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Planning a trip to Sydney anytime soon?

If you are, have you thought about the best places to grab a bite or rest your head? Sydney is an amazing city that has a lot to offer and saying that your options are numerous is a bit of an understatement. If you need advice on how to go about your Sydney stay, keep on reading. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your favorite spots that you’ll want to visit again and again.


With a city as big and diverse as Sydney, you really won’t have to worry about where to find food and drinks that will suit your taste. However, if you have no idea where to stop by, you may want to check out the following places. 10 William Street in Paddington will make it to the top of your list. Simple yet friendly atmosphere spiced up with delicious wine, and Italian cuisine is a pure delight. If you want grandeur, pay a visit to 12-Micron where you’ll be able to taste desserts late into the night. A personal favorite is the Boathouse in Palm Beach, where the laid-back atmosphere and the food and drinks,  out of this world. There’s an excellent Greek restaurant called 1821, so if you want something different for your palate, this should be your stop. 1989 Kitchen & Arcade will get you into the old-school groove with burgers and games while 2KF is the hotspot of the city if you want a great cup of coffee.


image courtesy of The Boathouse, Palm Beach


Again, there’s something for every character and every budget in Sydney. If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay, Airbnb is the best option for you. After all, you’ll get to stay with the locals and get the first-hand info on the best places for fun in Sydney. If you’re into camping, you can always opt for a Cockatoo Island camping site. Sydney Harbour YHA is one of the most popular yet very reasonably-priced hostels with an incredible view. Royal Hotel in Randwick is an excellent middle-ground option when it comes to price as well as the location. If you can’t decide whether you want to be closer to the outer city beaches, this is the place to book your room. Of course, if you want real luxury on your trip, you can’t go wrong with The Park Hyatt in The Rocks or the  InterContinental. For some more privacy, consider booking a secluded Palm Beach holiday house to get a real high-end experience and a breathtaking view just for yourself.


Sydney is a city of a thousand beaches but if your stay there is limited, make sure to at least visit Bondi Beach, which offers numerous attractions, fun activities, water sports and, of course, pristine waters and relaxing stretches of sand. If you can squeeze in the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, you'll love it! An obvious choice would be to head to the iconic Sydney Opera House and witness the legendary architectural gem yourself and see a play if possible. If you’re a nature lover, Sydney Botanic Gardens won’t leave you disappointed. For travelers who want to learn more about the city, Government House should be a must-stop. For the ultimate shopping experience, visit the Queen Victoria Building. And if you want to observe the city’s landscape in the most mesmerizing way possible, go straight to the Sydney Tower Eye.


The only flaw that the city of Sydney has is the fact that there’s just too many incredible sights to see and places to visit. However, this only means that you’ll always have a reason to come back. Many restaurants and cafes are waiting for you to discover them. Moreover, Sydney’s nightlife is undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime. Explore more of the popular as well as locals’ favorite beaches. Visit the National Maritime Museum and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Absorb the magical atmosphere of Blue Mountains and explore the mysteries of Jenolan Caves. And every time you come back, there will always be some new experience to look forward to.

To make the most out of your trip to Sydney, make sure that you plan your itinerary properly. It can be tempting to try and fit everything of interest in one go, but if you want to truly enjoy your stay, you have to be realistic. There’s always the next time, the one after that, the one after that, and so on.

Travel well in Sydney, my friends!

Roxana Oliver is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant and a frequent contributor to followsummer.  She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family way 'down under'! Find out more about her writing, by following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

Tripping to the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia

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Head to the North Beaches while you're in Sydney for Mardi Gras!

Graham has offered to take us up to the Northern Beaches today – an area that is very difficult to get to by public transit. We go under the harbour and head east, covering some of the area we have already walked to – Creemorne and Mossman. We drive past the Zoo, with its commanding position on the Harbour, past Obelisk Beach and across the Spit to Manly. We drive through to the North Head, which from this side we can see is much higher than the South Head, where we went last week.

Manly is, of course, home of one of Australia’s most famous beaches. There are actually 2 beaches, one on the harbour side and, just a short distance away, the more famous beach on the Tasman. We pick up takeaway fish and chips for lunch, and sit on the beach wall watching the swimmers, the lifeguards and the tourists.

From Manly we continue on north, ending up in Palm Beach and Barrenjoey Head. I admit to having a good nap on the drive. Palm Beach was once a summer resort for the very affluent. It is now a far northern suburb for the very affluent.

Driving home we stop and meet Graham’s mother, who lives north of the city. At 79, she is still very lively, and a charming hostess. She offers us a cold drink 3 times, we decline 3 times, and she brings us our drinks. We note to Graham afterwards that she won’t take no for an answer, and he says she’s hard of hearing.

We get home in time for much-needed naps before the social whirl starts again. Lynne drops by on her way home from a job interview for a glass of champers. Then out at 7:30 to meet Graham, Jens, Jeroen, Simon and Christina at the Colombian for a quick drink before dinner. Jens and Jeroen are visiting from Amsterdam for Mardi Gras, Simon and Jens went to uni together back in the UK before Simon, originally from Wales, moved to Australia 4 years ago. Christina is a good friend of Graham’s who has flown in from Melbourne just to come out for dinner with Jens and Jeroen, who have visited Australia before and chummed around with Graham and Christina on their previous visit.

We move to the restaurant, and start with champagne – the real thing tonight, Veuve Cliquot – as Jens and Jeroen hand envelopes to Christina and Graham (Simon had already been given his). Inside are invitations to their wedding, next June in Amsterdam. Everyone cheers and cheers some more, and over a discussion of the wedding plans, dinner commences.

We are dining at RQ (unfortunately now closed), another Thai restaurant, but of a very different quality than most. The menu is fixed, the quality superb, and the multitude of dishes with little tastings becomes very complicated, as we try to figure out what we’ve tasted and what we haven’t. Then the food stops coming, they clear20040304001, and we think it’s over; but they reset the table and start bringing out the mains. Absolutely delicious.

The gang head out for after-dinner drinks, but we are both beyond exhaustion and it is already close to midnight, so we head home to drop, marveling at Graham’s stamina.