A weekend in Sydney, Australia
January 1, 1970
by Lexie Hadley
Now I am all for a weekend away, (who isn’t right?) and if you find yourself wanting to immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes of New South Wales, where better to go than Sydney? From Friday to Sunday, check out my jam-packed itinerary for the perfect Sydney escape!
Friday; your weekend away begins!
Once the work week is finished, grab your packed bags and head to your nearest airport. I had a great experience flying with Quantas Airways from Melbourne to Sydney, the check in process was stress-free and so I am a huge fan of theirs.
The Medusa Hotel
Once you land, grab a taxi and head to your hotel. Looking for something boutique? Then the Medusa Hotel is a must. This is a beautiful boutique hotel with 18 rooms, although from the outside it looks just like a terrace house. Did I mention they have Aveda toiletries? The Darlinghurst location is also super convenient as you can literally walk anywhere!
Tara Guest House
If a guesthouse is more your idea, check out Tara Guest House in Enmore. Each spacious suite has been individually designed with features like marble fireplaces, beautifully bright French doors, and four-poster beds. Word on the street is that one of the owners is a commercial chef, so you can expect a pretty lavish spread at breakfast time.
By now it is probably clocking around 8 pm, stomach growling? I thought so. Why not check out Hisshou Tepanyaki on George Street for a unique and joyful dining experience with a chef at every table throwing (quite literally) together a feast! An experience you will certainly not forget in a hurry!
Saturday; sightseeing in beautiful Sydney!
Bondi Beach Coastal Walk
Rise and shine, we’ve got a lot to see today! Everybody knows Sydney has some beautiful oceans views and there is no better way to see these than the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.
The easiest way to get there would be to catch a train and jump off at Bondi Junction, from there simply walk down Bondi Road until you can see the beach! There are buses available at Bondi Junction if you would like to save your legs for the coastal walk, but I warn you now, everyone will be waiting for the same bus! Make a quick stop at Panama House if you are peckish, they are open from 7 am.
Once you hit the beach, be sure to check out the local artists who display their amazing works on the walls adjacent to the beach. When you are ready to begin the trail, head towards Bondi Icebergs – who offer yoga classes if you are feeling extra energetic – if not, the walk will still provide you with a great workout with hills and stairs a plenty to get your heart rate up! Once you reach Bronte, grab a coffee at Three Blue Ducks before heading back to your hotel to freshen up for the rest of the day.
Sydney City Centre
For those who like to indulge in a little retail therapy (guilty!) then head to the bustling Pitt Street which offers everything from Australia’s best designer stores to quirky boutiques and homewares. Not a fan of shopping? Continue with the culture trail and check out The Royal Botanical Gardens or the Art Gallery of New South Wales, showcasing the best local and international art and parklands retrospectively.
The Opera House
As the day draws to an end, head to The Opera Bar, located literally underneath the Opera House, they have a bangin’ cocktail menu and views of the Harbour Bridge which are simply to die for! Of course if you cannot drag yourself away from those views even as the sunsets, you can grab a bite to eat at the adjoining restaurant but there really is no shortage of restaurants, even in the local area, so perhaps if you feel like a little venue hoping you could check out Buckley’s for a gourmet burger and creative share plates, or Sake Restaurant with its vibrant, rustic chic setting – serving inventive sushi and of course delicious cocktails. If you need something to kick that sweet tooth and the cocktails just aren’t hitting the spot, check out Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café on the harbour.
Sunday; not ready to say goodbye to Sydney? Thought not.
Sydney is the hub for delicious brunch spots and it would be hard to just pick one option – I have to give you a few! Bills have a few locations but my favourite has to be the Darlinghurst location, perfect if you are staying at the Medusa Hotel. Or check out the snug café that is Four Ate Five and you won’t be disappointed. Think French toast, house made granola and baked eggs. Finally, Rueben Hills, an absolute crowd favourite in Surry Hills. With beans roasted on site, it is worth checking out for the coffee alone! But if you are taking the time to dine, I recommend the Broken Omelette Roll with fried shrimp and bacon jam, and soft baked eggs with jamón.
Crown Street, Surry Hills
If you chose a brunch spot in Surry Hills, then it is worth checking out the eclectic vibe that Crown Street has to offer. There are some truly fab little shops here, but my favourite things about Surry Hills are of course food related (and I am not even sorry), so once your brunch has settled, you cannot miss an opportunity to visit Gelato Messina, voted the best gelato in Australia by Good Food Guide, and for very good reason! Each store displays 40 incredibly beautiful and darn right delicious flavours, 35 of those are permanent signature flavours, and they also produce 5 new ‘specials’ each week. So you can literally try a new flavour every day from Monday to Friday. Pretty cool eh? (White Chocolate and Salted Caramel, Apple Pie and Panacotta with Fig Jam are just a few of my favourites. My mouth is watering just writing these down!) They also have a wide selection of sorbets, which are completely free from dairy and suitable for vegans!
Once the plates have been cleared, it is time to bid farewell to this beautiful city – boo. I am sure you enjoyed eating so much and perhaps your jeans are feeling a little tighter right now? And hitting those shops pretty hard, at least your pockets are a little lighter! Until next time Sydney…