Known for: Surf Beaches (Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama) The Rocks historic village The Sydney Opera House Great food, galleries and museums
Hello lovely traveling friends!
I haven’t posted in a while because I just started a new job in radio…
It’s great – I get to write, work with super rad people and meet interesting musicians. Plus listen to Steely Dan and Beach Boys all day. Life is good.
So when the team at InterContinental Sydney invited me to stay, I thought,
What better way to celebrate than to hop on a plane and spend a week rediscovering the big city?
As a kid, mum & I would visit Sydney to spend Christmas with our 2nd family, The Matthews. I have many fond memories of our adventures – giggling at selfie-taking tourists (nb. don’t try to fit the Opera House in ya pic, it will fail 9 times out of 10), buying 1 chocolate strawberry each from DJs (excitement level: 1,423,000) and battling the surf like true kiwis at Tamarama Beach.
I remember once sharing a pizza at The Rocks and the Italian staff thought I was an actress from Home & Away, so stuck a photograph of me on their restaurant wall!
We never spent a lot of money on holiday, just delighted in the small pleasures the city had to offer.
On recent return, I made a video of my speedy trip and noted a few travel tips… So read on…
✈ Where to stay
The Intercontinental Hotel
I love staying at IHG hotels when I travel because no hotel is the same, despite being a chain. The downtown Sydney property is absolutely stunning. A historic building, adorned with timeless pieces and a vibrant collection of local art. Staff go above and beyond service requirements and will make the effort to remember you. Thank you so much for your kind, warm hospitality.
The Holiday Inn, Old Sydney
A new place I discovered in Sydney was another IHG hotel called The Holiday Inn. This hotel is a little more on the cheaper end of the spectrum, but has the most INCREDIBLE 360 view and rooftop pool. In fact I might even rate it the best view in Sydney. Take a look at my youtube video to see what I’m on about…
✈ What to do
1. Visit the Chinese Friendship Garden
2. Take the train to Bondi Beach
3. Look at the local art
4. Get lost in Paddington
5. Visit the museum
6. Take a trip to Chinatown
7. Crash an event
8. Explore the concrete jungle at night, by foot
9. Look up
10. Take a stroll under the harbour bridge and visit the Sydney Opera House
✈ Where to eat
David Jones Foodhall
Hands down best salad + choc strawberries of my life. Don’t have a pic, ate too fast.
✈ What to wear
If you feel the cold like I do, wool-blend dresses are always a good option.
Traveller’s tip: Forget the huge handbag. It will get annoying and is unnecessary. Instead opt for a small evening bag which can fit your essentials (such as your passport, room key and bank cards).
Here are some silly snaps
So that’s all from me – let me know if you have any questions or comments. I love to hear from my readers!
Have a lovely week,