Horribly overdue, but better late than never, I thought I’d finally get down to writing the follow-on post from my trip to Lombok, Indonesia. After spending a good few days relaxing by the beach, it was time to fly to Sydney, via Kuala Lumpur!
Regular readers of my blog will know that this was not my first time visiting Sydney. My brother lives here, a handy reason to have for visiting this amazing city. Without fail, every time I visit, I find myself dreaming about saying goodbye to London and moving to Sydney for a couple of years as I absolutely love the lifestyle here – it’s just a shame that it seems so far from everywhere else! 😛
But back to the real world…
We arrived early in the morning and were shuttled straight to our accommodation in central Sydney. Now it’s not often that I get to experience holiday accommodation as high end as this, so I need to share the view from our living room, especially since it offered perfect views of the harbour and Sydney’s world famous New Year’s fireworks display…
…but I’m jumping ahead.
First thing’s first, it was time to visit my brother at his new digs. He’s just moved into a new flat with his partner and new puppy and we were all dying to see, well, the new puppy. 😉 I mean look at that wee face – who can resist?
Despite having visited Sydney a good few times in recent years, I have never tried using its underground network. There’s just never been a need to really, as I quite enjoy walking places and the weather tends to be pretty good whenever I visit. Visiting the Museum station was therefore a new experience for me, despite it looking quite similar to some of London’s underground stations.
After spending the afternoon in one of Sydney’s more suburban areas, we made our way back to the centre of town for dinner at a self-order Japanese restaurant. Service was very fast, whilst being scrumptious to boot and I’d recommend the restaurant if I could remember the name of it, but I can’t (bad blogger, I know).
With London deep into its winter season, we thought we’d take advantage of the Aussie summer sun by checking out Bondi Beach the following day. As you can see, we were not the only ones there with the beach filled with locals and tourists alike.
Having an irrational fear of being eaten by a shark, I forewent a dip in the sea and was content with people watching and taking my brother’s pup for walks instead. It was soon time for lunch though, so we stopped by a modern cafe for some pizza, fries and sliders.
As we had hired the car for an afternoon, we decided to drive over to the Surrey Hills area for some desserts. Since discovering the existence of Messina, I make sure to visit this place for ice-cream at least once, every time I find myself in Sydney. Having recently gone vegan, I was super happy to find they had some non-dairy options available (all was not lost!).
With not much planned for the rest of the day, we headed back to the apartment and just chilled for the rest of the day, glad to now be out of the strong summer sun.
The next day was another beautiful day, so we decided to go harbour-side, walking along the main thoroughfare of George Street to see if there were any good Christmas sales to take advantage of. Nothing really caught our fancy (thankfully!) as we passed by the Tower Eye and it wasn’t long before we found ourselves by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
We took a slow stroll by Darling Quarter, admiring views of Darling Harbour and the CBD.
All that walking had worked up our appetite, so we stopped by a little fast food cafe by George Street on the way back. It didn’t look like much from the outside, but the bean burger and OJ I had was pretty darn good.
Bellies filled, we did a last bit of window shopping through the Strand Arcade before meeting up with the rest of my family. We had reserved cinema tickets for the latest Star Wars movie, as we had a few hours to kill before our New Year’s Eve dinner.
The new Star Wars movie is great by the way, if you haven’t seen it, and that’s coming from someone who isn’t a particularly big sci-fi fan.
We had our New Year’s Eve dinner in a restaurant by Darling Harbour. The idea had been to participate in the celebratory atmosphere, catching a glimpse of the pre-fireworks fireworks at 9pm if we could.
I can’t say that we got the best seats in the house, but it was no matter as we had some awesome seats for the main show, free of crowds, in the comfort of our own home (or as good as!).
We woke to bright sunshine and a lovely, warm New Year’s Day, a good day to take a boat ride out into the harbour for an entertaining narrative of Sydney’s historic development. Though this is pretty much one of the most touristy things you can do in Sydney, it’s a pretty good experience – educational with beautiful, iconic views of Sydney from a different viewpoint.
This being our last day in Sydney, we decided to spend our evening celebrating Australian style, with shrimps on the barbie (and vegan burgers for me) – a pretty perfect way to end our trip.