Sydney is one of those cities that seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. It is hugely famous, and instantly recognisable, thanks to the iconic Opera House.
It may not be the capital of Australia, as many people mistakenly think, but it’s definitely somewhere that you should visit at least once in your life – even if only for a weekend while you stay in another Australian city. Here’s how to make that weekend perfect.
If you want to get a feel of a modern Sydney, then you absolutely have to start in Newtown. This is the coolest area of the city, with a lot of delights that appeal to visitors and residents alike. It’s a great place to go for a drink, bars such as Websters, offers a beautiful open rooftop terrace that overlooks the heart of Newtown.
You could also listen to Sydney jazz while you dine in a place like the Vanguard. Students from the University of Sydney often congregate here, which means that the atmosphere is ever youthful and full of energy. There’s great food to be had here too, at restaurants such as BlackStar Pastry and Earl’s Juke Joint. Catch a movie at the Dendy if you have no other evening plans. You can also find some great hotels in this area which allow you easy access to all the delights that Newtown has to offer.
Enjoying Bondi Beach
You can’t come to Sydney and miss out on Bondi Beach. It’s probably the most famous beach in the world, thanks to the unrivalled natural beauty combined with the proximity to such a major city. Go for a walk along the beach, or just sit down and enjoy the sun for a while.
If you plan your trip well, you can watch one of the events here – they hold running marathons which culminate at the sea, art shows, sports events, and much more. It’s one of the most visited beaches in the world and is at its most special on Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve when people gather from all around the city to celebrate together.
Dining in Style
Where do you go for your meals while you are in Sydney? The weekend offers two opportunities for evening meals, and you can catch two lunches as well, so make them count. The best rated restaurants in the city include est. and The Village Inn Paddington for fine dining, or Mamak and Harry’s Café de Wheels if you want to find a cheaper meal. Then there’s The Grounds of Alexandria if you just want to sit in a café and watch the world go by.
Being a Tourist
Of course, you can’t go to Sydney and leave without being a bit of a tourist. You absolutely have to go and look at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Circular Quay, here you can see Australian and International contemporary art exhibits. Be sure to walk over to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is an impressive sight in itself.
If you want more history, the Government House is a beautiful piece of architecture, and the State Theatre is gorgeous inside. There’s also the Sydney Skywalk for adrenaline seekers, and Madame Tussauds if you want to spot the waxworks of the rich and famous – though you may not want to spend a big portion of your weekend indoors.
There is obviously so much to see and do in Sydney that you will struggle to see it all in just a weekend. To make your stay a perfect one, focus on the things that really interest you personally. Don’t feel pressured to do it all – just enjoy the things that you can get around to doing!
What does your perfect weekend in Sydney look like?
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