When Chet Faker announced a second tour for 2015 and the Sydney show was going to be outside the Opera house, overlooking the harbour bridge, I booked my flights straight away. What a venue!
Last Thursday, I caught the red eye to Sydney. After going to Sydney in December 2013, I honestly did not think I would be going back so soon but when cheap flights & a personal development seminar popped up, I couldn’t resist.
I caught up with Miss Bondi Yogi Caroline & then two friends who recently moved over from the UK (who I haven’t seen since I visited in December 2010!) The world really is moving closer & closer together & I for one, love it . Things like Facebook & Skype have kept me in touch with friends from the northern hemisphere for years so when we do finally see each other, it feels like we’ve never been apart.
Now if there’s one place you must visit when you’re in Bondi, it’s Bondi Wholefoods. Just look at these blueberry spelt pancakes!
I left Sydney already thinking about my next trip back. I have a feeling my next trip back will be an extended visit (living the location free lifestyle so watch this space!)
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!
Since it’s been two years since my last Sydney trip, my list of things to do & places to go was HUGE. My last trip was all about the coast; catching the ferry across to Manly and going to the beach where Home & Away is filmed. This time, it was more about the food and the bars. Even though I covered a lot, there’s still so many places I would love to check out. Next time huh?
Here’s a list of the places I visited AND I would highly recommend:
– Kelly’s Bar and Grill, Bondi Junction (Tasty ribs with an amazing view)
– Bavarian Bier Cafe, Bondi Beach (good priced food that you can eat by yourself or share)
– Bondi FM Cafe, Bondi Beach (good breakfast spot)
– Bona Fides, Sydney CBD (good breakfast spot)
– Cafe Sydney, Sydney CBD (good for lunch, over looking the harbour bridge)
– Icebergs Bistro, Bondi Beach (good lunch spot with a view over the beach)
– The Bucket List (looking over Bondi beach as pictured above)
– Since I Left You, Sydney CBD (small little laneway bar, good for after work drinks)
– Hemmesphere, Sydney CBD (sushi & cocktail lounge with a very impressive wine list, the photos on the site don’t do it any justice!)
– Blu Bar on 36, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney CBD (go here at 5:30pm to watch the sun go down)
Do you have some places I should add to my list for next time?
No matter how many days I schedule for Bondi, it never seems to be enough. I spent 4 days in Bondi this time but I’m starting to think I’ll need a few months to feel satisfied. Waking up to that gorgeous bay could never get tiresome (just ask Eugene, who takes photos down there every single morning!)
My friends started arriving Saturday afternoon and before long, we had a bucket of sangria in our room that was all polished off (solid effort!) We stayed on the main strip so we just had to walk outside to get something to eat (we went to a Bavarian cafe that had yummy meals and plates to share which were also really well priced).
The weekend was spent eating, drinking, checking out new places and just being around each other as much as possible. Nothing about the weekend was planned other than our accommodation and it was nice to be able to just take our time waking up, eating breakfast around noon and laying on the beach on Sunday afternoon with no rush to go anywhere.
One friend left on Sunday night and the rest of us parted ways on Monday. The tears weren’t there this time (for anyone) and I guess it’s because we’re all one plane ride away from each other and the time between catch ups will never be too far apart. As one friend talks about stopping by Perth later next year, another two friends are just waiting to announce their moving dates (to Australia). Yeah it sucks not having your best friends by your side when all you want is a cuddle but I sometimes forget how far away they are with the amount of text messages, skype calls and phone calls that are exchanged between us.
It’s been nearly six years since I moved across the ditch but as we have gotten older, it has gotten easier to arrange these trips now that we’re all working full time. The next trip seems a while away but if the past year is anything to go by, it’ll be here in no time.
Coming up: a post about places to eat and drink at in Sydney & Bondi
On my list of 25 things I want to do before my 25th birthday, flying over Sydney was one of them (Eugene, a Bondi- based photographer may have had something to do with it). I chose ‘Heli Experiences‘ who are based near the airport. We flew into the city, around the harbour bridge and then out to North Bondi and down the coast to Cronulla and then back to the airport. Most rides go for 20 minutes but we were lucky enough to get 25 minutes (we couldn’t fly into the airport for 5 minutes because of other planes/helicopters). It’s my favourite way to see a city!
You can contact Heli Experiences: here
This Thursday, I’m on the red eye to Sydney (didn’t I learn last time?) with one Perth friend and 6 other kiwi’s waiting for me. We never really planned to be in one place at once, it just happened.
When B said she’ll be flying with her boyfriend New York to New Zealand via Sydney in November, I jumped at the chance to meet her (I haven’t seen her since early January). Since my best friend S is a flight attendant, it wasn’t a question of if she can make it, it’s more of how much time will we get with her (turns out, she gets a whole week! WOO). Next up it was Mase and her boyfriend who are driving from Melbourne to Brisbane in November but they didn’t have a date set….easy, I’ve set the date for you guys! All that was left was Z, my other close friend from NZ who is now living in Melbourne. She didn’t want to miss out on the gathering so she’s coming up for 2 days.
I’m excited! It’s been 18 months since us five girls were together at the same time & I can’t wait to introduce them to my Perth friend, K. After 6 days in Sydney, Perth friend & I are off to Melbourne to do some shopping, exploring and then I’ve got to do mass catch ups with the Melbourne residents (I seem to have more friends in Melbourne than Perth!) I’ve made the decision not to take my laptop with me so make sure you follow me on instagram: winterlustvo
Until my return, I’ve got a few posts scheduled 🙂