We have just come back from a month in Oz visiting friends and relatives to celebrate the festive season. There are things we certainly miss about ‘home’ and things we now love about living in Asia.
We have put together our list of top things we love about Sydney. Ones that we always try and fit in on any trip back.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk (with a swim)
Start at either end, set aside a half day or more, enjoy! If you know a better walk in the world message me.
Clovelly – Sydney’s hidden gem
Ok, maybe we are bias as we used to live in Clovelly BUT it’s truly so amazing. A close – knit beach suburb (with a great bunch of mums) in the city’s east that hardly ever gets a mention. The beach is fantastic for kids; you can swim without being bumped over in the surf. There are also plenty of little rock pools to dip in and a decent car park – you’re not having to walk for miles to get to the sand. Pro tip: bring your snorkel and swim with the resident tropical blue groper.
Cocktails at the Opera Bar
Avec kids or sans kids, is there a more iconic view to feast your eyes on while sipping margaritas? Lunch there is a scrumptious treat too!
We always loved hanging in Centennial. It’s perfect for bike riding, walking, picnics and getting to know the local wildlife The added bonus is they have now created the Ian Potter Children’s wild Play Garden. If you have young uns it’s great. The play space is completely fenced in making it a relaxing experience for parents. Bring your swimmers and a towel – I didn’t realise it’s a ‘water play’ area when we went.
Ok, we all know Asia isn’t renowned for it’s coffee. But boy does Australia spoil you rotten. It’s just plain rude to only have one a day. Barista’s are generally the consummate professionals and often very cute, but don’t tell my husband.
Kingsford Chinese Restaurant
It’s a W family thang. It is a grotty place, horrible service, loud and with a décor which makes you think twice about entering. But the food is sumptuous and in a city where nothing is cheap, somehow Kingsford is. Quick tip – order the Shandon chicken and salt and pepper squid.
Coastal Getaways (North and South of Sydney)
Travel an hour north or south of Sydney and find an abundance of super getaways. Less crowds, more friendly, cheaper and a bit more real. But guaranteed to find a pearler of a beach.