One of our favourite places in Asia-Pac, Sydney, is truly a jewel and a world class city. Although many think this is the capital of Australia, Sydney is not. Like New York, New York, many say it is the heart of the nation, the place many think of when they think of the country, and one would be remiss to venture to Australia and not see Sydney.
Where to Stay
While Sydney offers an array of hotels large and small, for our visits to this fair city we typically rent flats at Bondi Beach via Airbnb. We have found that by renting a flat we’re able to extend our trip to longer lengths and get a better feel for the city. Our last flat rental was walking distance to the beach and was only a short bus ride into the CBD.
How to Get Around
Sydney boasts a convenient bus system and a less convenient rail (much fewer stops) but, depending on where you want to go, it just might fit the bill. We found public transportation to be tidy, safe, and relatively convenient. Although not as quick as a cab, public transportation is much less expensive.
What to Eat
Hands down, our favourite place for dinner is Catalina in Rose Bay. The views of the harbour are spectacular and the menu is exquisite. Of course the fact that the restaurant is the former home of Sydney’s first international airport and is next door to where one can hop on a seaplane doesn’t hurt either. For coffee, Tiger Mottle in Paddington ranks highly as does Flat White in Woollhara. Our go-to bakery time and time again is Sonoma whose sourdough bread we just can’t seem to get enough of. Favourite place for a quick lunch? Pie Face!
What to Do
While Sydney does have quite a few nightlife options, we tend to spend most of our time outside when in Sydney. Whether it’s trying to spot whales, watching (or trying to catch) waves, or just having a glass of wine and taking in the spectacular views, Sydney is simply a lovely place to take in. Being opera and architecture fans, we do spend a large amount of time at the Sydney Opera House which we’re pretty sure everyone knows is already a must-see. The other thing we love to explore while in Sydney is the history of the city and the country, and walking around The Rocks and seeing the juxtaposition of the old and new really is something.
What's are your Sydney musts?