THE UL­TI­MATE GUIDE TO SYD­NEY

Plan­ning a spring or sum­mer week­end es­cape in Syd­ney? An­drea Black shares the top places to eat, play and stay while vis­it­ing Aus­tralia’s har­bour city.

WHO - - The Travel Edit - AN­DREA BLACK Who Travel Writer

DO

COASTAL WALKS It’s all about the wa­ter in Syd­ney, and there’s no bet­ter way to ex­pe­ri­ence the views than a walk along the coast. Two of the best-known hikes are the Bondi to Bronte walk and on the north­side of the har­bour, the Spit Bridge to Manly walk. The 4km Bondi to Bronte walk af­fords spec­tac­u­lar views of the Pa­cific. You can choose to stop off for a dip at any one of the beaches and, if you’re feel­ing en­er­getic, con­tinue on to Coogee.

Have a hearty brekky be­fore hit­ting Cir­cu­lar Quay for the Manly Ferry and the 10km Spit Bridge to Manly Walk, which weaves through a mix of bush­land and scenic har­bour­side trails. From Manly Wharf, the coastal trail passes Do­broyd Head, per­fect for a photo op­por­tu­nity. Cool off with a swim at Fairlight Beach be­fore con­tin­u­ing through the Syd­ney Har­bour Na­tional Park and Clon­tarf Re­serve be­fore ar­riv­ing at the Spit Bridge.

EAT

FOLONOMO We love this idea. En­joy in­cred­i­ble food and know that 100% of the prof­its are go­ing to a good cause. At Folonomo in Surry Hills you can feast on top-notch fare and know 50 per cent of prof­its go to purechance.org and the other half to cus­tomer nom­i­nated char­i­ties. It’s a win-win! folonomo.org.au

SHOP

MAR­KETS What­ever you wish to buy or browse, Syd­ney’s ar­ray of mar­kets will have what you’re look­ing for. For be­spoke fash­ions and jewellery head to the Bondi mar­kets, Padding­ton mar­kets or, on the north­side, the Kir­ri­billi mar­kets. For or­ganic and fresh pro­duce make your way to the In­ner West’s hip Mar­rickville mar­kets (and visit the ar­ray of brew­eries nearby af­ter­wards). For fresh seafood, look no fur­ther than the Syd­ney Fish Mar­kets. Look­ing for a vin­tage piece for the home? Try the Rozelle or Glebe mar­kets. Keen for sou­venirs? Go di­rectly to the Rocks Mar­kets. syd­ney.com

CRUISE

THE HAR­BOUR Whether it’s tak­ing a Manly ferry from Cir­cu­lar Quay, a wa­ter taxi to Wat­son’s Bay or a day-long cruise with Syd­ney Har­bour Boat Tours, one thing is for sure, you have to ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing on Syd­ney Har­bour. One idea is to take a ferry and check out Cock­a­too Is­land. Ex­pect stun­ning har­bour views and a range of overnight camp­ing op­tions in­clud­ing sites with ready-to-go tents. You also find walk­ways, tun­nels and bush­land ar­eas to ex­plore plus there’s a great bar and food op­tions too.. cock­a­toois­land.gov.au

DRINK

UP­PER EAST SIDE Noth­ing says Syd­ney spring/sum­mer more than a beach­side bar. We love the Up­per East Side Bondi where the vibe is sun-drenched by day and star­lit by night. Take in the cool at­mos­phere and sip on a cock­tail while feast­ing on an ar­ray of shared plate of­fer­ings. Their bot­tom­less brunch is a great idea post-swim. up­pereast­sidebondi.com.au

STAY

VERIU CEN­TRAL We’ve found a new ho­tel that’s in the per­fect lo­ca­tion to ex­plore Syd­ney. It’s well-de­signed, yet af­ford­able and sit­u­ated where the city meets Surry Hills. Step into the lobby of the Veriu Syd­ney and you’re sur­rounded by rich woods, warm light­ing, vel­vet and brass with a touch of fo­liage, and great mu­sic. They of­fer free add-ons like drinks, pas­tries and dumplings in shared spa­ces which make the stay more of a so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. Plus there’s free wi-fi, Net­flix, a pod cof­fee ma­chine, a mini-kitchen with a fridge and mi­crowave, and am­ple room to work, lounge and rest. There are five eater­ies un­der the one roof at Veriu, so no need to travel far when hunger strikes. You can also make use one of the ho­tel’s free bikes (and hel­mets) to ex­plore. veriu.com.au/cen­tral

The Veriu is an af­ford­able gem on the edge of the CBD.

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