Everyone was telling me that Sydney is definitely one of the best cities to visit at least once in your lifetime.. And I have to say that…
Sydney has to be one of the most vivid Cities I have ever visited in my life. The vibe is incredible and it makes you want to stay there forever! Everyone is so fit and love to exercise that even if you hate doing sports you are going to love doing them over there! So I am going to tell you in a few words what to do there if you are only visiting for a few days… If you want more info PM me!
WHERE TO STAY:
I can’t just choose one hotel so I will give you a few options. I will start with:
- PARK HYATT Hotel. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, between the iconic Sydney Opera house and Harbour Bridge. Offers 155 spacious guest-rooms and luxurious suites with contemporary interiors and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to private balconies; 24-hour butler service; and a day spa with rooftop pool and sundeck. My personal favourite rooms would be the Opera King Room and the Opera Deluxe.
- Pier ONE. Sitting pretty below the bolts and girders of the city’s most iconic bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour hotel has the cheerful good looks of a turn-of-a-century arcade. Don’t be fooled by its classic exterior: with harbour-view rooms, impeccable decor and sea-fresh cuisine, this nautical bolt-hole makes an on-trend urban stay. My personal favourite room would be Harbour View Balcony Suite.
- Establishment Hotel. In the heart of Sydney’s buzzy business district. The owner’s concept is a big, glam food-and-drink emporium with a host of experiences to choose from, each one captivating and unique in its own way, with a luxe, party-tastic atmosphere. My personal favourite room would be the Establishment Room.
WHERE TO EAT/GO OUT:
- Mr Wongs – Bridge St (Go early for dinner or book for lunch)
- Sushi E – amazing sushi place
- Opera House Restaurant – Book in advance
- Opera Bar – go for sunset drinks
- Buon Ricordo – Great Fish and Seafood. Old School Italian hospitality and best truffle pasta in Australia.
- Fish Market – Best for lunch. Fantastic array of the best Seafood in Australia
- Boathouse Shelly Beach or Balmoral Beach – amazing brunch and for sure the best fresh Juices
- The Pantry Manly – great for brunch or lunch right on the beach try and get a table on the open windows
- Speedos Café in Bondi Beach Yuuummm
- Bills in Darlinghurst, I knew it from the Granger & CO restaurant in London and since I was in Sydney I had to go and try the original.
- Icebergs Bondi Beach – after you go and take the famous picture of Bondi pools just go upstairs on the bar and get a white wine with some Oysters and if you are in the mood of a Burger, TRY IT it’s insanely good!
- Bread & Circus in Alexandria district, I would suggest you pay a visit once you get to Sydney or before you leave and you on the way to the airport cuz its close by.
- Tella Balls – the area is not anything fancy but the milkshakes there are to DIE for so if you plan on having one I’d say try a few! hahah
- 3 Mama Chef’s – it’s the latest ice cream craze in Sydney
- Gelato Messina – the best ice cream EVER! There is a very long queue but goes pretty fast. Try the salted caramel flavor is AMAZINGLY good and if you happen to go on a Sunday there is a Flea Market across the street to wander while eating this delight.
- As far as NIGHTLIFE there are a few clubs like – Carmens, The Basement, The Bank and Tunnel Nightclub.
WHAT TO DO/SEE:
- One of the best ways to enjoy Sydney’s stunning natural attractions is on a coastal trail such as the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk Combining beaches, Rock-pools, parks and spectacular coastal views, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk winds its way along 6 km of picturesque coastal paths at the edge of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Starting by the iconic Bondi Icebergs, just above the Bondi Baths, the walk takes between 1-2 hours at a leisurely pace, offering plenty to see and do along the way.
- Explore Sydney Harbour Islands. The Sydney Harbour Islands – Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd Goat and Cockatoo – are among some of Sydney’s most popular natural attractions. Catch one of the regular ferry services from Circular Quay during summer and take in the sparkling scenery. If you are planning your visit to Sydney Christmas and NYE period then For a truly memorable New Year’s Eve with epic views of Sydney’s famous fireworks, secure a spot on Cockatoo, Shark, Clark or Goat islands, which are open to a limited number of visitors (bookings essential).
- Other popular coastal walks in Sydney include the Federation Cliff Walk from Dover Heights to Watsons Bay, which features views of Australia’s oldest lighthouse. The Manly to Spit Bridge Walk, a 10km path along Manly’s aptly named Scenic Walkway, is another stunning walk.
- For coastal walks close to Sydney visit any number of trails in the Royal National Park’s stunning coastline. The Wattamolla picnic area is a popular place to base yourself while you’re exploring the park. It is situated near a beautiful beach, lagoon and picnic area. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and go for a walk along one of the beach tracks.
- For you girls that always go to a place and want to indulge into some shopping my favorite Australian Brand so far has to be Samantha Wills jewelry! So if you have a chance to visit her store in Alexandria do so! She makes incredible things and not expensive at all.
- Ofcourse you will visit The Sydney Opera House. Is a thriving hub of art, culture and history. Nearby, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is arguably the most famous of all of Sydney’s architectural gems.
- At the flagship David Jones and Myer stores and the bustling Westfield Sydney, you’ll find even more local designers, including Camilla, Dion Lee, Ginger & Smart, Camilla and Marc, Sass & Bide, Helen Kaminski’s raffia creations and Tigerlily.
- Visit The award-winning Taronga Zoo, overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour, is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife and rare and endangered exotic animals.
- View Sydney’s iconic harbour from the water to see the city skyline from a different perspective. There are many water travel hire options, ranging from boats and water taxis, to yachts and water limousines. Explore Sydney’s coastlines and get active by enjoying a day on the water in a kayak or canoe.
- Hire a bicycle and explore the city’s bikeways, including those in Manly, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial Park.
- Visit the Blue Mountains, which have long been one of New South Wales’ biggest sightseeing drawcard. It takes a couple hours’ drive to visit from Sydney, with the most popular base for viewing being the township of Katoomba. While this is reachable from Sydney’s Central Station via train, day tours are both a convenient and viable option for making getting there easier and providing further insight into the region.
WHEN TO GO:
DECEMBER TO MARCH: Yes it is Sydney’s high season, with average temperatures climbing into the upper 70s and you can imagine, visitors flood the city to take advantage of the warm weather. It might be the period with the higher hotel and airfare rates but if planned soon enough you won’t have an issue. If you are looking to visit Sydney a bitt less crowded then I would suggest the month of November and end of May.
- There are very long queues on the Passport Control so be prepared for at least 1-2hrs of waiting. Have with you a bottle of water especially if you are visiting in their summer, which will be very hot.
- Even if it is summer definitely have with you a light jacket as you know Australia is famous for surfing which means wind.. haha
RECOMMENDED LENGTH OF STAY:
5 NIGHTS/6 full DAYS should be enough to see most of Sydney and don’t feel like you left something unseen.
A Tourist VISA is required and it is valid for maximum 90-day stay.