On November 1st 2016, Joren and I set off for our 3-month trip to Australia and New Zealand!
After a very long flight, via London & Singapore, we finally arrived at our first destination: Sydney! We were staying here for almost a week – which gave us enough time to explore this wonderful city. Although, we forgot to factor in the jetlag.
I’ve put together a little travel guide of the places we went here and what we did whilst we were staying in Sydney. Hope you enjoy and thank you for reading!
Public transport in Sydney is very easy and efficient! You simply need an OPAL card. This card is used to go on buses, trains and ferries. You can get these at most supermarkets, convenience stores, … The card itself is free of charge, all you need to do is top it up. You can top it up with either $10, $20 or $40 depending on how much you’re going to use it. I would definitely recommend getting one!
We stayed in a Airbnb just a 5 minute walk from Bondi Beach, which was very convenient!! You will see the most colourful and amazing sunrises and sunsets from Bondi Beach. Joren and I were up and out of the house almost everyday by 05:00h thinking we were going to be the only ones up, but to our surprise it was already getting busy then!!
The best place to have breakfast is Birichina’s (Shop B, 8-10 Lamrock Ave), they make the best croissants and bacon & egg rolls.
The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is terrific too and the best part is that you don’t need to walk it all. Along this coastal walk you will see all kinds of sculptures by different artists!
On Saturday Bondi has their Farmers Market. It’s open from 09:00-13:00h every Saturday. This is where you can get your fresh and local vegetables/fruits and you can also try all kinds of different cuisines from the food stands! My favourite was the Papermill Foods – definitely worth trying whilst you’re there!!
OPERA HOUSE – HARBOUR BRIDGE
We were very lucky with the weather when we were downtown – clear blue skies with no clouds to be seen! Pictures can’t even show the beauty of the Opera House! When you walk from the bus stop in Circular Quay and are walking towards the Opera House, the view is magnificent! You will notice that there are many street artists – music, art, …
A nice place to have lunch is the Opera Kitchen, they make amazing burgers with fries and salads too – make sure you have cash on you as not all foreign credit cards are recognised!
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
The Royal Botanic Gardens is walking distance from Circular Quay, situated just behind the Opera House. It’s the perfect place to relax, have a picnic, watch all the joggers, …
There are free drinking water fountains throughout the park – perfect to top up your water bottles! It gets very hot in the spring/summer in Australia, so it will be needed!
Joren and I went out to Alexandria to a shop that sold the DJI OSMO. Whilst we were there we asked the lady if there was a nice place to have a coffee or have lunch and that’s how we ended up going to The Grounds. You will find many florists and bakers here. They have a very nice seating area where you can enjoy a cup off coffee or tea. It’s covered with plants and fairy lights. We never would have expected something so different and cute to be in the middle of a more industrial area. There is also a restaurant called The Potting Shed where the menu is extraordinary! Most things on the menu we had never seen anywhere before and it was very delicious too.
This was my favorite place in Sydney, I could live in The Grounds – it was calm, cute, different and still so close to such a vibrant city!
We usually don’t like cities and prefer to spend our time off the beaten track, but Sydney won our hearts.
Thank you for reading!