On my way to Auckland a few weeks ago, I did a 3 day stop over in Sydney. It’s been a year since I was last there & I’ve been saving a list of places to check out since then.
On the first day, I caught up with a friend for drinks at Watson’s Bay Beach Club. We caught the ferry across where you can check out all the gorgeous coastal houses along the way (my fave). For an early dinner, we went to Jamie’s Italian which is a favourite of mine in Perth (check out photos from a visit here) and I couldn’t believe how much better the Sydney restaurant was (sorry Perth). I got exactly the same dishes (aracini balls for starters, 3 way cannelloni for mains and brownie for dessert).
Travelling in December is so beautiful. Everywhere you look, there’s christmas decorations! This was a little something in the Darling Harbour:
On my second day, I hired a car & drove out to Balmoral Beach for breakfast.
The boathouse/boatshed came highly recommended. It’s situated on the water with yummy food & the most gorgeous decor.
After breakfast, I drove to the Central Coast to visit my friend J in Umina. J & I were really good friends back in NZ when we were 8 & although I’ve seen her since she left NZ, we’ve mainly kept in touch over letters & facebook the last 15 years. It was so crazy to see J, her sister, her mum & even her nana because it’s been so long yet they all still look the same as what I remember. We all had a little catch up, remembering funny things from when we were growing up & then J took me to Terrigal for lunch. Such a beautiful coastal town!
On my last day, I headed down to Bondi first thing, got a juice from Lamrock Cafe & then walked along the coast to Bronte. The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk is quite a popular one & I was really regretting not wearing my sneakers on this day!
I had the most incredible breakfast at G’Day Bronte & I would highly recommend the coastal walk with the reward of breakfast at the end!
Some other Bondi recommendations:
– Porch (cute little cafe a short walk from the beach)
– Deli Bottega (situated off the main strip but good food & the owner is super lovely)
& what I definitely don’t recommend: forgetting your bathers at home/in your hotel on a sunny Bondi day. Good thing there’s a few shops in Bondi that will sort you out (a girl can never have enough pairs right?)
Until next time Sydney!