Take a trip down under this season
It’s still winter in these here parts, and many of you are likely indulging in a trip down South to soak up some sun. However, if you’re tired of the all-inclusive scene, we say take a flight (well, a couple of them) down to Sydney. It is summer over in Australia, which makes for the perfect winter getaway. Not only do you get an abundance of sun and beaches, but it is also quite the cosmopolitan city with hip shops, great eateries and a sizzling nightlife. Here, we’ve got your ultimate guide on what to see and do in Sydney.
Where to stay
The Darling is Sydney’s newest boutique hotel, and perfect for those looking to stay somewhere a bit on the lavish side. It sits on the edge of the waterfront, therefore allowing for stunning views of the city skyline.
The revamped Park Hyatt Sydney, overlooking the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, recently re-opened its doors with a newly-built fourth floor that boasts rooftop suites.
What to see + do
The iconic Sydney Opera House is hosting an outdoor production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata overlooking the harbour. Running from March 24 to April 15 2012, this will be a cultural event in Sydney unlike any other.
To get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while, a stroll in the historic Hyde Park (just by the business district) is a must. Be sure to check out the gorgeous paths lined with fig trees.
For more quaintness of nature, check out the Royal Botanic Gardens (founded in 1816), with their gorgeous flowers and ponds. And a visit is definitely within budget, as it is free to the public.
Accessible via the gardens, one of the city’s most iconic sights, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is open to pedestrians and cyclists. It is worth crossing for stunning views of the city skyline.
Sydney Harbour itself is one of the most well-known and popular natural harbours in the world. You can opt for a ferry ride, or even simply take a stroll or have a picnic on a warm summer day.
For an unprecedented view of the city, head up to the Sydney Tower Eye. Hit their observation deck, or upgrade to get an even higher view from the SKYWALK, looking down at city with the glass floor beneath your feet.
Formerly Sydney’s bohemian district decades ago, Kings Cross now boasts many hip restaurants, bars and shops. It’s still known as the red-light district, though, so you’ll notice the bevy of adult stores and strip clubs.
Photos courtesy of Tourism Australia.
Where to shop + unwind
Paddington is a hip suburb of Sydney that is home to many designer stores and vintage shops. Every Saturday, you can even check out Paddington Markets on Oxford Street, which showcases the wares of various local designers and artists.
Sydney boasts a myriad of beaches that are ideal for some R&R, with one of the most popular ones being Bondi Beach, which is host to many events. Another fave located in Port Jackson (by the Harbour) is Balmoral Beach.
Where to eat + drink
If you need a sit-down restaurant for a tasty lunch, Bucklers Canteen is great for sandwiches and salads, as well as Mexican-style grub. Located right by Bondi Beach, it is the perfect pub-style eatery after an afternoon swim.
In Sydney’s historic Rocks district, Bar100 is a new establishment that is altogether unique within the city’s nightlife. Four levels of fun, it includes a lounge bar, a space for live music, as well as a traditional Lebanese restaurant. Whatever your taste, there’s something for everyone.
For something a bit more quaint, there’s the Victoria Tea Room Salon. It is a lavish locale for brunch or dinner, as well as High Tea with tasty scones and finger sandwiches.