Travel Baranga­roo in Syd­ney, Austin Texas

Fine din­ing and lux­ury liv­ing by the har­bour? Woman’s Day’s LAURA EVANS is game!

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When you live in a city with as many God-given sweet­en­ers as Syd­ney – 100-plus beaches, na­tional parks and a leg­endary har­bour – it’s easy to dismiss the idea of spend­ing time in a man-made play­ground like Baranga­roo. I cer­tainly did, but 24 hours later and even a cynic like me had found her­self fall­ing for the area’s well-cu­rated charms.

Ev­ery­one knows the best way to start your day is with a hearty brunch and Baranga­roo’s ed­i­ble op­tions are eye-pop­pingly good. Ad­ven­tur­ous food­ies should make a bee­line for the award-win­ning Devon cafe, which does brekkie with an ex­per­i­men­tal Asian twist. Ease your­self in with the sig­na­ture Ja­panese omelette. The fluffy, eggy de­light is off­set by strings of crunchy cab­bage and mayo, and sand­wiched be­tween two crust­less and in­cred­i­bly light pieces of white bread. Or blow your sugar in­take with one bite of the Cardi C French Toast – brioche paired with blood or­ange and bit­ter or­ange and topped with yo­ghurt par­fait.

Af­ter that calo­rie-laden in­dulge-fest it’s time for a stroll along the har­bour­side fore­shore. We head for Millers Point and the Baranga­roo Re­serve. Once one of the city’s old­est in­dus­trial spa­ces, it now of­fers a green es­cape with 75,000 na­tive trees, epic views over Syd­ney’s har­bour and plenty of places to zen out. If you still feel the need to walk off break­fast, pound the pave­ments all the way to Syd­ney’s iconic Opera House and Botanic Gar­dens. Or make the most of the wa­ter – the new wharf links Baranga­roo to Syd­ney’s ferry net­work mean­ing the city’s water­side charms are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

Luck­ily be­ing eight months preg­nant is the per­fect ex­cuse to do not a lot and I fol­low my rum­bling tummy back to the laneways to dine at Wild Sage. A not-so light lunch of f share plates – seared scallops and nd lob­ster tacos – later and it’s time for some re­tail ther­apy. I make ke a bee­line for Some­days ys and Col­lec­tor Store, both of which are known for their se­lec­tion of care­fully y cu­rated trendy de­signs and pick up p a few home­wares. Re­sist­ing the temp­ta­tion to splash more cash, it’s time to put my feet up and get a blow wave at Franck Provost sa­lon, where the ex­pert team tease my locks into loose waves, be­fore a man­i­cure at the hip LA style Cal­i­for­nia Nails.

Feel­ing re­laxed, I de­cide to make my way back to the West

Ho­tel where we’re stay­ing. Syd­ney’s first bou­tique ho­tel to open in the CBD since the QT, its faceted fa­cade gives the im­pres­sion of a flashy James Bond lair and in­side it’s all plush blue vel­vet, dark wood and mar­ble floors.

As night-time falls we head to the much-hyped rooftop bar Smoke. While my hus­band Tom sips on an Old Fash­ioned cock­tail as the sun sets, I tuck into the snacks – melt-in-the-mouth kan­ga­roo skew­ers and de­li­ciously tangy house-made salt and vine­gar crisps. There’s barely any room left for din­ner but that doesn’t stop us head­ing to famed Banksii Ver­mouth Bar and Bistro for fur­ther culi­nary treats. The restau­rant’s dishes are de­signed to share and we tuck into mus­sels cooked with ver­mouth, grilled prawns cooked in curry leaf but­ter with pick­led turmeric and pork belly with smoked ri­cotta. Af­ter all that in­dulging, it’s a re­lief to know I’m booked in for an early morn­ing Pi­lates ses­sion at The Space Stu­dio. That’s as­sum­ing I can find a way to tempt my­self from the king-sized bed at the West, of course...

Eggs done dif­fer­ently at Devon cafe!

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