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Surry HIlls/Darlinghurst

Destination(s): Sydney

Check out Sydney's grooviest inner city precincts, followed by a cruisy day at the beach. read more about Surry HIlls/Darlinghurst

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship

  • Pier St
  • Darling Harbour
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9281 6863
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

  • One Notts Avenue
  • Bondi Beach, PO Box 7053
  • tel:61 2 9365 9000
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  • Sydney, 2026

If all the tanned and fabulous bodies of Bondi beach are making you feel sick… don't come here. This is the place to come in Sydney if you want to gawp at outrageously beautiful models on the arms of their toy boys. The menu is Mediterranean, and the views are spectacular, with the restaurant housed in a building that looks out over Bondi Beach and across the Pacific Ocean. read more about Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

Kirketon Hotel

Kirketon Hotel

  • 229 Darlinghurst Road
  • Darlinghurst
  • tel:61 2 9332 2011
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2010

Cosmopolitan cities need chic, architect-designed, cutting edge hotels. Said properties should offer iconic status, glamour and opulence in equal measure. Exclusivity need never be requested, but discretely assumed.
The Kirketon, after starting life in 1999 as a cool, stark, minimalist boutique hotel, was acquired by 8Hotels in 2003 and underwent its latest incarnation. The result is a warmer, more sophisticated property that evokes the luxurious feel reminiscent of grand European hotels, but with a nod to 21st century tastes and technology.
The 40 rooms are divided into four styles: Standard, Premium, Executive and Superior; each a step up in bed size, floor space, facilities, price and finishes.
Outside on the Darlinghurst streets, you're spoilt for culinary, bar and nightlife choices. But if you're finding it hard to leave the luxury of the Kirketon behind, you can always slip out back to the in-house, award winning Eau de Vie bar; it's class with a capital C. read more about Kirketon Hotel

Earth Food Store

Earth Food Store

  • 81 Gould Street
  • Bondi Beach
  • tel:61 2 9365 5098
  • Sydney, 2026

Tucked away on a side street in Sydney's famous Bondi Beach this food store is a treasure known mostly to Bondi Beach locals. Selling a huge range of fresh organic fruits and vegetables to local beachgoers, aside from the fresh produce, they stock a small boutique range of organic products such as yogurt, noodles, breads and cakes. Their fresh juices are the best in Bondi and their takeaway selection is just as hearty. A fun place with a bohemian edge, which is a welcome relief from the glitz and trash that can sometimes seem overwhelming on Campbell Parade, along the waterfront. read more about Earth Food Store

Brett Whiteley Studio Museum

Brett Whiteley Studio Museum

  • 2 Raper Street
  • Surry Hills
  • tel:9225 1892
  • Visit website
  • Surry Hills, 2010

If Sydney had an artist who best captured the spirit and light of the city, and in particular, the moods and hues of the harbor, it would be Brett Whiteley. His abstract expressionist come surrealist style seemed to reflect the artist's manic and often drug addled life. (He died of a heroin overdose on the South Coast in 1992.)
Several overseas scholarships allowed Whiteley to travel and study around the world during the 60s and 70s, before settling back in Sydney, where his unique style won him two Archibald Prizes (for portraiture) and numerous other accolades and commissions.
After his death (aged 53), family and friends sought to convert his inner city studio into a museum of sorts, a type of homage to the tortured artist, which includes unfinished paintings, sculptures, art equipment; even the graffiti Whiteley collected has been retained.
The result is a rare insight into the working world (and mind) of a truly original creative. At various times, a series of changing exhibitions borrowed from private collections and galleries are on display. read more about Brett Whiteley Studio Museum

Tamarama Beach

Tamarama Beach

  • Gaerloch Avenue
  • Tamarama
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Sydney, 2026
Ray Hughes Gallery

Ray Hughes Gallery

  • 270 Devonshire Street
  • Surry Hills
  • tel:+61 2 9698 3200
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2010
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

  • Start from Bondi Icebergs Club
  • Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9130 5311
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  • Sydney

If one activity epitomizes Sydney, this could be it. A 4-mile walk on the wild side that literally traverses the rocky cliffs, golden beaches, pristine bays and grassy knolls between two iconic beaches. Doesn't cost a cent; just a few hours of free time. And it's not strenuous; more gently undulating than roller-coaster terrain, but highly exposed in windy weather because you're on the edge of the continent for much of the way.
Start at Bondi, behind the Icebergs Club, head south and keep the Pacific Ocean on your left. Joggers and all manner of humanity pass this way. After rounding MacKenzie's Point and Bay, the path rises towards Tamarama Beach. Look out for signs of ancient Aboriginal occupation, including rock carvings depicting migrating whales. Bronte Beach then beckons, with its 1880s ocean baths (Sundays and public holidays were originally reserved for men back then, but times have changed). Many café options along the way can turn the walk into a full day out.
After slicing through a sandstone cutting beyond Bronte, cross the Calga Reserve and tread carefully through Waverley Cemetery, where many notable literary luminaries were laid to rest.
Clovelly comes next. The very narrow inlet and concrete formwork on either side make it look more like a large swimming pool than a beach, though there is plenty of sand stretching inland. Great place to swim and perhaps catch a glimpse of the famous Clovelly Blue Groper that's made its home here for ages.
Finally (or sadly) you reach Coogee, one of the city's safest swimming beaches, and far more laid-back and down market compared to Bondi (which beach isn't, come to think of it?). read more about Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

  • Elizabeth Street and College Street
  • tel:+61 2 9240 8788 (Tourist Information)
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  • Sydney, 2000
Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

A visit to Bondi should be on every visitor to Sydney's itinerary. It's Austraila's most famous beach, and for a reason. Bondi is a massive quarter moon of sand, wedged between two rocky headlands, endlessly pounded by huge ocean waves, its sand draped with sun-lotion slick bodies in various states of undress, kids running around on the sand, the old guys in their speedos (trans: Australian for male swimming briefs).

When you're tired on the beach, then head in for the hippy cafes, cool kids, boho locals and tourists tourists tourists of the colourful and so, so Sydney streets immediately behind the beach. read more about Bondi Beach

Sydney Jewish Museum

Sydney Jewish Museum

  • 148 Darlinghurst Rd
  • Darlinghurst
  • tel:+61 2 9360 7999
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  • Sydney, 2010
Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea

  • Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk
  • tel:+61 (0)2 8399 0233
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  • Sydney, 2022
Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

  • 1C Mrs. Macquaries Road,
  • The Domain
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9358 6686
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  • Sydney, 2000

A salt water pool in the Botanical Gardens, a stone's throw from the Art Gallery of NSW, the 'Boy Charlton', as the locals know it, is something a bit special. Come here for a swim before breakfast at the poolside cafe.

Excellent. read more about Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

Kings Cross

Kings Cross

  • Darlinghurst Road
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
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  • Sydney, 2011
Old Fitzroy Hotel (The)

Old Fitzroy Hotel (The)

  • 129 Dowling Street
  • Woolloomooloo
  • tel:61 2 9356 3848
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  • Sydney, 2011
Belvoir Street Theater

Belvoir Street Theater

  • 25 Belvoir Street
  • Surry Hills
  • tel:61 2 9698 3344
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  • Sydney, 2010
Hopetoun Hotel

Hopetoun Hotel

  • 416 Bourke Street
  • Surry Hills
  • tel:61 2 9361 5257
  • Sydney, 2010
Govinda's & Movie Room

Govinda's & Movie Room

  • 112 Darlinghurst Road
  • Darlinghurst
  • tel:61 2 9380 5155
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  • Sydney, 2010