods
Top ranked pho
Top ranked pho
Kangaroo Sliders
Kangaroo Sliders
Might as well be a tourist
Might as well be a tourist
Or just relax and enjoy the view from the Park Hyatt
Or just relax and enjoy the view from the Park Hyatt
Harbour by night
Harbour by night
Opera House by night
Opera House by night

Sydney Opera House 

Besides taking your iconic photo in front of the Sydney Opera House, consider going to the opera. I’m a classic man but not that classy to be bothered.

This is why I came to Sydney
This is why I came to Sydney

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