14 March, 2012

Magical Sydney

Bondi Beach

Having spent 5 and half days of wining, dining, cruising, sightseeing and exploring Sydney - I have totally fallen  in love with the city and was very reluctant to come home! Having lived in London, Paris and Florence and visited most other major cities I left thinking Sydney had to be the pick of the bunch with the most to offer for both locals and tourists alike. If you haven't been ...you just have to GO! We had an absolutely fantastic time - I must admit the perfect blue skies and sunshiney days of 24 - 27 degrees helped as did the fabulous restaurants, the breathtaking scenery, the beautiful harbour and the friendly people. Thanks to some great tips from Carolyn over at Desire Empire and 'The Little Book on Sydney's Secrets' by Donna Hay I think we managed to cover the best Sydney had to offer. I revisited some of my old, favourite haunts like 'Bills' and discovered some fabulous new places like 'Palm Beach'. 

Bills - my favourite breakfast spot in Sydney

Ricotta Hotcakes at Bills - so light and airy that I managed to polish off all 3!

The day we arrived was wet and wild with 135mm of rain in a single day - the highest ever recorded in Sydney! There were reports of planes queued up at the airport for hours and road closures but we were in the lap of the gods for the entire trip and landed ten minutes after schedule and drove through Sydney without drop of rain and no traffic. It rained a little after we checked into our hotel and unpacked. By the time we were ready for some fresh air and a walk the sun was shining! It only ever disappeared on Monday whilst I was doing a little shopping!

The Ivy Room - Bondi Beach House

Our room at the Bondi Beach House had a very beachy vintage feel that was rustic and charming and only a stone's throw from the shops and restaurants.

The highlights from the trip included:-
  •   Dinner at Bondi Icebergs watching the sunset - what an amazing setting! We liked the ambiance so much we had drinks and appetisers there another night before heading down to North Bondi Italian for a bowl of pasta.
  • A seafood platter at Doyles's on the Beach at Watson's Bay - again another spectacular setting!

Doyles on the Beach

A perfect summer's lunch!

  • Discovering Camp Cove, a secluded little beach with the most stunning houses right on the beach
  • Harbour cruises and all the yachts, speedboats, tinnies, canoes and stand up paddle boarders out on the water enjoying harbourside living
  • Relaxing, swimming and ice-creams at Shark Beach, Nielson Park inspired by a photo shoot from an old Donna Hay magazine
Donna Hay
  • We loved the lush, green feel of Sydney, the tropical vegetation and all the National parks hugging the coastal line
  • Catching the ferry over to Manly for a tasty prawn pizza  at the Manly Wharf Hotel, the happening place to be on the beach front

Manly Wharf Hotel

  • Staying at Bondi Beach with heaps of fun cafes and bars to choose from and the great beachy vibe of the place
  • The warm balmy evenings and dinner on the balcony at Ravesi's overlooking Bondi Beach
  • The Bondi to Bronte clifftop walk - so many great looking, fit people
Bronte beach and ocean pool

A visit to Camilla's in Bondi a gorgeous chic vintage style shop full of beautiful, colourful kaftans perfect for stylish beachside living (recommended by Cheryl over at  Beachcomber)

Camilla - Bondi Beach

My favourite day of the trip was the day spent at Palm Beach which I'll feature tomorrow 

Melissah xox


beachcomber said...

glad you enjoyed your time in sydney! you couldn't have timed the weather better.. & aren't bill's ricotta hotcakes great ? did you see my big swell post photos i took on one of the days you were here ?

Coral and Coast said...

Glad you had such a great time Melissah! My husband keeps promising to take me on a trip to Sydney and now I can't wait! xo K

Desire Empire said...

So glad you were happy with your visit. The Sydney weather was at her best for your stay which makes the world of difference. Looking forward to the PB instalment.

Sydney truly is a beautiful city and it's charming to see it through a visitor's eyes.
Carolyn xx

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh wonderful Melissah! So glad you had a terrific stay. It IS a delightful city and so glad it turned on the charm for your stay. Pleased to see you got to Watson's Bay and Palm Beach and of course beautiful Bondi. Maybe you could consider relocating, now you have seen how great it is xo

plaits and paisley said...

Sounds gorgeous. The weather was a bit overcast, unfortunately, when I visited recently after not being there for 10 years!
Penny x

Stephanie Huang said...

i love these photos! it looks like you had an amazing time and i really want to go. i especially want to visit that store - i love the combination of the bright colors and the white walls <3 your blog is amazing!

Kristin Peake Interiors said...

ok...so when can I come visit?! I'm kidding...I love your blog though, happy to have stumbled on it. Feel free to check out mine as well!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I would love, love to visit Sidney! If only it was closer. I can't imagine sitting in a flight that long (from East Coast USA).

Kaybe said...

There are so many beautiful coastal cities in Australia to choose from. You'll just have to suffer your way through all of them before you make a decision as to your favorite. The seafood dinner looked scrumptious!

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