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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.