Anyone else obsessed with ‘The Real Housewives’ franchise? Well, the Sydney edition has certainly whet my appetite for the state capital of New South Wales and the most populated city in Australia, Sydney.
I love travel to cities, for me travel is all about being in the thick of it. Experiencing the people and culture, I love hustle and bustle and to feel totally submerged. Sydney would be my top pick for travel this year in Australia. Having travelled there when I was 19, it’s a country I’ve always dreamed of going back to, so much so that over the years, I’ve often made enquiries about emigrating there.
That striking harbour front where you could be brave and take on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Souring high up, you get the most gorgeous panoramic views, definitely top of my list. Catch a show at the iconic Opera House, how about Australian band, Midnight Oil … who I’ve actually seen in the UK – it would be amazing to see them on their home turf. Followed by dinner at one of the many modern and innovative restaurants. Apparently, many of Australia’s most awarded and innovative restaurants can be found there. Farmhouse Kings Cross would be my choice to sample its amazing true Australian fayre.
And if you’re as passionate about food as I am (Australian Masterchef anyone?), do make sure you try out some of the cuisine that Australia is famous for. Seafood is particularly good in Australia with the size of their prawns being three times the size of ours in the UK. Anzac biscuits, fresh mango, Vegemite (it’s a yes from me), Lamingtons, and of course, the debate rages about whether the Pavlova originated in New Zealand or Australia, but either way, you can’t go wrong with a bowlful of meringue, cream and fruit!
Now because of my love of photography I would also have on my itinerary the Bondi to Coogee coastal trail. A slow amble along the 6 km of eastern beaches taking in the sights. In fact, I have an English friend, based in Sydney, who runs these tours as her profession – how awesome is that? So if you’re in Sydney, do check out The Adventure Project, and say I said hi! Maybe ask her to take you up into the Blue Mountains for a day trip … but don’t forget the sunblock!
There are so many other things to do though if hiking isn’t your thing. How about barefoot bowling, swimming, surfing, a dive or shopping?
It’s never been easier to travel to Australia than it is right now. And booking in January is actually 12% cheaper than any other month, so this is the time to start planning!
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