My lovely friend from HK, Miss JF, visited Sydney a few months ago. She had only been to Australia once before when she was very little, so she had a lot to see in a limited amount of time. She was only with us for a weekend so it was difficult to fit in EVERYthing, but I think we did pretty well and showed her all the wonderful things that Sydney has to offer!
I think the most important things to highlight to an interstate or overseas visitor are:
– Spectacular views of the harbour,
– The beaches,
– Great coffee and;
– Delicious food (especially brunches – brunches in Sydney are some of the best in the world, in my opinion!)
This is was our itinerary with Miss JF.
– Drove to McMahon’s point for spectacular views of the harbour.
– Enjoyed breakfast at a lovely cafe in North Sydney.
– Boyfriend dropped us off at Circular Quay and we strolled around the Opera House and along the Quay.
– We wandered over to the Rocks markets and after browsing, we enjoyed a coffee and baguette for lunch outdoors at a lovely café (La Renaissance .
– Caught the ferry to Darling Harbour from Circular Quay. Make sure you take the ferry that goes under the bridge and stops at McMahon’s Point and Balmain East before stopping at Darling Harbour. Sit outside on the deck upstairs and tell your visitor to have their camera ready because they won’t stop snapping!
– In the evening, we dined at Ripples Milson’s Point where she could try oysters from Sydney (which was one of her requests!).
– Before heading home, Miss JF requested that we stop off at Woolworths so that she could explore an Aussie supermarket! I’m just like her, I love exploring supermarkets in foreign countries, it really shows how the locals live and eat!
– Breakfast at Awaba Café at Balmoral Beach. Beach, sun, views, coffee, food – a perfect Sydney experience.
– Afterwards, my lovely Boyfriend dropped us off at Taronga Zoo. Miss JF and I both enjoyed the views; the exhibits, the Koala Encounter and cable car ride from one end of the zoo to the other.
– Stopped at home for a cup of tea before dropping Miss JF at her hotel.
If we had more time, we would have fit in the Sydney Fish Markets and Bondi Beach. I think Miss JF ended up there the next weekend so it was ok in the end.
Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions or if you are from Sydney, have some more advice!
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