We’ve spent almost as much time visiting large cities as we have hitting the islands and campgrounds around South East Queensland recently. A long weekend and some cheap flights prompted a quick trip to Sydney earlier this year. City accommodation is actually quite cheap – for <$200/night we nabbed a beaut only a block or two from the harbour. It was also around the corner from a really cool craft beer and pizza joint called Frankie’s. We stumbled across this place in search of dinner after we landed late on a Friday – the pizza and beers were really good, but the 80’s and 90’s rock music was fantastic! (Un)fortunately I don’t have any photographic evidence of the night.
We were up early to get stuck into being a tourist. Sydney is beautiful. The harbour is stunning and there are lots of long walks you can do that give you breathtaking views or take you through stunning gardens right from the CBD. We walked up to Surry to hit some cafes, then wandered back through the city to the harbour. We explored by foot and boat, sampled ice cream and treats. Eventually, thirst got the better of us and we found ourselves at Opera Bar watching the cruise ships load up on supplies and other tourismo’s.
While I didn’t grab any photos, I can highly recommend venturing out of the city to Stanbuli’s, a Turkish restaurant that multiple friends vouched for. We were not let down by following this suggestion. Do it.
Day two took us out to Bondi. It was a bit too cold to swim, but it was perfect weather to stroll, people watch and feast on the headland overlooking the famous bay. We kept our eyes peeled for Bondi Rescue characters as we circumnavigated the headland on the walk up to the cemetery. There weren’t many lifeguards out and about, but there were plenty of fellow joggers. I’m actually really jealous that this is their long-run location and view.
We raced back to the city mid-afternoon to quickly get changed and then head out for the evening. We had date-night planned: Champagne, Aladdin and dinner at Chat Thai. Does being a tourist get any better than that?
What are your Sydney highlights and what should I do next time?