Marie Le Hur, editor of Carpe Sydney, and a good friend of mine, made the move to Sydney over a year ago. Here she shares her definitive list of the top things to do in the famous city down under;
- Book a table at delicious seafood (and BYO!) restaurant Ripples, sit back and enjoy the view – looking back at Circular Quay as the sun sets on the water. When darkness falls, walk back across the bridge surrounded by the city lights. If you want to head back there the next day, scrap the expensive Bridge Climb and just pay $13 for the Pylon Lookout instead – it’ll still take your breath away. For more details, just click here.
- Take a trip to Watson’s Bay where you can enjoy the best takeaway fish and chips from Doyle’s and an al fresco evening of drinking in one of the few places in Sydney where you can witness a proper sunset thanks to its ‘west coast’ location.
- Head to Vaucluse to get started on the extra special Harbour Beaches The distance is less than 2kms and you can stop off at any number of tiny, beautiful beaches all with stunning harbour views. If you fancy more of a fitness session, the Bondi to Coogee coastal cliff walk extends to about six kilometres and is a truly spectacular route, made even better by the sheer amount of perfectly situated cafes – and even a Bowls Club! – along the way.
- Rose Bay is a beautiful, protected bay with the calmest water – the perfect place for kayaking, surf skiing and paddle boarding. Rent a ‘SUP’ (Stand Up Paddle) from the local guy on the beach for $20/hour and enjoy leisurely exploring the clearest water in the city.
- Just next to Bondi Beach sits the infamous Icebergs, where the lapping waves from the sea regularly top up the refreshing outdoor pool. It’s a gorgeous setting and not just for a swim, but for the food and drink readily available afterwards. Whilst you’re in Bondi, be sure to head to the incredible Aquabumps gallery as well; they have some surprisingly affordable prints considering the quality and talent involved.
- You can’t visit Sydney and not have a drink at The Glenmore (or any of the Sydney rooftop bars for that matter). It boasts such incredible views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, you’ll wonder why they haven’t started charging entry.
- A night to remember: head down to Walsh Bay for a drink at the secluded Bar at the End of the Wharf and then head back to Circular Quay for an incredible dinner at Café Sydney. It’s best to pre-book so you can get a table on the terrace – even if it’s winter as the heaters are impressive. Either way, dinner overlooking the Harbour Bridge is one you won’t forget in a hurry.
- The open air cinema is a real part of the Sydney summer. Book tickets in advance to secure seats for the best films at a variety of different venues – the most popular probably being Centennial Park, the Domain and Bondi Beach. Furthermore, if you’re around at the start of December, head down to Centennial Park at sunset for Tropfest, a free evening that takes place once a year where you can enjoy a picnic and spectate a series of short films all competing for the top spots.
- Pre-book your tickets online, then head down to Double Bay to jump aboard the mini ‘ferry’ which will take you across the harbour to The Island. It’s essentially a giant floating bar, complete with awesome tunes, endless well-stocked fridges and some very well turned out people. This is without a doubt the best way to leisurely enjoy a day on the harbour.
- For an unforgettable day on the outskirts of Sydney, rent a car and drive through the Royal National Park for about an hour until you arrive at the spectacular Garie Beach. Great waves; even greater surroundings. For more details, just click here.
If you’re looking to make the trip to Sydney – either for a fleeting visit or to become a long lasting expat, check out www.carpesydney.com for all the tips, tricks and advice.