A Weekend in Sydney

My intention of blogging whilst away didn’t go to plan, so my next few blogs will be coming over the next couple of weeks!

I flew to Sydney with my aunt for a long weekend. After the relaxed vibe from Melbourne, Sydney was definitely a change! We stayed at the Sheraton on the Park which is in the centre of the city, perfect for being able to walk down to Circular Quay every day. The city is very much like any other, chaotic and busy, filled with tourists and workers. I love people watching and Sydney is one of the best places to do this!

When we got there Friday night, all the city workers were done for the week, and with blue sky’s all around, everyone was down at Circular Quay for drinks. We decided to stop at Opera Bar for a glass of Prosecco and some snacks, I could get used to that life and the view for sure! After the warm Friday evening, I woke up to rain and lots of it! We tried to be optimistic and headed for Bondi Beach, hoping we’d be greeted by gorgeous weather when we got there. We were not.

We were planning to do the Bondi to Coogee Walk, but it just wouldn’t have been possible. Instead, we caught the bus to Coogee and met up with my uncles family for lunch at The Pavillion. It ended up being a really lovely afternoon, as long as we stayed indoors!

Saturday night we met my aunts cousin who showed us a good night out in Surrey Hills. We had drinks at The Clock, dinner at Vacanza (brilliant pizza!!) and finished with dancing on the tables at Cafe Lounge. It was definitely the best night I’d had in Australia!

Sunday we completed the Bondi to Tamarama Sculpture by the Sea Walk. It was a much nicer day and it was so lovely seeing all the different kinds of sculptures that people had submitted! It’s amazing the talent that is out there and definitely worth doing if it’s on when you’re in Sydney!

There were blue skies on Monday and it was so lovely.. it didn’t last long, but it was great to see! We had breakfast at Darling Harbour and then walked round to the Chinese Friendship Garden. It is just beautiful there, so tranquil and pretty, hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a must go when you go to Sydney, I’d allocate at least an hour to get round there and enjoy it all. After our walk round the garden, I headed to my walk over the Harbour Bridge. The first thing to check off my bucket list and it didn’t disappoint, it’s incredible seeing everything from 135m above sea level! There’s so much history and the views are just second to none, especially if you’re lucky enough to do it on a clear day. I had 50 mile an hour winds, but it didn’t effect the climb, not like you would expect it to anyway.

It’s safe to say Sydney was just amazing! Apart from not having the best weather I still had the most incredible time there. It has such a different vibe to Melbourne but I loved the whole hustle and bustle of the city, it definitely reminded me of being home. Although I definitely couldn’t wait to get back to the relaxed vibe of Melbourne, I feel much better suited there. My next stop was Cairns and I was so excited!

Which do you prefer, the chaos of the city or the relaxed feel of a suburb?

Love, Sophie



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