Since I’ve been back wow I’ve struggled with the dark, short days and been absolutely knackered. I’m 100% someone who craves warmer and longer days. I live for SUMMER! So coming back to the UK from Australia has been hard!
This weekend I organised all of our Australia pics ready to put in a photo album which has been lovely looking back over. It took ages to cut all the pictures down to about 500 and then putting them in order took a good couple hours. Can’t wait for it to be sorted 😊
Australia was absolutely amazing! If it wasn’t so far away from friends and family we would 100% seriously consider moving out there. We could definitely see ourselves living in Sydney. The life style was great, the food was delish and the beaches/ scenery was out of this world. It was a dream trip and we had the most amazing time. If it was closer we’d definitely go back in a flash. It had a mix of US and English vibes with some Aussie quirks. It was a great place. I have sooooo many pics from the trip I’ve decided to split it into 3 bits – Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne.
So here goes with Sydney!
- Sydney Bridge Climb
- Coogee to Bondi walk
- Hunter Valley Wine Tour
- Brunch at Celcius Coffee – our fav brunch
- Blue Mountains
- Mrs Macquerie’s Chair walk and views – best place to see both the Sydney Opera House and the Bridge
- Bang Tang – fav dinner in Sydney
- Watsons Bay – great to watch the sunset, and eat some tasty fish and chips
- Messina – delish ice cream
The flight over wasn’t too bad but we were glad to land. We got a flight in for 8:30pm which meant we could go straight to sleep that night – it worked quite well and we were out for the count. It took a couple days to stop waking up between 3am and 5am each morning but we got there in the end!
We jumped right into our holiday and spent the day exploring! We walked over the bridge to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden and then down to Blues Point Reserve. The views of the bridge were lovely and it wasn’t that busy which is always a plus for me! We then strolled across to Kirribilli and the most delish brunch at Celcius Coffee – make sure its on your list for any trip to Sydney! We finally got a boat across to Manly Beach to chill by the beach and drink some tasty cocktails.
|Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden – didn’t feel like you were in the city!|
|Imagine seeing these views every day… love it!|
One of our favourite brunches of the whole holiday! You need to make sure Celsius Coffee is on your must visit brunch places… I had poached eggs with pulled lamb and Tim had waffles with smoked salmon and poached eggs – dreamy!
|Love me a cocktail!|
The Blue Mountains were on our Have To Do list. We jumped on the train first thing in the morning which was so cheap for a 2 hr one way trip! Unfortunately the bush fires weren’t far away which meant that we didn’t get clear views and lots of the trails were closed for safety reasons. It still looked amazing and I can only imagine what it would look like when its clear skies! It was still worth the trip out and we have a great day walking around.
|All the smoke from the bush fires was shocking and the visibility was quite poor|
|The 3 Sisters|
Our hour trek turned into a 3 hour trek because of all the diversions – saw some pretty waterfalls though!
We went for a tasty Thai around the corner from us at Kings Cross called Thai Rocks – sometimes theres nothing better than a thai and a bottle of wine 🍷
You’ll have probs have gathered by now… we love exploring when visiting a new place and we ended up doing 20-30k steps a day when in Sydney! We spent this day walking around Sydney again – theres just so much of Sydney to see and we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss anything out! We started the day with brunch at Bills in Darlinghurst – a Sydney institution you need to make sure you don’t miss our on!
We then walked around to Darling Harbour and across Pyrmont Bridget all the way to Mrs Macqueries Chair. We literally spent over an hour sitting down here watching the world go by opposite the bridge and Opera House and people watching! You know you love it too! We then strolled through the Royal Botanic Gardens before heading over to the Bridge for our Bridge Climb which was just out the world! The views and whole experience was insane! Something I’ll never forget…
|Brunch at Bills – I got my daily fruit dose for sure!|
|Delish chocolate covered strawberries – ruby, white and milk chocolate – yum!|
|Pretty botanical gardens|
|What an experience! The views were insane and 1 of the best things we did in Sydney|
Of course we had to have a day decided to wine and the Hunter Valley! We couldn’t go Sydney and not go to the Hunter Valley for a wine tour. It was a nice change of pace and was nice being carted around by to different wineries 👍
Heads up! If you decide to buy wine to be shipped back home don’t forget about shipping and then the excise, VAT and duty you’ll have to pay later on! We hadn’t realised how much the excise, VAT and duty would be and should have claimed the VAT back when we were in Australia – lesson learnt if we do it again! Either way… we can’t wait to dig into our 12 bottles that arrived this week!
We also went to a delish place not far from us in Potts Point for dinner called Bang Tang – the Asian food is just so fresh and yum!
|I only took a couple pics from the wine tour… having too much fun drinking all the samples!|
|Duck it up! We polished it off|
|Prawn Passion! The passion fruit dressing was soooo good!|
Our last day was spent exploring the east of Sydney and was one of our favourite days of the whole trip! We got a bus down to Coogi and then did the Coogi to Bondi walk. Our wine tour guide had suggested doing it this way round and it was a great shout as we ended up in Bondi and had a delish lunch and went to the Bondi weekend market which was super cute!
We literally just took our time with the walk and stopped every now and again to just sit in the sun and watch the waves on the beaches – loved it!
We then got a bus up to Watsons Bay. We went for a nice little walk and then had fish and chips on the Pier and watched the sunset – gorgeous! After a very windy boat ride back, we grabbed a delish ice-cream at Messina and took a walk to see the Bridge and Opera House all lit up – a great way to finish our time in Sydney.
|My favourite spot of the day overlooking Tamarama Beach|
|Delish lunch at Bondi Beach – nom!|
|View from Watson’s Bay|
|What a sunset…|
If you haven’t gathered from the above I absolutely loved Sydney. Melbourne was great but Sydney has my heart ♥️ Like I said above I would live in Sydney in a heart beat if it wasn’t so far away… the weather is gorgeous, I love the lifestyle and the vibe and having the pretty beaches right on your doorstop is out of this world.
Up next is Port Douglas, Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef!
Have you been to Sydney? What were you favourite bits?
Until next time,
Isn’t Sydney amazing?! I thought it was such a beautiful city when we visited. We did the Bridge Climb and visited the Blue Mountains (loved both!). Hope we get the chance to go back and explore more of Australia sometime! I’ll be checking out your other Australia posts for inspiration. 🙂
I absolutely loved Sydney! I prefer it to Melbourne :p I’d love to go back some day
This looks a great trip. Sydney is in the list of my destinations to visit. Thanks for sharing 😁
Looks like you had a fantastic time. Australia is one of our must see places and of course no trip to Australia would be complete without visiting Sydney! We really would love to do the bridge climb!
It’s such an amazing place and we had the most fantastic time 🙂 If only it weren’t so far away!