I had a splendid weekend with my partner in crime in Sydney catching a show, sightseeing and enjoying delicious food. I also got the chance to play with my new camera – the Sony RX 100 iv, so below is a mixture of photos from that and my S7 phone, as well as a little vlog I have already made for YouTube.
This was our third trip to Sydney already this year, except the last two times were just for specific things on that evening (a Puscifer and a Guns N Roses concert) and we didn’t actually get to see much of the city.
This time we were going for Aladdin the musical on Broadway and we decided to stay for a couple of nights so this time we could actually enjoy some sights! (Hey that rhymed).
It had been five years since our first trip together to Sydney (and our very first overseas trip as a couple!) and I was determined to see again the magnificent Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, St Mary’s Cathedral and explore the largest city in Australia some more.
Coming from Canberra, this time we decided to catch the bus, as the previous times we had driven and found it to be quite a nightmare. The traffic and driving around the city centre is rather terrible and as we were staying at an Airbnb, parking costs as well would have been through the roof. We went with Murrays Coachlines which was not badly priced and it was a pleasant enough journey (it still took four hours though because of the traffic).
|Managed to catch a snippet of sunset from our Airbnb balcony|
We arrived at around 6 pm on Friday evening and it was a 20-minute minute walk from the central train and bus station to Darlinghurst where we were staying.
After dropping our things at our Airbnb we ventured out for a much-needed beer or three in the Kings Cross area.
At around 9 pm we headed to Potts Point to Fratelli Paradiso which was an Italian restaurant recommended by our AirBnB host. It was very busy but after a short wait (another beer) they managed to squeeze us in. Highly recommended if you are in the area, the food was exquisite and not badly priced. I had the Tagliolini pasta dish and we shared a tiramisu for dessert.
|Not the best picture – but I assure you it was delicious!|
After good food and a bottle of red, we had one last nightcap at a bar before venturing back at around 1 am.
|The El-Alamein Memorial Fountain|
Despite a late night, we were up bright and early for a full day of adventuring ahead.
We had a most excellent brunch that kept us going for the rest of the day at a lovely little Italian cafe down the road Cafe & Cucina.
We had a big Italian-style breakfast each which was delicious (and needed). Their coffees were perfection and they also made fresh pasta dishes and their front cabinet was full of pastries, sandwiches and Italian treats – I would absolutely be there every weekend if I lived in the area!
Fueled, we headed towards the harbour, about a half hour walk away. We stopped briefly at St Mary’s Cathedral for a peek inside which was at the halfway point.
|The Westfield Tower|
We then walked around to the other side of the harbour to The Rocks Market which is a great little market on every weekend. We browsed through the stalls before walking back towards the city centre.
After a stop in Dymocks and Topshop (where I fell in love with some shoes and have since purchased them) we headed back to our accommodation for a couple of hours rest.
|Queen Victoria Building|
|Beautiful fountain in Hyde Park|
|Walking past St Mary’s again|
Once our legs had recovered we got ready to head out once more for the evening.
We enjoyed a couple of beers before finding a dinner spot before the show.
|We passed the Capitol Theatre where the show is held along the way|
We headed to Chinatown and stumbled upon this popular Korean BBQ restaurant Yang San Park. We ordered a mixed meat platter and a seafood pancake to share and it was so incredibly tasty. The service as well was great and by the time we left there was a long line to get in! Definitely a must-visit if you get the chance and you like Korean food.
At 8 pm it was show time! It was very musical – a lot of singing and dancing and the actors were very good. They turned it into more of a modern day comedy so it was quite entertaining.
We were both knackered after the show so we pretty much walked straight back and went to bed! On Sunday our bus home was departing at 12 pm so we were all packed up and headed out by 10 am.
We stopped for a nice breakfast at Basket Brothers where I indulged in French toast with dark chocolate, maple syrup and strawberries. Aside from being obviously very sweet – it was actually so very delicious! I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing.
That brings us to the end of our weekend adventure in Sydney. I hope you enjoyed the photos and little snippets of what we got up to.
I’m heading back again for the fourth time this year in April – so by the end of the year, I’m sure I will be more of an expert! Eventually, I will make a travel guide and top places to eat type of post once I collect more information and become more knowledgeable.
Here is the video I made for my YouTube channel if you would like to watch it:
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