A Quick Guide to Sydney
For most, Sydney is Australia’s first point of reference. It’s a city with sights and stories so iconic it’s hard not to pass through it at some stage. Whether you are stopping over before heading on to Asia or Europe or whether you gearing up to explore the outback, Sydney caters for all kinds of travellers and will no doubt leave you wanting to see more.
Bondi to Coogee Walk An almost embarrassingly handsome 2 hours walk alongside dreamy surf-breaks. If you’re short on time, the Bondi to Bronte version will leave you speechless, too.
Sydney Opera House An obvious choice with photo opportunities galore. Be sure to check their page for more info on upcoming performances.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb it, cross it by foot, take it in from a ferry or simply gaze at it while on a nearby riverside café. The lit up version in the later hours is worth a sneak as well.
Circular Quay Wharf Tank up on some Vitamin D, people watch, kick back and enjoy.
Markets Stock up on fresh flowers at the gorgeous Sydney flower markets. Fuel up at the delicious Eveleigh markets and stroll through vintage amazingness at Glebe and Paddington.
White Rabbit Gallery A Rolls-Royce garage turned into one of Sydney’s best art galleries. Browse its neighbourhood Chippendale for more secret finds and get inspired to create.
Manly A half an hour ferry ride from Circular Quay, it’s no surprise sleepy Manly is busting with locals on weekends. Rent a bike, go snorkelling, hit the waves or work up a sweat on the Manly to Spit Bridge walk.
Blue Mountains A 90 minutes ride from Sydney Downtown will transport you into the serene and tranquil world of Katoomba, a popular base for explorations of the surrounding Blue Mountains.
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Anvil Coffee Co. 1/2 Hobrook Avenue, Commuters Wharf – When a ferry station turns into a café, you know someone knows how to think outside the box. A pleasant change to the busy town cafés with excellent views.
About Life 1 Kiaora Lane – Sydney’s health food game is strong and this place is why.
Nourishing Quarter 315 Cleveland St, Redfern – Latin American cuisine meets Vietnamese plates on menus resembling storybooks. It’s one of those places that just feels right.
The Boathouse 2 The Esplanade, Mosman – Balmoral Beach makes an ideal backdrop for some serious brunching business. Come early.
The Grounds of Alexandria 2 Huntley St – Between the airport and the city, this Sydney institution is an Instagrammer’s dream. A must!
Bondi Wholefoods 1/30A Hastings Parade, North Bondi – The name says it all. Hip and healthy, just how we like it.
Sadhana Kitchen 147 Enmore Rd – Raw vegan restaurants tend to be a bit of a hit and miss for me. This one is a winner, I promise.
Lentil As Anything 391 King Street, Newtown – Based on its Melbourne pendant, this place just keeps on giving. It’s not-for-profit, customers pay what they want, tables are communal, and music is live. Embrace it and enjoy!
UBER will get you most places. From and to the airport, the Airport Link Train is your best option. Pick up a free OPAL smartcard online or at newsstands and create your very own hop-on hop-off bus tour for as little as $2.