Exploring Sydney

IMG_9106Last weekend I had the opportunity to take an extra long weekend and travel from Brisbane to Sydney. I only stayed for 4 days and really wish that I had months longer to explore such a beautiful city. Between the iconic harbours, historic architecture, lush parks and gorgeous beaches: Sydney seems to have everything. The lifestyle definitely has more of a city pace than Brisbane and is much more touristy – both of which make the Sydney fun but a bit overwhelming. The night life is fantastic as well, from smaller kitschy bars, to the swanky Opera Bar directly at the foot of the Sydney Opera House, to bustling large clubs.

IMG_8969

The first full day we spent there, we wandered around the city taking in the sights (and eating everything in sight). The morning was spent in a nice little cafe called Macchiato near our hostel in Chinatown. We walked through a large mall located right by town hall that was stuffed with beautiful little patisseries lining the middle of the mall and designer shops on either side. IMG_8978 IMG_8979 IMG_8982

After taking a look at all of the beautiful clothing we couldn’t afford, we meandered around Hyde Park. The park was such a serene spot in the middle of a busy city. With fountains and shady trees, it was the perfect place for a work day lunch or reading a book.

IMG_8984 IMG_8987 IMG_8997

We then got some dumplings in Chinatown and hopped on the free city bus to the famous Sydney Opera House. Seeing the Opera House in-person after seeing pictures of it all my life was such a surreal experience.

IMG_9012 IMG_9068  IMG_9112

The next day I got another perspective of the Sydney Opera House – from the ferry! We took a ferry from Sydney Harbour over to Manly Beach. Manly included a great little town of shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. That day there was also a cute little street fair going on featuring stalls of local artisans. The beach itself was vast, with white sand and harsh waves. Any swimming was strictly watched by lifeguards because of intense rips and a certain type of blue jellyfish, which I did see floating around me as I waded into the water.

IMG_9122  IMG_9128

IMG_9149

PS. Please follow my new food-stagram @austa_eats_food

xoxo

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: