A curated luxe list of what’s hot in Australia’s harbour city, this season
Sydney has every element that makes it a sought after holiday destination. A vibrant city life, beaches and mountains, historic zones or wildlife sanctuaries – you’ll find it all here. This capital of New South Wales is known for its natural beauty and culture apart from its famous Opera House and Darling Harbour. But this time, leave aside the regular and join us on a unique trail of Australia’s largest city.
Must Stay Ovolo Woollomoolo
This heritage-listed building, on the Woollomoolo pier, dating 100 years, has been refurbished and transformed into Sydney’s hottest new design hotel, bathed in a sense of industrial-chic nostalgia. The Ovolo Woollomoolo offers a completely off-beat, unconventional luxury experience — the racy INXS and AC/DC suites are the top-of-the end suites, while curiouslynamed rooms like Superoo and Deluxaroo are design masterpieces. A two-storey lofts are certainly worth a mention. Other perks include a free minibar, free laundry, free bar snacks and free coffee in the lobby-atrium. Rubbing shoulders with Sydney’s trendiest set is an added advantage!
Catalina and Red Lantern Picking out one’s favourite restaurant in Sydney, arguably one of the world’s culinary hubs, is a virtual impossibility. However, a few addresses do make it to our radar. If its modern Australian fine dining you’re looking for, Catalina, at Rose Bay is as upscale as it gets, with a tremendous seafood and steak offering. For more relaxed options head to Surry Hills. Red Lantern, the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the city, a stylish family-run eatery with a curated, home-style Vietnamese menu.
Must Do The Bridge Climb
Perhaps not Sydney’s latest attraction but certainly its most popular one. The prospect of having to scale one of the world’s most iconic bridges is certainly a tempting one but is not for the faint-hearted. Strapped and secured to the railings of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you undertake a guided 2.5-hour tour all the way to the top, with regular stops along the bridge’s arcs to gaze out at the breathtaking harbour below your feet or to listen to some Sydney trivia from your guide. The view from the top will make the climb completely worth it! The free souvenir photograph at the top is a nice touch.
Must Walk Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
Sydney’s myriad beach neighbourhoods and many bays lend themselves perfectly for walking. The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk is possibly one of the most breathtaking stretches in the world, photo-worthy at every step. A great way to start your Bondi to Bronte walk would be to soak up the surfing culture at Bondi Beach (maybe even take a beginner’s lesson). After this, make a leisurely stop at Icebergs Dining Room, one of Sydney’s trendiest hotspots, with a gorgeous terrace looking out over Bondi. Finally, follow the demarcated pathway from Bondi to Bronte as it goes over rocks, cliffs, lagoons and tiny beaches. Spectacular!
By : Riaan Jacob George