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Destination(s): Sydney

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

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
  • Visit website
  • 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

Sydney Harbour Bridge to Lavender Bay Walk

Sydney Harbour Bridge to Lavender Bay Walk

  • Argyle Street
  • Start at Argyle Stairs
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Sydney, 2004
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Cumberland St
  • (or Milsons Point on the north shore)
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000

Building the Harbour Bridge was a big deal back in the 20s and 30s, when it was being planned - half of Sydney's oldest and most historic area, the Rocks, had to be bulldozed, and that was just a start. Sydney needed its bridge: up til then it had gotten by with the dozens of ferries to-ing and fro-ing from the populous northside over to Sydney proper. And what a bridge it got, the spectacular 'Coat Hanger' (as the locals know it), as seen on a billion postcards.

read more about Sydney Harbour Bridge

Rocks (The)

Rocks (The)

Taronga Zoo to Bradleys Head Walk

Taronga Zoo to Bradleys Head Walk

  • Bradleys Head Road
  • Start at Taronga Zoo Ferry Wharf
  • tel:+61 (0)2 9255 1788
  • Sydney
Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

You simply must visit Bondi Beach at some point during your stay. Hee you will find the archetype for Australian Beach - a beautiful long quarter moon of sand wedged between two rocky headlands, covered with the beautiful people, tourists, locals, kids and leathery old men - many of whom have probably spent their whole lives within cooee of the place.

When you tire of the surf and the sand, hit the strip behind. The streets are crammed full of cute cafes, bookshops, resturants, and clothes shops. And check out the local 'Bondi hippies' (translation: overtly laid-back and beautiful creative professionals). read more about Bondi Beach

2-Day Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife with Overnight at Lilianfels Resort

2-Day Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife with Overnight at Lilianfels Resort

Longrain

Longrain

  • 85 Commonwealth Street
  • Surry Hills
  • tel:61 2 9280 2888
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2010

Longrain is seriously hip, located between happening Surry Hills and the CBD. With very modern decor, and long tables (don't expect private tete-a-tete!) it boasts some of the best Thai in Sydney. The food is not the cheapest that you will find, but it is impeccable – the best and freshest ingredients prepared expertly and with love; it is widely considered to be one of the best Thai restaurants outside of the Kingdom of Thailand itself. There are no dinner bookings, and diners are asked to wait at the bar. It all happens in a large airy renovated space and is as cool as Sydney comes. Bookings are available only for lunch. And if are in Melbourne and want a touch of Longrain, step in at 44 Little Bourke Street; yes it is yet another Longrain sibling for you! read more about Longrain

Tetsuya's Restaurant

Tetsuya's Restaurant

  • 529 Kent Street
  • Sydney
  • tel:61 2 9267 2900
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2000

If you want to eat here, and you are already in Sydney, good luck! It books out months in advance. 3 star Michelin chef, Tetsuya Wakuda, is a maestro, and is Australia's most garlanded chef. His award winning restaurant is a fusion of French and Japanese and offers a single degustation menu (ten courses). The menu changes from time to time and offers such specialties as slow-cooked trout, seared scallops, venison and quail. Corkage fees apply and it is also fully licensed. read more about Tetsuya's Restaurant

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

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

Govinda's & Movie Room

Govinda's & Movie Room

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

You can't go wrong at Govinda's, especially if you go for the movie and meal deal… this place has a very good Hare Krishna buffet – short of gourmet, for sure - but which can be seriously addictive. The situation is functional, so don't come here if you are looking for intimate dining. However, they do have a cinema, which involves lots of cushions and lying about on the floor. The movies are usually a couple of months out of cinema, but they sometimes golden oldies too. read more about Govinda's & Movie Room

St. Kilda (Luna Park)

St. Kilda (Luna Park)

  • Lower Esplanade, P. O. Box 1083
  • St. Kilda South
  • tel:+61 3 9525 5033
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182

The seaside suburb of St Kilda sparkles with pretty young things that make like its summer, despite the cruelties of a Melbourne winter. The current popularity of St Kilda's main drag owes its infamy to the 1950s when St Kilda was known for its illicit drug deals and prostitution. The smut allowed for the creatives to move in, an artistic history that still resonates with the creative, laid back vibe of St Kilda today.

A café strip, the street is turned inside out with outdoor dining and drinking favoured. The seaside rests quietly behind the hustle of Acland Street and the giant mouth of the Luna Park fun park, and is best enjoyed with an ice-cream and stroll along the boardwalk at dusk.

Start with brunch at Il Fornaio at No. 1 Acland Street before heading up to Linden Centre for Contemporary Art at No. 26. Take your time meandering Acland and Gray Streets for fashion and fine coffee before enjoying an afternoon beverage in the sun at the iconic Vineyard. For unbeatable sea views, dinner at The Stokehouse on the water's edge is the easiest way to ensure your fish is fresh.

St Kilda is best accessed by tram. Take the number 96 or the 112. read more about St. Kilda (Luna Park)

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

  • 1 Elizabeth Street
  • tel:+61 3 5263 2212
  • Visit website
  • Anglesea, 3230
AFL Grand Final

AFL Grand Final

  • Brunton Avenue
  • (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont)
  • tel:+61 3 9643 1999
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3001

Such is the popularity of AFL Football that games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground regularly attracts around 90,000. The grand final is the culmination of 6 months of regular play, and has been compared to opera such is the dramatics involved in the day. Tickets are hard to come by, but if lucky, attendees must buy a "fourntwenty pie" with tomato sauce and a beer in hand is usually pretty normal too. International music acts usually play before the game, and the party often continues to another nearby location depending on who won the game. In 2010, the grand final was drawn meaning the teams had to return the next week and do it all over again, and Melburnians loved it. read more about AFL Grand Final

Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

  • Birdwood Avenue
  • South Yarra
  • tel:+61 3 9252 2300
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3141