Every year over Christmas and New Year, I’m lucky enough to fly to the other end of the world, to Australia, to meet up with Mr Romantique’s family and friends, to enjoy Australia’s fresh produce and to relax on one of the best beaches in Sydney. Whilst I aim to do something new every year, I also love revisiting my favourite spots in Sydney. As a sun-deprived European in winter, you can imagine that most of the spots are related to beaches and outdoor activities. Here’s a list of my Top 5 things to do when in Sydney:
Bondi Beach / Icebergs pool / Bondi to Bronte walk:
I have a love-hate relationship with Australia’s most iconic beach Bondi. In summer, this bustling beach is invaded by hordes of tatooed backpackers and plastic-fantastic gym junkies. On the other hand, Bondi boasts the finest, sugary white sand, an array of nearby coffee shops and restaurants as well as the most stunning beach walk Bondi to Bronte. Last but not least, Icebergs Swimming club houses a pool built into the sea on the Southern end of the beach. A stunning landmark!
Sydney Fish Markets
For seafood lovers, this iconic destination is a must-see pilgrimage when visiting Sydney. A plethora of busy and hectic stands offers the freshest of seafood imaginable. The market is a working port where the fishermens’ catches are auctioned each day. Whether you are wanting delicious prawns to take home and barbeque, fresh oysters to eat on the spot, or grilled takeaway to eat by the water with the pelicans, your taste buds will thank you. For desert, try the chocolate-covered, giant strawberries.
Catch the ferry to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge
A stunning way to see Sydney’s most recognisable sights is to take a ferry to the city. Enjoy the salty breeze and the stunning views and alight at Circular Quay, just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, the historic area of the Rocks, the Harbour Bridge and the Botanic gardens.
Relax at one of Sydney’s secrets swimming spots
There are many secret little harbour beaches, secret tips passed on only by the best of friends. One of my favourites is Gordons Bay. Reminiscent of Italian beaches with it’s turquoise, calm waters and the rocky cliffs, this little gem is perfect for snorklers and relaxation for stressed city dwellers.
Walk along the unspoilt beaches of the North
If you love empty, wild beaches that go on for kilometers, you will fall in love with Sydney’s Northern beaches. Long stretches of golden, endless sand are made for beach walks. My favourites are Mona Vale, Whale Beach and Palm Beach. The latter being my all time favourite beach in Sydney!!