Sydney in 11 Days…

Aside from spending lots of quality time with family, these were the highlights of our short but sweet visit down under:

Brunch
If Sydney does one thing well, it’s breakfast food. Brunch culture is HUGE here! Every restaurant and café has a killer brunch menu offered 7-days a week and the best places are often queued out the door from 10am.

We loved the food at Bills (a Sydney institution – there’s 5 locations across the city) and Trio at Bondi…

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…however my favourite for overall experience was The Grounds of Alexandria.

A little bit out of the way (luckily we had the use of a car) but well worth the effort. I could’ve spent hours in the surrounding gardens.

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Sydney Opera House
I wasn’t expecting to be so amazed by the Opera House but I was very wrong! Every inch as impressive in real life than in photos, if not more so. One of the best ways to soak in the view it is by enjoying a drink at Opera Bar.

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We took the Opera House Tour on a rainy afternoon and although it was amazing to have a sneak-peek inside, our guide was terrible. We should’ve spent our money on a cocktail at Bennelong restaurant instead! I know a few architects that would’ve adored it though and the building’s history is pretty amazing (when told by the right person!).

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Maroubra Beach
My favourite of all the beaches we visited. Pale golden sand, plenty of surfers to watch and a beautiful place to relax.

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After spending some time at Maroubra I was pretty disappointed when we eventually made it to Bondi beach. It was much smaller than I’d pictured, and still extremely busy despite the autumn weather. That being said, I did enjoy…

 

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
This walk is a “must do” when in Sydney. We started with brunch (obviously) at Bondi then followed the path past Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly beaches until we finally hit Coogee. The best way to end the walk is on the rooftop of Coogee Pavilion watching the sunset with a drink in hand!

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Dinner at Café Sydney
Although we had many lovely meals during our stay, the stand out for me was the beautiful Café Sydney. The food was excellent but what you really come here for is the view…

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The restaurant is located on the top floor of Customs House in the centre of Circular Quay. You can’t see the Opera House (due to a particularly ugly and large apartment building) but looking over the Harbour Bridge at sunset is pretty memorable. There’s also something about warm weather that makes me always want to dine outside!

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Customs House itself is worth a visit too. It’s now a public library with a giant map of Sydney laid underneath a glass floor – great for tourists still struggling to get their bearings. We also found ourselves popping in frequently to use their reliable (and free!) wifi.

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Sydney Ferries
I know it’s strange listing public transport as a “highlight” of a city, but I just absolutely loved every time we took the ferry! Since Sydney is built on a large natural harbour often the quickest way to get from A to B is to take to the water. One of the longest journeys is from Circular Quay across to Manly Bay in the north but there are many shorter hops around the various bays on the south shore too. We took a few different trips over the week and each time we got a new and unique view of the city.

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