We adore Sydney! Less showy than New York, more upbeat than London, more down to earth than Paris. Sydney has the laid back neighbourhood vibe which is all too often lost in big cities. It has quirky coffee shops and cute bakeries offering breakfasts to die for as well as more upmarket restaurants offering fine dining. We really enjoyed the week we spent in the city and would have loved to have had more time there.
We spent our days strolling around the harbour and the botanical gardens, enjoying the exquisite panoramas of blue sea and sky, framed by the opera house and harbour bridge.
Sydney is a historically rich city with plenty of large colonial era buildings dotted about the place. We had a tour of the home of the governor of New South Wales, which was designed by the same architect as Windsor Castle. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is also housed in a remarkable old building with an exciting range of art works.
We took a trip to Luna Park, a 1930s fully restored theme park located across the harbour. We walked back across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoyed fantastic views of the city.
We visited Bondi Beach, which was so busy compared to the Gold Coast beaches we have been used to. We walked the coastal path from Bondi to Coogee, crossing cliff tops and beaches. We enjoyed a few glasses of wine with our friend Claire, who lives in Sydney and who we also met up with when we visited Bangkok last year. We stood in the crowd and watched the annual Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, which was a real highlight for us.
On our final night in the city we went to see Madame Butterfly at the opera house. We had never been to an opera before but we were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed ourselves.
Sydney is definitely a city we could see ourselves spending more time in and we hope we get the chance to return in the future.