“I come from the land down under, where women glow and men plunder”
– Men at Work
I thought you might like to join me on a little tour of my favourite place in the world—Sydney, Australia. I have honestly travelled a lot—if you follow me on 4Square you have seen that. However, I am still biased and will shout from the rooftops that Sydney is the best city in the world.
Photo courtesy of Sydney Tourist Guide
Where to Stay
If you are in Sydney for only a short time, I would definitely recommend staying in the centre of the city, right near the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Darling Harbour—our favourites include:
- Sheraton on the Park
- Westin Hotel
- Observatory Hotel
However, if you are here for a little longer, it can be worth getting out of the city and enjoying a beautiful trip up the Northern Beaches, which is where I actually grew up! There are some great little holiday accommodation places:
- Cottage Point Inn (Cottage Point, very secluded and romantic on the river, a long drive but very nice)
- Novotel Hotel, Manly (right on Manly Beach)
Where to Eat
There is some great food to be had in Sydney—comes with the territory of having such a multicultural population. There are some very cheap and some quite pricey!
- Phuong’s – Vietnamese, Willougby. This is incredibly cheap and it is out of the city, so only go if you are over this side for a reason.
- Cafe Sydney – Great view of Sydney Harbour and where we dined the night we got engaged! Highly recommended!
- Wildfire – Delicious steak and another good spot for checking out the harbour.
Bondi Beach – This one is free. Best to visit not during the peak of summer; it is still nice beach weather all the way through to March/April most years and the water is warm enough for a leisurely dip.
Sydney Harbour Bridge – My favourite spot in all of Sydney—the old girl is so iconically Sydney I still take the bridge when we have another road that runs under the water that is generally faster for me. You can do a “bridge climb” and go over the top of the bridge, or you can walk from one side to the other for nothing—it is often how we get into the city.
Personal photo from Fort Denison
Opera House – Another great site. You can walk around for free, but there are also interesting tours telling you all about the lottery that Sydney had for years that funded the project.
Things to Eat
If you have never been to Australia before, you really have to embrace the culture, and to really emerse yourself in the Australian life, start with the best hangover cure in the world—vegemite on toast. Then late afternoon grab yourself a tim tam and a cuppa and celebrate the greatness that is the Tim Tam Slam, and of course we call them prawns here (not shrimp), so pop one on the barbeque and dig in.
Tim Tam Slam by Tracey Fletcher King
Hope you enjoyed the little snapshot of life in Sydney from the Teaspoons. Pop on over to Licorice & Olives where I am still blogging about all things post-wedding in Sydney.
Otherwise, check out my Weddingbee archives for all our wedding fun!