Time flies! Unbelievable, it’s been already two months since I came home from my trip to Australia – and I am still not done screening all my footage. But I say, it’s about time to share my personal hot spots in Sydney. I won’t bore you with all the traditional tourist attractions, especially since you’ll find those in almost any travel guide – instead, I’ll share my most memorable moments with you.
Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to explore the whole city and especially the many beautiful areas around the Sydney region, but from what I’ve seen, I already have some favorite spots in Sydney:
I did a wonderful half day tour with Sydney Coast Walks in Watsons Bay – a beautiful coastal walk around South Head (the gateway to Sydney Harbour), starting with an iconic ferry ride to Watsons Bay and exploring pockets of bushland with stunning views of the city and surrounding headlands. Rich in early settler and forgotten military history, this short Watsons Bay walk is the easiest way to escape the city and yet still enjoy city and harbour vistas.
Special thanks to Tara from Sydney Coast Walks who made this excursion possible – a true highlight! When you are in Sydney, make sure to book one of their amazing trips!
The Bondi To Coogee Walk
I did that one on my last day in Sydney before I went to the airport in the afternoon and it was probably the most memorable moment for me. The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a cliff top coastal walk, extending for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Bondi to Coogee walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. Most beaches offer picnic shelters, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms, Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra have free electric barbecues. The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a medium grade walk but there are some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track. There are rest stops with great views and seating along the Bondi to Coogee walk. It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra.
The Bondi to Tamarama walk is the venue for the Sculpture by the Sea, Tamarama Beach (nicknamed Glamarama for its beautiful crowds) is the place to be seen, Mackenzie’s Point is a favorite with surfers and Bronte Beach is popular with families. A board walk takes you past Waverley Cemetery, the most scenic burial ground in the world. Swim snorkel at Clovelly Beach, dive at Gordon’s Bay the home of “the underwater nature trail”. Enjoy the cafes and Wylie’s Bath at Coogee and visit the Lurline Bay wetlands. (http://bonditocoogeewalk.com.au/)
I totally LOVED it! And regarding the different beaches, Tamarama was definitely my favorite one. I am just not into this touristy stuff which is why I mostly try to avoid crowded places such as Bondi in Sydney or Malibu Beach in Miami – it’s just not me.
Although I am not the biggest fan of the beach area in Bondi, I LOVED having breakfast at this place. Seriously, best breakfast EVER! The infamous Trio is a must when doing the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. Make sure to try their huge variety of different breads – all vegan.
Nomad is a cellar door and Mediterranean restaurant in Surry Hills. The idea behind the venue is for guests, if they’re enjoying the wine they’re drinking, to be able to purchase a bottle to take home. Former Alira chef Nathan Sasi, who has worked in the kitchen at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London and Husk in South Carolina, heads Nomad’s kitchen. (Source: Best Restaurants of Australia) And just a little side note: they have the hottest staff in town so that there is always something (or rather someone) nice to look at ;-)
You just HAVE to try the scallops, together with some sparkling wine!
Cafe Sydney captures the essence of Sydney from its amazing location on the rooftop of Customs House with spectacular harbour views. The food is AMAZING!
Established for over a decade, The Victoria Room has earned the reputation of one of Sydney’s finest establishments. Meticulously decorated in timeless Victorian style, you’ll feel as though you’ve have been transported to another era….one of sophistication and style (without the price tag!). For me, it was the perfect place in between a shopping marathon in Paddington and Surry Hills.
Definitely my favorite hood in Sydney – I immediately felt at home. It’s just one of these areas where you feel like you immediately fit in. I did a personal shopping tour with trendscout Fleur and stylist Sandra from CHIC in the City who really hooked me up. They showed me these amazing places, bars, boutiques, shops and hidden secrets so that I will do a separate shopping story in our Australia travel special.
I could actually picture myself living there: it is one of Sydney’s most artistically-vibrant neighbourhoods.
Well, these are the most memorable places from my first trip to Sydney. However, I am pretty sure, when I come back, I can add many more to this list. Also special thanks to Colin from Le Monde and to the PR team from Destination NSW who gave me some real insider tips as well! Colin also recommended some great websites, if you are ever looking for a good address or an event: http://www.au.timeout.com/
So, next time when you are around you might wanna check out some of my favorite spots in Sydney and I hope you’ll like them!
photo credentials: V’s World
I travelled to Sydney with Virgin Australia and was hosted by Tourism Australia and Destination NSW.
Half Day Walks
Our Sydney half day tours are designed to be easily accessible walks by nearly everyone. Choose from either a city-based walking tour exploring Sydney’s military and recreational history, or escape further afield to discover the fascinating Aboriginal heritage of Royal National Park.
Both are perfect half day tours and guided walks if you’ve got a limited amount of time in Sydney but still want to breathe in fresh coastal air.
Sydney Harbour National Park
A superb coastal walk around South Head, starting with an iconic Harbour ferry ride to Watsons Bay and exploring pockets of bushland with stunning views of the city and surrounding headlands. Duration: 3 hours (2 hours walking)
– See more at: http://www.sydneycoastwalks.com.au/tours/half-day-walks/#sthash.DoAXiOJt.dpuf