This down under city is well-known for its distinct skyline; the illustrious Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Paired with its love for its numerous beautiful beaches and distinct neighbourhoods, Sydney is a must-visit metropolis for globe-trotters.
Where to Stay
Visitors to the city should consider the lively Kings Cross neighbourhood – its past was centred on nightlife, this vibrant area boasts cool restos, interesting boutiques and a few nightclubs too. Diamant Hotel is a modern boutique abode, with contemporary-styled rooms and a great locale to explore the city on foot or via transit. For visitors who want to be more central, consider the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney in the Rocks district of the downtown.
What to Do
Get your mojo working with a walk from Bronte to Bondi Beach – then indulge in breakfast at the Bondi Pavilion and satiate your shopping gene with a stroll along Bondi’s shopping strip for beachwear and surf gear.
Wandering along the harbor from the Museum of Contemporary Art, take time to spot your favourite local writer at the Writers Walk with a steamy flat white coffee and then head to the iconic Opera House. This striking building lures shutterbugs and is a great spot for taking photos of the city’s skyline.
Shoppers should head to stylish Paddington, filled with local designer ateliers and boutiques. Fashionistas will appreciate a little helping hand from Urban Walkabout Tours, with their Fashion Secrets Tour chockfull of insider information on the must-see shops such as Colette Dinnigan, High Tea with Mrs. Woo and stunning millinery from Neil Grigg.
Where to Eat
This city loves its fish and seafood, so for tasty eats and a great view of the downtown, Café Sydney in the Customs House offers both in spades. Another fun locale is Otto, located on Cowper Wharf in Woolloomooloo – Italian-inspired cuisine with a dash of Australian sass (and keep your eyes peeled for Russell Crowe who owns a condo here). Definitely spend some time wandering 2 Danks Street gallery in Waterloo and take time for a coffee or lunch at the Danks Street Depot or across the street at locally-inspired Café Sopra, hidden over Fratelli Foods.
Images: Courtesy of Tourism Australia, Tourism NSW and the Shangri-La Sydney Hotel