Sweet civilisation. After three months of adventuring around the tropical, mountainous, coffee-farm-rich wonders of South America, we were quite happy to walk into a city which offered all of the little things we had been missing. Tap water, normal toilets and the English language to name a few.
Our first stop was Bondi, where we treated ourselves to an airbnb, five minutes walk from the world-famous beach. At the apartment waiting to greet us was the lovely Rhia, our friend from home and a huntsman spider – our first taste of creepy-crawlies. After filling our bellies and attempting to sleep (jet lag, you suck) we left the flat in search for breakfast. Speedos, set near the north end of Bondi beach was an instagrammer’s haven. Macha waffles with mango puree, pistachios, fruits and edible flowers all washed down with their Peanut Nutter smoothie (highly recommended). Safe to say we pretty much rolled out of the café – a slight contrast to the Bondi fitness fanatics sporting gym clothes along the beach after an early morning class.
Next on the Bondi must-do’s was a trip to the Bondi Icebergs ocean* pools (this is the ocean not the sea as aussie locals reminded us*). Soak up the rays, go for a serious lane swim, splash about in the baby pool or watch people take shameless selfies whilst dodging the waves.
In the early evening, we followed the coastal walk to Coogee, which takes about an hour. If you arrive before 7pm on a weekday you can enjoy the Pavilion‘s pizza and pint deals.
We recommend a visit to the Sunday Bondi farmers market for great street-food-style brunch. There’s a strong foodie theme to this blog and it doesn’t stop here… Gelato Messina, highly rated among the locals, was probably the best ice cream we had experienced.
Colourful quaint houses, micro breweries, coffee shops and a familiar up-and-coming buzz, we quickly felt at home in Glebe and began picturing an Aussie life here. We stayed with a couple of friends, Mark and Hamish, who treated us like Queens. Evenings were spent enjoying delicious BBQs, boating around the harbour on Hamish’s boat Nora, cliff jumping and drinking good wine.
On the Saturday we took a short cab ride to Darlinghurst for a boogie and a dose of good music, thanks to Banoffee Pies for throwing a night in Club 77. A small, dingy underground club with regular house, disco and techno nights.
After a day nursing our hangovers in the sunshine, we took a boat from central to Manly. We’d heard great things about Shelly beach, a short walk along the coast from Manly beach. The waters in Shelly are clear, calm and great for swimming. Cool off with an iced coffee in The Boat House.
Weaving between tourists posing in front of the opera house and dodging the confident Bin Chickens (White Ibis) in the botanical gardens, central was as expected, a lot more hectic. After soaking up the views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, we took a stroll through the botanical gardens. To escape the scorching heat we headed to the MCA for some cultural wanderings. We particularly enjoyed Jon Campbell’s installation ‘Stacks On’ showcasing Australian slang.
Everything that home has and more, a special thanks to our wonderful hosts Mark, Hamish and Charlie the pooch. You made us fall in love with Sydney and we hope to see you very soon…